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Category: Rants

Every once in awhile you can’t help but to go off on a tangent about something. Be it politics, religion, the good ol’ days, consumerism, food production, GMO foods, globalization, localism, nationalism, or any other ism or ist.

The Best TED Presentation Ever

By: Everett S

The next time someone says they don’t understand you; that that they think you’re weird, or that you want to take this “voluntary simplicity” thing too far – send them this… Best. TED. Ever.

Rewiring Your Brain for Problem Solving

By: Everett S

One thing became abundantly clear when I started getting to know people who grew up in the countryside: They are often extremely talented at problem solving. This is especially true when it comes to solving a problem with little or no money. I am a creative problem solver in many ways (at least that’s what […]

Kubota Farm Tractor Finds A Good Home

By: Tommy B

Today, I said goodbye to my Kubota 43hp 4×4 tractor with all its implements, including a backhoe!  I have worked through some feelings around this sale.  It’s sad because I loved that tractor and used it all the time, but it’s good to know it will help me get one step closer to being debt free. My life looks […]

A Quick Update

By: Everett S

I realize we haven’t posted much lately so I wanted to give a quick update on a few things. Company, Travel and Friends We have had a lot of company over the last couple of months, and I was out of town for work an entire week. We have really enjoyed our time spent with […]

My Dilemma – Tommy on Ambivalence and Passion

By: Tommy B

According to the dictionary, Ambivalence is a noun that means: 1. uncertainty or fluctuation, especially when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite or conflicting things. 2. Psychology . the coexistence within an individual of positive and negative feelings toward the same person, object, […]

Self-Sufficiency: Philosophy & Economy – Guest Post

The following guest post comes from John Jackson, author of ‘A Little Piece of England: A Tale of Self-Sufficiency’, which tells the tale of how the he and his family, living in a sliver of countryside in London’s commuter belt, worked to become self-sufficient. I approached John about reviewing his book and agreed to participate […]

We Are Walking Trees and Floating Plants Made of Grist From the Mills of God

By: Everett S

The title of this post is paraphrasing a quote from one of my favorite passages of all time of this year. The passage I have excerpted below was written by American naturalist John Burroughs, pictured here. This was a man who truly knew how to observe nature by removing all the crap that filters the […]

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage On The Rainy Day Rant

Having worked with them on a few web projects, I invited some folks at Dancing Rabbit Eco Village in Missouri to discuss how internet access has helped their community. Several members are involved in a wide variety of online businesses that bring in revenue to help finance infrastructure and boost their local economy. Brian Toomey […]

How Work ‘Should’ Be…

By: Everett S

I have to admit I was a little upset about all the work I put into the new site not getting the reception I’d hoped for. In the end, I’m sure it will all work out. But right now I just want to tell a little story about how my life is different now than […]

Rethinking Voluntary Complexity

By: Amber B.

When I first heard the phrase Rethinking Voluntary Complexity I was struck with an internal bolt of lightning. This concept of voluntary complexity is something I’ve pondered for the last several years, but I never had a name for it. I could sit and think, if I reduced this or didn’t use that we wouldn’t […]