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    My compost piles are 5' by 5' based on Joseph...

    My compost piles are 5' by 5' based on Joseph Jenkins' rough design in the Humanure Handbook. 3' seems a little small.

    We actually have too many destinations for our compost, as we have a worm...
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    I admit that I buy a lottery ticket on rare...

    I admit that I buy a lottery ticket on rare occasions. Doing so always leads to just this sort of thought exercise, and I usually come around to more of a sense of dread at winning than I do a sense...
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    We were carfree for eight years while our...

    We were carfree for eight years while our children were young. We hauled them everywhere in a bike trailer, and then graduated to a family tandem and eventually a family triple.

    When our oldest...
  4. Thread: Microwaves

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    It sounds like some things are just a matter of...

    It sounds like some things are just a matter of habit. I couldn't imagine life without my double boiler, for instance. That's my way of heating milk for yogurt. I don't know how I would get the...
  5. My wife and I have been waking up at 3:30 a.m....

    My wife and I have been waking up at 3:30 a.m. for years, ever since the kids were little. It was the only time to sit quietly and enjoy breakfast. I'm usually dead tired when the sun starts going...
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    Ironically, seeing this thread makes me want to...

    Ironically, seeing this thread makes me want to buy another copy. At some point in the distant past, a pet rabbit chewed up our copy so badly that I finally threw it out. The Tightwad Gazette and...
  7. Thread: Microwaves

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    Microwaves

    I've never owned a microwave, but recently I brought one home that a friend was no longer using.

    I use the one at my work to heat up leftovers, and that's all that I've used the one at home for so...
  8. Our daughter is in college now, and we send a lot...

    Our daughter is in college now, and we send a lot of postcards back and forth. Every two or three weeks, we call and talk. Occasionally, I'll write a longer letter, but I haven't had as much time...
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    I tend to spend most of Sunday bicycling among...

    I tend to spend most of Sunday bicycling among three or four different stores. Partly, it is because I know where to get the healthiest, least expensive things, but there's also various preferences...
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    I'm ashamed to say that our grocery expenditure...

    I'm ashamed to say that our grocery expenditure is around $1100 a month, and our dining out as been around $100-$300 a month. I've had an eternal struggle to bring it down. I personally think I...
  11. It's not quite in line with the thread, but my...

    It's not quite in line with the thread, but my laptop drives me nuts with its messages about everything needing to be updated. It's a MacBook Pro, aluminum and glass - built to last. But... Since...
  12. Are you living the life you wanted when you were a child?

    I'm not really sure where to put this thread, but consumerism and the media seems as good a place as any.

    I've been asking this question a lot lately, largely as I have moved away from social...
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    I haven't been on the forum in a while - my at...

    I haven't been on the forum in a while - my at home parenting days are over, and I've been busy at work - but passing by, I thought I would add to this discussion, (though others may have noted the...
  14. What did you want to be when you grew up? When...

    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    When I was very small, I wanted to be a scientist, because I loved the woods, and I loved insects, birds, and all other animals. That dream got kiboshed...
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    As old members of this forum may remember, we...

    As old members of this forum may remember, we were carfree for eight years while our children were younger. We used the bicycle to get almost everywhere, and occasionally the bus, and sometimes we...
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    It looks like this thread is two years old. I've...

    It looks like this thread is two years old. I've been trying to make mozzarella, and I keep ending up with something ricotta-like. I've tried switching brands of milk, but I haven't found anything...
  17. Thread: Earthboxes

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    The Square Foot Gardening book has nice...

    The Square Foot Gardening book has nice instructions for planting in foot by foot squares. Your friend has something slightly larger than two 1 by 1 squares, but it might give her a good idea of...
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    I probably should look into travel hacking. I...

    I probably should look into travel hacking. I have never paid much attention to points on my credit card because I try to use it so seldom, though airline tickets are something I purchase with it. ...
  19. I scored a 50, but I'm not sure my bubble is...

    I scored a 50, but I'm not sure my bubble is really that thin. I worked in an ice manufacturing plant in high school and a little bit of college. I'm not sure that is really a factory floor, but I...
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    I think it is true about it being hard to get...

    I think it is true about it being hard to get people to come out to things, particularly parents of children. Lately, I've been trying to make more friends because I realized I only have a few, and...
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    My daughter made it into United World College

    I haven't been around the forums lately, but I thought I would let anyone know who was following my earlier stories of the process, that my daughter received the Davis Scholarship to United World...
  22. Thread: So very close!

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    I can put in a good word for the Republic...

    I can put in a good word for the Republic Wireless phones. The upfront cost for the phone seems like a lot to me, but it is hard to beat the $10 a month plan. All four of us in our family have...
  23. I feel like I am far, far more likely to die from...

    I feel like I am far, far more likely to die from Climate Change than from a terrorist attack, (though if you throw in domestic shootings, it's probably fifty fifty).

    It's almost impossible to...
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    I will admit to occasionally tossing the insects...

    I will admit to occasionally tossing the insects into the rice cooker along with the rice. They are a good source of nutrition, even if the idea produces a squeamish reaction. I keep telling myself...
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    That must be a great feeling. Way to go!

    That must be a great feeling. Way to go!
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