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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: , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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: , , , |0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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: , , , |0 Comments

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: , , |4 Comments

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: , , |6 Comments

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: , |0 Comments

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: , , , |0 Comments

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: , |2 Comments

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: , |6 Comments