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Thoughtful commentary about - and individual solutions for - the pressing problems of our planet. We cover creative self-reliance, green living, natural homes, healthy food and organic gardening, natural parenting and alternative education, sustainable economics, health and wellness, life-affirming leisure activities, and many other aspects of natural family and community living. This website presents over 500 articles on those topics, and we are adding and updating articles on a regular basis.
quarantine simplicity

Quarantine Simplicity and Zen Simplicity - Amid all the talk about how we are victimized by the pandemic, we should realize we are missing an opportunity to learn from, embrace and enjoy the simple life.

Tear Up Your Turf

Tear Up Your Turf (and plant veggies) - Want more space to grow food? Tired of cutting the grass? Worried about the pollution from your small engine lawnmower? Then heres how to tear up your turf!

container gardening

Container Gardening How-to - No space for a garden? Don’t worry! Everything from salad greens and savory herbs to luscious fruits and vegetables can be as close as your patio, window box, balcony, or rooftop. Container gardening is the perfect solution.


What Goes Up Must Come Down - The Problem With Balloons - Balloons are favorite celebration materials but when they launch into the air they pose a grave danger to animals and birds.

natural play

Natural Play: Ditching Fancy Toys for Sticks and Mud - As children ditch their toys and play spontaneously with things in Nature, their senses are stimulated, minds engaged, and imaginations developing.


The Toxic Consequences of Fireworks - Fireworks have many toxic consequences, including air and water, pollution, negative health effects, and physical and psychological damage from noise.

instead of efficiency

Instead of Efficiency - Efficiently using the resources available may seem beneficial, whether in agriculture, business, government, healthcare, or education. However, that can be dangerous.


The Glow is Coming Off Glitter - Glitter is a common component of fun celebrations. But it is a microplastic, covered with aluminum foil, and causes harm to both the marine environment and our health.

household cleaners

What is the Dirt on Household Cleaners? - The many health and environmental dangers of household cleaning products are described, plus instructions for making your own alternatives are provided.

natural burial

Natural Burial: The Ultimate in Recycling - Natural green burials are the ultimate in recycling, are becoming increasingly popular, and avoid embalming chemicals and the pollutants of cremation.

playground surfaces

Do You Know What Your Child is Playing On? - Some playground surface materials can provide negative health effects. Here is an overview of bad materials like crumb rubber and artificial turf, as well as some healthier, safer natural ones.


Biomimicry - 2020 is a pivotal year for us to solve the problems we've created on this planet. Biomimicry provides some solutions by copying Nature’s systems to create new ways of living and of designing policies and products that are well-adapted to life on earth.


Cohousing is Creating a Sustainable Housing Solution - The European concept of cohousing is becoming increasingly popular in North America as a way to build community and live sustainably.


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