What is Nature Worth?


I discovered the work of Robert Costanza that asks “What is nature worth?” Costanza attempts to put a dollar value on global ecosystem services recently while listening to a Radiolab episode called Worth. I’m not sure how I feel about this kind of work. It may benefit us in the short term to describe ecosystem services […]

Cultivating Economic Peace in an Age of Instability


This story is similar to my own journey in understand the relationship of economics to the purpose and mission of the church. We tried to imagine an economy informed by the narratives of scripture, one bearing witness to the reign of God. It would be made of the same ingredients as the dominant economy: the […]

The Community of Goods


To me, it seems that as Christians, we have a responsibility to follow Christ’s example in our lives, and this includes economics. Christianity should not be associated with the seeking of profit and property, but with radical economic community and sharing. This was the economic vision of the earliest Christians, and it should also be […]

Midway: A Message From the Gyre


On a remote island civilization is killing the inhabitants from thousands of miles away. Tragic video about the consequences of our actions and choices as a society and individually. MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.

Being Productive vs Being a Producer


A motley crew of Wacoans has formed a group around the idea that we should be producers and not just consumers. Many of us have read Shannon Haye’s book Radical Homemakers which inspired the formation of the group and our name. At our last meeting, after getting a lesson on making kombucha, we had an […]

The Grass Has To Be Meaningful


From the tone of the last post you might surmise that not everything is working out perfectly or at least how I dream/imagine in my life. I’m not living my ideal life, or the one I have absorbed from the culture and others. I continue to work full-time in technology for a local school district […]

The Problem With Perfection


Without getting into an online public therapy session, I’ve also recently realized some things about myself by reading the Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr. Apparently there are some great free resources online and videos on YouTube about the Enneagram. I’m a one if that means anything to you. What it means for this conversation is […]

The Life and Times of My Heartburn


Come with me on a journey with acid reflux. I promise it won’t be as gross as it sounds. It’s also a journey with stress and pressures that lead to real physical symptoms. It’s also a journey to find balance between rest, play, family and meaningful work. This journey takes a lifetime I’m sure, but […]