Kids and Money: Six Reasons to Start the Conversation Now

Editor’s Note: For the record, I am not a financial adviser — just a parent who wants to see his kids get off on the right foot and be able to pursue their dreams without financial baggage weighing them down. With the New Year upon us, there’s no better time than now to start these conversations. Over the past few weeks I’ve found myself on more than one occasion discussing the topic of personal finance with our oldest son.... Read More

Reclaiming the Smallness and Intimacy of Yesteryear

There are moments when you have to take a step back and contemplate what we have lost in the face of what we have (supposedly) gained. The other week I found myself one town over picking up an x-ray at a local medical services building. As is the protocol, I went to the front desk, gave my name and explained what I was there for. The chipper and extremely helpful woman behind the desk said it would be a few minutes, so I went and took a seat amongst... Read More

Roots, Reconciliation and Renewal

“Human health is a sub-system of the Earth health. You cannot have well humans on a sick planet. You cannot have a viable human economy by destroying the Earth economy.” ~ Thomas Berry These last few weeks I have found myself tuned into the world around me more than ever. Part introspection; part retrospection; part back-of-the-envelope ethnography of the culture around me. Observing. Reflecting. Contemplating. Maybe it’s an unconscious... Read More

Mindful Consumption and “The World We Have”

“We touch the Earth to let go of the idea that we are separate and to remind us that we are the Earth and part of life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Is there a silver bullet solution for turning around the Throwaway Culture of Convenience? An elixir of unmatched potency to remedy many of the ills that plague our world? If there is, I think I have found it. It is called Mindful Consumption. Two simple words that convey a deeply profound message and... Read More

You vs. Stuff: Five Strategies for Winning Every Time

“Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.” ~ Peace Pilgrim Over the weekend, we tag-teamed a huge yard sale with my in-laws. Truth be told, it looked and felt more like a bonafide flea market than willy-nilly yard sale: Table after table of stuff laid out under canopies; long lines of people meandering through... Read More

The Frivolous Fifty

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”  ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi How often have you’ve seen this bumper sticker humming down the highway: “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Nothing sums up the tragic take on mainstream America like it. Look up American Lifestyle in the dictionary and you’re likely to see a lot of this stuff. Whether or not this extends to the rest... Read More

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