9 Bloggers Who Make a Difference

Last week, Lindsay (Treading My Own Path) suggested I read What’s the Economy for Anyway? By John DeGraaf and David K. Batker.  I found a copy and while I am only part way through the book (chapter 5) I am both encouraged that there are examples of better ways to live and at the same time saddened by how far the US has fallen in every respect.


A quote by Robert Kennedy in 1968 on the Gross National Product (GNP) jumped out at me as a blueprint for how we can create sustainable happy lives:

For too long we seem to have surrendered personal excellence and community value in the mere accumulation of material things……the Gross National Product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play.  It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials……It measures everything in short except that which makes life worthwhile. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.


Time to share love between father and daughter.

Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the US Forest Service who’s task was to manage the public forests to “achieve the greatest good for the greatest number over the longest run”.   And just as the authors of this book have seen, I too saw these words to be the foundation of how we should be treating everything on our planet; the forests, oceans, rivers, wildlife, air, and even ourselves and the people around us should have this protection.

If we extend those objectives to everything we do we can change the world

  • Choose the greatest good
  • Provide for the greatest number to benefit
  • Over the longest run or time frame.

Today I want to do something different. In light of how much the US, and the world, needs to change to reach a sustainable lifestyle I want to introduce you to some of the people who inspire me by their efforts to live a sustainable lifestyle.  There are many more, but to keep this “sort of” brief if you want more inspiration check out the amazing bloggers here that I follow.


Lindsay, inspires me with a long-term goal she has pretty much met.  To distance herself from the supermarket. In How I Quit the Supermarket she shares her strategies for making the switch to local food producers. Breaking up with the supermarket takes time because our shopping has been dictated by businesses for so long we have to actively search for the alternatives.

citrus fruit

Tegan amazes me and gives me hope for the future.  As a university student Tegan is very active in environmental issues and currently has her own radio show where she covers environmental issues.  You can listen to her first show  here. Today she shared her thoughts on how to provide healthier food at a much lower cost by planting in public spaces.


Evelyn bucked society and moved from the standard sized home for a family to what she and her family refers to as the “shoebox” at 450 square feet, only 150 sq ft larger than my apartment, is a happy family of four.

Laura is building a tiny home on property without wheels.  She breaks down the costs and shares that tiny doesn’t mean cheap, but Laura jumped through hoops to get zoning approval for a sustainable home.  To reach her dreams she’s done a lot of the work herself, including laying stone (sourced locally) for a patio and walkway, and has worked as finances have allowed.  She could have taken out loans and had her home finished sooner but that’s not her way.

Realizing music comes out of ear buds.

Realizing music comes out of ear buds.


Lyle lived as a minimalist before he stumbled on the minimalist blogs. He hated 9-5 jobs and explains what led him to create his own work schedule doing what he loves instead.

Swiss Rose has educated me more about the cultural differences between the US and her adopted country of Switzerland than probably any other person.  In Who’s Lucky Now she shares how she grew up, the freedom children had and the safety that she took for granted.  If we are to look back at the goals for Pinchot as the Forest Service Chief then how we raise our children will play a huge role in changing the future.

Wendy has taught me much about growing and preserving my own food.  I have access to an acre of land to garden in where Wendy only has a quarter of an acre.



Cynthia is retired and trying to reduce her footprint.  In Green she shows how she is cutting her utility costs along with upcycling projects that are both beautiful and useful.

Roland and Cheryl are as green as I believe any family can be from making their own clothes and shoes from natural fibers to experimenting with eating bugs for protein.


Now for something different, if you have a blog where you share ideas on living more sustainably or have a favorite blog that inspires you to keep on striving to do better, please share in the comment section.  Only through a community of like-minded people can we make change happen.



34 thoughts on “9 Bloggers Who Make a Difference

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  2. Hi Lois! You continue to amaze me with all the amazing blogs you find out here in cyber-land. It’s getting more and more difficult to read all the many great blogs out here and now I have to check these out for sure. I can only imagine how many blog YOU read on a regular basis. Thanks for all your hard work and suggestions. ~Kathy

    • Kathy, you would be surprised by how little time I have been online lately. Hope you enjoy these blogs. I see I have fallen behind on commenting on your recent posts, I’ll be over later today.

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    • Sue, I need every one of you to keep going some days but I am seeing more changes locally now. One of the biggest I noticed lately is that everyone is leaving addictions behind. People are quitting smoking, are giving up alcohol. I don’t know if they know why they are doing this at this moment but I think it’s because we all feel a change coming. They will be better prepared for it.

      • Yes this is what I meant in my last reply too, as I sense it, and people even if they do not know what it is they are sensing, know change is happening,, and feel it at their core that they too need to alter their way of being… and its a good barometer to have.. :-) Thank you for sharing this.. its brings more Hope to my heart… :-) xxxx

  4. Lois, I’m glad you found the book! I hope you’re enjoying it (although possibly not the right word…) Thanks for sharing my blog post too. I’m eagerly looking up all the other links you shared now! And Roland, who I already found and followed when you had him guest post – I still obsess about the blog post he wrote about making his own shoes! I tell everybody about that – so awesome! Possibly not something I’ll be able to do but something to aspire to : )

    • Lindsay, I don’t know if enjoy is the right word but I am very much engrossed in the book. The picture painted of the US is so sad but knowing other countries are doing better gives me hope things will change for the better here too.

      Did you see the post where Cheryl showed the rope shoes she made for herself? They were beautiful, I have been searching for hemp rope to try my hand at making my own pair. http://handcraftedtravellers.com/rope-into-shoes/ The design is something I would expect to see in a store.

  5. I enjoy your links and getting ideas from other bloggers. I was surprised to click a link and fond that it led to my blog! Thanks for including it. I hope it inspires someone else to be resourceful.

    • You are very welcome, Cynthia. :-) I can’t tell you how many searched I have done trying to find other bloggers who share my passions and come up empty. I thought I’d try to help make a few introductions and grow some new friendships.

  6. Hi Lois :) Thank you for including me in your list, I am truly honoured!! And thank you for some great links here. I love the photo of your son and granddaughter, it’s simply beautiful xx
    This is a lovely post with some great thoughts written here.

  7. Hi Lois, Love this post!
    Your comment:

    “If we extend those objectives to everything we do we can change the world

    Choose the greatest good
    Provide for the greatest number to benefit
    Over the longest run or time frame.”

    reminds me of Samuel Alexander’s “Enough For Everyone, Forever” See http://www.thesufficiencyeconomy.com/ and http://simplicitycollective.com/enough-for-everyone-forever

    I also like New Economy Coalition http://neweconomy.net/

    Thanks for the great post!

    • Thank you, Carol. My path of environmental awareness goes back to elementary age when I was introduced to the Native American’s beliefs that the earth is our mother.

      I have read many articles by Samuel Alexander and will check this one out as well as the New Economy. I appreciate you sharing these links.

  8. Hi Lois and thank you so much for including me and my blog in this list of wonderful writers and alternative lifers :)

    I also love your son and grand-daughter photo…it’s beautiful!

    Take care and my best to all.


    • Lyle, how could I not include you? :-) Your life is such an inspiration for so many who hate their jobs and wish they could do something they love.

      The picture of my son and his daughter warms my heart. Only a few months ago his time with her was so little due to his work, now with him being home more they have developed quite the bond.

      P.S. Loved your article on Vosa.

  9. Thank you for the link-love, and I look forward to checking some of these other blogs out too! I think it’s so important to know there are like-minded people all around the world. Keep the inspiration flowing.

  10. Thank you for introducing me to these wonderful blogs Lois. You have inspired me to try to grow more of our food. One thing that has really frustrated me this year is my attempts to grow more of our own food. My herbs are growing really well as are my lemon and tamarillo. The vegetables though, have been largely a disappointment. From the mini eggplant I harvested one eggplant. From the tomato bush, two tomatoes. The carrots and silverbeet have been okay. The grapefruit has one grapefruit on it and the limes dropped off the tree. I think the combination of searing hot days and hardly any rain for months has contributed. As I type though, it’s finally raining….

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