Category Archives: Family

CEO Of Non-profit Shelter That Called Police On Senator For Trying To Visit Detained Children Paid $770,860

Critics are questioning why the CEO of a Texas nonprofit children’s shelter that called police on Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley for trying to enter the facility, where detained immigrant children are held, is being paid as much as $770,860 a year. The Southwest Key Programs (SKP) center in Brownsville — Read on www.yahoo.com/news/ceo-non-profit-shelter-called-144903701.html

How to make diseases disappear | Rangan Chatterjee

At his TEDX-Liverpool talk, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee surprised his audience by claiming that he can make disease disappear. After explaining that he’s not really a magician, he describes some things that he has had his patients do which resulted in dramatic improvements in their cases. He encourages everyone to first stop focussing on symptoms of […]

Is Social Connection the Key to a Long and Healthy Life?

According to psychologist Susan Pinker, research indicates that it’s not exercise and diet that most determine longevity, but the number and quality of personal relationships that does. Pinker studied the inhabitants of the island of Sardinia, off the coast of Italy, which boasts six times the number of centenarians as the mainland and ten times […]

Get Ready… Change Is Upon Us | Peak Prosperity

Dear Republican and Democrat friends.  I urge you to take a few minutes to read this article, which may give you fresh perspective on the recent presidential election and what long-term trends have brought us to this point.  Chris Martenson wrote an excellent article on the Peak Prosperity website which suggests that long-term economic policies pursued by […]

Want to Raise Wildly Successful Kids? Science Says Do This

Researchers studied 5,000 gifted children over 45 years and came to some disappointing conclusions: truly brilliant kids are usually not accurately identified and, even when they are, many are stifled in a rigid bureaucratic system.  Despite what we are told, it seems that society is biased against high intelligence in favor of mediocrity. Source: Want to Raise Wildly […]

Why Bill Gates Says Chickens Are the Answer to Global Poverty

Bill Gates, number one on Forbes’ Billionaires list, has a solution to reverse global poverty–chicken farming! Gates suggests that even a single chicken per household can change the economic circumstances for an incredible number of families around the globe. Source: Why Bill Gates Says Chickens Are the Answer to Global Poverty – and the Reason He’s ‘Never Raised’ One Himself

Family Builds Greenhouse Around Entire Home, Saves Big on Heating Bills

This is about a family that lives in a bubble…a house inside a greenhouse to be exact.  What a great idea!  This is a project I’ve fantasized about building for years but I’m happy to say this family has beaten me to it.  With a durable enough greenhouse, the internal living quarters could be anything, even just […]

Single mother of 3 builds her own tiny home [video]

Tiny homes are all the rage. They’re more than just a fad, though. For a single mother of three kids, it was a life changer. H/T Guy Kawasaki Source: Single mother of 3 builds her own tiny home  

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Happy Mother/Female Nurturer’s Day!

 

Mother’s Day in Japan

The florists are crowded with middle-aged men and children, which can mean only one thing…it’s Mother’s Day. It’s the one day of the year when we tell our moms just how much we appreciate them for the other 364 days that they fed, clothed, educated, scolded (well, at least in my case…), nurtured, and generally loved us.  Thanks, Mom for bringing me into this world…and for resisting the urge to send me back when I almost blew up the house….  But enough about that.  Not to belittle what moms have done,  I thought it about time we also showed some appreciation to all the other women out there who have nurtured us in some way. As a boy, I was fortunate enough to be able to meet my grandmothers almost daily.  They were truly saints who bent over backwards for me even through my periods of rebellion. I really wish I had another chance to tell them how much they were appreciated.  Another nuturer in my life is a very special aunt who has spent years mentoring this country boy about the big world that lay on the other side of the dirt road in front of his house.  I credit her with giving me the courage and skills to go on and complete my college education and explore the world… and I’ve been living on the opposite side of the planet for over two decades since then.

So as you celebrate Mother’s Day this year, consider changing the name to, “Mother/Female Nuturer’s Day,” then go out and thank ALL the women who have positively impacted your life.  Do it today because nobody knows what will happen tomorrow; you may never get another opportunity.

Happy Mother/Female Nurtuer’s Day!

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Are Tiny Homes the Wave of the Future?

Many of us grew up in the U.S. with the expectation that, if we studied and worked hard, we too could realize the “American Dream”… owning a large home, getting a new car every few years, raising a couple of kids and putting them through college, and doing it all with an enjoyable, “lifetime” job that paid a decent living wage plus benefits.  Fast forward to 2015 with millions of unemployed and underemployed people, many of whom are past their prime working years, unable to afford to rent, let alone buy, even modest housing.  Starting around the turn of the century, tiny homes have gained increasing popularity around the globe as people have become more concerned about skyrocketing costs of living and about the negative impacts of their environmental footprints.

Australian filmmaker Jeremy Beasley spent two years documenting the tiny house movement in Portland, Oregon for his film, “Small is Beautiful.” In it he documents the lives of four people as they adjust to new lifestyle paradigms.  Although tiny homes average only about 186 square feet in size, their average cost is only about $23,000…a fraction of the typical suburban residence.