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Bummers & Gummers
Utne Reader Nominates "bummers & gummers" Zine!
M. Luna Iris
Good news for local editor/publisher and chief writer Lokiko Hall. Her zine "Bummers & Gummers" was named one of the top ten General Excellence Zines in US by the Utne Reader. West By Northwest.org is the online site of highlights of this quirky, delightful Northwest original country life zine, published the old-fashioned way, on paper. Ms. Hall has also written features and fiction for WxNW.org. For more details, visit "Bummers & Gummers," WxNW category link at left. The good news there will carry you through.
Nov 19, 2004


Bummers & Gummers
Food Not Lawns
Lokiko Hall
Bummers and gummers are sheep herding terms. "Bummers" are lambs whose mothers have died or rejected them. They are raised by humans. "Gummers" are old, often tootheless, and you can't bear to sell or eat this faithful old friend. Lokiko Hall founded the alternative country life zine, bummers & gummers, (highlights now online at West By Northwest.org) based on reality and her philosophy: "Doing as much for yourself as you can is always best, psychically and physically; it's also the tastiest, even if many of your potatoes are small, the gophers are getting a big share of your carrots, and your tomatoes have blossom end rot from early fall rains familiarity has a flavor and it's deep and rich and undoubtably nutritious, though perhaps not in a tangible way."
May 19, 2004


Bummers & Gummers
Self-propelled Lawnmowers that Fertilize, Too
Susan Nolan
Have you ever dreamed of having sheep to mow your grass? Here is a practical introduction to the sustainable lawnmower. "Sheep are sometimes faulted, most often by those with a 'pet' orientation, for being stupid. Let's examine our thinking here: cleverness and personality are not necessarily what we're looking for. Sheep are docile and easily managed by a single person - the old lady in a cottage on the heath, the busy suburbanite."
May 18, 2004


Bummers & Gummers
Friends and Neighbors
Lokiko Hall
"Bummers & gummers" are sheep herding terms for the sheep you can't dump, the orphaned young and the toothless old, common sense aside. "Bummers & gummers online" are a few higlights of our favorite country life zine: "Friends are, ultimately, optional. You can make them or lose them as you wish. You can work on bettering your relationship with some while neglecting to write to others until they move and you don't know where they are anymore....But neighbors I'm willing to bet that people who think they can bomb the bugs in their house out of existence without consequently poisoning themselves and their family also think that the country they're a part of can nuke people on the other side of the world without any repercussions falling like rain, perhaps? upon them."
Dec 26, 2003


Bummers & Gummers
Thinking the Unthinkable: A Real Person for President, Part I
Lokiko Hall
A look at the personal history and platform of Dennis J. Kucinich:
"The label of 'Democrat' seems to be stuck on merely to make him more palatable to the masses. ...As for his story, it's the stuff from which legends once were made. These days, it reads like a movie script: desperate beginnings; a seemingly meteoric rise to success followed by a flaming fall from grace, a phoenix-like rise from the ashes. Come on! ...But when we look back with discernment, we see that the Populists created a groundswell of protest and criticism that reined in corporate corruption and tipped the balance of power in such a way as to give workers the rights that have been steadily being abridged since the 1980s." Part Two is an informal transcript of Kucinich's speech and Q&A session at the University of Oregon.

Aug 25, 2003


Bummers & Gummers
Thinking the Unthinkable: A Real Person for President, Part II
Lokiko Hall
A look at the personal history and platform of Dennis J. Kucinich: The Speech and the Q&A session, an informal transcript. Meet the candidate who actually writes his own speeches and speaks from his heart. "This country needs some healing. About 9/11. About policies in Iraq. About the direction the country's been taking with the Patriot Act. About the change in our national priorities."
Aug 25, 2003


Bummers & Gummers
The Breadhead
Lokiko Hall
Welcome to "Bummers & Gummers." Introducing online highlights of Lokiko Hall's nitty, gritty country life 'zine. Sorry, Martha Stewart, this is for real. Bummers and gummers are sheep herding terms for the different and often beloved misfits of the herd. The 'zine features different approaches to life and creative problem solving. This story is about Brian T., underground baker. "...he discovered on an Internet search that the foremost builder of European-style brick bread ovens in America, Alan Scott, lived in Petaluma." And the rest is breadhead history!
Jun 21, 2003


Bummers & Gummers
Horses Re-Create Habitat for Cutthroat Profit
Matthew Hall, illustrations by Lokiko Hall
Welcome to "Bummers & Gummers." Introducing online highlights of Lokiko Hall's nitty, gritty country life 'zine. Sorry, Martha, this is for real. Bummers and gummers are sheep herding terms for the different and often beloved misfits of the herd. The 'zine features different approaches to life and creative problem solving. In this story eco-forester Matthew Hall and the BLM experiment with draft horses, trout and trees to rectify the decades-old policies of mis-management of nature on the Alsea River (and elsewhere). Enjoy. There will be more great features from "Bummers & Gummers." See endtag of article for hardcopy subscription details.
Jun 6, 2003


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