How to Get Clean Energy at Home For Free

How to Get Clean Energy at Home For Free

The electricity bills we pay each month primarily go towards supporting America’s many dirty, smelly fossil fuels. Renewable alternatives are few and far between among these utilities, and when they do exist, they’re far from affordable. The good news is that B Corporations like Arcadia Power are now giving us the choice to support cleaner,… Read more

How to be a Better Husband: See the Big Picture

How to be a Better Husband: See the Big Picture

Sometimes focusing on the details is a good thing in a relationship, and a great skill to have, and sometimes it’s more of a distraction or a liability for us. When we get unbalanced, and can’t see the forest because there are too many trees in the way, it’s time to zoom out. There can… Read more

Opium Poppies: Homegrown Pain Medication

Opium Poppies: Homegrown Pain Medication

The source of one of nature’s best pain medications, the opium poppy, thrives in your garden, and can be prepared in the kitchen with only some basic instructions for an all natural home remedy. I’m a DIY kind of guy, so I’m always on the lookout for ways to make the things I need, and… Read more

Co-Sleeping with Baby: Attachment Parenting for Dads

Co-Sleeping with Baby: Attachment Parenting for Dads

Co-sleeping is one of the cornerstones of attachment parenting, and also one of the most contentious. For those who practice it, it’s normal and healthy. For those who don’t, it’s dangerous and irresponsible. “You really let your baby sleep in the same bed with you? Isn’t that dangerous?” Before our first child was born, my… Read more

Fatherhood: 100 Ways to Be a Better Father

Fatherhood: 100 Ways to Be a Better Father

Fatherhood is a tricky proposition. We all want to be great dads, but chances are, our fathers never sat down with us and taught us how to be a better father. And we don’t necessarily want to be our fathers. I mean, we want to emulate their positive influence on us, but we also want… Read more

Woodworking Projects for Kids: Free Online Resources

Woodworking Projects for Kids: Free Online Resources

Woodworking projects for kids: woodworking with your children teaches basic skills for planning, measuring, and the use of basic carpentry tools. Kids love to make things. My daughter is always asking me “Papa, what can we make? Let’s do a project together.” And woodworking is our usual mode for making things. Messing about with wood… Read more

Our Tiny House Experiment

Our Tiny House Experiment

The nuttiest thing we’ve ever done as a family was to move out of our house and into a one room trailer. A tiny house. Two adults, a four year old, and two cats in a 120 square foot camper. We hauled all of our own water, used a composting toilet, a solar shower, and we… Read more

Love Always, the Family

Love Always, the Family

Family is life’s heartbeat, the world’s pulse. It’s a source of fulfillment, compassion and joy. It’s the place where you learn how to: give love receive love coexist peacefully be a productive participant Strong families make strong societies, according to a New York Times article by William Bennett, a former United States secretary of education.… Read more

Natural & DIY Pesticides To Keep Critters From Eating Your Garden

Natural & DIY Pesticides To Keep Critters From Eating Your Garden

These natural and DIY pesticides are effective at helping to rid your crops of harmful critters, but safe enough to keep from poisoning you and your family. When it comes to keeping your crops healthy in the face of massive quantities of plant-munching bugs insects, there are a number of approaches that can help turn… Read more

Why You Should Be Swapping Out Your Wheat Products With Sorghum

Why You Should Be Swapping Out Your Wheat Products With Sorghum

Most of the popular products available, such as cakes, cookies, and breads are primarily made from wheat flour. If you’re trying to increase the nutritional value of your diet, you can start with your baked goods products. You don’t have to completely eliminate them and go carbohydrate free. Instead, you can choose recipes or items… Read more

Eating Clean and Easy

Eating Clean and Easy

Do you want to incorporate more fresh, local, and unprocessed foods into your family’s diet? If you want to save money while eating quality organic food, you will need to take its preparation into your own hands. Of course, preparation of whole foods takes some time and effort, but as any busy parent of young… Read more

3 Myths that keep people from going solar

3 Myths that keep people from going solar

When people think of going green, they often imagine reusing bags at the grocery store, buying local produce and carpooling with their neighbors. They foresee small, day-by-day actions compounding to create a more sustainable lifestyle and a healthier earth. Sometimes, however, the biggest changes are actually the most straightforward. Many Americans today simply buy electricity… Read more

How to Spot Addiction In Loved Ones

How to Spot Addiction In Loved Ones

Having a loved one who is addicted to drugs, alcohol, or other substances is an incredibly difficult situation. For many families, that difficulty is compounded by their own feelings of guilt for not noticing sooner that there was a problem. They need to remember first that an addict is first a casual user, and when… Read more

Building the direct solar economy: GoSol’s solar concentrator

Building the direct solar economy: GoSol’s solar concentrator

One organization that is moving the needle on accessible and affordable solar technologies for the developing world is GoSol, which I’ve written about a couple of times, and which is now demonstrating what it calls the “Direct Solar Economy.” “With GoSol.org’s simple, scalable solar thermal technology people everywhere in the world will be able to… Read more