Inspiration All Around

The special people who run small businesses inspire me endlessly.  Little “mom and pop” convenience stores, gas stations, book stores, repair shops, shoe stores, pharmacies, and plenty of others, where the owners are not getting rich but are providing service with a smile make me believe in this country. In the community where I live there is a chain convenience …

Local Food

Food plays a big part in my thoughts about a better world.  This year, I joined a CSA program.  Most people have probably heard of CSAs or Community Supported Agriculture programs.  They have different requirements, but when you join, you pay for a share of a farm at the beginning of the season, then receive a share of the produce …

Something for the Locals

I live in Chattanooga, TN.  There’s a lot to love about this area.  Chattanooga has enjoyed national coverage of our revitalized downtown in the last few years.  Living here means having access to gorgeous woodlands, rivers, creeks, trails, and farmland but also access to great restaurants, theaters, coffeehouses, museums, public parks, shops and other conveniences and pleasures of a busy …

Helping People Find Happiness

As I consider the people and businesses that are helping me imagine a better world, Gretchen Rubin immediately comes to mind.  Gretchen has a blog called The Happiness Project.  She writes about topics that resonate with me, and with lots of others as well–her blog is quite popular, as is her Facebook Fan Page, and hopefully as her upcoming book …

Practices for Perpetuity

Several weeks ago, I saw this on Twitter: “Use of the word sustainable is unsustainable.”  Joining the ranks of green, eco-friendly and all too many other buzzwords, sustainable is quickly becoming a word I try to avoid in writing simply because it is so overused as to be nearing cliche status.   Even worse, once a term becomes a buzzword it …