Nine Mass Shootings

You may be wondering why a headline like this is part of a blog dedicated to Sustainable Living.  Well, our quality-of-life experience – encompassing our experience of beauty, our enjoyment of natural resources, and just our everyday health – is clearly an essential part of Sustainable Living.

Criminal behavior has always been a part of human history.  “Criminality” is typically defined by the rules of society.  Criminal acts may be violent or not, but they’re always seen as antisocial behavior.  Some acts go against established laws, and are subject to judicial punishment, with fines or imprisonment. … Keep reading

Happiness & Sustainability

When we developed the Garden Atriums sustainable community, we invested a lot of time and money being certain that we were net zero with regard to utilities, and that we’d have a higher quality of potable water and indoor air.  Then we discovered that the #1 reason, by far, that people bought our homes was aesthetics.  While no one was against living in harmony with Earth, their bottom-line commitment (money) went to quality-of-life factors.

A few years ago, surveys were begun, globally, to measure how people rated their quality-of-life experience, or “happiness.” … Keep reading

Disappearing Birdlife

Here’s something we can each address without taxing our time or dollars.  I’m not personally an avid “birder” – like those camped out cameras ready in key observation locations.  However, near our screened porch, which fronts on our pond, we did put in two bird feeders – one for smaller birds, such as goldfinches, and one for larger birds, such as cardinals.  Watching the variety of birds flit about while we’re enjoying a meal – or just relaxing on our porch – is a real treat … and a contribution to our quality-of-life experience.… Keep reading

Autocracies & Trust

Here’s a survey result I found startling, and disheartening … but also understandable.  When we look at national leadership, we define most of it as under that “President’s administration.”  Because of the plurality of individuals, we don’t define much as under a “Congresses’ administration.”  Yet, according to our constitution, it’s Congress that passes laws and the President is actually charged with administering those laws … though the President can suggest acts to Congress for its consideration.

As an autocrat is an individual person, a singular figure, we can point to that person and get a sense of liking or not liking what that person is doing. … Keep reading

Climate Risk & Home Ratings

Here’s a direct impact of climate change on home value ratings – which affects not only what you can get for your existing home, but what you’ll have to pay for a future home, and what you can get for a mortgage.

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A new ratings industry

is emerging to help

homebuyers assess climate risks


Matthew E. Kahn

The Conversation US

November 23, 2021


As climate change fuels large-scale natural disasters,

the real estate mantra of “location, location, location”

is taking on new meaning.Keep reading