Design, Simplicity, Small Housing

Life at Home in the 21st Century

“No archaeologist will fail to recognize the striking material signature of AD 2001-2005 America a thousand years from now.” – final sentence of the book Last week I wrote about the perfect house, in the sense of what a home would look like as a space for everything we need to live comfortably and nothing…

Alternative Living, Design, Green Building

What is the Perfect House?

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” -Ruskin i What’s the perfect house? This question conjures up vastly different images depending on who you are, where you live and what you do. Thoughts of beach side tiki huts, penthouse suites or multi-million dollar mansions…

Health, Simplicity, Sustainability

​What’s Wrong with the Car?

“If aliens arrived to earth and peered down on us, they’d likely think cars were the dominant life form.” – Les Drew and Kaj Pindal  i Isn’t it crazy to think how true that statement is? Our lifestyles, activities, culture, and personal identities have all been heavily defined by the modern day vehicle: the soccer mom in…

Mindfulness, Self Improvement

Confident Speaking and Active Listening

Today, it’s not uncommon to have entire lengthy conversations via text message. And instead of asking a stranger for directions we simply plug the address into our phone, and rather than discussing recommendations with movie store staff (rest in peace, Blockbuster), we choose what’s trending on Netflix without having to leave the couch. Technology is…

Finance

The Fine Art of Frugality…Apparel Edition

This concludes what was not even supposed to be a 3-part series on frugality (check out Part 1 and Part 2). I don’t claim to be a master of the art, considering our Visa bill continues to merrily skyrocket along during this holiday season, but these are some great ideas I’ve heard that I’ll be…

Independence

Can Our Cities Become More Resilient?

“Plan for the future, because that’s where you’re going to spend the rest of your life.” -Mark Twain This past year in Vancouver has brought some wacky, wild weather, most notably a few wind storms that knocked out power to thousands of households for up to 5 days. The most recent loss of our power made me realize how truly reliant…

Finance

The Fine Art of Frugality…Continued

A couple of weeks ago I gave four tips on how to be a little more frugal. Well here’s two more just in time for the holidays…that is, if you have any money left to save after Black Friday, Small-Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday……. 1. Save on the Big Stuff Put focus on saving money on the…