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Author Archives: Chris Roth

Right Lively ‘Hood

Finding meaningful, socially and ecologically responsible work cannot be done in a vacuum. Right livelihood depends on networks of relationship.More…

Hopeful New Stories from the Old World

Hopeful New Stories from the Old World

Ten European ecovillages show the way to a brighter future.More…

Getting Elder All the Time

Community can be balm for the discomforts of aging, just as elders’ wisdom and caring can soothe the growing pains of youth.More…

Power and Disempowerment on the Ecobus

Power and Disempowerment on the Ecobus

Some saw this radical environmental education program as a “cult,” others as an intensely focused experience of challenge and growth. Had participants lost their individuality, or gained a new sense of self?More…

Education for Sustainability

Author: Chris Roth Published in Communities Magazine Issue #147 I’m listening to the rain fall on the roof of Karma, the passive solar residence at Sandhill Farm where I’m staying this spring. In these first few weeks of March, I’ve helped with and learned about peach tree pruning, maple syrup production, vegetable growing in northeastMore…

Together and Apart; Eden Within Eden

Together and Apart; Eden Within Eden

Reviews of two great books on community living, one on life in a convent with surprising insights even for the most secular, and one on the history of utopian experiments in Oregon.More…

Exploring Family

What do Hopi Indians, John Keats, lost loves, intentional community, and family have in common? For better or worse, they’ve combined to befuddle, enlighten, dismay, and inspire our author.More…

Health and Well-Being

Author: Chris Roth Published in Communities Magazine Issue #145 This year’s discussion on health care policy in the United States has focused attention on ways to assure broader access to allopathic medicine, including controlling the costs of health insurance and medical care. All of us, even those who use allopathic medicine only infrequently, have aMore…

Health and Quiet

Noise and quiet can both affect well-being profoundly. Gordon Hempton’s One Square Inch of Silence offers ear-opening stories and perspectives, practical suggestions, and simple, radical wisdom.More…

How Ecology Led Me to Community

The author recounts some of the off-beat marching orders he received from an eco-oriented “different drummer”—and how, instead of becoming a hermit, he became a communitarian.More…

Searching for Republicans…and Other Elephants in the Community Living Room

An informal survey raises several compelling questions: Can communitarians
learn to focus on larger-scale politics as much as on internal politics? Should they? What’s proper political etiquette in community? And have you ever met a communitarian who is not left of center?More…

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