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.
. 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.
I'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.