Sustainable Community Articles

On Connection

As a chiropractor, I often find myself reflecting on healing for individuals and for the world. I have come to recognize that all difficulties arise out of a sense of disconnection in one form or another. In fact, our very ability to express life...

Food for Thought (Just Grow With It!)

Like most young children living in urban surroundings, 6-year-old Gracie thought food came from the grocery store and a plant was just a plant. Then one spring day, her mom added some pepper seeds to a backyard container, and Gracie’s world began t...

A Message to Mums

My mother and father grew up in a society with no overprotective impulses—totally without cotton wool, as we say in New Zealand. Kids got on their bikes and were gone for the day. All was well as long as they were home for supper, or there’d be hel...

Where Are the Happy Babies?

Have we forgotten what babies need from (all of) us?I was so glad to meet a happy, confident, socially engaged baby this week. Baby Loren was a stark contrast to most babies that I encounter these days. Most tend to look distracted, unhappy,...

Raising A New Generation of Strong Women

Imagine if you were taught from an early age that, as Carla Hartley puts it, “birth is a medical event, preceded by an illness called pregnancy and ending with an emergency called labor.”

Face Off

No one likes getting caught in the crossfire of the Mommy Wars. But calling for a truce is misguided and dangerous.Ending the so-called “mommy wars” has become quite the news item, and one that everyone seems to get on board with. I mean, how...

Learning to Live with Less

William Morris once wrote, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” If we were to take an honest look around our own homes, most of us would find that we may be holding on to many things that are no...

Interbeing

A recognition of alliance is growing among people in diverse arenas of activism, whether political, social or spiritual. The holistic acupuncturist and the sea turtle rescuer may not be able to explain the feeling, “We are serving the same thing,” but...

Nature Was My Ritalin: What The New York Times Isn’t Telling You about ADHD

Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) a painful neurological reality for many children? Undoubtedly. But could it be that at least some of the increase in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD may have to do with the fact that we took the...

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