focus on what is good
Life is full of amazing things and remarkable people that make our lives richer and worthwhile. However, many of us hone in on what's wrong with life and others. Focusing on the good will bring great happiness to you. It will turn your life around.
Many of us listen to negative internal messages about ourselves that drag us down, robbing us of happiness. To find happiness, you must change the dialogue inside your head. Focus on what is good in you and all that you do to brighten others' lives.
How we focused on attaining our dream homestead.
Perfect for an evening of socializing out on the deck or an intimate meal at a table for two, GoodLight candles keep the mood bright and the air clean and are now available both online and in stores nationwide.
GoodLight is first to offer sustainable, non-toxic candles for restaurants.
The advantages of a tractor boom pole are discused.
Participate in a clothing swap and make an economic statement
David Goodman tests the Meadow Creature broadfork on his Florida farm and finds it to be amazing as heck.
How we avoid most clutter but manage to keep good leftover products for future use.
Companion planting can be a great strategy for organic gardeners. Take our nationwide companion planting survey to help us gather useful information about this gardening technique.
Learn how to grow, harvest and process cassava – an amazing staple crop.
Rather than toiling away with annuals, consider creating an edible perennial food forest.
Composting doesn't have to be tough! Learn to make easy compost without the stress.
Helen and Scott Nearing's farmstead, near Harborside, Maine, is now The Good Life Center, where you can tour the grounds, listen to lectures and participate in workshops.
Ford focus electric offers eco-friendly features throughout the vehicle.
Explanation of how an Over Running Coupler (ORC) works and why you should have one with a direct drive PTO.
The advantages of having stabilizer bars on your tractor when using an implement such as a mower are described.
Catch the gardening bug, and start to grow your own food! Once you start, you’ll love it. Here are some basic pieces of advice for the budding gardener.
An index of previous posts that have referenced green products. These posts have covered building- and home-related products, as well as chocolates, books, and other types of goods. Many of the products mentioned in these posts would make good gifts.
Why “hot and humid” doesn’t have to equal “sad and lifeless.”
A profile of Japanese and American persimmons, excellent trees for the deep south.
As tropical plants go, pineapples are one of the easiest to grow.
Ways to fertilize organically without breaking the bank.
Can’t grow temperate berries? Jump into the tropics with these seven amazing fruits.
Learn to think differently and you can grow a garden without breaking the bank.
If you live in the South, you can grow your own sugar cane. Learn to plant, harvest and make delicious syrup at home!
It's freezing out - but that doesn't mean it's time to quit gardening. Learn how fall and winter are the key to next year's gardening success.
Composting doesn't need to be complicated. It's time to throw out the guide book and start letting nature take its course. Meat? No problem. Bread? Don't worry about it. Human waste? Why not? It's easy!
Fungi help your soil, your composting and your plants. Add fungi to your homestead activities and let 'em grow!
Deciding which vegetables to grow can be an important step for any gardener. It is efficient to fill the space that you have with vegetables that keep for the longest periods of time, which can also mean a lot to the bottom line of any garden.
Green products rule at Ambiente 2011, the world's most important consumer goods fair, in Frankfurt, Germany, this week.
I've been living in my tipi for almost a month now. Last night, under a chorus of screech owl trills and whinnies, I spent a little time reflecting on some things I've learned about this curious way of living. Enjoy.
It's important to periodically check any canned, dried, or otherwise home-preserved food to make sure it's still safe to eat.
Trying to interpret and understand scientific reports and their failure to come to a consensus.
A flea market basket that called to me, my grandmother's hand-embroidered linens and a quilt made by a circle of women in Minnesota are among the wabi-sabi items that I wouldn't want to be without.
A profile of the wonderfully tough loquat tree.
A look at the wonderful mulberry tree.
Taking a new look at non-native invasives, such as wild yams.
Keep your greenhouse above freezing during short cold periods without paying for a heater.
Growing peach pits doesn't get much easier than this.
Chaya is one of the most delicious greens you've never tried. Learn to grow and enjoy this wonderful perennial!
Ed and Laurie struggle with making time for visitors while dealing with all of the daily business and homesteading tasks.
Design features we incorporated into our new off grid home.
Fun facts about our first year of blogging for Mother Earth News.
A brief description of how we grow fresh vegetables in our long cold winters.
HOMEGROWN.org introduces Find Good Food, a new page that includes national and state-by-state resources for locating family farmed eats near you. Read it! Share it! Add to it! Make it your own—and help make it even better.
Today's FAIR attendees will be well prepared to grow, make and preserve their own food and, as Joel Salatin encourages, get out of the Industriall food system.
Buying a tractor? How much tractor do you need? What are the horsepower requirements for mowing?
Things to consider when purchasing a new or used tractor.
The third and last of a three part blog on chemical herbicides.
How we have taken measures to mitigate and reduce our wildfire exposure.
Don't throw away the Peeps left at the bottom of your Easter basket. They're the building blocks of many good projects.
While photographing homes from California to Maine, I’ve found much wabi-sabi brilliance. My favorite shots of all time capture the magic of simplicity, the beauty found in age and the good instincts that wabi-sabi encourages.
Many of us spout opinions and make bold assertions based on very little evidence. Our ignornance is often mistaken for perspective. We think we know a lot more than we do. Take time to acquire knowlede and create true wisdo. It has a settling effect.
Who the heck is Paul Goodman? The car-free visionary who inspired a new documentary and bicycle contest.
Tired of pests? Here are five tips for knocking ‘em back without resorting to pesticides and toxic chemicals.
Chinese water chestnuts are a delicious nutty root that are also easy to grow. Learn more in this article!
How to select and find the right pet for you. Non professional guidelines.
Living in a community that has those who served in the armed forces and make good neighbors.
The final result of a reporting a water violation and having a creek restored.
Our experience with our local cooperative.
Things we did to make our new home more sustainable.
Costs associated with providing your own water.
Things we have done to earn an income from home in a down economy.
A snapshot of winter life living remote and off grid.
In this blog we share someone else's story about old fashioned home made ingenuity concerning deep well pumps that operate without electricity.
Teddi Irwin sent us this
great update on a Homesteading Education Month event held at IN A GOOD WAY, a
training farm established to use therapeutic methods of farming to improve the
lives of Native American men.
According to FDA data, the quantity of antibiotics sold for livestock use in this country continues to rise, topping 29 million pounds in 2011. This has a direct effect on the efficacy these same drugs will have on us. Sam Spitz has personal experience with a resistant illness and FamilyFarmed.org asked him to tell his story. It’s a cautionary tale that should have us all making better food choices. Read how we can all influence the campaign to end the misuse of antibiotics in livestock and keep antibiotics working for us when we need them!
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list — all under $50!
Wabi-sabi is wildflowers, not roses; weathered wood, not plastic laminate; native landscaping, not Kentucky bluegrass. Pictures tell a thousand words.
Worrying about what others think about you can drin you of energy and make you do some pretty stupid things. What if you could rid yourself of that penchant? What kind of life would you lead?
Our minds are powerful things. The beliefs we hold and our perceptions can be dead wrong. Our minds can even create pain that doesn't exist. Questioning what we perceive and believe can help you live a more conscious, honest and successful life.
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
In Simran Sethi's final post, she describes her philosophy on sustainability.
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
If you want to achieve your goals, stop making excuses for the things that go wrong on your path to success. Learn from them. Never stop trying to improve. And never stop trying. Work smart and hard.
Get out of your shell and lend a hand to those around you, even perfect strangers – you’ll be amazed at what you become and how your kindness touches others
Natural beauty is priceless. We can take in and appreciate a great view because we don’t have any hope of owning it, and we can’t manipulate it. With our egos out of the way, we can learn to simply observe.
We all have dreams but why is it that some are so lucky that they come true?
OK,I'm giving no hints as to why you should think like a chemist...Read it and see for yourself. At the very least, you'll be entertained by a crazy new way of thinking about life.