We're Back. What's Next?

Railey beach sunset Picture: Our last sunset at Railey Beach in Krabi, Thailand.

We had an eventful last couple of days in Thailand that included 15 terrifying minutes of a missing daughter, amazing scenery, much throwing kids in the pool, much throwing up on the airplane (Lily), and more.

We're still a little disoriented/jet-lagged/culture shocked. One of the dis-orientations is figuring out what will be next after completing our year of plenty and what will become of this blog. There will be more time in the coming weeks to sort through the options. We'd love any feedback and ideas from others on what generative mutations our work this year might look like in the coming year.

Here are some of my ideas for 2009;

  • Start a non-profit organization to import, promote and provide a US/Canadian market for Thai hill-tribe grown coffee beans and tea leaves. I'm thinking of importing green beans with the help of someone like www.importfood.com, finding someone like Thomas Hammer to roast them, marketing them through the folks at Rocket Bakery and farmers markets (see below). Do it all under a non-profit umbrella with proceeds going to support AIDS orphans like the ones we met in Chiang Rai.
  • Start a "Markets Around the World" component to local farmers markets that sell small farm grown items like coffee and rice that do not compete with locally grown items, that allow the farmers market experience to be a more complete shopping experience, and that promote awareness and support small farmers in places around the world where the small neighborhood market still is the dominant avenue for delivering food to homes (but is endangered).
  • Implement the Spokane Eat Local Challenge.
  • Complete my D.Min. Dissertation
  • Lose 20 lbs. When you carry around luggage for two weeks you realize how heavy 20 lbs really is.
  • Read more books
  • Read fewer political blogs

We got a nice mention in the Inlander year in review edition that you can read here.