Thank you for stopping by this website, which provides access to the
work that I and my life and business partner Rolf have been doing for the past forty years.
That work encompasses the seemingly disparate topics of green living,
unschooling / life learning, natural parenting, and
Aside from those being my passions – and therefore what I
like to write about – I understand that everything
we do in our everyday lives connects us with the web of life on Earth.
Therefore, the physical, mental, economic, and social health of our families and of our
environment is a reflection of the choices we make. My mission
is to help people understand the range of choices available and to
encourage them to challenge the assumptions inherent in those choices so that
they make the right ones for themselves, their families, and the Earth.
I see that we have reached the stage where we need to
rethink how we live in our families and our communities, and on our planet. And,
in my opinion, that means embracing smaller-scale, local ways of doing things, and becoming
more self-reliant in the way that we think and live.
So I am pleased to meet you here and would be happy to engage
with you on these topics via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or LinkedIn.
I hope you will enjoy and be inspired, or at least informed, by the
selection of articles I've presented on this
website, and in the books I write and the magazines I edit.
My blog, which used to be found in this space, was recently split up to reflect
some of the topics covered in
our magazines. The Life Learning Magazine unschooling blog is here
Natural Child Magazine natural parenting blog
If you are moved to support
my work, please consider purchasing a magazine subscription or a book...for
yourself or as a gift. Clicking on the links above will help you explore my books and magazines. Thank you in the name of change!
Self-Employment Is One Of My Passions
I have been a small business owner
and social entrepreneur since 1974, working for most of that time from a
home office. First, I was a stained glass artisan, doing special
commissions and selling at craft fairs and in shops. Then, in 1976, I
became co-owner, with my husband Rolf, of The Alternate Press (later to
become known as Life Media), which publishes our magazines and books, as
well as a
number of websites.
In the 1980s, I championed women-owned businesses
and home-based micro-businesses by launching the Home Business Network,
speaking at conferences, writing how-to articles, presenting how-to
workshops about both business principles and life-work integration, and
participating on national committees to legitimize and legalize home
business at the municipal level. In the 1990s, I taught small business courses to low-income
women through a non-profit community economic development organization,
wrote the book
Bringing It Home - A Home Business Start-up Guide for You and Your
Family, wrote a weekly small business newspaper column for ten
years, published a print newsletter for green and socially conscious businesses entitled Good Business,
hosted radio and television shows, and mentored women business owners.
In addition to continuing to edit our three magazines, I
now write a regular column about alternative and local business in
Natural Life Magazine called Eco Nomics.
Whether or not we see ourselves as
entrepreneurs or are inspired to start businesses, I believe that to
prosper in the near future – even, possibly, to
survive – we will have to re-think how we make a living. Here's an
article I wrote for Life Learning Magazine a few years ago that provides
more insight into that...and why unschoolers are well
equipped to do that. And here's a piece I wrote
for Natural Life Magazine about the importance of small, local,
and cooperative business.
also, is a link to some of the how-to articles that
I have written on the subjects of home-based, micro, and green business, as
well as what has now come to be called "unjobbing."
It's all connected, and all about being self-reliant!
Rolf and I are currently contemplating other ways to share our knowledge and to
mentor and inspire those who want to become self-employed
and create a new economic paradigm, so please
tuned for future developments.