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Deep Economy Giveaway + Reader Poll

Deep Economy by Bill McKibben


You know, there is just not enough time in the day! I wanted to post a video today. I know a lot of you are waiting patiently for videos! But alas, it just isn’t going to happen. So… next week. I am telling you right now: Next Thursday, you will see a video here. That’s my promise to you.


Today I’m sitting down to write about how to Green Your Insides, and it should be up later this evening. I know some of you have been waiting anxiously for that as well! (There really isn’t enough time in the day, boy oh boy.)


In the meantime…


Book Giveaway!


I have read and cherished Bill McKibben’s Deep Economy. I think it speaks to a lot of what we discuss here. It sets up the basic problems we face, and – something extremely important to me – it offers tangible solutions. I’m not very good at book reviews, but there are several at The Blogging Bookworm. Essentially, while this book was not perfect, I truly enjoyed it and felt inspired by it. It’s one of my favorite books, and I’d like to pass it on to you.


Two conditions: 1. That you respond to the polls below, and then leave a comment below. 2. That after you’re finished reading the book, you consider passing it on to someone else. It doesn’t have to be on your blog, you don’t even have to have a blog. You can give it to a neighbor, a friend, a coworker, a family member, or a lover. That’s it!


The winner will be drawn from a hat next Wednesday at noon.


Reader Poll!


Please let me know what you’d like to see here at One Green Generation – your likes, dislikes, wishes, hopes, and ideas to make it better and more enjoyable. I’d really, really like to know what you all think!


And if you don’t want the book, please do chime in and just let me know in the comments that you aren’t interested in the book.


You can choose more than one answer for the first two polls.





Note: Changed polling services due to several emails saying people weren’t able to see the polls. Transferred all data to the new polls. Sorry all!


Don’t forget to comment! Please let me know what you like here, what you could do without, what you wish you saw here, and anything else you can think of that might help make this site better. Thank you.


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32 comments to Deep Economy Giveaway + Reader Poll

  • For anyone who cannot view the polls, they are as follows:

    1. What Brings You To One Green Generation?

    a. To begin changing my own lifestyle to a greener, healthier one
    b. To learn more about gardening
    c. To get a taste of news and other goings-on in the world
    d. Because I’m new to all this and need answers from someone who’s further along
    e. Because I need inspiration and fellow rallying from someone who lives sustainably like me
    f. Because I’m scared about the future of our world, and I need to find solutions anywhere I can
    g. Other (please use the comments)

    2. What Do You Most Like Reading Here?

    a. Recipes
    b. News
    c. Sports (Just Kidding!)
    d. Inspiring Thoughts About Sustainability Issues
    e. Fun Stuff To Play With and Look At
    f. Gardening
    g. Other (please use the comments)

    3. Do You Have Your Own Blog?
    a. Yes
    b. No

    Thanks again.

  • I love to find new (and easy) recipes as well as hear about others’ struggles as they try to live sustainably. Not that I want you to struggle – I just don’t want to be the only one who is…. :)

  • Melinda, please leave me out of the drawing (obviously) but I read your blog because you are awesome, you write very well, and because your blog freaking loads now!!

  • I’m pretty new to your blog here but I have made it over a few times from some of the other blogs that I read. I like it here because I can scan through and learn about some of the important issues & headlines relating to sustainable living. Thanks for the great info & definitely sign me up for the drawing! :)

    -Jena

  • I like finding matts recipes, but I like the gardening features. I also like your local resource page- I found a new resource for you too- the
    seattle free school
    I recently took a class that they are involved with.

  • I like your blog because you post about what you’re doing, cooking, thinking about. It seems like you’ve got quite a diverse subject matter, which I really like so I can be surprised about what I’ll see here.
    Please enter me in the drawing!

  • I heard from my daughter, Abbie (aka Farmer’s Daughter), that your site was one of her favorite new “reads,” and that was good enough for me! I really like your ideas about community building, and as I’m fairly new to the green blogging world, I’m looking to learn a lot from those who are a bit more experienced!

  • I thought I’d leave a comment because I am reading all the updates and love them. No need to enter me into the draw, I just wanted to participate in the poll for you.
    Thanks for the content published here – I love it.

  • Lauren

    I love simple recipes (pancrack!) and personal stories about your journey toward a more sustainable life.

  • For the poll, I wound up choosing the answer that best fit, but it certainly wasn’t the sole reason. That is the trouble with multiple choice – too limited! That is why I always preferred giving short answer tests. :)

  • I have the book, so don’t enter me (loved it).

    I read your blog for everything (bet you could include sports!). One of the things I appreciate is that you are solution, life-style oriented in your posts. I think it’s important to look at our lives and question why we do the things we do. Your perspective is thoughtful and interesting.

  • [...] I received emails and comments from some of you were anxious for me to begin writing tips I’ve learned. What areas would you like me to make sure I cover? What matters to you most? What are you finding the least amount of information about? Oh, and don’t forget to take the poll! [...]

  • I can’t stand the way white vinegar smells so when I use it to clean stuff I put a couple of drops of lavender or rosemary essential oil. Makes it smell better IMNSHO. Also you should rinse your woolen items in vinegar when you wash them ’cause like your hair it smooths out the cuticles on the wool fibers and makes it less itchy (not all wool is itchy BTW, but it will be if continued washing in alkaline environments w/o vinegar rinses).

    Count me in on the book giveaway.

  • I come here for the inspiration, we’re kind of the “lone green” in our neighborhood, so its nice to see the progress that is being made and to share ideas with like minded folks.

  • Hi Melinda,

    I’ve really enjoyed following your story, of your move and the changes you’re making toward sustainability. We’ve come a long way ourselves, but you’re definitely ahead of us; it’s helping us to think about where we’re going, big picture-wise.

    The biggest revelation is that the more we move toward sustainability, the happier and more satisfied we are. I love being more focused on community, learning some of the skills my parents and grandparents have but I never thought I had time to learn (sewing, home repair, baking and preserving etc.) I started thinking about that when I read your “What would my grandpa do?” post. Inspiring.

    Please sign me up for the book drawing.

  • Jeanne

    I just started reading your blog a week or so ago. Thanks for the inspiration!

    #1: Answers A and D
    #2: Answers D and F
    #3: No

  • That book sounds very interesting.

    I visit your blog because I find your tone so inspiring and you introduce ideas or methods that I hadn’t thought about. Plus you are in the PNW!

  • I like seeing what other people are doing to live live lightly on this planet. I would love to read Deep Economy. I have not done so yet.

  • You all are so positive in your feedback! Thank you, but it’s also ok if you have anything constructively negative to say – I’ll still put your name in the hat. ; )

    Having said that, though, I was feeling a little down this week, so it is incredibly nice to read your wonderful thoughts about the blog. They make me feel great, and I’m learning a lot about you all with the comments and the poll. Thank you for your input!

    Some of you I haven’t heard from in a while, so I’m very glad to see you are still reading!

    Continue, continue…

  • Daryl

    your redefining normal entry was amazing! thanks for putting in to words what has been rattling around in my being.

  • I know I voted in the polls, but I’m not sure they added my votes. Hm.

    As a non-gardener, I like reading through gardeners’ blogs and live vicariously through them. Though I guess most of your gardening posts were from last year, and I’ve been reading through them to catch up a bit. It’d be nice to get some new things though. It’s always cool to get a new person’s take on the same thing!

    What else? I’m glad you switched to WordPress. I think the reason I didn’t follow your blog before was because I was so confused by the layout and couldn’t figure out whether you’d updated recently. One point for standardization. Apart from that, though, I just don’t know what else to say as a reader’s feedback.

    Would using BookMooch to give the book away count as giving it away? (I really want to try BookMooch or PaperBackSwap. Alas, I live in too many places for it to work well for me right now.)

  • We’d definitely like to see much more sports content on the site… see if you and Matt can get on that right away… okay?

    ROTFLMAO

    Sorry… had to do that to ya…

  • Hi Melinda,

    I love reading OGG because your energy and enthusiasm are infectious, both for living sustainably and for blogging! Speaking of community building, I think OGG is a model for building a virtual community… and that may be the beginning of physical community building in our technological age. Thanks for your efforts!

    PS- you also helped keep me on track with our first garden. Gracias!

    Danielle

  • It’s nice to read about someone else who is trying to live sustainably because it gives me inspiration. Even when something is relatively simple, and I already know I ought to be doing it, it’s heartening to read about someone else doing it.

  • For many years our family has tried to do little things here and there that would be considered “GREEN”. My husband is a big recycler, so, we save alot of stuff to BE recycled, it’s getting him to the recycling CENTER that is the hard part, so for me it’s frustrating because I can see he wants to do it and knows it’s right, but he is just a poke! Our lives will be changing drastically in the next month. We are preparing to purchase our very first house, that has alot of land with it. The house belonged to my husband’s grandmother and she was an avid gardener and canner. Needless to say, this almost 100 year old house has a basement full of canning jars! So we have already planned to do the same garden where she use to! We have an idea of what we want to plant and all that but we can’t start till next spring, we have to purchase the house first and get it liveable. I have decided though right from the start that I will be cleaning and scrubbing the entire house from top to bottom with VINEGAR. This will save me so much money and will help my living space not be filled with chemicals. The other thing we are initially considering now is the paint we use. I did find yesterday that there are environmentally safe paints out there , they cost more, but they are out there. So we as a family are on our way to going greener every day!

  • Your blog always makes me feel inspired to carry on with some of the efforts we are making. Often I start thinking in one groove for a while–only to realize that your gentle posts led me in that direction in the first place.

    Count me in for the drawing!

  • [...] know what you like reading most here. If you haven’t yet let me know, there is still time – mosey on over to the reader poll here – and I’ll leave it open for a week or so. [...]

  • monica

    I think that one of the best things about this site is that people that are interested in trying new concepts are able to find the information they need to get started and feedback if things aren’t going so well. We have a sounding board of people from all over that have the answer that we need to make our own corner of the world just a little better.

    I feel like if I am faced with a garden situation–someone else has the answer already figured out for me.

    If the I can’t afford to buy food in the grocery store, then I want to know how to grow my own.

    I love this site!!!!!!

  • I’m a newbie to this blog – but it’s bookmarked for regular reading now :)

    Had to do the poll and then stop here to say hi. I love finding other people who are into gardening / self sufficiency! Great for getting ideas and feeling like I’m not alone :)

  • Whenever I’m feeling down and unloved, I’m coming here to re-read your thoughts, you all. Thank you again!

  • Hello, It is simple I enjoy your blog for the ideas, inspirations and all the tidbits of info. I don’t feel I need to tell you what I am looking for as I have already found it in your blog. Great job! Keep up the good work.

  • ilia

    Hi there and thanks for the lovely site.
    It’s great to find others who turn their backs to the main road to follow a greener path.
    I loved your baking soda deodorant and shampoo.
    I’ve been using them for several days now, and they’re great.
    (Vinegar I already knew about).
    It’s been ages I’ve been searching alternatives for all those chemicals we apply on our skin.
    Now what I’d really love to find is an equally simple and chemical-free face and body cream. I’ve found several recipes, but none that really works.
    Perhaps it’s out there somewhere, but I still haven’t found it.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks again for being there,
    ilia

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