“Multiple exclamation marks,” he went on, shaking his head, ”are a sure sign of a diseased mind.” ~ Terry Pratchett

A Scent’s Door


Lego was conquering Europe in the seventies, so I was not much surprised that I found myself an observing participant in similar lego-playing scenes in different houses with different people within only a few weeks. What was surprising to me, being raised in Montessorian ways, was how bad smelling whiffs can also be followed to…

Where There Is No Dentist

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This basic dental manual uses clear language and step-by-step instructions to discuss preventive care of teeth and gums, diagnosis and treatment of common dental problems, and oral health and HIV. Also handy for third worlders (people living off the grid) in the first and second world. Links below go to cd3wd. Content INTRODUCTION PART ONE:…

Where There Is No Doctor – A Village Health Care Handbook


The most widely used health education book in tropical and sub-tropical developing countries. (And possibly very useful for us too when living off the grid). Based on David Werner‘s experiences at his Project Piaxtla in western Mexico, it was originally written in 1970 in Spanish as Donde No Hay Doctor. It has since been revised…

Kit mentality Useage vs Investment

Kit mentality Useage vs Investment

This vid got me thinking. Genuine oilcloth is arguably less environmentally destructive. The falsely advertised “real oilcloth” made from PVC or polyvinyl chloride does not break down in a landfill. How to wax canvas Tweet

Fast Fashion: The True Cost

Fast Fashion: The True Cost

While the price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. It is the goal of this film to make those costs vividly clear as we explore how we got here, the global damage being done, and the hope filled prospect of choosing a different future. The film…

2014 Afghan Tree Project

2014 Afghan Tree Project

We are expanding the nursery projects to focus on women. Our two new nurseries will include women in leadership positions, as well as the everyday decision making and management of the nurseries. The women in our programs are illiterate, and without any means to support themselves. They are also responsible for their dependent children, and…

Rewild the Child


A week in the countryside is worth three months in a classroom by George Monbiot […] Last week I saw the evidence for myself. With the adventure learning charity WideHorizons, I spent two days taking a group of 10 year-olds from a deprived borough in London rockpooling and roaming the woods in mid-Wales (8). Many of…