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

What’s Your Trash Costing You?

“Human society sustains itself by transforming nature into garbage.” ~ Mason Cooley Up until last week, no one in my suburban New England town of 15,000 or so ever really gave much thought to what went into their trash barrel each week. Last week, all that changed with the introduction of a ”Pay As You Throw” (PAYT)  program. For those not familiar with PAYT, it’s a growing trend in municipal waste management whereby... Read More

Confessions of a Chronic Over-Doer (And What You Can Take Away From It)

“To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.” ~ Mother Teresa You may have noticed that it’s been a few weeks since publishing a post. I don’t think I’ve ever gone as long as this in-between hitting the “publish” button. It’s not out of want; there are always so many things I’d like to write about and share. It’s really been a matter of bandwidth. You see, I’m a chronic... 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

Challenging the Throwaway Culture of Convenience

“There is no reason that the universe should be designed for our convenience.” ~ John D. Barrow Saving the world isn’t hard. It’s just inconvenient. Why? We live in a throwaway society built upon convenience. We throw away stuff and the natural resources that make it possible. We throw away people by turning a blind eye. We throw away ideas when they don’t fit into our ideological norm. We throw away without a sense of responsibility;... Read More

Consumption Junction: 5 Steps Towards Reclaiming the Lost Art of Moderation

[Note: This is the second installment in a multi-part series reflecting on how a shift in our personal and collective perspectives can do wonders for achieving a new sense of balance within ourselves and the world. Read Part 1 (Perspective: Why a Shift is Needed and How You Can Do It). Read Part 3 (Imagining a World Without Labels). Read Part 4 (Interbeing: Why Seeing Everything in Everything is a Game Changer for the World).] “Frugality... Read More