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How Grassroots Community Action and 21st Century Technologies Can Empower Elders to Stay in Their Homes and Lead Healthier, Happier Lives
Alone and Invisible No More is a compelling look at elder care in America today. It has all the makings of a perfect novel. The book will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even make you angry at how our elders are treated. On these pages, Dr. Teel not only lays out the problems we face with elder care today,and the overwhelming economic disaster ahead of us, but also he clearly lays out a plan for our future. This plan puts meaning and purpose back into our lives.
Sermons from a Heretical Preacher
Religion and politics have always been a potent mix. History is littered with times when that combination caused sweeping death and destruction, when it fueled aggression and oppression—and when it gave fascism a religious and diplomatic face.
Inspiration for a Positive and Abundant Life
The Art of Ageing gives advice on how to make the most of ageing, how we can celebrate its positive gifts and includes the stories of a variety of people who have enjoyed creative and productive lives well into their eighties and nineties.
Rituals and Celebrations for the Child-bearing Years
Birthrites offers practical advice for potential parents. However, rather than concentrating solely on pregnancy, birth, and motherhood, this book also explores “Becoming a Father,” “Adoption,” and “Miscarriage” (to name but a few). Jackie Singer emphasizes the importance of ritual and ceremony in marking life-changing events, and sharing this experience with others.
More and more Americans acutely sense that the old way of doing things — investing their savings in Wall Street companies who care little about the well-being of our families and communities, depending on polluting, increasingly costly, and non-renewable sources of energy, and eating food grown far away that makes us sick — is no longer working. Instead, we want to invest in own homes and our own neighborhoods. We want to be build more local self-reliance in the face of uncertainty. We want to be have a say in the future of our communities. But how?
In partnership with Post Carbon Institute, Chelsea Green presents the Community Resilience Guides — a series of books exploring the newest and most promising examples of relocalization for uncertain times.
A Daoist Perspective
In this book David E. Cooper explores our relationship to nature – to animals, to plants, to natural places – and asks how it can be shaped into an appropriate one which contributes to the good of people’s lives as a whole. Religions and philosophies have much to say about our relationship with nature, and Chinese Daoist philosophy has long been regarded as among those most sympathetic to the natural world.
William Cobbett wrote Cottage Economy, published in 1821, with a twofold aim. First, to promote his personal philosophy of self-sufficiency, which he viewed as the foundation of family happiness. And second, to "instruct country laborers in the arts of brewing beer, making bread, keeping cows, pigs, bees, ewes, poultry, rabbits, and other matters." The book has enjoyed classic
status ever since.
In Earth Pilgrim, Satish Kumar draws on his personal experience and also his understanding of the spiritual traditions of both East and West. The book takes the form of conversations between Kumar and others about the inner and outer aspects of pilgrimage: “To be a pilgrim is to be on a path of adventure, to move out of our comfort zones, to let go of our prejudices and preconditioning, to make strides towards the unknown.” If we want to tread the pilgrim’s path, we need to go beyond ideas of good and evil and to be dedicated to our quest—to our natural calling. We need to shed not just our unnecessary material possessions but also our burdens of fear, anxiety, doubt, and worry; in this way we can find spiritual renewal and enter on the great adventure into the unknown.
A Toolkit for Resilience and Positive Change
Find Your Power describes how to strengthen your ability to bring about positive change.
Making Chairs in the 21st Century
Going with the Grain is for anyone who is interested in getting to know trees and wood better through the fulfilling process of turning a tree into their very own chair.
In Search of Simplicity
William Coperthwaite is a teacher, builder, designer, and writer, who is exploring true simplicity on a homestead on the north coast of Maine. He examines themes of beauty, work, education, and design while giving instruction on hand-crafting of the necessities of life.
Big Picture Parenting for a Changing World and to Change the World!
Honeycomb Kids is a parenting book for the 21st Century. Including more than 300 practical ideas and activities, it comes with two priceless benefits: not only does it help you prepare your children for an uncertain tomorrow, it also helps you shift to a better family life for today.
A play examining what we have all longed for--the simple life of a small town in Vermont, full of joy, sorrow, and reality.
Helen and Scott Nearing, authors of Living the Good Life and many other books, lived together for 53 years until Scott's death at age 100. This is Helen's memoir of their life together and an inspiring testimonial to the ideals they stood for: self-sufficiency, simplicity, social justice, and peace.
A Political Autobiography
The autobiography of Scott Nearing, a homesteader who left life in the city with his wife to live the life of a homesteader in New England.
Helen and Scott Nearing, the legendary homesteaders of New England, share information, pictures, and tales of maple sugaring, a trade they used and needed as a source of income.
Live Well, Live Rich, Live Free
Available for Pre-order (Expected Ship Date: July 15, 2013)
That we need money to live, like it or not, is a self-evident truism. Right? Not anymore. Drawing on almost three years of experience as The Moneyless Man, exbusinessman Mark Boyle not only demystifies money and the system that binds us to it, he also explains how liberating, easy, and enjoyable it is to live with less of it.
In The Moneyless Manifesto, Mark takes us on an exploration that goes deeper into the thinking that pushed him to make the decision to go moneyless, and the philosophy he developed along the way.
Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief
Not in His Image describes the rich spiritual world of
pre-Christian classical Europe--the Pagan Mysteries,
the Great Goddess, Gnosis, the myths of Sophia and
Gaia--and its future as a force for rebalancing our lives
and reconnecting to the earth.
The Cosmic Code Beyond Astrology
Unsuspected by the world at large, astrology uses a model that ignores the stars. Many who practice it do not know that there is a lost, star-based zodiac, entirely distinct from the well-known circle of twelve sun signs. Quest for the Zodiac corrects this error and recovers the visible star patterns observed in ancient times. The distinction between sign stereotypes and the real sky constellations is astounding and revolutionary.
Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture
Mother Nature has shown her hand. Faced with climate change, dwindling resources, and species extinctions, most Americans understand the fundamental steps necessary to solve our global crises—drive less, consume less, increase self-reliance, buy locally, eat locally, rebuild our local communities.
Consciousness, Worldviews, and the Blossoming of Human Spirit
What if our entire experience of reality were based on an assumption that could be proven false? In Roadmap to Reality, Thomas J. Elpel tests the assumption that we are a sentient (self-aware) species, and finds evidence suggesting otherwise.
The Making of a Homesteader
This well-researched biography looks into the life of Scott Nearing, a homesteader who left city life for the good life in Northern New England--inspiring numerous followers.
The Legacy of E. F. Schumacher
In the thirty-five years since he died, many other organizations have been established that trace their primary inspiration back to E. F. Schumacher. Small Is Beautiful in the 21st Century traces this legacy through the activities and outreach of those pioneering organizations that, over the years, have been working on practical solutions to our interrelated global crises.
A Taste of Tagore allows some of the magical poetry, elegant prose and meaningful prayers of Rabindranath Tagore, India's first Nobel Laureate, to be used as contemplations in our daily lives. These extracts are taken from his many writings about the environment, education, the arts, politics, travel and humanism.
The True Story of a Man Who Went Searching for Meaning— and Ended Up Making His Y-fronts
Through the Eye of a Needle is a brilliant account of his journey—illuminating, enchanting, and often extremely funny—arguing that the way we look at clothing influences the way we look at the environment, the economy, and life itself. Few books written in our soulless times have such potential to transform people’s minds so completely—while also making them laugh. His encounters are by turns humorous and enlightening. He meets BBC TV’s Jeremy Clarkson, Hollywood superstars Richard Gere and Daryl Hannah, spiritual teachers, politicians, call-center and sweatshop workers, artists, Transition Town leader Rob Hopkins, Prince Charles’s own Savile Row tailor, and many others.
In the Arts and Everyday Life
John Lane calls us to awaken to the possibilities of a culture that recognizes the importance of beauty, and to acknowledge that we are only fully human when in contact with the beautiful.
Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times
What would it look like if the best responses to peak oil and climate change came not from committees and Acts of Parliament, but from you and me, and the people around us?
From oil dependency to local resilience
We live in an oil-dependent world, arriving at this
level of dependency in a very short space of time
by treating petroleum as if it were in infinite
supply. Most of us avoid thinking about what
happens when oil runs out (or becomes
prohibitively expensive), but The Transition
Handbook shows how the inevitable and
profound changes ahead can have a positive
outcome. These changes can lead to the rebirth
of local communities that will grow more of their
own food, generate their own power, and build
their own houses using local materials. They can also
encourage the development of local currencies to keep
money in the local area.
Totnes and District 2030, an Energy Descent Action Plan
This is a lively and colourful community-based guide to reducing local dependence on fossil fuels and reducing the local carbon footprint over the next 20 years, a period during which they anticipate changes associated with declining oil supplies and the impacts of climate change to become more apparent.
For a Local, Resilient Future
The Transition Timeline lightens the fear of our uncertain future, providing a map of what we are facing and the different pathways available to us. It describes four possible scenarios for the UK and world over the next twenty years, ranging from Denial, in which we reap the consequences of failing to acknowledge and respond to our environmental challenges, to the Transition Vision, in which we shift our cultural assumptions to fit our circumstances and move into a more fulfilling, lower energy world.
The Education of a Modern Homesteader
Ever since Thoreau's Walden, the image of the American homesteader has been of someone getting away from civilization, of forging an independent life in the country. Yet if this were ever true, what is the nature and reality of homesteading in the media-saturated, hyper-connected 21st century?
A Homesteader's Personal Collection
Helen Nearing, a homesteader of New England, shares her favorite quotes from living the good life.
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This is a profound book that is both practical and poetic. It describes a way of life that is economically and ecologically viable and sets a new standard for managing our woods in a low-impact, sustainable way. As such, it holds some of the fundamental keys to how we can achieve a lower-carbon society.