March 2016

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All the content from the March 2016 “Improvisational Living” issue!

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My Tiny Home “The Far North”

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| By Janis Gingermountain | A weeklong writing residency in a tiny cabin on the shore of Lake Superior many years ago cemented my desire to have a writing cabin of my own. My Amish friend Peter had an old …

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Building a Tiny Home and a Tiny Home Lifestyle

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| By Bonnie Willow | What could possibly persuade a sane adult – make that two sane adults – to choose to live in a space the size of an RV? And why would two sane sixty year old non-carpenters …

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Have Less, Live More – Downsizing and Going Tiny

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| By Angie Mattson Stegall | As a kid, I loved a TV cartoon called The Littles, about a family of tiny people who lived in the walls of a huge house. One of the ‘normal-sized’ human children discovers the …

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Ask The Experts: “Fairy Dusting”

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| By Mike Rogers & Bill Cheek, Courtesy of Nature’s Vitamins & Herbs | Question: I was in your store last week and heard you talking to a customer about “fairy dusting” in the supplement world-what were you talking about.

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Turtle Ventures

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| By Peggy DeBell | I fancy myself as MBW, Mountain Border Woman, because I live in North Carolina close to the Tennessee border in a cabin about the size of a boxcar on the side of Hap Mountain. I …

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The Art of Improvisational Living

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| By Richard Garzarelli | To Improvise: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Proverb, unknown origin

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The Urban Gaia

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| By Sarah Graves | As the Founding Director, Janell heads up the Ashevillage Institute located in Asheville, North Carolina. It is a hands-on institute that provides the skills and education needed for students to gain an understanding of how …

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Discerning the Call

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| By Mary Gregory | “The trapeze artist must first learn the fall.” In looking to what is right for me, I must first learn the fall. This sounds antithetical to taking a leap of faith, but I enjoy this …

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To Your Health: Lyme Disease – The Mystery Unraveled

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| By Dr. LuLu Shimek, ND | Lyme Disease, the sneakiest disease, is on the rise and the best way to fight it is to become informed and educated to help stop the little bugger in its tracks. The conventional …

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Book Review: “Out Across the Nowhere” by Amy Willoughby-Burle

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| Reviewed by Mary Ickes | These fourteen short stories in ninety-three pages—Amy Willoughby-Burle’s debut collection—are all the more powerful for their brevity. As she explores life’s darkest facets in stories ranging from four to ten pages, Willoughby-Burle’s characters, without …

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Food For Thought: Everything in its Place – It’s Neither Here Nor There!

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Lets explore reorganizing, repurposing, and just plain using what we have! My mission today is to clean and reorganize the refrigerator while also creating a GarBáge soup using bone or veggie broth. The Bone Broth takes a minimum of 24 …

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Mindfully Yours: Sleeping Under the Stars, My Encounter with an Appalachian Eden

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“Millions of stars blazed in darkness, and… a few lights burned in cottages. Otherwise there was no reminder of human life. My companion and I were alone with the stars: the misty river of the Milky Way flowing across the …

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Empowering Women: The Belly of the Whale – A Descent to a Dark Space and Coming Out Transformed

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| By Jeanne Crane | My public life exploded and my private life imploded. I was so involved with my logic center that my feeling center was blocked. It was time for centering and tending those near and dear, time …

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