Tag Archives forPosts written in 2021

7 Steps to a Frog Pond that Also Grows Food

7 Steps to a Frog Pond that Also Grows Food

(about a 6 to 8 minute read)

This post is all about how we built a pond for tadpoles and frogs that will also grow food-producing water plants and edge plants. It's our first attempt, so it's very small. If it works, we'll make more, or make this one bigger. Or both.

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The ​3 ​Skill Sets ​​​We Need for a ​​Kinder Culture

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The 3 Skill Sets We Need for a Kinder Culture

(about a 6 minute read)

There are three core skill sets that I believe can help us be more effective in holding space for more compassionate, just, sustainable, and enjoyable ways of living and doing business.

Until I think of better names for them, I’m calling them: Internal Self-parenting Skills, Sustainable Living Skills, and Relationship Skills. In this article I summarize each of them.

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The Stick, the Carrot, and the Gift

The Stick, the Carrot and the Gift

(about a 2 to 3 minute read)

Most of us, most of the time, do the things we do for stick, carrot, or avoidance reasons. The problem is that these forms of motivation do not satisfy us. To really thrive, we need to do things for gift reasons.

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The Stevia Dilemma

The Stevia Dilemma

(about a 12 minute read)

Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni1) is a small subtropical shrub with very sweet leaves and a complicated history. Here is some of what you might want to know before choosing if and how you'll use stevia-based sweeteners, along with tips on growing and using your own stevia plants.

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Seeing Through the Seductions of Science and Technology

Seeing Through the Seductions of Science and Technology

(a 4 to 5 minute read)

The history books in our schools tell us that scientific and technological advancement have freed us from boredom, ignorance and oppression; from drudgery and repetition; from dirt, disease and malnutrition.

Let’s briefly re-examine these assumptions, and consider where we go from here.

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The People’s Medicine

The People's Medicine

(a 3 to 4 minute read)

There is an easy, accessible practice that should be WAY better known. It's the practice of using common plants in basic preparations to support health. (This is not a how-to article, but it does link to resources that will help you with the how-to.)

Here are 9 quotes from herbalists about the oldest and simplest medicine in the world so simple, a child can do it.

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Transitioning from Toxic to Natural

Transitioning from Toxic to Natural

(4 - 5 minute read)

Switching from synthetic personal care products to simple, natural alternatives means giving up superficial attributes like foam, fragrance, and texture, which are achieved using toxic ingredients. This article explores how we got so dependent on these products and shares 3 ideas we can rely on in our efforts to get back to natural.

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Essential Oils: Some Things to Consider

Essential Oils: Some Things to Consider

(4 - 5 minute read)

People tend to think that because they come from plants, essential oils are always safe and beneficial to use. But essential oils are highly concentrated and extremely powerful, are harvested and processed on an industrial scale, have big impacts on plants and communities, and should be used sparingly, with caution and respect.

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