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Welcome to West By Northwest.org online magazine. We
are an interfaith, non-profit, online only, Northwest journal and reader of arts
& letters, ecology, and peace & social justice. West By Northwest.org has
an international perspective as well as a rural preservation orientation. Our home
place, and metaphor of rural preservation, is called Spencer Creek Valley, a small
farming and forest community southwest of the city of Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A. We hope
to serve the interests and concerns of all people of peace and social justice convictions
and progressive communities of faith, especially the community of Pacific Northwest
Friends (Quakers). We are grateful to the many Friends who have contributed their
gifts and talents to this magazine.
We offer original reporting, original art work and feature stories, fiction, and
poetry as well as sharing links from the best of the web. As you may notice we are
changing our format to a more formal look. The upside is a more web-friendly magazine.
(It saves labor, too.) The downside is less flexibility in layout. We hope you find
the changes helpful and as always, welcome
Peace, Maureen & Patrick Hudson
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 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.