No 'Garden Of Eden,' Utopias are not to be found, but you could choose to ESCAPE the 'rat race' in favor of an alternative lifestyle. Whether this is an attractive day-dream or a contemplated possibility, this topic is too alluring not to consider.

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Escape>> Time Travel

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Bleacheddecay Feb 1, 2012. 2 Replies

What if? What if you could escape your 'ho hum' life and travel in time? Travel to some distant galaxy, into the future, or go back in time to experience what it was like to live in some past era in…Continue

But Will It Make You Happy?

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Bleacheddecay Jan 20, 2012. 3 Replies

By STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM Published: August 7, 2010 NY TimesSHE had so much. A two-bedroom apartment. Two cars. Enough wedding china to serve two dozen people.Yet Tammy Strobel wasn’t happy. Working as…Continue

FREEDOM - New Novel by Jonathan Franzen

Started by Sydni Moser Aug 30, 2010. 0 Replies

Jonathan Franzen: Great American NovelistBy Lev Grossman Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010Time I'm somewhat ashamed to admit that I never heard of this author before, but apparently his previous novel, The…Continue

"Suck it up. This is life. Grow Up!"

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Allen J. Thoma Jul 26, 2010. 20 Replies

"Suck it up. This is life. Grow Up!"This is the latest blog from a favorite site of mine called, No Impact Man. Some of you…Continue

Want a Cozy, Affordable Home? Build A Yurt

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Sydni Moser Jul 23, 2010. 1 Reply

Want a Cozy, Affordable Home? Build A YurtJune/July 2010By Craig Boyer Mother Earth I realized my dream and saved money by building a yurt in upstate New York with the help of friends and…Continue

***'ESCAPIST' Books***

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Sydni Moser Jul 7, 2010. 5 Replies

***'ESCAPIST' Books*** Please contribute to this discussion by posting any interesting and relevant books that you have read or come across that would elicit excitement and interest to our dreams and…Continue

Do-It-Yourself Downsize: How To Build A Tiny House

Started by Sydni Moser Jul 5, 2010. 0 Replies

Do-It-Yourself Downsize: How To Build A Tiny Houseby Jon Kalish6/27/2010 - NPRLISTEN to This (6 min.) Story HERE:Home Is…Continue

No Money Man: The thrifty adventures of Mark Boyle

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Sydni Moser Jul 3, 2010. 1 Reply

No Money Man: The thrifty adventures of Mark BoyleMark Boyle lives the good life and does it without spending a nickel (or in his case, a shilling).Mark Boyle outside his off-grid caravan.Mark Boyle…Continue

The Freegan Establishment

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Allen J. Thoma Jun 20, 2010. 1 Reply

This is a rather long but extremely readable and interesting article. Reading it felt as though I was traveling back in time, because when I hitch-hiked to San Francisco from NY when I was 17, I met…Continue

What Will Make You Happy? Epicurus has some suggestions...

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Allen J. Thoma Jun 19, 2010. 4 Replies

I recently watched the documentary, Philosophy – A Guide to Happiness, and was particularly struck with what Epicurus had…Continue

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Comment by Sydni Moser on July 25, 2010 at 5:25pm

Almost invisible mirrored tree house built in Sweden

They said it couldn't be done. When we first wrote about the almost invisible tree house to be built in Sweden by Tham & Videgard, 899 commenters thought it was computer-generated eye candy, impossible to build, and death for birds.

But the architects built it, one of six units in a "Treehotel," which recently opened 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Sweden.

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Comment by Sydni Moser on July 20, 2010 at 10:53am
So sweet of you Jean Marie, thank you. Hope you do continue to contribute, you bring a crowd with you when you do. So glad to see you back! Happy day!
Comment by Sydni Moser on July 7, 2010 at 10:10am
Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting suburbia

Ellen Dunham-Jones fires the starting shot for the next 50 years' big sustainable design project: retrofitting suburbia. To come: Dying malls rehabilitated, dead "big box" stores re-inhabited, parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands.

WATCH This TED Talk FULL Screen & Read More HERE:
Comment by Sydni Moser on July 6, 2010 at 1:00pm
Mitchell Joachim: Don't build your home, grow it!

Just because a McMansion is "green" doesn't mean it is actually environmentally sustainable. Joachim is suggesting that building McMansions this way will reduce our consumption of resources. Yes, it will, but we should recognize that even an eco-friendly house located in suburban sprawl and auto-centric development will still consume vast amounts of resources. Joachim's idea is impressive, but he envisions its implementation in suburbs rather than in cities or compact neighborhoods. This sprawl eats up our land, prevents water from replenishing the water table via runoff on pavement, and requires people to drive everywhere they need to go and use gasoline excessively. If we really want to make a huge impact in solving the climate crisis, fixing sprawl is the avenue to do it. Ellen Dunham-Jones, in her very recent talk, demonstrated how it's possible.

Watch this video full screen on TED:
Comment by Sydni Moser on July 3, 2010 at 7:31am
Allen, that's exactly the way I felt about when reading about this Eco Village. Growing up in the seventies and having tried out a couple of communes, the 'spiritual' side of them always made me very uncomfortable. Couldn't do it way back then, and I'm certainly much less tolerant of that now.
Comment by Allen J. Thoma on July 2, 2010 at 3:47pm
Spent way to much time on the Dancing Rabbit web site. My only problem is they seem to "touchy-feely". I don't like group circles where everyone says/chants something. Reminds me too much of church. Too much of the counter-culture escapist hippie commune movements seem to me to be substituting new-age superstition for religion. Being an atheist I think I would have a great deal of trouble fitting in.
Comment by Sydni Moser on June 30, 2010 at 7:30am

You might be interested to read this discussion, Sustainable Living Inspiration from an Eco Village, in the Green Atheist Group.
Comment by Sydni Moser on June 29, 2010 at 10:11am
The End of Suburbia - promo trailer

"We're literally stuck up a cul-de-sac in a cement SUV without a fill-up" - James Howard Kunstler

Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? A 78-minute documentary about the end of the age of cheap oil.

The End of Suburbia is available for download for only $1.99 at

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Comment by Sydni Moser on June 26, 2010 at 4:19pm

"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself." ~Soren Kierkegaard

“Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking.” ~Jim McMahon

"You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward." ~James Thurber

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult." ~Seneca (Greek Philosopher)

"Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise." ~Author Unknown

"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." ~Pablo Picasso
Comment by Allen J. Thoma on June 24, 2010 at 9:52am
The Earthships were interesting. I read your article and spent way to much time on their web site. The only problem I have with them is the amount of materials necessary to make what amounts to a LARGE house (translating into lots of MONEY) for most people in the community. This community does not seem to be similar to the Small House community at all which overall would seem to have a much more benign ecological footprint???

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