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Skills We Really Need

Not too long ago, my son's school sent us a survey. One question asked how well we feel the school is preparing the children for the future. This is a difficult question. At first glance, we see the future as a more technologically advanced version of today with not much changing [...]

By |March 12th, 2015|Categories: Inside Outcome|Comments Off on Skills We Really Need

Plant List for a Beautiful Apple Tree Guild

As stated in the post introducing the design of my front yard guilds, I had very specific requirements when choosing a plant list. If you haven't read it yet, check it out here. So here's my plant list along with the traits and uses that I personally found to be beneficial to [...]

By |March 6th, 2015|Categories: The Permaculture Pupil|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Plant List for a Beautiful Apple Tree Guild

My Front Yard Apple Guilds

While I have been reading since my last post, the bulk of that passed time was spent researching and organizing plants and designing the apple guilds I'll be planting this spring. Permaculture design requires a lot of forethought and planning. Designing my guilds involved only a small portion of what is [...]

By |March 3rd, 2015|Categories: The Permaculture Pupil|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on My Front Yard Apple Guilds

Dealing with Feelings of Despondency Regarding Human Degradation of the Earth

Lately I’ve been feeling something that would be best described as urgent helplessness with regard to the state of the Earth and the rampant apathy surrounding it. I want to spend every possible second I can learning and arming myself to be able to spread the word and do everything I [...]

By |October 19th, 2014|Categories: Inside Outcome|Comments Off on Dealing with Feelings of Despondency Regarding Human Degradation of the Earth

The One-Straw Revolution: Parts Four and Five

I could write a lengthy blog post on just about every sentence in The One-Straw Revolution. Unfortunately, my library loan has expired for this e-book and all the highlights I made, so I must write a quick final post on a couple of his points that currently stand out the most [...]

By |October 1st, 2014|Categories: The Permaculture Pupil|Comments Off on The One-Straw Revolution: Parts Four and Five

The One-Straw Revolution: Part Three

Part three of The One-Straw Revolution is wise, thoughtful, and philosophical. Much of it I've already read and begun to practice in my Buddhist studies, but there were quite a few gems that I had not encountered yet. The first gem that keeps coming back to mind is, "Each person should [...]

By |September 26th, 2014|Categories: The Permaculture Pupil|Comments Off on The One-Straw Revolution: Part Three

The One-Straw Revolution: Part Two, The Four Principles

The Four Principles In part two, Masanobu Fukuoka discusses his four principles for successful natural farming. The four principles are simple and indeed seem to propose a less labor-intensive method of producing food. Here I'll discuss each of the principles while adding my own elaboration. No Cultivation Throughout my life, I've only [...]

By |September 17th, 2014|Categories: The Permaculture Pupil|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The One-Straw Revolution: Part Two, The Four Principles

The One-Straw Revolution: Part One

I first decided to read a book by Masanobu Fukuoka, because I knew that he used natural farming to raise grains, and I am interested in growing some grains. But it turns out that Fukuoka is a good author with whom to start my The Permaculture Pupil writings, because he used permacultural [...]

By |September 6th, 2014|Categories: The Permaculture Pupil|Comments Off on The One-Straw Revolution: Part One

What should you do with your old smartphone? Save the rain forests of course!

About a year ago, we decided that my then current smartphone was no longer worth using as a phone. Frankly, I was afraid that if I needed to dial 911, I wouldn't be able to. So I got a new phone for my birthday, and hubby decided that he would use [...]

By |August 30th, 2014|Categories: Inside Outcome|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on What should you do with your old smartphone? Save the rain forests of course!

My New Obsession, Permaculture

I'm sure no one is keeping track, but my blogs have become quite sporadic of late. The lack of writing is certainly not without reason, though. I've been studying. And planning. In this post, I talked about how I want to change the world. I don't want to change the world, [...]

By |August 24th, 2014|Categories: Inside Outcome|Comments Off on My New Obsession, Permaculture

Choose to Enjoy It

I am extremely lucky to be vacationing in the Black Hills this week, but perhaps even luckier to have found a gem of wisdom while here. Yesterday morning, my husband and I were outside the hotel with Forrest. Something about having a baby seems to open up conversation with about everyone. [...]

By |June 25th, 2014|Categories: Health, Inside Outcome|Comments Off on Choose to Enjoy It

Use Your Dreams to Stay Sober

Image courtesy of http://kickofjoy.com I've all but started a completely new life since then, and some things are easier left unsaid. You know, it's easy to make a good impression when certain pieces of your past are left out. But we all have our demons, and I'm happy to [...]

By |June 18th, 2014|Categories: Health, Inside Outcome|Comments Off on Use Your Dreams to Stay Sober

Cleaning a Bathroom the Easy Way (and without chemicals)

My working past is rich in cleaning experience. None of it until the past few years was without toxic chemicals, but I did learn some fun techniques that still make things easier. The bathroom is my least-deplored room in the house to clean, maybe because I don't have to vacuum it. But [...]

By |June 1st, 2014|Categories: Health, Inside Outcome|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Cleaning a Bathroom the Easy Way (and without chemicals)

An Anniversary Shoutout

Tomorrow will mark two years since my husband and I traveled to the beautiful state of Hawaii and joined each other’s hands in marriage; and instead of writing a personal letter this year, I decided it would be more fun to shout it from a virtual mountain top. Husband, you gave [...]

By |May 26th, 2014|Categories: Inside Outcome|Comments Off on An Anniversary Shoutout

I Want to Change the World

I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. For a while, I wanted to be a garbage man, because they got to ride on the back of the truck. Then I wanted to be a veterinarian, because I love animals. As I got older, the length [...]

By |April 24th, 2014|Categories: Inside Outcome|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on I Want to Change the World

I Love Dandelions

Do you remember, as a child, picking a bouquet of dandelions for your mother? I do. I genuinely thought dandelions were beautiful and that I was giving a beautiful gift to my mother. I did not consider them a weed, something worthy of destruction. In fact, not only were they beautiful, [...]

By |March 25th, 2014|Categories: Health, Inside Outcome|Tags: , , |Comments Off on I Love Dandelions

#reallifewoman

Women, show of hands. Who loves how they look when they wake up? You look in the mirror and the woman who stares back has no makeup, crazy hair, puffy eyes, unlifted boobs, and dons her eighth-grade softball t-shirt. At this very moment, how likely are you to take a selfie [...]

By |March 18th, 2014|Categories: Inside Outcome|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on #reallifewoman

Why I Stopped Wearing Makeup

I learned a few things in high school. I learned algebra. I learned chemistry (just kidding). I learned the definition of viscosity. And since I'm a woman, I also learned that in order to go out in public, you must "put your face on." For at some point in history, we [...]

By |February 28th, 2014|Categories: Inside Outcome|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Why I Stopped Wearing Makeup

Life Is About the Journey, Not the Destination

Finally, I heard the bell -- that beautiful, beautiful bell. The ringing continued to vibrate deep into my little body as I shook with exhilaration. School was over for the day; I was free at last. First grade is hard. Much harder than kindergarten. I am most certain that this will [...]

By |February 26th, 2014|Categories: Inside Outcome|Tags: , |Comments Off on Life Is About the Journey, Not the Destination

Family Cloth

After reading Being Green, a friend asked me to elaborate on family cloth. She wondered why she would want to use it. Let's start with this: What is family cloth? Family cloth is squares of cloth used to wipe at the toilet. Don't leave yet! Let me explain the logic and benefits first. [...]

By |February 24th, 2014|Categories: Inside Outcome|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Family Cloth

Being Green

For today's post, I thought it would be fun to list the things we do to minimize our impact on the environment. Hopefully I can give you some ideas you may not have thought of yet. Many of these items fit in more than one category, so I just picked the [...]

By |February 23rd, 2014|Categories: Health, Inside Outcome|Tags: , |Comments Off on Being Green

How to Conquer Irritation

Annoyances. Aggravations. Irritations. We all have them. We all get annoyed. Some suffer from few grievances, while some have peeves streaming out of their ears, ready to jump out of their chairs at the sound of a co-worker clicking his pen or the sight of a grammatical error. But why? Well, [...]

By |February 22nd, 2014|Categories: Health, Inside Outcome|Tags: , |Comments Off on How to Conquer Irritation

When I Found Buddhism

It was around 2009 when I started longing to belong to some sort of group. I was no longer Christian, but I missed belonging to a congregation. I didn’t need a group of people or a religion in order to be a good person. I learned morals growing up, and I [...]

By |February 21st, 2014|Categories: Health, Inside Outcome|Tags: , |Comments Off on When I Found Buddhism

The Three Poisons and Their Antidotes

A few years ago, when I was just starting to study Buddhist philosophy, I learned about the three poisons and their antidotes in this documentary. This concept immediately clicked with me and has been a part of my daily thought process ever since. The three poisons are the root of all [...]

By |February 21st, 2014|Categories: Health, Inside Outcome|Tags: |Comments Off on The Three Poisons and Their Antidotes
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