Cob Houses: An Ancient Solution to a Modern Problem

February 18, 2016 at 3:22 am




cobhouse__Hobbit_H_2745149kImages of a cob house built for under $250 in England two years ago have been re-circulating the internet lately, inspiring tiny-house-enthusiasts and back-to-the-landers with hope that living off the grid on a low budget might not be too far out of reach.

Why Having a Baby Made Me Pro-Choice

February 16, 2016 at 6:01 pm




326801_10150788721825106_393138554_o-300x225“I wonder how many people have abortions after they’ve experienced giving birth,” my partner, Brad, said a few hours after our daughter was born.

“I bet not many,” I responded, still high from the fact that a tiny human just swam out of my body and latched onto my breast. “I mean look at her… how could they knowingly destroy something so beautiful?”

Four years later, I know exactly how.

Before you start accusing me of being some kind of sick, twisted, child-hating, terrible mother, hear me out.

Life Has No Purpose, Stop Setting Goals

February 14, 2016 at 9:36 pm

kundalini-meditation“What’s your goal with this new website?” an old friend asked yesterday. “I have no idea,” I laughed nervously.

An ambitious and determined young man (whom I used to work with at a conservative “think tank”), he was not impressed. He is the kind of guy who is serious about “success,” about setting goals and achieving them, about moving the benchmark to new heights, about planning for a happy future.

“What do you mean ‘you have no idea!?'” he asked, laughing, but almost offended by my idiocy.

The Hadza: Freest People on Earth Face Extinction

February 11, 2016 at 10:37 pm

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Agriculture is wiping out the world’s oldest hunter-gatherers




The Hadza have been living peacefully, happily and sustainably in the Great Rift Valley of East Africa for at least 100,000 years. Their home, around Lake Eyasi, in Tanzania, has been called “the cradle of mankind.” A Harvard anthropologist calls them “the strongest link” we have to 2 million years of human evolution. Thanks to the spread of agriculture to nearly every corner of the earth, that link is about to disappear.

The consequences of allowing civilization to crowd the Hadza – and the handful of other hunter-gatherer tribes remaining on the planet – out of existence are captured beautifully and tragically in the 2014 documentary The Hadza: Last of the First.

Return to Now

February 1, 2016 at 8:24 pm

timeWith the help of teachers like Alan Watts, Osho and Eckhart Tolle, I discovered the secret to bliss about two years ago – living in the moment.

After a lifetime of religious indoctrination, this was a difficult concept to grasp. I’d always been taught to live for the moment was a sin. I was supposed to suffer now and live later, serve my time for the “Lord” and get my reward in heaven.