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The Functional Future

Budget-Savvy, Earth-Friendly Housekeeping Tips for Dog Owners

It may seem like muddy paws and hairy furniture go hand-in-hand with dog ownership. You can actually keep your home clean and enjoy your pooch, and it doesn’t mean you need to invest tons of time, money or energy in housekeeping. This article’s tips are designed to allow you and Fido to spend more time playing and less time cleaning and still keep your home looking sharp.

Spoon carving – Notes

Hand carving spoons is partly about relationships, between people, generations, hands, and wood. For a story involving a lineage from Gandhi to Richard Gregg to Scott Nearing to Bill Coperthwaite to Peter Forbes, see this article. This article is about how to carve spoons from green wood. What is green wood? Tools Axe: Robin Wood […]

Is Your Home Making You Sick? 5 Common Causes and How to Fix Them

Your home is your safe space. It’s where you find shelter and comfort, create memories with your family and de-stress after a long day — and it may also be making you sick. Here are five ways your home (or your workplace) could be harming your health and what you can do about it. 1. […]

Living on the Edge

Those who understand, live, or express an unpleasant perspective risk living “alone in a world of wounds”, ostracized, living on the edge. The fact that this is so painful is particularly unfortunate as the world needs such people, now more than ever.

Carving Spoons and Relationships

In A Man Apart, written by Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow, Peter talks about how his mentor and friend, Bill Coperthwaite, gifted him a spoon that Bill had carved from pear wood. Bill Copperthwaite gave Peter this gift along with the following story of the lineage of this tree… After spending time with Mahatma Gandhi, […]

Top Tips for Homeowners Embracing an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Suzie Wilson’s top tips for embracing a greener home: from flooring to reclaimed materials to moving on.

Alternative Natural Mattresses – Donal’s Notes

Mattresses can be made of a variety of materials, with two primary advantages over modern mattresses: (1) they can be non-toxic, and (2) less expensive (but some are more expensive). Permies has a discussion on alternative mattresses and most of these notes are digested from that discussion and related links. Making a straw mattress is […]

Mindfulness

For years now, I have used mindfulness with patients, in my personal life, and as a scientist, conducting randomized controlled trials funded by the NIH (e.g., MacCoon, et al., 2012). In fact, my interest in mindfulness led to my graduate studies and subsequent Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a focus on the role of attention […]

NOVA: Becoming Human (2009) – Donal’s Notes

Episode 1: First Steps Paleoanthropologist Zeray Alemseged discovered fossil called “Selam,” also known as “Lucy’s Child.” Lucy and Selam are 3.3 M years old but humans and chimps split around 6 M years ago = first biped. But brains not necessarily bigger as a result. Small-brained bipedal apes were around for 4 million years, flourishing […]

Emergency Car Kit

See parent article on prepping  priorities. The Emergency Car Kit consists of everything in the picture above (stored in a duffle bag in the trunk) and some items stored inside the car (pictured below). You could, of course, just buy a kit from AAA, but as with anything, you get what you pay for. I’m […]