Making Ends Meet

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I found this today, concerning rising prices and how low-income families manage, and I found it interesting.  Read it carefully before you read the source. What is to be the solution of the present-day problems of living?  Years ago, students of philanthropy and social service assured us that we were getting down to hard pan, […]

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What About Dish Soap?

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Dish soap is a fairly modern invention, and liquid dish soap is even more modern. Yet before they came along, dishes still needed to be washed.  Before liquid dish soap became available, what did people use? The nearest I can find for homemade dish soap recipes are diluted lye soap. Is that what people used? […]

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Setsuden – Word of the Decade

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Forget words of the day! Our word of the decade is Setsuden. What is setsuden? It’s a Japanese word that means energy conservation, but it’s different than shōene, which is the typical word used for energy conservation. Essentially, it means doing anything and everything possible to reduce the consumption of electricity. In Japan, post offices […]

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Does Ethical Oil Actually Exist?

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Have you ever heard about the campaign to change the image of the Canadian Oilsands? Their main point is that the Canadian Oilsands, which cover an area of 140,000 square kilometers and are about the same size as the American state of Florida, provide more ethical oil than places like Saudi Arabia. Their comparison is […]

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