Building a Village

Bunmi Laditan’s article, “I miss the village” came out before we had a baby, but it recently resurfaced and no doubt struck a chord with a new generation of parents – or at least with me. When we lived in the US, we didn’t have kids but most of our friends did. We were part of a circle of people that were trying to live in a modern version of community – spread out in typical urban fashion, but interconnected and supportive. To myself as a childless person who felt like my life had no margin and kids would never fit, these friends made having kids look kind of possible. Continue reading “Building a Village”

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Attack of the Aphids

A lot of our garden experiments are in a waiting phase right now. The moringa is almost ready to start clipping from, which will be a great reintroduction to our lives since at our old house we had four huge plants in our tiny 20sq’ yard that we could eat off of daily. Most mornings we had fried eggs and moringa – fresh from the backyard. Right now we have a few herbs like mint, thai and sweet basil, and fennel that are going strong and we need to get in a better habit of using. But the pumpkin and cucumber are still slowly sprawling out, the cherry tomatoes aren’t quite blooming yet, and the leafy greens have gone to seed. A lot of these things we planted early just to see what would take during the monsoon and I think their progress is slow and steady because they rarely have a chance to dry out and breathe a little. But even in the past two nights, we’ve noticed a temperature drop in anticipation of cool season – a great growing time in Thailand.

But the yard long beans have been abundant for the last month. Non-stop green beans. Yesterday morning I went out to pick more and noticed a strange clumpy dirt gathered on a lot of them. Continue reading “Attack of the Aphids”

How to Politely Decline MLM Offers from Acquaintances

Just say no thank you. That’s the short answer.

But the very nature of peer marketing makes this really difficult. So here is the long answer.

In an attempt to curate our consumptive habits, we are trying to only proactively bring things into our lives that we know will have direct and substantial benefit without doing unnecessary harm to the planet. However, we often look around and realize we own things we never meant to acquire.

Even if you’ve never heard of Network Marketing or Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM), you’ve probably gotten an invitation from an acquaintance Continue reading “How to Politely Decline MLM Offers from Acquaintances”