Ripples is based on the “ripple effect” idea that small actions can ripple outward and create a better world. This is a personal project that began in 2011. We’re looking at every lifestyle decision we make (careers, food, house, transportation, etc) and asking ourselves: “How can we make a difference with this choice, for both people and planet?” By sharing the nitty-gritty details about what we’re doing – via blog, printed newspaper column, online educational center, local workshops, podcasts, videos, and social media – we hope to make it easier for others to make a difference across a variety of good causes.
This website is a solar-hosted online educational center that provides free informational resources to those who want to change their own lifestyles to make a difference for both people and planet. (It’s still a work in progress.) We plan to move off-grid into a tiny house on wheels to be placed on a leasehold where we currently live, at the Historic Johnson Farm on Mt. Kessler in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains, USA. In partnership with the land owner and the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, we’re helping to protect 169 acres for native habitat conservation as part of our choice to make a difference with our house.
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About Amanda & Ryan
I’m a writer, artist and naturalist who enjoys drawing pet portraits, illustrating children’s books, designing greeting cards, and writing for magazines and newspapers. My favorite hobby is watching wildlife, and I’m frequently out in the woods or walking country roads connecting with nature or participating in citizen science projects like NestWatch and FrogWatch. I love reading books, cuddling my black cat Solo and my husband Ryan, who has been my amazing life partner for over 10 years! We also enjoy traveling when we get the chance, and are lifelong learners. I’m a Unitarian Universalist (it’s worth a Google if you don’t know what that is) which helps me keep my life principle-centered and has complemented our Ripples journey.
I enjoy video games, learning about all aspects of web, network, and server technology, creating and thrilling in music, and long walks exploring distant mountain ranges. I split my time between working on non-profit websites; pondering the power, and ways to improve the process, of cooperation while being the Network Administrator at Ozark Natural Foods; chatting, walking, or snuggling with my lovely partner; and challenging myself to embrace the beauty and serenity in every moment, especially the challenging ones.