The Center for a New American Dream: More of What Matters
August 2012

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Dear Friends,

As the summer winds down, we're looking forward to the beautiful days of autumn. This month, we discuss the benefits of taking neighborhood walks, give tips for simplifying back-to-school shopping, and explore our society's "throwaway ethic". We also offer highlights and a recording of our August webinar, How to Start a Tool Library in Your Community.

Enjoy the latest issue of In Balance.

—Wendy, Lisa, Wen, Guinevere, and the rest of the New Dream team

 

On Walking: A Simple Privilege with Powerful Benefits

The simple act of walking in your neighborhood can provide a sense of place, community, and happiness. It all starts when you tie up your laces and walk out the front door.


5 Ways to Simplify Back-to-School Shopping

Forget the crazy school shopping bonanza and save some money – and your sanity – in the process. Here are some tips to help your family make it through back-to-school season in one piece.

Webinar Recording: How to Start a Tool Library in Your Community

Missed New Dream's webinar earlier this month on how to start a tool library? Watch the recording and check out useful resources for getting a tool library going in your town.

It's Time to Renounce Our Throwaway Ethic

The throwaway mentality is usually associated with the wasteful use of consumer goods. But what about food, animals, and even human life?

Freecycling: Don't Throw It Away, Give It Away

How do you assure that your unwanted items get to people who will find them useful? For the uninitiated, Freecycle offers a local, web-based bulletin board where you can announce your offer, and interested people can pick items up.
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