• Urban Homesteading

    as seen in the Green Living Journal, Spring 2019 I loved reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books when I was young. I think that what appealed to me so much was partly that the Ingalls family worked together to be...

    Read more
  • The SIMPLE Choice

    As seen in The Green Living Journal, Summer 2018 The Simple Choice Okay, I know that making choices isn’t always so simple. For one thing, we often operate on auto-pilot, just repeating the same patterns and habits over and over,...

    Read more
  • Change Yourself, Change the World

      –as seen in the Green Living Journal, March 2018 Sometimes I think “Wouldn’t it be great to change the way things are?”. Well, yes it would, aside from the huge responsibility inherent in that were it possible. It isn’t...

    Read more
  • Home


    (As seen in the Green Living Journal Winter 2016) “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” Thoreau The theme of this issue is Healthy Home. Gosh, how to narrow...

    Read more
  • Beyond Preserving and Conserving Read more
  • commUNITY

      CommUNITY ~ by Betty Shelley (as seen in the Green Living Journal, June 2016) Imagine these scenarios: You’re in need of a tool to finish a project and really don’t want to buy something you’ll seldom use again. You have...

    Read more
  • Voluntary Simplicity

      Voluntary Simplicity (as seen in the Green Living Journal February 2016) In 1995, my husband Jon and I signed up to take the Northwest Earth Institute’s discussion course, Voluntary Simplicity.  When you read “Voluntary Simplicity”, what comes to mind? For me,...

    Read more
  • Reduce – the first “R”

    Reduce – the first “R”

    (as seen in the Green Living Journal, Fall 2015) Reduce: the first R Let’s talk about reducing your consumption of one of life’s necessities – water. If you think back to a basic science class, remember how the teacher said that...

    Read more
  • It’s Sweater Weather

    One of the things I like about living where there are seasons is the opportunity to wear my favorite sweaters when the weather starts getting chilly.  Getting them out is much like getting reacquainted with old friends.  I remember when...

    Read more
  • Read more