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Things our house and land have taught us

We moved to our new place a little over a year ago now. I keep thinking of this thing Ed Begley said, something along the lines of, “A house is like a ship. You have to keep the ship running.” I heard those words back when we were living in Bushwick, Brooklyn, living in a […]

For Barter or Worse: Please vote for my video about sharing!

One of my favorite sites, Shareable, is hosting a contest for stories about sharing. My submission to Share or Die is a 5-minute video about our experiences with sharing and bartering in Ithaca, through our business and through the groups Ithaca Freeskool and Share Tompkins. I hope you’ll watch my video and log-in to vote. […]

Report from Our DIY Solar Panel Cooker Freeskool Class

Last Saturday, Shawn Reeves of EnergyTeachers.org came over to our house to give a workshop on how to make a solar panel cooker using recycled materials. Read on for photos and info on how to make your own!

I just did Yoga for the first time. Thanks YouTube.

And thank you to Esther Ekhart, and to Isaac and Dara for inspiring me! That was a great workout. I think I found my new favorite way to exercise… Are you into yoga? Any advice for me?

Video: Grafting and Pruning at Eve’s Cidery

Ari is working on a new website for local organic orchard and cider producer Eve’s Cidery (coming soon) and I am making a series of videos that illuminate the various processes involved in bringing their products to market. Here are the first two videos: Grafting with Autumn and Celia from Shira Golding on Vimeo. Pruning […]

Communicating with supporters: How often and when?

Here are some links I’ve found useful lately, while working on newsletters and a year-end campaign…

Choosing a printer – and whether to print at all | Shirari Industries

Since every job we do is different, Shira and I have worked with all sorts of printers: the fanciest boutique printers with the nicest stocks, Union shops that mean your dollars are supporting organized labor, green printers and on-demand printers, banner printers from cotton to vinyl (though no one should be using vinyl!!). Here’s a […]

Choosing a Web Host: A Guide for Lefties

If you want a carbon-neutral, worker-owned, ultra-progressive web host, you’re not alone. I’d love to get our site hosted on a handcrafted biodegradeable server powered by wooden windmill, personally! After interacting with many web hosts and registrars, here are our picks for top lefty services.

Mailing lists, newsletters, and other mass communiques

Having a good mailing list can be a great way to communicate with folks who don’t like Facebook or who enjoy the editorial touch of a newsletter. Here are some of the best options out there for activists and non-profits and other folks looking for progressive and/or low-cost and free mailing list solutions.

Some really good books for activists

This is a list of books I’ve found very helpful as an activist – from good strategy to essential history to inspiring personal narratives, these are eye-openers and life-changers…

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