Simple living skills

Voluntary Simplicity : Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich --
by Duane Elgin

Affluenza -The All-Consuming Epidemic


Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills

    Frugal living

   The Dollar Stretcher resources & subject index
   Debt at dollarstretcher
   Earning money at dollarstretcher
   One income families at dollarstretcher
   Voluntary simplicity at dollarstretcher
   Dozens of frugal resources at Frugal Family Network
   Income Ideas For Your Homestead
   Ecomall environmental shopping
   Simplify Your Life, Linda Manassee Buell

     Independent living skills & self reliance

     For more garden and agriculture skills see growing stuff
     For building skills see building stuff

   Resource categories at - Homesteading, Frugal Living, Cottage Gardening
   The classic - Encyclopedia of Country Living, by Carla Emery
   Almanac of Useful Information
   Guide to Country Living online
   The Country Housewife's Family Companion, with a modern introduction by Malcolm Thick. First published in 1750
   Giannangelo Farms Southwest, CDs on gardening and growth
   Permaculture and Sustainable Living & Livelihood resources from Communications for a Sustainable Future
   Sustainable Building Sourcebook  contains lots of useful information on alternative water sources, energy sources, building materials, and composting & recycling.
   Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) at the National Agricultural Library, USDA and extensive online resources
   Beyond Greed & Scarcity, money & sustainability, Bernard Lietaer
   Cooking, our page
   Gourd Artists' Guild
   Cheesemaking, beer, wine, our page
   How Our Ancestors Lived
   Old-fashioned Home Remedies and Recipes
   The Household Cyclopedia of General Information , recipes, formulas, growing,  and how tos from 1881
   Country Wisdom PDF Bulletins - The Simple Living Network
   Formulas, Remedies & Concoctions - Homemade insect repellent, fertilizers, lotions, potions, bath salts, and so much more
   Home Processing of Chickens  U of Nebraska
   Homemade maple syrup
   North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual   Ohio State U
   Primitive Living Skills Links
   Contemporary Living Skills
   Shadetree Mechanic
   Oklahoma Horseshoeing School
   Blacksmithing at
   Blacksmith techniques archive
   Metalsmiths On The Web
   Welding at
   Crafts/Quilting/Sewing/Photography Links from Peace & Carrots
   Crafts/Quilting/Sewing/Photography Links from Peace & Carrots
   Fiberlink - all things related to the fiber arts
   Rug Maker's Homestead the only place you can find any information on many of the "lost" methods of making rugs
   General Links for Traditional Rugmakers
   Ruthe's Collection of Weaving Resources
   Wood and woodworking, extensive links
   Complete Woodworking industry information
   Cabinetmaking and furniture at
   Lumber and Timber Calculators
   Furniture standards - standard dimensions and design guidelines
   The History of Plumbing in America
   The Bicycle History Page
   Self-sufficiency link categories at
   Permaculture and Sustainable Living & Livelihood
   The Eco-Village Directory
   The Gentle Survivalist
   Sustainable Communities Network
   About the Bioregional Directory
   Co-ops of all kinds listing at CSF
   DMOZ open directory for survival and primitive technology
   Women's Wealth, Diana McCourt & Jane Wilson create a micro-economy of skill sharing, entrepreneurship, and mutual aid
   Participating in Nature- Thomas J. Elpel's Field Guide to Primitive Living Skills
   Home on Earth: Sustainability for our homes
   "The power of building our own homes", Gordon Solberg, Radium Springs, New Mexico
   A simple living discussion list
   Living Gently Quarterly online
   The Natural Step
   The Joys of Weather Watching
   Country Links
   Our Pioneers' Way Of Life Schools/Travel/Cooking/Toys
   Ol' Paws Fishin' Page over 800 fishing links the homestead resource since 1995
   Sal Marino's woodworking page
   Alchemy Lab Web Ring


   Yankee Magazine's Living Well on a Shoestring: 1,501 Ingenious Ways to Spend Less for What You Need and Have More for Whatyou Want
   Backwoods Home Magazine
   Mother Earth News
   Home Power Magazine, the hands-on journal of home-made power.
   Countryside Magazine - promoting self-reliance
   Voluntary Simplicity : Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich -- by Duane Elgin

   Living on Less: An Authoritative Guide to Affordable Food, Fuel, and Shelter
   Mortgage-Free!: Radical Strategies for Home Ownership (Real Goods Solar Living Book) by Rob Roy
   Choosing Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace and Fulfillment in a Complex World by Linda Breen Pierce, Vicki Robin
   Affluenza -The All-Consuming EpidemicThe damage done to our health, our families, our communities, and our environment -- by the obsessive quest for material gain.

   How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle by Charles Long

   "Most people in our country, and apparently most people in the "developed" world, have given proxies to the corporations to produce and provide all of their food, clothing, and shelter.  Moreover, they are rapidly giving proxies to corporations or governments to provide entertainment, education, child care, care of the sick and the elderly, and many other kinds of "service" that once were carried on informally and inexpensively by individuals or households or communities."
   -- Wendell Berry in The Idea of a Local Economy
From Essays on Simple Living by John O. Andersen
     Some of our most intellectually, and artistically gifted young people may intuitively feel that manual labor brings the greatest spiritual and mental rewards of all labor. Such students should follow their intuition, and make learning a trade their first and highest priority. For them, a college education would be an inferior choice; a fall-back only resorted to after exhausting other, better options.
     Albert Einstein said in 1954 (near the end of his life): "If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances."

  "The trouble with the rat race is, even if you win, you're still a rat"   -- Lily Tomlin

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