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Being a Father Brings Change

Being a Father, growing into that role, does not happen overnight. Sure, the physical part, the birth of a child, usually happens relatively fast (and often during the night), but being a father is an ever evolving undertaking. Continue reading


Episode 76 – The Transition

There are lots of folks out there looking for ways to create an economic transition to a more resource-based system.

They’re done waiting for our government or other big organizations to take the first step.  Like our former guest, Michael E. V. Knight, they believe that real solutions will begin with individuals implementing new systems in their own lives and in their own communities.

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The life of a zero-waste minimalist seems completely out of reach for many of us.

Rama Nayeri was certainly not sure it could work for her.  But a doctor’s diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes got her thinking that maybe a drastic lifestyle change was in order.

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Introducing Joan

Joan Green, owner of Artlabs, shares much about her work in a conversation with Marianne.  She creates art using clean recyclables which have a great chance to end up in the trash. Also many things found in nature become part of her creations. More importantly, she provides art spaces where she leads adults and children alike on a journey to turn trash into treasure. Joan Green


Joan was kind enough to compile a resource list with links to the organizations she mentioned in the Podcast and to send pictures to give a better idea what can be used – the sky and one’s imagination is the limit. Her web site is www.greenartlabs.com and her Facebook page is Green Art Labs.

Art Material Resource List

Algalita – Capt Charles Moore’s organization. He discovered the Pacific Garbage Patch and has done extensive research on plastic ocean pollution.

reInterpret – A local non-profit in Santee that collects and distributes reusable materials to the community. A great resource for artists and teachers.

Art Form – A local non-profit in Normal Heights that collects and distributes reusable materials to the community. A great resource for artists and teachers.

Trash for Teaching – Collects and distributes reusable materials in LA.assortment

Art From Scrap – Collects and distributes reusable materials in Santa Barbara

SCRAP – Collects and distributes reusable materials in Portland.

Green Eco Services – A San Diego organization that blogs about sustainability. The founder collects beach trash and redistributes the reusable materials to artists via Craigslist.

Remida – Part of the municipal waste stream in Reggio Emilia, Italy that collects and distributes reusable materials.

Remida Day – The celebration of reusable materials in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

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Marianne and Jenise chat with Brad Rowland of the homesteading blog Highly Uncivilized about how to bring meaning back t0 our holiday experiences while also minimizing stress.  To view a video recording of the chat, click here.  And for more on this topic, check out Marianne’s post, Holiday Traditions: Out With the Old, in With the New.