Sustainable Living

Book Review: Making Home, by Sharon Astyk

Book Review: Making Home, by Sharon Astyk

Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place By Sharon Astyk; Published by New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, 2012, RRP AU$27.99. Currently available on Fishpond $18.66. Sharon Astyk’s new book Making Home is part how-to, part memoir, and all inspiration. In it she argues that change is coming, whether we...
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Literature Survey – Sustainable Living & Urban Homesteading

Nurturing Creativity A gude for busy moms by Renee Tougas

Most of the books I’ve been reading lately are in some way related to sustainable living or urban homesteading, as I’m (slowly, slowly) doing a literature review for a project I’m working on. Here are some snippets: “…for each daily need that we re-learn to provide within our homes and communities, we strengthen our...
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Book Review: Made by Hand, Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World

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Made by Hand, Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World, by Mark Frauenfelder; Published by Portfolio, New York, 2010 RRP AU$29.99 (paperback). Currently available on Fishpond $14.55 . There are at least three driving forces behind the cultural movement towards DIY activities. One is frugality. In a time when there is so much financial...
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Book Review: Frugavore: How to Grow Your Own, Buy Local, Waste Nothing, and Eat Well, By Arabella Forge

Frugavore: Book Cover: How to Grow Your Own, Buy Local, Waste Nothing, and Eat Well. Arabella Forge

Frugavore: How to Grow Your Own, Buy Local, Waste Nothing, and Eat Well, by Arabella Forge, 2010. Publisher: Black Inc.; 338 pages RRP AU$29.99. Currently available on Fishpond at AU$26.86. One of the difficulties of living sustainably in a western country today is that we have lost the skills of our foremothers and forefathers...
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What I’m Reading Lately, or What Happened to the Australian Women Writers Challenge?

Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, By Shannon Hayes

It’s true, I’m not doing very well on my commitment to review Australian women writers this year. It’s May, and so far I’ve done one review towards my commitment, of One Magic Square, published over at Sustainable Suburbia. And by the way, I’m giving a copy of the book away, so if you’d like...
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