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A Lifestyle Based in Life
Today is marks thirty-three years of being a couple. We’ve been through a lot together and have had our ups and downs, but today we are happier than ever and our relationship keeps getting better and better.
In this post, we are sharing what we’ve learned about being a team. We’ve each written a part and together they convey the whole concept.
This post is about how sharing a household as a couple contributes to sustaining life in a way that cannot be done by a person living alone.
About ten years ago I saved this clip. I don’t remember where it’s from.
The fastest growing type of household in Canada is the single person. The new solo-living cohort are young (25 to 44), far more flush than the thrifty jar-reusing widows that once ruled the one-person roost and, the biggest consumers of energy, land and household goods. Now that their numbers are shooting up, people who live alone represent, what a sustainable development professor at University College, London, calls ‘an environmental time bomb.’ From washers to toasters, singletons burn through just over twice as much energy per capita as those who live in a four-person household. A provocative thought.
But this week, when I searched on “sustainable marriage” I could find nothing. Oh, there were articles with the title “Sustainable Marriage” but they were all about sustaining the marriage itself, not about how marriage sustains life.
Even though I was born in 1955, I was not raised to be a homemaker.
Like many other women of my generation, the women’s movement came along and convinced me that there were more important things to do than make a home for myself, a husband, and a family. In addition, my mother was a piano teacher and our house her studio. Her self-employment gave our family economic benefits, but she didn’t make for us a home.
My early years, however, were not completely without role models. I had two grandmothers who were wonderful homemakers.
Interviews with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and other tech elites consistently reveal that Silicon Valley parents are strict about technology use.
I think it’s important in today’s world for kids to become familiar with technology and know how to use it, but not have their entire world be on-screen.
As the covid-19 pandemic continues to push unemployed workers to apply for benefits at the rate of 1 million applications per week, as a nation we need some different options.
The most obvious solution to unemployment is self-employment.
Larry and I have both been self-employed most of our working lives, so we know a thing or two about self-employment.
Larry and I both went to public school. We have no children, so school is not an issue for us personally, but with the question of the safety of returning students to schools—public or private—in the time of covid-19, homeschooling leaped into my mind as a solution.
I’m not talking about parents providing the public school curriculum online. I’m talking about homeschooling, which is something else altogether.
Since posting Securing Our Health as The Covid-19 Crisis Continues, I’ve been receiving some questions and comments about face masks. So I just want to clarify a few points about the wearing of face masks and give you some new information I just received.
At the beginning of this year, Larry said, “Oh, it’s 2020—it must be the year of seeing clearly with 20/20 vision.”
I think he was exactly right. Though this year has been one crisis after another, each crisis is bringing to view something we need to learn on the level of how we live together as a society, and what we need to do to sustain our individual lives within the context of our communities, our government, and our ecosystems.
The past couple of weeks has been even more intense than the past few months. Covid-19 pandemic numbers are exploding all over the USA while at the same time we are finding out more about corruption in our government and wondering how we are going to open our economy and allow our children to go back to school.
Where do we start?
Of all the problems that need addressing, it is clear to us that health is #1. So that is what we are going to address today.
It seems like every year at this time I want to write about independence from one thing or another, and this year is no different.
But each year I seem to have some new awareness of a different aspect.
This year I chose an image of the actual signing of the Declaration of Independence because it is the moment that the declaration of independence from the King of England was made, and the colonists of American declared themselves to be free.
In the same way, Larry and I are declaring ourselves free from the tyrannies of industrialization every time we write a post for this blog. Day by day, step by step, we become more independent of industrialization.
This week I went through a big transition about money and the economy.
I have know intellectually for a long time that our industrial system is man-made and exists within the larger ecosystem of the Earth.
But until this week I hadn’t thought of our industrial economic system as existing within a larger economic system of the Earth.
And this happened because I drew a picture.