I just finished reading a funny and thoughtful book about the disconnect between our stated values and the way we live. The book is Farewell, My Subaru and the author is Doug Fine, a journalist who decided to see if he could live more sustainably. He bought a small ranch in rural New Mexico and gamely tackled his petroleum dependencies, one at a time. He bought miniature dairy goats and learned how to make his own cheese, yogurt and ice cream. He converted a diesel truck to run on used vegetable oil from the local fast food restaurants. He installed solar panels and a solar-powered water well. He fought off coyotes and hawks to keep his chickens alive. His stories are entertaining and will make you want to move to the country, or at least rethink the choices you make each day.
about this blog
Hi, my name is Diane and I live in Portland, Oregon. I'm learning how to reduce my expenses so I can spend less time working to pay the bills and more time doing things that are meaningful to me, including volunteer work. I'm finding that it's not easy - our economy is designed to keep us trapped in a "spend more, work more" cycle. In this blog, I explore these issues and share insights from experts about the new economy, social justice, sustainable living and related topics. I hope this information is helpful and interesting to you.