Tiny Homes legalized in Washington State

Originally written and published in Narrative.org’s Tiny Houses Niche.

May 9, 2019 – Jay Inslee, Governor of the State of Washington signed the Tiny House law. This law legalizes living in tiny home and tiny homes on wheels in the State. This is a great stride forward for Tiny home owners in all states.

For a full transcript of the law, click here.

Go to the new section 5 to see:

(4) For purposes of this section:  (a) “Tiny house” and “tiny house with wheels” means a dwelling to  be used as permanent housing with permanent provisions for living,  sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation built in accordance with the state building code.

p. 6 ESSB 5383.PL  (b) “Tiny house communities” means real property rented or held  out for rent to others for the placement of tiny houses with wheels or tiny houses utilizing the binding site plan process in RCW 58.17.035.

My Mysterious “Facebook” Lockout

Originally published in Medium at https://medium.com/@nataliacorres/my-mysterious-facebook-lockout-554820244ef7.

Back in 2004, I heard about this social network platform called “Facebook” and in 2005 I finally got around to joining. I had a developer’s account for awhile, because I was working for a little web-based application startup company who wanted to be able to capitalize on opportunities that could arise from shared acquaintances and friends. And time marched on.

Which brings us to today June 5, 2019 — where for the last 24 hours I have been stuck in this screen (I’ve covered my phone number in the screen print):

“Oh” you may be thinking, “why doesn’t she put in the code?”

Because they never sent it. And clicking on “Resend Confirmation Code” is how I got that little red lock down message.

“Oh” you think again, “maybe change your password?”

Tried that, and it sent me confirmation that I have changed my password, but I still cannot log in.

To report a problem, I have to login.

To get to my business pages, I have to login.

To get to a variety of other applications, that I have (stupidly) used Facebook Credentials for, I have to login.

Are you seeing a trend?

In fact, there is no where on the Facebook site that enables you to message them, no phone numbers to call, no email addresses for reporting anything UNLESS YOU ARE ALREADY LOGGED IN. And yes, I did a Help Search, and nothing addresses when you are stuck in the particular screen I am stuck in and have not received their SMS texted security confirmation code.

I had to do several google searches to find an email to use (here it is in case you need to try it someday: disabled@facebook.com) and that is a long shot because according to my searches it takes them on average 100 hours to answer their emails.

And remember, an average means that it could go waaaay higher or I might have an email sitting in my inbox right now (I don’t, but I suppose it could happen).

Adding insult to injury, many of the applications that I have used Facebook login credentials for, also do not have a way of getting to your account without logging in to Facebook. An Ourobouros problem, the snake eating his tail…(i.e. catch-22, circular issue — can’t get there from here).

It is a mystery to me, that a platform that prides itself on connecting people is unreachable unless you are IN the application. And even then, you are advised to send a Messenger Private Message to the Support folks and sometimes you can find a chatbox, but after the chatbot has tried everything and you realize it is a bot and not a person, you still have no answer.

Plus I am advised by some of my friends who still have access to their accounts, that all of my messages have disappeared and that I am listed as blocked for offensive material. One would think that Facebook would notify me of such an offense — or perhaps issue a warning of some kind. Not that I have posted anything that could be considered offensive (I don’t post political stuff, I am mostly a science/tech/animal welfare and funny stuff kind of post).

My biz pages are about living smaller (more sustainably) — “Zen of Living Smaller” and writing for a living “Words to Live By”; hardly the stuff of controversy or graphic violence. No hate speech, unless you count hate against child and animal abusers…so WTH?

After years of strange stuff happening, and the advent of more and more and more advertising I am inclined to say that if I cannot get this corrected in a reasonable timeframe. I will probably give up on Facebook entirely and move on.

I will miss the interaction with many of my friends and acquaintances, but it will probably free me up to write more — so there is a plus side.

NOTE: Today is 6/6/19 and I have not received a reply to tweets or to the email  I sent. BUT…I have discovered that this has been an ongoing problem for Facebook since March of this year. Still no fix? Well folks, if I hear nothing by Friday – I will remove all the links to Facebook and call it a nice run, but it couldn’t last forever. 

 

Setting Goals

As the New Year looms up (where DID all the time go?) many of us will be thinking of resolutions.

This year, I will be setting out goals. Not just goals, but SMART goals.

If you don’t work in corporate America (and for some, even if you do)  – you may not have heard of smart goals.

Here you go:

SMART Goals

Specific: Set concrete, clearly defined goals with specific points of success.
Measurable: Whatever the goal is, find ways to measure progress.
Achievable: Aim high, but within reason. Your goal should be a stretch, but something you could actually achieve.
Relevant: Find a goal that matters enough to you that you’ll be motivated to stick with it.
Time-bound: Set a reasonable timeline for your goal, and focus on the small wins along the way.

This is a way of setting your intent firmly into the structure of actuality.  I try to use this when I am working on projects with others; as a volunteer; and in my own life. It makes accomplishing things much easier.

Here’s hoping you reach your goals for 2019 – may the new year bring you happiness, prosperity and the time to enjoy life. And remember: the more you do, the more you get done!

 

The Handwritten Note

What is it about the handwritten note, that can make such a difference in the course of a life?

Is it the colorful decoration? Or the preprinted sentiment?

Of course that took some thought, and can bring a smile…

But that is not all,

it is the time and (though small) effort that it took to pick up a pen and write a sentence or two directly from one mind, heart, soul through the ink flowing

to the recipient’s mind, heart and soul.

It shows an effort made with care and thought.

It demonstrates the value that one person has for another.

And, it is a physical reaching out that touches one hand to another,

in a way that can touch that person again and again with every re-reading.

It is a way to be present when miles separate you both.

Being there

As I get older and see my circle of friends aging, too – I see a greater need for people to be there for each other.

I mean this in the most practical way!  I have many friends who are single, with no family nearby or no family at all, and even the youngest of them may sometimes get ill or need help with something. Our society pooh-poohs anyone who is not self-sufficient, since we are all supposed to be strong and rugged individualists.

The bottom line is that many people who NEED help (even with something small, like getting boxes out of the attic) rarely ASK for help, and sometimes blow their budget paying for help when a friend could have done it for them.

So I am asking you all to consider BEING THERE for your extended family of friends. And if you have no one that you call a friend, reach out (you could volunteer, or go to the library and strike up a conversation) and begin to build your circle of friends.

When I was single, I had a couple of friends that I always let know when I was going somewhere out of the ordinary and when I would be home; they would do the same – that way if we checked and the person wasn’t home yet, we knew to start the process of following up. Sometimes we bought stuff in bulk at Costco and split it among ourselves to save money. Sometimes we made casseroles or soup to bring to each other when sick, or helped care for pets.

Now with cell phones, it is easier to check if someone is home okay after a trip; or if they might need a grocery run since they are ill. We have to consciously REACH OUT, because our society has trained us to mind our own business – which isn’t a bad thing by itself, but there are many lonely and needy people out there whose lives would be improved by simply being there for them once in awhile.

Whether you chose to stick with a circle of friends; or reach out to elderly and the single parent in your neighborhood or building; or extend out to a club or group – you will make a tremendous difference by being there.

Think about the small things that you need help with from time to time. Maybe even organize a cooperative.

If all you do is help get boxes from the attic or rake leaves for someone who can’t…you have still done A LOT.

Living smaller can also be living LARGE. Be there.