Category Archives: Social

Articles, commentary, and information on developing supportive relationships and networks.

The worst flood in 200 years you’re not hearing about

Did you know that Nashville, Tennessee has experienced the worst flood in 200 years, twenty people have died, and many national landmarks have been completely ruined? Probably not, unless you caught it in passing as the media moved on to … Continue reading

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Low profile living – why and how

Self Reliance Exchange has posted a series of articles on low profile living, or living so as not to attract notice from others. I saw similar articles there a few days ago but initially thought they were being just a … Continue reading

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Is self-reliance the enemy of specialization?

I came across an interesting article on GuruFocus.com putting economics in very simple terms; ie. our individual survival depends on accumulation of energy, that specialization allowed for more efficient energy collection, and that money represents stored energy: People are creatures … Continue reading

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Tools of the long-distance commuter

My brother has had to take a job five hours away from his home. He lives near work on weekdays and comes home on weekends. It’s not a fun life, but it’ll be the status quo until the real estate … Continue reading

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Thoreau (and me) on companionship

“Society is commonly too cheap. We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other. We meet at meals three times a day, and give each other a new taste of that … Continue reading

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What self-reliance is not

Though I am still researching what I believe self-reliance to include, there is one thing I am certain it is not: complete independence of all other human beings. I will never advocate that anyone become a hermit or a nomad. … Continue reading

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