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Self Sufficiency

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)

Crane.tv | Posted 05.28.2012 | Green
Crane.tv

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 | Food
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.

Are You Single at Heart?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

To be single at heart, I think, means that you see yourself as single. Your life may or may not include the occasional romantic relationship, but you don't aspire to live as part of a couple for the long term.

Send a Valentine to Haiti

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anne Dilenschneider

For over 20 years, CCH members have supported community development in Haiti. One of the ways they do this is by teaching organic gardening, reforestation, and animal husbandry.

Pro Mujer: Journey Towards Women's Empowerment In Latin America

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Pro Mujer is helping some of the poorest women in Latin America to increase their income, develop their full potential, and claim their basic human rights, enabling them to become agents of change.

Hop On The Homegrown Bandwagon

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Madigan's book, aptly billed as "the Indispensible Guide To Food Self-Sufficiency," is an invaluable resource to help you tackle just about any homegrown, made-from-scratch project.

An Obama Village Fantasy

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Stephen C. Rose

Just an initial effort to think about human settlements as they might develop during coming years. An Obama Village would have a population of plus o...

Why October 6th Felt Like September 11th

Jeannie Ralston | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeannie Ralston

Today, I'm not sure who to be angry at, exactly who to blame, but after years of inattention and living like we had a right to a free lunch, my suspicion is that this time the culprit is all of us.