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How To Be Alive: RTH Book Club Selection January 2016

Activism, Book Club, Climate Justice and Environmentalism, Community, Parenting, Social Justice By January 30, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

A quote from How To Be Alive, by Colin Beavan.

A quote from How To Be Alive, by Colin Beavan.

Our first ever book club! Woo! How did we do? The selection for this month was Colin Beavan’s latest book, How to Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness that Helps the World. I chose this book for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the fact that I was a huge fan of Beavan’s last project and book, No Impact Man. I discovered his No Impact Man blog when I was pregnant with Elijah, and it launched me down a new road in environmentalism. I was especially drawn to his ideas about what really brings happiness in life, so when I heard he was writing an entire book devoted to that subject, I was pretty stoked.


Halloween class war

Community, Current Events, Holidays, Social Justice By October 31, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Recently an advice column has been making the rounds on social media, in which a person asks for advice on what to do about poor kids coming into your neighborhood to trick or treat. The writer was pretty harshly criticized, and given how they talked about how their street isn’t that rich, they’re just doctors and lawyers and business owners, I’d say justifiably so. But it did make me think about some stuff.


How to make friends outside of school

Activism, Community By February 4, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

This is what socializing via Facebook is like.

There is a common complaint amongst 20 and 30 something moms in my circles. “How do I make friends?” They ask. “How do you meet and connect with people now that we’re no longer in high school / college?” Many of us (and probably not just moms) feel a lack of connection, companionship, and intimacy in our lives. The online interest groups we join to discuss our hobbies are a poor replacement for actual community with real, human interaction. We know this, and yet we feel utterly ignorant to what we can do about it. We have no idea how to meet and interact with real people in real life. I have a few ideas though.


New Years Resolutions

Activism, Community, Holidays By January 2, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments


I do not like New Years. I don’t mind it changing from one year to another but I’m just not in to how it’s celebrated. It’s not my thing. I don’t totally get it, because time and dates are really kind of arbitrary, it seems to me like its some kind of Christmas after party if you weren’t satisfied with Christmas festivities. Whatever. I don’t do staying up late, that’s not my thing. And all the drunk people? Annoying. But the thing I hate most of all is resolutions.


Interior design for function over form

Climate Justice and Environmentalism, Community, House keeping, Social Justice By July 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments
If I were to live in a tiny house, it would be a fancy one like this.  Picture obtained from

If I were to live in a tiny house, it would be a fancy one like this. Picture obtained from

Lately, I have been reading about tiny houses and dense living conditions. Living in a tiny house has a lot of benefits, both personally and environmentally. The smaller your house, the less you spend to heat and cool it, the less you spend on utilities, the less crap you tend to accumulate. Smaller houses are cheaper, and use fewer resources both in building and maintaining. It also frees up more space in your yard, you get more yard out of a smaller property if your house is taking up minimal space.


The day I decided to face my shunning

Community, Social Justice By June 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments
No one can hate someone that bakes them cookies from scratch, right?

No one can hate someone that bakes them cookies from scratch, right?

As I’ve alluded to before, my neighbors don’t much like me.  It’s been a tough thing for me to come to terms with, especially in the last few months when I perceived it to be getting much, much worse.  I’ve never been super tight with any of my neighbors anywhere I’ve lived (it’s a Colorado thing, don’t ask me why we’re this way, we just are), but I’ve never felt like neighbors actively hated me either.  However, I was starting to feel that way here.



Educational Activities, Parenting, Social Justice By May 26, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments


When Elijah was born I knew right away I would never put him into Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts were not inclusive, and for all I knew Elijah might be gay. More than that, I didn’t want to support an organization that was bigoted towards LGBTQI people. It just doesn’t match up with our family values. Even now that they have made the move to allow gay scouts in the program, I am still offended at their refusal to allow LGBTQI troop leaders, as if they think anyone who doesn’t fit into their narrow gender/sexuality binary is a child molester.


If I should be murdered

Community, Social Justice By May 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

As horrible and grim as it sounds, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about if I should be murdered. Particularly, if I am ever nabbed by a stranger and murdered.

I don’t know what the odds are that this will ever happen. I assume it is pretty low. I know the odds of it happening to a child is 1 in 1.5 million. To put that in perspective, the odds of dying as a result of a routine infant circumcision is 1 in 100. I’m not sure if an adult’s odds of being kidnapped and murdered by a stranger are higher or lower than a child’s, but surely it is not that much off.


Public education resources

Community, Parenting, Public Education By April 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

I am passionate about supporting public education.  I believe it is vital for strong communities and strong nations, and research backs me up.  I am interested in making sure that all children in the US have access to a top notch, well funded, education, provided by dedicated and well educated staff.

This post is a list of resources and articles surrounding public school and public school issues.  Check back often, as I am always adding to it.