Ripples is a blog connecting people to resources on sustainable living while chronicling our off-grid journey and supporting the work of non-profit organizations.
Ripples Blog: Telling Our Story
Our goal is to build a healthy, organic lifestyle in a small earthbag home, using sustainable alternative systems for transportation, energy, water, food production and…well, everything! We hope to preserve habitat for native species in the Ozark Mountains while learning (and educating others) about native habitat creation. This blog follows our journey “off the grid”: using alternative electricity sources like solar power. The blog itself is also off-grid, powered by 100% solar energy!
Ripples Resources on Sustainable Living
As we were learning about how to live a sustainable lifestyle, we built a Wiki (an online place to store information) so that readers can learn exactly what we are learning, and even contribute their own knowledge and experience! You can learn about gardening, raising animals, building an eco-friendly home, bartering, bicycling, and much more. As a work in progress, we’re constantly adding new information. Check out our Wiki here.
Support for NGOs (Non-Profit Organizations)
Ripples supports the work of NGOs in 3 main ways:
- Through Youth Action for Change, we provide a Wiki on capacity building for NGOs to use free resources in order to improve their organization.
- We donate a percentage of sales from Amanda’s home baking business and Ryan’s technology consultation service.
- We publicize non-profits and help educate the public on topics important to the success of NGOs, such as wildlife conservation.
Through our work at Ripples, I spend much of my time as a writer, baker, artist, researcher and teacher. Everything I do is “life crafting,” enabling me to spend my energy on living in a world I want to see exist. Life crafting means taking our innermost joys and deepest beliefs and acting upon them to change our own lifestyle. It’s fun, fulfilling, and one of the best ways I’ve found to follow Gandhi’s wisdom and “be the change.”
I enjoy reading, drawing, piano, tai chi, snuggling with my cats, and having picnics with my husband Ryan! What I like most about the world is watching wildlife. My favorite animals are the flying squirrel, pika, rabbit, wolf, quetzal, and tiger.
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 cashiering or learning about network-systems design 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.
You will rarely catch me alongside busy streets. Look for me on wooded side streets, walking or biking to my next destination, pulling the sights and scents of budding trees and flowers deep inside.