An idea for paying your personal carbon tax

I just paid my “carbon sin tax” for all my globetrotting in the last year. I put 24 tons of carbon into the atmosphere and I decided to donate my “tax” to a local Land Trust purchase of a square mile of forest on the island where i live. You could do the calculation and donate to a conservation project in your community. Or beyond. Feel free to steal the idea. Even the writing 🙂 Continue reading


How are you adapting to the Long Recession?

In February the NYTimes began a series about how strapped Americans are addressing the Long Recession.  “Even as the American economy shows tentative signs of a rebound, the human toll of the recession continues to mount, with millions of Americans remaining out of work, out of savings and nearing the end of their unemployment benefits.” Thus begins the first article in the series.

I’m very interested in two things:

1. How ARE you adapting, adjusting, rethinking, retooling, reschooling, etc.? And to what? Foreclosure? Job loss? Moving to follow the money? Please post comments below so we all can learn from your stories, no matter where you are in the process.

2. If you’ve heeded Your Money or Your Life in some way, has it made a difference in these hard times?  I has for me… Continue reading

OMG – This wraps enoughness and happiness and freedom into one sweet bundle

Please enjoy this TED talk by Daniel Gilbert. And then I’ll tell you why it is for me a most delicious 18 minutes.

In the years between the second edition of Your Money or Your Life (1998) and the third which was a rewrite (2008), a lot happened in my life.  I spent half a decade taking more stabs at large scale social change: Continue reading

John deGraaf and Vicki Robin at the VT Gross National Happiness Conference

Well, Melinda Tuhus did me/us a great favor by summarizing the workshop John deGraaf and I did at the Gross National Happiness conference. Please check out this link as it has a lot of very good information in it about John’s “Take Back Your Time” work… and a decent picture of moi.

Happiness, the Gross National Kind

It’s been too long since I posted. Busy. On the road for nearly 2 months with a small pit stop home. Last week I was at the GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS conference in VT and then spoke on a GNH panel at the Green Festival in Seattle. This keys into my Summer’s theme: happiness. What it is? How we find it? Keep it? Spread it? Make societies that have happiness, not just economic activity, as the bottom line. So here’s a brief update on GNH for ya. Continue reading