Going Analog – Balancing Convenience with Health

How analog can I go in 2018?  And why would I ever want to?  Am I nuts? In the picture above, Chip, from the 2018 sitcom "Living Biblically," prepares to live the following day without his smartphone.  Into his glamorous fanny pack and onto his body he dons the analog counterparts which the smartphone has … Continue reading Going Analog – Balancing Convenience with Health

Carbon Steel – an alternative to cast iron and stainless steel cookware that will last…

What is carbon steel?  It is essentially the same thing as cast iron, except perhaps not as brittle as cast iron, and unarguably MUCH thinner and lighter than cast iron!  I'm not a raw materials or metal expert, and I don't know everything that goes into carbon steel pans, but on one website I read "Steels … Continue reading Carbon Steel – an alternative to cast iron and stainless steel cookware that will last…

Aluminum Hiding in Plain Sight – a list of ways we use aluminum

It's strange -- I haven't been on a quest to seek out all of the 'hidden' sources of aluminum in our daily lives -- but once I became aware that aluminum is a neurotoxic substance, I began noticing it everywhere.  Each time I discover another way aluminum is used commonly and carelessly in the items … Continue reading Aluminum Hiding in Plain Sight – a list of ways we use aluminum

Drinking Water: Solutions & Filters

Before you read about the water improvement solutions listed below, it is important to know which contaminants reside in your water.  This knowledge will allow you to target a solution that effectively cleans your water.  Every water source is very different -- different in pH, and in the contaminants present.   Read this post first to learn how to assess your water.  Short version: … Continue reading Drinking Water: Solutions & Filters

Heat Your Home with 1/10 of the Wood Used in Conventional Wood Burning Stove

There is an incredible opportunity to heat your home without using any fossil fuels.  The answer lies in "Rocket Technology" and "Thermal Mass / Heat Retention/Release"!!! As those of you know who have used conventional wood burning stoves, a few to several cords of wood are burned each winter, depending on the size of the … Continue reading Heat Your Home with 1/10 of the Wood Used in Conventional Wood Burning Stove

Prepare Yourself for Car Breakdowns or Winter Crises

Out of all of the areas of life - transportation and car ownership is one of the areas where there are no compromises to improve the health of our environment, unless you count choosing a fuel efficient vehicle, or a hybrid as a truly viable improvement.  Out of all the compact cars I test drove … Continue reading Prepare Yourself for Car Breakdowns or Winter Crises

Effectively Haggle a Fair Price for a New Used Car, avoiding Sexism

Many men won't admit this, and many men aren't able to SEE this, but it's true --- your dad or husband or brother can negotiate better deals at the dealership than you, if you are a woman.   Just as white people (such as myself) have a hard time fully recognizing the privileges they receive as white-skinned people, … Continue reading Effectively Haggle a Fair Price for a New Used Car, avoiding Sexism