Friday, June 29, 2007
1. Downsized our posessions by eliminating excessive or repeated items like clothing, shoes, and dishes, and we try to continually "edit" these possessions;
2. Usually buy and keep clothing and shoes that have multiple uses and are moving toward a uniform approach to dressing; .
3. Use public resources like the library for books and movies, parks for exercise and play , and the bus for Scott's commute;
4. Own a conservative about of children's toys and those that are "old-fashioned" (not battery operated or with bells and whistles);
5. Practice debt free living - living below our income, waiting until we have cash for something before we purchase it, no car payments;
6. Rarely watch TV;
7. Interact as a couple and a family by playing games, doing outdoor activites and taking evening walks;
8. Go camping for vacation at least once a year;
9. Try to eat breakfast and supper together at the dinner table every day;
10. Group like chores and tasks so they take less total time;
11. Reduce energy we consume by using compact fluorescent bulbs, walking or riding our bike when we can, and consolidating errands;
12. Buy used whenever possible;
13. Simplify meals by planning out a menu for a week at a time, eating beans and cornbread at least once every two weeks, reducing the amount of meat we eat;
14. Support a local farm by being members of a Long Hungry Creek CSA;
15. Moved into a place that's about a third as big as our prior home, which has really been a test of our character (some days we pass the test; some days we fail);
16. Try not to work at least one day of the weekend.
We don't have it figured out, but have found these these things helpful. We're learning from you all and are thankful to be a part of this conversation.
-Scott and Jessica
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
First, The Seed Project is an attempt to get more people involved in the act of giving, who might not have the capacity for large dollar donations. We’re asking people throughout the Nashville area to host an event in their home during the weeks of 9-23 through 9-29. You throw your own party & accept donations on our behalf for Heifer & GAIA. You can have a dinner party for your 12 best friends and ask for a $50 donation from each guest, or a backyard cookout for 100 & collect $20 per person. You make the call. If you are willing to help or throw your own party read more here.
Secondly, Climb Nashville is compiling a Vegetarian & Vegan Cookbook to benefit Made in the Streets. I began requesting recipes from just gym members, but I am seriously in need of more recipes. I am up to maybe 75, and hope to reach 300. If you have anything that would fit the bill, please send them along! thanks. >carrie.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Check out the website http://www.globalrichlist.com/. You can go there and type in your annual income and find out how it compares to the rest of the world. A few caveats are in order, though. First, the website's data is from 1999, so it's a bit dated (but the most current I could find). Second, there's really no way to accurately determine what percentile anybody's annual income is, so the results should be taken with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, I think it help gives a picture of how rich we really are relative to the rest of the world. For example, if your income in 1999 was $47,500, you were in the top 1% of the world! That's staggering to me. Because we Americans are surrounded by extreme wealth, it's easy for us to forget how the rest of the world lives.
Hmmmm....what should I do once I understand how wealthy I am?
Friday, June 22, 2007
We have a lot more goals and dreams in these areas than we do actual practices, which is why we're excited about working on that together with this group. We dream of living on a small portion of our income and establishing a charitable fund with the excess, of getting our (OK, my) veggie van running again, of living in closer community with like-minded people who inspire us, of becoming foster parents and/or adopting, of reducing our environmental impact, and of spending more time working with refugees and other groups that society has marginalized. We need your help! And we're willing to help you as much as we can as well. We're looking forward to sharing this journey with you. Peace,
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
"Farm workers who pick tomatoes for Burger King's sandwiches earn 40 to 50 cents for every 32-pound bucket of tomatoes they pick, a rate that has not risen significantly in nearly 30 years. Workers who toil from dawn to dusk must pick two tons of tomatoes to earn $50 in one day."
"Worse yet, modern-day slavery has reemerged in Florida's fields; since 1997, the U.S. Department of Justice has prosecuted five slavery rings, freeing more than 1,000 workers. As a major buyer of Florida tomatoes, Burger King's purchasing practices place downward pressure on farm worker wages and put corporate profits before human dignity."
So what can we do about social injustices like these?
1. Investigate the companies where you are spending your money.
2. Write letters/send emails to Corporate Executives.
3. Boycott irresponsible companies. www.boycotts.org
Do you know of any companies that are not treating their workers fairly?
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
FAQs: At Avalon Acres, we do not get to choose the produce. Other CSA/Coops may operate differently. We are having lots of fun, however, learning how to cook unfamiliar foods. Last week we received yellow squash, patty pan squash, zucchini, cucumbers, onions, lettuce, strawberries, peas, peppers, cabbage & broccoli. The produce varies weekly, according to the crop yield. We actually split a ½ bushel with my parents, which gives us a slightly reduced rate. For 2 adults, I think a ¼ bushel is plenty. There are a variety of days & pickup locations, which might determine where you decide to join.
If you would be interested in joining & adding a new drop-off location, the farm requests about 20 families to commit. Please post here & we can see if we qualify. Or let me know if you have other questions. >carrie.
I received this link below from Doug. He thought the group might be interested in reading it.
Here are just a few excerpts from the link:
"In their experience an Order is best formed out of a more descriptive Rule rather than a set of written prescriptions around what should be done and when."
"The focus of the Order is the guarding of the ethos which is about the journey into God - everything else flows out of that most basic journey."
"The ethos, therefore, is this rhythm of the tides, the inward/outward journey. The ethos is to continually cultivate the rhythm. If we are trying to create an environment in which we see everything as a gift from God then the rhythm is essential - this focal recognition of the inner/outer journey going on in our lives continually."
Monday, June 11, 2007
I like t-shirts that have a message. Sometimes I browse websites looking at new designs and sayings. But because I'm trying to minimize buying new clothes, I haven't purchased any. That doesn't mean I can't appreciate them, though.
I like what the above t-shirt says. Although the phrase "God bless America" seems innocuous at first, I think it contains a subtle message that can be somewhat harmful -- i.e., I only want God to bless Americans; if you're not American, I don't care if God blesses you or not. (Don't we care about innocent children suffering in Iraq or women and girls being raped and abused in Sudan??) As such, the saying is exclusionary and seems to pit "us" against "them," where "us" is Americans and "them" is anyone who's not. Instead, I suggest that lines should not be drawn based on nationality, race, gender, religion, socio-economic standing, sexual orientation, etc. Love and generosity should be all-inclusive and non-discriminatory. It's easy to care for those who look, act and talk like us. The challenge is loving and being in community with those who are radically different from us.
And for this reason, I prefer the alternative and more positive message: "God bless everyone."
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Saturday, October 13th---Hike for the Homeless, for details: http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/event/detail/98799
Saturday, October 13th---Living Water Yard Sale at Otter Creek
Thursday, June 7, 2007
These men live out community in their neighborhood in several ways. Every Sunday they invite friends/neighbors to their home for dinner and the number can be from 5 to 25.
“We are trying to be a Christian presence in the neighborhood, not by passing out brochures but by building relationships and have a lasting impact,” Hendricks says.
You can read a more detailed account about the Knox House at the link below:
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
The picture above is of a few of our 1.3 billion neighbors who live in desparate poverty, similiar to Iracema da Silva. And, you may not guess it, but at the bottom of the picture is their meal for the day that they are very proud to have and eager to share. What does your lunch look like? I am sure it is more than this and you will not only have lunch today but probably three meals and even some snacks in between. I am struggling with how to deal with the fact that thirty-four thousand children die every day of hunger and preventable diseases.
Monday, June 4, 2007
- Books - I love my books. Before a couple of weeks ago, I had a ton of books that I had in high school, college, and from when I was teaching that I just didn't want to get rid of. Books I hadn't cracked in years or even books that I had multiple copies of for various reasons. Even on my theological shelf, I had to pull some things to make room. It was a hard, hard decision to get rid of some of those.
- Gadgets/Electronics - Had we the money and the space, it would be very hard for me to not run out and get a big huge Hi - Def TV with all the bells and whistles and to have the latest PDA phone and a new computer every year. I love tech toys and I love playing with them and having them. And that's not to say that we don't have some nice tech toys, but I can look at a catalog or a website and almost start drooling over the stuff I don't have, but really, really want. This area in particular, I need accountability for, and thankfully, Sheryl gives me a lot of it (plus trying to stick relatively closely to a budget).
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Why spend more money & add to our piles by buying something that could just as easily be borrowed? This will be an ongoing post for those in need of trading or borrowing. Please check back frequently to see if you can be of service to others.