Mass Layoffs Coming

This week I read a particular eye-opening article written by Adam Taggart discussing the very real possibility of widespread layoffs coming to America soon. [1] I’ve been saying for a while now that the economy is not doing nearly as well as the talking heads of the media establishment would have you believe. In fact, I…

EcoFarm Earth Bermed House

On October 24, 2015, we visited the home of the owner of EcoFarm, an earth bermed home built on the design principles popularized by Mike Reynolds’ Earthships. This house heats and cools itself and produces zero energy costs! Roof Construction Unlike the standard Earthship design of Mike Reynolds, this house’s roof is mostly subterranean. Except for…

Mowing Like a Badass

Last weekend I took a workshop with Joel Meadows on how to scythe. What is scything you may ask? Said simply: it’s mowing like a badass. For example, just watch this guy put to shame a traditional weed whacker:   Why Scythe? Mowing the lawn is one thing I definitely don’t enjoy doing. For the first…

We’ve Got Chickens!

For the long Melbourne Cup Weekend, we decided to forgo the cup and build a coup. The original plan was to wait until after Christmas, but we (including the landlord) became too impatient and decided to just go for it. Our aim is to take this opportunity to get our feet wet and learn by doing…

Melliodora Tour

In our quest to better understand sustainable living, Kristi and I visit David Holmgren’s property. We get to tour his off-grid home, walk around his permaculture gardens, and of course listen to his thoughts about sustainability and how to live better lives in a quickly changing world. Who is David Holmgren David Holmgren, simply stated,…

Food Exploration Begins!

Dagny is 4.5 months old and has officially begun to show interest in food and I am SO FREAKING EXCITED!!! It all started one morning when I was drinking chai tea. It had been sitting a while and was just warm at this point and the cup was not hot. She was watching me put…

Held at Gunpoint by Income Inequality

My brother was recently held at gunpoint outside his home in Miami and forced to hand over his wallet, phone, wedding ring, and car. Granted there will always be thugs looking to score, I would like to use this opportunity to point out a growing problem in the United States, a problem created by central bankers that…

Observe and Interact

This past month I enrolled in a Permaculture Design course held at the CERES Community Environment Park where I volunteer in Propagation (which I’ll be writing a post about soon under “WWOOFing While Pregnant”). The course takes place over the next three months every Tuesday night and every Sunday excluding a number of Australia’s many public holidays…

Financial Stocks Down, Pantry Stocks Up

Thursday and Friday saw stocks in the US drop over 5%, the first tangible sign that the cracks in the US financial markets are finally starting to give way. Is this the start of the next big collapse some are predicting? Regardless, I saw this as a good opportunity to examine my own stocks at…