The best things in life

Money, where it comes from and what it can buy, is not everything. In our society, the economy gets way too much attention – in policy-making and political rhetoric, in the media, even in the education system. This […]

Too much!

The following list of data* highlights the fact that people in modern economies, like America, have too much stuff. Not only is it more stuff than is needed for a life of well-being, it is weighing […]

The benefits of round houses

In the past, round houses were much more common. Traditional circular shelters include igloos, tipis, African mud brick huts, yurts and British and European roundhouses. They were the shape of choice because they were strong, […]

Christmas on the run

For many people Christmas is the most stressful time of the year. It shouldn’t be.

Yes, Christmas is a traditional time of giving, there’s nothing wrong with that at all. But what are we giving? Ourselves […]

Soft landing or brutal crash?

Energy will never be as cheap as it is now. The question is do we act now and transition to a low-energy society while energy is still cheap, or do we paint ourselves into a corner?

Global […]

Microadventures

As Art Buchwald said, “The best things in life are not things”. The best things in life are intangibles like relationships, life events and experiences. Good experiences last a lifetime, at least as memories, and they can […]

In praise of the bicycle

Do you remember riding your bike as a youngster? The exhilaration, freedom and sheer joy of propelling yourself wherever you wanted go? Your bike was literally your ticket to ride!

In a sense cycling has always […]

Why cash is best

There are a number of good reasons why cash is best when buying things: For a start it’s real. Paying in cash forces you to consider the real purchase price. You have no choice but to consider how much money you’re paying overall, and not just what you’ll have to pay as a deposit or on a periodic basis.

Making Do

In any situation or circumstance people have to make do with what they have. In modern western market societies give us more goods and services than we need for well-being. People work hours longer than they need to and often go into debt so that they don't have to make do. Subsequently the art of making do has been lost. We New Zealanders have a long proud tradition of making do.

Halving cars

When we recently moved towns we went from a two-car family to a one-car family. We barely noticed the difference.

Of course there was a time when no families had cars and so it now seems […]