Beth Berglund

The problem with short-term thinking

During the short and rainy days of February, it’s noticeably more difficult to keep our energy up. “Maybe tomorrow I’ll trim that tree, rake those… Continue reading


December: A season of meaning | Choices for the Future

Our family tradition in Wisconsin was to be home for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Sometimes, our grandparents from South Dakota would stay for a… Continue reading


Stillwaters’ annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction Nov. 5 | Choices for the Future

In the fall, the natural world starts to slow down and begin storing resources for the winter. Animals are either creating food stores, transitioning toward… Continue reading


Break the cycle for a simpler life | Choices for the Future

Summers in the Pacific Northwest are truly glorious. Are you getting as much time to enjoy the summer as you’d like? Many of us who… Continue reading

Not so much | Choices for the Future

I used to think I knew the answers to a lot of environmental questions. You know, the “paper or plastic” shopping bag type-questions. Only in… Continue reading

Shaken awake, moving toward self-sufficiency | Choices for the Future

Some people bristle a bit at “lemonade folks” like me, but I’m the type of person who sees a silver lining. I’m excited by the… Continue reading

Still Waters run deep | Choices for the Future

“still waters run deep” — proverb: a quiet or placid manner may conceal a more passionate nature. Very soon, the second phase of the Carpenter… Continue reading

A connection to place | Choices for the Future

When asked where we live, we may offer our street address or city, depending on the need — driving directions, delivery of mail or a… Continue reading

On civility and our future | Choices for the Future

If you spend time on social media sites, you know that a number of local Facebook pages are available for things like helping find lost… Continue reading