Doing It Yourself

Creating solutions to everyday problems can be extremely gratifying.  Making things yourself can also save money and reduce your environmental impact.  Here are some things to consider when thinking of doing it yourself: Do you have the tools to complete your project? Some projects require special tools, or a complement of common tools that may be out of reach for the urban Pagan...

The Green Triangle

The Green Triangle - first introduced by Ernest Callenbach - is a simple model for describing how our lifestyle behaviors can affect the environment.  The model uses an equilateral triangle with each of the three vertices representing Health, Environment and Money.  Affect one of these vertices; you will undoubtedly affect the other two. Driving a Car v. Riding a Bike Say you normally drive...

Edible Gardens in Containers

I spent the first seven years of my life on a small farm.  My mother maintained a sizable vegetable garden and had many creative (and sometimes labor intensive) methods for preserving, storing and using our bounty.  She made pickles - both sweet and dill - from our cucumbers.  She canned lots of other veggies, and even made her own tomato sauce, paste and stewed tomatoes that we enjoyed...

Prepare for Emergency

Everyone has unexpected crises which crop up - car repairs, sick pets, appliances or plumbing that malfunctions; sometimes it can be as terrifying as a natural disaster. As Dave Ramsey, a popular Christian financial planner says, it isn't a matter of if these crises will happen, but when. Unfortunately, most people seem ill prepared to deal with life's curveballs and they find themselves deeper...

In Defense of the Automobile

The ubiquitous automobile - the scapegoat of the environmental movement for its polluting ways is an indispensible tool for many. Love them or hate them, automobiles bring food to our local stores, employ tens of thousands of Americans involved in the auto industry and provide timely and reliable transportation for the average American. The Urban Country Bicycle Blog recently wrote about how the...