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Self Sufficiency

Mentoring: A Promise of Youth Success

Melissa Beck | Posted 04.12.2016 | Impact
Melissa Beck

What does it mean to be an "adult"? One hundred years ago, you were considered an adult at age 18, or even younger by societal definitions. In 1904, t...

Advocacy: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.02.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we celebrate seven new grantees who advocate for a community that works for all. From Daina Zhang's project to ...

Danes Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands: Helping Refugees

Kajsa Paludan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Kajsa Paludan

Whilst men, women and children continue to drown in our seas as they leave behind their families and possessions in a desperate attempt to reach Europ...

There Are Rules to Long Distance Dating -- East, West and the Middle

Candidly Kim | Posted 01.07.2016 | Women
Candidly Kim

Have you ever went out and mingled for a few and ran into to someone who was "oh so fine"? Of course you have! And the story goes: You all talked for a few, have a lot of things in common and come to find out, they don't even live in the city where you guys met.

Surviving My First Summer as a Single Mom of Three

Georgia Kolias | Posted 10.14.2016 | Parents
Georgia Kolias

Early this year, after ending a 20-year relationship, I found myself joining the ranks of single mothers. With three children who were 2, 5, and 8 at the time, I was honestly scared.

Public School Isn't Free, and Not Everyone Can Afford It

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 08.25.2016 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Poverty pokes holes in a family's life. Non-profit and government programs seek to close those holes. But we tend to so this imperfectly, because we are almost always short on resources.

Temporary Lack of Amenities Taught Me to Appreciate What I Have

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.15.2016 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

In my daily routine I often forget about how fortunate I am to have certain luxuries such as running water, electricity and a fast Internet connection. To us, these amenities may seem expected because we live in a developed country. However, during my recent 45-day adventure to Peru, I had an enlightening experience.

Work Less -- Live SMARTer!

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathy Gottberg

While few of us might be willing to scale back our hours of work to 21 per week, any reduction is a beginning. The first step is to admit that working harder to buy more things will not make any of us any happier.

An Aging Person's Observations About Aging: Helpful Hints for All Ages

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.09.2015 | Fifty
William B. Bradshaw

I graduated from high school in 1950. Yes, that was 65 years ago. I am 82 years old. Some readers are probably thinking that I am really old, while others are chuckling and thinking, 'You have a ways to go."

How to Be Your Own Prince Charming

Mary Pritchard | Posted 06.14.2014 | Women
Mary Pritchard

I realize that most of us were raised with this ideal that someday, our prince would come and save us. And so, dutifully, we looked, hoped, waited, and we may have even thought we'd found him for a while. Who is this Prince Charming, anyway? Have you ever asked yourself that question?

Stephanee Killen: My Love Is Not a Circus Act: Drop the Big Top and Live From the Heart

Red Room | Posted 05.23.2014 | Women
Red Room

Being in love shouldn't feel like I've run off with the circus. That's what I tell myself every time I start jumping through hoops, walking a tightrope, or spinning plates on my head from the saddle of a unicycle.

5 Easy Steps Toward Sustainability

Gwen Edwards | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Gwen Edwards

Only 8 percent of food grown in Hawaii is consumed here. Why are we paying the rest of the world to feed us when we could do it ourselves?

The Secret to Successful Parenting

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

We are caught up in our society's academic achievement-driven educational system, where our children's "best" is measured academically. This leaves the parent mentoring role in a secondary position, that of urging our children to meet the school's standards.

A Truly Inspiring School in Colorado

Molly Sprayregen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Denver
Molly Sprayregen

. It's a place where kids call teachers by their first names and 10-year-olds take classes with teenagers, a place where the kids help dictate what they'd like to learn and how they'd like to learn it.

What Brooklyn's HOPE Program Taught Me -- Claire Silberman

The HOPE Program | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
The HOPE Program

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifI've been involved with the HOPE Program in Brooklyn for about 15 years. Its slogan is that it teaches students to "find, get and keep a job." But the women and men who enroll in the HOPE Program expect so much more than that.

Our Summer of Self-Sufficiency

Kerry Lyons | Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

If I decided to take a more introspective look at our "DIY Summer," I would have to admit that I can be an impediment to our children's self-sufficiency. It's hard for me to accept "their" way of doing things. After all, no one can make "hospital corners" like I can or load the dishwasher just so.

The Yoga of Ecology: Simple Living, High Thinking

Chris Fici | Posted 09.29.2012 | Green
Chris Fici

If you have a "green thumb", if your fingernails are constantly caked in dirt (like Terry's), or if you simply desire to make our ecological footprint more sane, then Terry is a fountain of knowledge to take advantage of.

The Macho In Me

Erika L. Sánchez | Posted 07.22.2012 | Latino Voices
Erika L. Sánchez

A friend of mine, however, recently pointed out that this sense of extreme self-suffiency is actually a manifestation of machismo. It's the idea that you have the strength and balls to take care of yourself and your family. You avoid asking for help even though it may have devastating effects.

Alys Fowler: Food for Thought (VIDEO) | Posted 05.28.2012 | Green

Gardener, Alys Fowler, is an individual who manages to balance city life with sustainable living. The BBC presenter currently lives in Birmingham but is semi self-sufficient and eats 100% seasonally.

First-hand Food: Aiming for Self-sufficient? Do the Math.

Tamar Haspel | Posted 04.01.2012 | Home
Tamar Haspel

If you're not growing, raising, hunting, foraging, or fishing your own food, you're behind the curve. Chickens and gardens, pigs and turkeys, rods and guns, are all showing up at the homes of what used to be milquetoast supermarket shoppers.

Steve Jobs' Google of the 60s: Whole Earth Catalog Revisited (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 01.04.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

In this video, Shelter editor Lloyd Kahn shows us a rare first issue of the Whole Earth Catalog, takes us for a tour of his homestead and gives us a sneak peek of his upcoming book Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter.

From the Front Lines of the Great New Mexico Gas-Out

Judith Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

Why are we asking other people, especially corporate or governmental entities what we're supposed to do? What are we thinking? What was I thinking?

PHOTOS: How To Be Self-Sufficient

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

From Self-Sufficiency: A Complete Guide to Baking, Carpentry, Crafts, Organic Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals, and More!: More ...

Weekly Mulch: Local Food--Where Sustainability Meets Self-Reliance

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Last week, environmentalists and food advocates warily welcomed the news that Walmart plans to expand its ...

The Literal Impact of Loneliness on Your Heart: What To Do About This

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Srinivasan Pillay

A recent study of 50-68 year old men and women in Chicago, found that being lonely at the beginning of the study correlated with increases in blood pressure two, three and four years later.