Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, June 27, 2020

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Mountain View News Saturday, June 6, 2020 

Pet of the Week

 Six-year-old Cowboy has socks more than 
he has full boots, but Cowboy is his name 
and cuddling is his game! This big guy is very 
social and always the life of the party. He loves 
following people around and flopping onto his 
side to get pets. Cowboy is a big fan of catnip 
and just likes to have a good time. Will you ride 
off into the sunset with him?

 The adoption fee for cats is $90. All cat 
adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, 
and age-appropriate vaccines.

 New adopters will receive a complimentary 
health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal 
Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with 
information about how to care for your pet.

 View photos of adoptable pets at and fill out an online 
adoption application. Adoptions are by 
appointment only.

 Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by 
phone calls or email.



[Nyerges is the author of several books. He can be reached at www.SchoolofSelf-]

Later this year, my latest book will be published, titled “Urban Survival Guide” 
which is really three or four books in one. In one section, I profile certain individuals 
whose lives are worthy of emulation. One was Richard E. White, a Navy 
veteran, raised in Christian Science, and lifelong vegetarian. He taught organic 
gardening, Yoga, and survival training at local schools and colleges. He founded a 
non-profit, WTI, in order to “Research and share in all aspects of survival, including physical, economic, 
political, social, and spiritual survival.” He also founded a private school, The Rainbow Academy, where 
he taught numerous curriculums he developed, to the hundreds of students over five decades. He passed 
away in August of 2019.

For my book, I compiled a general overview of the lessons I learned from him, drawn from memory and 
personal observation. Many of these precepts have evolved into detailed recommendations and procedures, 
most of which are available from the non-profit that White founded.

In these challenging times, I find that his guidelines – the guidelines that he lived by – are eminently 
practical. If a major disaster ever occurred, he is one of those rare individuals for whom I believe his day 
to day life would just continue unimpeded. Here is a modified list of some of those guidelines:

Always utilize natural methods to heat and to cool rooms and homes.

Never leave lights on when you are not in a room.

Use the most energy efficient lights.

Use reflectors to increase the light from the bulb.

Don’t use electricity if not absolutely necessary.

Use manual tools wherever possible.

If you have an oven pilot light, you can use that to 
keep warm drinks or soup warm by placing your 
container over that spot.

White purchased the most energy-efficient refrigerator 
available at the time, and insulated it with 
layers of packing bubbles to maintain its insulation. 
(Refrigerators are perhaps the most inefficient appliance 
in the modern household).

All bath water can be recycled into the garden.

A water heater should be located as close as possible to where the hot water will be used (kitchen sink, 
bathtub). The water heater tank should be heavily insulated and the lines should be insulated.

Never pay full retail.

Always buy on sale, and with coupons where possible.

But in the “off-season” when prices are low.

Buy nothing that you don’t actually NEED.

Avoid “impulse buying.”

Always find a way, even if you are “poor,” to contribute something to a charity or non-profit of your 

Do not “waste” money.

Always save at least 10% of your income in the highest interest bearing account you can find.

Buy in bulk where possible to save money.

Never waste food.

Wear natural fabrics; dress modestly; do not cramp the feet.

Repair your own clothing by learning to sew.

Throw nothing away! Find higher uses for resources.

Don’t drive a motor vehicle if you can walk or bicycle. 

Learn to make simple repairs to your motor vehicle, and to your bicycle.

Learn to help your body heal itself.

Eat nutritious foods. Vegetarianism is best. Grow your own where possible.

Exercise daily with routines that strengthen all systems. [White taught many systems]

Fast once a week.

Know your neighbors; Join or organize Neighborhood Watch.

Hire your neighbors when you need work done.

Always research new subjects; make discoveries.

Never accept anything because an “expert” says it is so. Do Active Doubting. Learn by your own direct 

Maintain political awareness. Read key books, such as “True Believer” by Hoffer.

Never go to sleep at night without reviewing the day; Each night, review each act of importance for what 
you did right, and what you need to balance.

When you have a need that you need filled, always lead with an offer to the person who might offer assistance. 
Always look for the way that your offer will be of importance to the offeree.

Richard White and Despina Arouzman


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