West By Northwest
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October and November
Fall, 2001


"Blue Marble", Courtesy of NASA.

Quote: "The first day or so we all pointed to our countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents.
By the fifth day we were aware of only one Earth."

Sultan Bin Salman al-Saud, Saudi Arabia
from the The Sierra Club Home Planet Postcard Collection
based on the book The Home Planet by Kevin Kelley

Welcome to West By Northwest.org, an independent regional, magazine of arts, letters and ecology. This issue has a special focus on citizens' struggles as the best antidote to sorrow, uncertainties and worry in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks in our country. By practicing our dynamic democracy and being able to hear diverse voices, we shall preserve the essence of our society.

Voices for Peace
West By Northwest.org joins the nation in mourning the tragic loss of life in the Sept.11 terrorists attack on the East Coast. Voices of Peace, Volume II is a collection of articles and letters that attempts to address some alternatives to war.

Voices of the Nation
Dr. Paul Kail explores the link between the WTO and animals in Free Trade in Misery.

Voices of the Northwest
Citizens struggles are the backbone of our democratic traditions in the US and Canada. Visit:

KLCC Reporter Monika Hausmann interviews Patricia Ross on
Why We Oppose the Building of the SE2 Energy Power Plant in the town of Abbotsford, B.C.

Peg Morton reflects upon the week long
Farm Workers Walk for Justice.

Mona Linstromberg explains
Why We Challenge the Proliferation of Cell Phone Tower Placement.

An Eugene citizens group ballot measure has big implications on transportation and land development. Visit the
Livability campaign, Yes on 20-53, No on 20-54.

My Life in the Twentieth Century, Chapter 8
, Stan Thompson, a retired nuclear engineer, sums up his life, work and conclusions about nuclear power.

Patricia Frank is
Gathering Stones, an essay and poem.

Coming soon -Rural preservationist are hopeful as citizens await the Oregon Court of Appeals decision. Norman Maxwell will update us about Fire Road.

Best of the Web
Syrena Glade, poet and techie writes about the joys of Techno Babble -- technology & webbing.

The Sacred and the Profane -WxNW sights a few favorite sites.

Web Humor - a couple of great forwards.

Letters to the Editor

Lorna Mandesdchied remembers Memories from Minnesota in Letters from Lorna.

Voices of Spencer Creek Valley
Lois Barton, Sunnyside of Spencer Butte, remembers
Knowing Eyes and Turkey Talk.

M.G. Hudson keeps
A Spencer Creek Journal.

Dr. Addy Gabby is back with her good
Advice for the Clueless.

Jan Spencer, our Urban Farmer, joins us with gardening advice,
Mulching for Fall.

New Fiction
Maura McGoorty serializes a fantasy for children of all ages in The Mermaid and The Dolphin, Chapter Three.

Poetry & Photography and Autobiography

We introduce a fun & philosophical poet,
Ward Kelley.

Presenting two artists at 90:
Josephine Belmont looks at the circle of life in three poems,
Requiem and Succor and Diatribe to an Editor.

Surprise! "Happy Birthday!" to Pacific Northwest landscape photographer
Gordon Clark at 90.

Guy Weese's reflective offerings are in
That Photo Guy.

Klamath Basin farmer and writer Mike Connelly examines
Reap, a poem about Sept.11, 2001.

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Who are the readers united by reading West by Northwest? We see you as seekers of truth and joy, hope and dynamic democracy. You believe that life and love are essential. You love to explore the world of ideas and places in person and in your armchair. You care passionately about the fate of humanity as well as the planet's.

You support good causes as best you can. You know we must find peace and justice for all beings, especially we humans who have such a profound effect upon this world (and maybe others) and each other. You seek a wide community of committed world citizens who work in their own "back yards" to make a difference. You read West by Northwest.org because you know that from the particular to the universal is a matter of a few degrees of the compass.

Our range of emphasis corresponds to the historic bio-region of the Pacific Northwest which stretches from the coast of Big Sur, California to Southern Alaska and points in-between. This is the area of the world we shall look at through the lens of our own 'observatory' based in Spencer Creek Valley, Oregon. Spencer Creek Valley is not on the maps but is a very real place whose people face many of the issues of people all over the world including the challenge of change and preservation.

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