#854 Tamil Nadu Women’s Collective changing the future

Tamil Nadu Women's Collective

When women are empowered, communities change. The Tamil Nadu Women’s Collective is proof of that. Their more than 100,000 members are among the most marginalized women of India. They are Dalit, landless widows and indigenous women. Individually they lack power.…


#853 Land sharing in the city

Garden photo by SteveR

People have many reasons for being willing to share their backyards. They may be elderly folk, wanting to stay in their homes but unable to keep up with the gardening. Or they may be a working couple with busy lives,…


#831 Best bat boy ever

Teddy Kremer

The Cincinnati Reds have been forever changed by Teddy Kremer, the best bat boy they will ever meet. It might not have worked out that way if Kremer’s parents had followed the gentle advice of the doctor who told them…


#828 The Kiwi who married a Bedouin

Marguerite van Geldermalsen

Many young travelers seek adventures in places that seem exotic to them, opening doors to cultures and people they would never meet in the town they came from. But not many of them end up making their home in a…


#818 Guardians of vacant property

Dot Dot Dot guardians

They are in every city—vacant properties where weeds grow through cracks, boards cover doors and windows, repairs are neglected, maintenance is non-existent, and looting and squatting prevail. The whole neighbourhood slides downhill because of them. That is where Dot Dot…


#808 An economy of real wealth

Wall Street sign

This morning another handful of schemes for making piles of money came to me via Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail. What they all had in common was the message that money was the measure of my worth, and they each had…


#805 Showered with blessings

Blessing of flowers

The lure of a book bargain is irresistible so when Book Gorilla included a link to Pam Grout’s E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality in its daily e-newsletter, I clicked on it. It makes…