Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place

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New Society Publishers, Aug 21, 2012 - House & Home - 336 pages
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Other books tell us how to live the good life—but you might have to win the lottery to do it. Making Home is about improving life with the real people around us and the resources we already have. While encouraging us to be more resilient in the face of hard times, author Sharon Astyk also points out the beauty, grace, and elegance that result, because getting the most out of everything we use is a way of transforming our lives into something much more fulfilling.

Written from the perspective of a family who has already made this transition, Making Home shows readers how to turn the challenge of living with less into settling for more—more happiness, more security, and more peace of mind. Learn simple but effective strategies to:

*Save money on everything from heating and cooling to refrigeration, laundry, water, sanitation, cooking, and cleaning
*Create a stronger, more resilient family
*Preserve more for future generations

We must make fundamental changes to our way of life in the face of ongoing economic crisis and energy depletion. Making Home takes the fear out of this prospect, and invites us to embrace a simpler, more abundant reality.

Sharon Astyk is a writer, teacher, blogger, and farmer whose family uses eighty percent less energy and resources than the average American household. She is a member of the board of directors of ASPO-USA, founder of the Riot 4 Austerity, and the author of three previous books, including Depletion and Abundance and Independence Days.


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User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

This is a particularly wise book. Basing her thinking on Wendall Berry is an excellent start; and balancing protest, interior personal change and societal change makes total sense. Read full review

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I like this book because it helps you think about and plan for the little disasters (a storm knocks out your power for several days), and the middle-size disasters (you lose your job), rather than the ... Read full review


Welcome home
Planning for both a future and failure
the future of cities
Choosing home
Triaging your situation
The open house
Staying warm and keeping cool
The basics of daily life
All creatures great and small
Marriage and family
Water in the rain barrel
Father and Mother and Uncle John tribalism and family
Is your love enough?
Skills work and money
Security matters
Putting it together

Getting around
Doing it over again
Working it Through
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Sharon Astyk is a writer, teacher, blogger, and farmer who raises vegetables, poultry and dairy goats with her family in upstate New York. She and her family use 80% less energy and resources than the average American household. Sharon is a member of the Board of Directors of ASPO-USA and the award-winning author of three previous books including Depletion and Abundance.

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