radical homemakers

… Because she keeps her son home from school, her community is of the opinion that ‘hes missing something.’ The pressure occasionally forces her to question her decision to home-school…. Whats he missing? Getting beat up on the bus? Getting the flu at school? Eating the e.coli burger in the lunch line? Whats he missing? Hes not missing much.
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Radical homemakers by shannon hayes

I never ever ever thought id be for home schooling. I used to talk shit about kids i knew who were. but with every book i read, i get more and more swayed. It doesnt look like such a bad idea anymore.

Columnist Ellen Goodman once remarked that “Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to the job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car, and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it.”

Life in America was not always like running in a hamster wheel.

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-Radical Homemakers.

Looking forward to smashing the hamster wheel.

Starting in 13 days.

A book EVERYONE should read

It’s not a particularly hard read, but man…

I’ve had to stop about every 20 pages, because it’s so…impactful?  Not even the right word, but it is big.  The concepts and reasonings are all amazing, and just…
I haven’t had this many feels since a long time.

Radical Homemakers.
It’s not about women, it’s not about men, it’s about people.
It’s about how our world has subtly changed over the last few centuries, and why we as a people are often feeling lost and confused.  Why we waste our lives at dead end jobs, or even in careers we do not enjoy.  It’s about how people can and ARE finding meaning in life.  It’s about fixing our broken society, our broken familial structures, and our broken ways of consuming everything and producing nothing.

This book could change everything.

If you EVER accept a challenge from me, whether you know me IRL or not, let it be this:
Read the WHOLE BOOK.  Think on it.
It’s what, only a weekend or two of reading?
Think on it, really do.
Because if you don’t notice some of the things she talks about in your own life, how the fuck are you online? 

My only real issue SO FAR is that she approaches it from a man/woman dynamic.
I’m not too far in, so everything is focused on the past.  She may change it in the second half which focuses on the now and future.
That said, anytime she refers to modern things, she says “partner” which leads me to believe she will address the concepts of “nontraditional” relationships later.

But seriously, if I had the money, I’d PAY people to read this book, it’s THAT good.
And I think most of my alt lifestyle followers would agree. 
SO GO FORTH AND READ

The act of producing is creative and joyful. So much enjoyment can be had that there is no ‘time to kill’ at a shopping mall or sitting in front of the tv. Thus, not only are they lowering their cost of living through producing, but they are also reducing their urge to spend on distractions, instead filling their lives with meaningful and pleasurable activity.
—  Radical homemakers by shannon hayes
As of 2001, only 20 percent of the population owned 84 percent of the wealth. That leaves 80 percent of Americans to share 16 percent of the remaining assets. Of the one hundred largest economies in the world, fifty-one are corporations and forty-nine are nations. CEOs now typically earn 475 times as much as the average worker.
Is it possible that, if more Americans sidestep the conventional workforce and make their homes the central focus of their lives, the economy will suffer? If we are talking about the extractive economy that serves America’s elites and protects its corporations, then the answer is yes. And rightfully so. Our economy should not be dedicated to the enrichment of corporations.
Money is simply a tool. We use money as a proxy for our time and labor - our life energy - to acquire things that we cannot (or care not to) procure or produce with our own hands. Beyond that, it has limited actual utility. To base our understanding of economy simply on money overlooks all other methods of exchange that can empower communities. Equating an economy only with money assumes there are no other means by which we can provide food for our bellies, a roof over our heads and clothing on our backs. Further, when we assume that money is the only means by which we can accomplish these things, then our economy serves only those people who possess it. It does not value the regenerative work that must be done in order to provide the resources that every soul, human and nonhuman, needs to live.
—  from Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes