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Psychology / Harnessing Happiness.org
« on: April 23, 2014, 10:38:56 PM »
http://www.harnessinghappiness.org/

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Harnessing Happiness Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to teaching problem solving skills, conflict resolution and appropriate behavior through emotional awareness.   We deal with the issues that are plaguing our society from cradle to grave.  To live a happy and healthy life, no matter how old you are, is based on our ability to deal with problems.  The world, by and large is complex and confusing.  Therefore, we make a very strong effort to create materials that are easy and simple.  We provide simple solutions to difficult every day problems that are direct, pure, respectful and truthful.

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Community / Ralph Borsodi's School of Living
« on: April 23, 2014, 10:04:14 PM »
Looks like we're about 80 years late to the party... but that's okay, it's still just getting started....

http://www.schoolofliving.org/history.htm

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A (very) brief history

In the 1920's Ralph Borsodi became concerned with the problems of urbanized society and left the city to build his first homestead. He founded the School of Living in 1934 to empower others to achieve a more fulfilling and self sufficient life. He was soon joined by Mildred Loomis who continued and expanded the work until her death. Our current collective continues to work actively for the fulfillment of many of the ideals and movements to which we have been dedicated for many years.

SoL's area of study touches on every aspect of people and society. Historically we have played a pivotal role in movements supporting: organic agriculture, consumer rights, cooperatives and worker owned businesses, tax abolition, geonomics, appropriate technology, neighborhood and community rights and control.

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Food / Guerrilla Gardening
« on: April 23, 2014, 08:03:02 AM »
We call our ancestors "hunter-gatherers", but if you follow their modern-day equivalents, the term "planter-gatherers" might be more appropriate.  A large percentage of the gathering time is devoted to collecting and distributing seeds to ensure a continued food supply.  As someone taking a course in the Pacific Northwest said about an area the instructor took care of, once he recognized what was edible, he couldn't take two steps without stepping on food.

Guerrilla gardening is the fashionable term for planting edible species in forgotten, weedy corners, where you can come back later and harvest.  This greatly expands the area one has available to grow food while decreasing its fragility.  Of course, not all varieties are amenable to this treatment; you need plants that will still produce even with extreme neglect.

One of the favorite tools of the guerrilla gardener is the seed bomb.  This is a little package of soil, compost, and seeds which help the seeds get started in harsh conditions.  Here is Mr. Brown Thumb explaining a lazy way of making them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=APpb53ugnrA

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