Episode 124

New Beginnings

Often, we think of the New Year as a great time for new beginnings. We make lists, create vision boards, set resolutions and get all busy and business like to put the new version of ourselves and our lives into place.

Well, this podcast and post are not about New Year’s resolutions at all.

New BeginningsYou might have noticed that for the last few month, it was mostly me, Marianne, hosting most episodes. Jenise had a lot of life events, including taking care of her 80+-year-old mom, which kept her very busy and didn’t allow time for her to participate in the podcast.

To my great sadness, she made the decision to not continue being one of the voices of The Sustainable Living Podcast. This made me very sad. I always was looking forward to our plotting and recording times. But more so, as far as the podcast is concerned, I feel that we complimented each other with having a bit different interests in the wide field of sustainable living.

Jenise was drawn to explore alternative models like Ubuntu, The Gift Economy, The Venus Project and so many others, while I was more drawn to permaculture and farming topics and how individuals are implementing the sustainable living ideas in their daily lives.

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I will miss Jenise a lot and the door is always going to be open for her to step back in. I also will do my best to get her to do an interview with me once in awhile.





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Some New Beginnings Ideas

After sitting with the news for a bit, my mind started churning. And if I am good at anything – it is having lots of ideas. Actually, I have way too many and need to make sure that I don’t pack 48 hours worth of work into a 24 hour day. So, one of my rules for the New Beginnings of this podcast is to keep it manageable. I need to be able to fulfill the promise I make to you, our listeners.

That is why I promise to publish a podcast at least every other week. I might publish more, but you can expect at least two podcasts a month.

Right now, I am not going to make any significant changes. But I like to hear from you which of these ideas speak to you.

  • Alternate Interview and Solo Shows.
  • Create more regular segments with a variety of “correspondents.”
  • Have a few guest co-hosts – once a month, or a different one for a whole month, or recurring guest host spots.
  • Have shows where a listener gets to conduct interviews with someone they are very interested in or showcase a project and we turn that into an episode.
  • Find a new permanent co-host.
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Do you have an idea or a suggestion? Let me know! And also tell me which of my ideas you like. All? A few? They all stink?

Let me know!! Curious minds want to know!

Either leave a comment here on the blog or email me at sustainablelivingpodcast@gmail.com

Of course, you can find me and the podcast on twitter, facebook, Instagram, and Steemit. But email or a comment here is probably the best way for your message to arrive.

Here are someJenise’s great interviews. If you like to find more, go to the podcast tab and use our nifty search feature to find all of Jenise’s podcasts.

The Venus Project


Navigating Turbulent Times

Spreading Freedom Culture

New Beginning

One Person Can Have Much Impact

In this solo show, I, Marianne, examine how one person can have an immense impact on the lives of many. Jenise and I recently taught a couple of classes at the Big Bear Yoga festival. I am using this experience to illustrate that we all have the power to impact many people. People we might never even meet in our lives.

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Episode 109

Are homesteaders just moochers living off of “civil” society?

A recent opinion piece in Forbes magazine suggests that they are. And a brilliant homesteading blogger named Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper blog, articulately countered the argument on Zero Hedge.

I read Daisy’s article and thought it would make for an interesting discussion on our latest episode of the podcast.

But first Marianne and I share a little bit about how we are “mooching” on our respective homesteads!

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Episode 107

We’re back with some EASY sustainable tips from our listeners today!

easy sustainable living tipsBut before we get into them, Marianne shares a personal story about an issue she’s been going through regarding health care.

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Episode 106

The future of humanity may very well rest on the success of the small, sustainable farm.

If that sounds like a severe exaggeration to you, you might find today’s interview with author Elvira Di’Brigit quite illuminating.

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Episode 101

Carl Found Onions

Carl was hungry and out of money when he found some onions growing. Just growing right next to a parking lot – not in a garden, not cared for, not planted by anyone on purpose.

That onion tasted so good! And it was free.

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Episode 100

The Sustainable Living PodcastOur journey on the sustainable living path led Marianne and I to create a weekly podcast a little more than two years ago.

This episode marks 100 times we’ve recorded and shared our thoughts, interviews and tips via the podcast.

In celebration of this milestone, Marianne traveled to my Big Bear homestead last weekend to brainstorm about our future plans and to record this episode.

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Episode 99

Permaculture and agorism.

Both offer methods for changing the world for the better. And both have become hot topics over the last several years, thanks to independent thinkers and alternative online media.

In this week’s episode of the podcast, I had the chance to engage in an exhilarating discussion about these topics with Eric McCool. Eric is using his webisite, Permagora,  to highlight ways in which people can combine permaculture with agorism for the betterment of humans and planet Earth.

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