The latest data shows the amount of forest burned annually in the Pacific Northwest has increased by nearly 5000 percent since the early 1970s. (Adelia Ritchie/Submitted)

Time for a change | Hansville Happenings

Ready for some good news? On the personal front, you’re not too old to change. And on the global front, it’s not too late to stop climate change.

Re-creating yourself … If you worry that your life is calcifying faster than your bones, there’s still time to loosen up and try something completely different, according to Julia Cameron, author of “The Artist’s Way,” which inspired millions to discover or recover their creative side.

Now, Cameron has come out with “It’s Never Too Late To Begin Again — Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond,” for those who have more time on their hands but can’t seem to use it to live a more imaginative life. It’s for anyone who’d like to live or think more creatively, especially retirees who often must redefine and recreate themselves.

There’s a new group starting in Hansville this month, led by resident Marcia Randall DeBard, based on Cameron’s techniques and exercises designed to give you the tools, confidence and inspiration you need to lead a richer, more fulfilling life in your later years. The 15-week course begins Nov. 30, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and costs $460. For more information, contact DeBard, who teaches yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, and is also fine watercolorist (email mrandalldebard@gmail.com).

Already an artist? There’s still time to sell your stuff at the annual Art From The Heart holiday arts and crafts show and bake sale at the Driftwood Key Clubhouse on Vista Key Drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 (contact office@driftwoodkey.org). I especially like the handmade knits and one-of-a-kind greeting cards, which are a bargain, and the scrumptious pies from Helping Hands.

By the way, Helping Hands and Cemetery is staging a McTakeover of the Kingston McDonald’s from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 8, which means members will be serving you and earning 40 percent of the profits.

Help Puget Sound

The Pacific Northwest is heating up. A recent report from the University of Washington, “State of Knowledge: Climate Change in Puget Sound,” projects drier summers, frequent heat waves, larger and longer-lasting forest fires and poorer air quality. Sea levels will rise, the ocean will become more acidic, rainfalls will be heavier and storms more extreme — the list of probable problems goes on and on.

Former Vice President Al Gore founded the Climate Reality Project to select and train people from across the country to explain the bad news and the good news about global warming to their communities.

We are lucky to have one of Gore’s volunteer ambassadors living in Hansville — Adelia Ritchie, who has a doctorate in physical organic chemistry and extensive professional experience with the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense. She will be leading a Tuesday Talk at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Greater Hansville Community Center on Buck Lake Road, detailing current scientific predictions for our planet and for Puget Sound, and what is being done and can be done to halt climate change.

— You can reach Annette Wright at wrightan nette511@gmail.com.

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