Six Ideas on How to Live More Sustainably

A simple google search on the “world’s trash” reveals that the United States is leading in the amount of trash generated. We produce more trash than China, which has a population four times larger than the United States. The world’s trash problem is predicted to produce 4 billion tons by 2100. Check out this video and article on “The Guy Wearing 3o Days Worth of Garbage Around NYC.” He certainly makes us think about the amount of disposable trash the average American generates.

I believe that conservation comes down to individual actions and thought processes. Awareness is important, but being willing to try something new is key. I must begin by pointing the finger at myself. I love living in the Ranchette household because one of our goals is to live sustainably.

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Two Things You May Not Know about Jane Austen

1). Did you know Jane was a country girl?

Recently, I have been investigating books based on the letters and the life of Jane Austen.  I am reading a book by Deirdre Le Fay entitled “Jane Austen’s Country Life; Uncovering the rural backdrop to her life, her letters and her novels.” As many know, the majority of protagonists in Jane Austen’s novels are gentlemen’s daughters, such as in “Pride and Prejudice,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Emma,” and “Persuasion.” However, in “Mansfield Park,” the protagonist Fanny Price happens to be the daughter of a common laborer. Interestingly, this novel was Jane Austen’s least successful piece of work. However, this novel also happens to be the Ranchette’s favorite!
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Our Friends, the Mennonites

This past week, we were visited by our Old Order Mennonite friends from Dayton, Virginia. We grew up with these people. As a young teen, we spent our summer on their farms mostly during the summers. Many of the girls in this picture above are the children we helped babysit. Now they are all adults with children of their own. These Mennonite people have been one of the greatest influences in our lives. They live collectively, work hard, practice stewardship, worship privately, and are fiercely protective of their lifestyles. Following are four facts you may not know about Mennonites.
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A Girl of the Limberlost

Thanks to a recent snowfall and a couple of school days to relax, I finished reading one of my most favorite books of all time “A Girl of the Limberlost” by Gene Stratton-Porter. It’s been more than twenty years since I last read this book. When I read the book again, I felt like I was unveiling so many of my own lost childhood memories, naive and as simple as they were.
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