Greetings! Due to unplanned but much needed change in my life.. I have been given a fresh start. I met someone who truly thinks I am an amazing person and encourages me to become better still. Through this change of perspective, I have been allowed to pursue the tings that I am passionate about. During the course of finding out what those things are... I have discovered that I am passionate about life and living it to the fullest. Also, making my life affect others in a positive way and creating momentum in my sphere of influence. I discovered an amazing radio program called "De-constructing Dinner" that opened my eyes to the reality of things such as the food market system, mono-culture farming, GMOs, food security, sustainability, permaculture etc... and something inside me "switched on". Throughout the years I had developed such selfish practices in regards to food, energy and finances that I became a "salve to the grind". I wasn't realizing any sort of satisfaction out of life.. only a "trapped" feeling in my current situation. I started becoming a very "do it yourself" person. My hobbies became little obsessions.. making my own beer, digging up my lawn to allow room for productive crops, to most recently, constructing a greenhouse and adding permaculture philosophy and techniques to my life. I no longer feel trapped. In fact, I feel a need to free as many people as I can from their self-centeredness (not that is really their fault but a reaction to the way things are in our current culture). So... I found this forum today and I want to glean from the countless real experiences and apply as many solutions as possible to my life so that other may see how simple it is to live a life worth living. I can take criticism.. and I can give it also. Through relationships across political and religious boundaries.. we will see positive change and freedom.