Sustainable Community Articles

Relationship Science and Being Human

When I was a child, I used to marvel at the sound of the frogs in our neighborhood creek. Perched on the rocks, they would find each other and croak out an exhilarating symphony of amphibious songs. Meanwhile, tadpoles swam in the cool, flowing...

Youth At Risk: Why GM Foods Are More Dangerous for Children

Changes in nutrition have a greater impact on the structure and functioning of young, fast-growing bodies. More of young people’s food is converted to build organs and tissues, whereas adults convert more to energy and store this as fat.

Turning Point: Resilience in a Time of Extremes

We’re living the emergence of a new “normal,” and the success of our transition hinges upon: (1) our willingness to acknowledge the shift, and (2) how we learn to adapt to it. Our globalized culture of jobs, money, markets and resources means that...

Why Children Need Community

Our indigenous roots reveal that children want and need to move beyond attachment to their parents.I’m all for natural parenting. The basic premise of such parenting, at least as I view it, is that you trust your children’s instincts and...

Compassion at Her Core

For the Batek people of Malaysia, nurturance equals leadership.Tanyogn was the kind of person who would be an asset to any community. She was highly intelligent, able to see through specious arguments, able to judge when the traders from...

Our Drive to Bond

"It is beyond our imagination to conceive of a single form of life that exists alone and independent, unattached to other forms." — LEWIS THOMAS

Hatching Spring

Each year, in the thick of winter, my chickens tend to get back into the swing of things. Even though it is still freezing cold outside and there is snow, snow and more snow piled up around my homestead, the ladies start regularly laying their...

Parental Power: Rally to Improve Birth Reaches Millions

This past Labor Day—September 2, 2013— thousands of women, their families, and those who care for them assembled all over the country. In more than 160 cities around the United States, and in Puerto Rico, Australia, Japan and Canada, women’s voices...

They Say It Takes a Village

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the lifestyle of people long before our time, when families lived in villages—the time of hunter-gatherers, when everyone had a task to do that the community relied upon for survival. When meals were prepared by a...

Also labeled: Issue #39, Author Lisa Bauman

Why Are We Losing Our Bees?

Scientists have investigated a number of factors to help explain colony collapse disorder (CCD) and have offered a variety of explanations. The primary theory seems to be that CCD is caused by a variety of imbalances in the environment, secondary...

10 Ways You Can Help Bees

From the makers of the film Queen of the Sun1. Plant bee-friendly flowers and flowering herbs. Bees are losing habitat all around the world due to intensive monoculture-based farming practices;...

Also labeled: Issue #39, Nutrition

The Human Break: An Experiment in Enjoying Life Again

Hey. You. Yes, you. Put down your iPad, iPhone, GPS, MP3, Blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, and any other device that ironically extracts the “I” from you. Huh? Snack on that for a few moments. Don’t worry. You won’t. It’s outside of your routine to...

Same Planet, Different Worlds

How Cultural Creatives are transcending alienation and isolation in an industrial world and bringing forward the practical wisdom of conscious living.In this interview with social scientist Paul H. Ray, Ph.D., Pathways associate editor Lisa...

Mature Masculinity: What it Means to be a "Better" Man

There is something profoundly and subtly different about a man who strives for maturity in all aspects of his life. This kind of man has been called many things throughout history. At the ManKind Project, we call him the New Warrior. Many aspects...

Veggie Five-O: How to Avoid Jail Time While Planting Vegetables in Your Front Yard

In 2011, a woman in Oak Park, Michigan, was being threatened with financial penalties and jail time for simply growing vegetables in her family’s front yard. The situation eventually resolved—the city dropped the charges—but for a while, Julie Bass...

Our Consciousness Journey

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s epiphany of oneness inspired him to explore the frontier of inner space: human consciousness. Forty years later, Mitchell’s research institute and Pathways readers are still blazing trails.Moon dust floated...

Weeds in Your Garden? Bite Back!

I always say: A gardener’s best revenge is to eat the weeds. I’ve been doing it for 30 years, and can testify that my health and the health of my garden has never been better. Here are a few hints for gardeners who’d rather eat their weeds than hate...

Top 10 Heirloom Seed Catalogs

With so many great seed catalogs to choose from, selecting a handful of favorites isn’t easy. We picked the catalogs below because of the leadership they provide for creating a sustainable food system, their inspiring stories of their beginnings, a...

Also labeled: Issue #37

Holism: The Healing Power of Community

Shortly after moving to the country, I decided to raise my own chickens. I began with just three chicks; an experiment that turned out pretty well. I discovered that two were roosters, the other a hen. I had to move my hen to a neighbor’s home b...

Also labeled: Issue #37

Elevate Your Harvest: How to Build Raised Garden Beds and Get the Most from Your Garden

I am a big fan of using raised beds for gardening. My family has built and used them in the past, and each time we do I feel like we get better and better at it. I like using raised beds for a number of reasons, but the two that top that list are...

Also labeled: Author Lisa DeNardo, Issue #36