Nothing's Too Small to Make a Difference: Simple Things You Can Do to Change Your Life & the World Around You

Nothing's Too Small to Make a Difference: Simple Things You Can Do to Change Your Life & the World Around You

by Wanda Urbanska, Frank Levering
     
 
Are you discouraged when there are only a few minutes left for your family after a day of drudgery at the office? Have you experienced a sense of emptiness after the thrill of buying that new SUV, lawn tractor, or designer ensemble wore off? Are you concerned that your kids are being recruited to the worst excesses of popular culture at an even younger age than you

Overview

Are you discouraged when there are only a few minutes left for your family after a day of drudgery at the office? Have you experienced a sense of emptiness after the thrill of buying that new SUV, lawn tractor, or designer ensemble wore off? Are you concerned that your kids are being recruited to the worst excesses of popular culture at an even younger age than you were?

Relax. That’s just your better nature calling.

Many people have the urge to be thoughtful stewards of time, money, resources, and the global environment, yet they feel powerless against the tide of advertising and social pressure that’s drowning them. Or they believe that consumerism is so far advanced that their efforts to change the culture would be inconsequential.

Is it too late to make a difference?

No, say Wanda Urbanska and Frank Levering, who believe that it is not too late to take back our lives and our culture. In 1986, they left their high-powered careers in Los Angeles to move to a family orchard in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where they found that a more meaningful, less frenetic life—a simpler life—was there for the asking. Indeed, they discovered that they were not alone; across our nation, millions of American have embarked on the quest for a more meaningful life. The guiding principle of that quest is this: Every positive change, no matter how modest, has an impact.

In chapters covering time, money, work, the environment, child rearing, community life, health and food, and spiritual growth, the authors offer proven, practical advice on how to simplify and improve life. Not idle dreamers but the owners of a small business themselves, not armchair critics but doers and proud Americans who believe it’s important to work within the system, Urbanska and Levering point the way toward a future in which community, family, and spiritual and environmental health can reclaim their rightful positions alongside money as the pillars of a sustainable life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016276472
Publisher:
Blair, John F. Publisher
Publication date:
03/27/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
909,871
File size:
575 KB

Meet the Author

Wanda Urbanska was a journalist and Frank Levering a screenwriter in their West Coast lives. They had all the trappings of life in the fast lane, yet they found themselves wanting more, even though the psychic cost was killing them. Those “wants” were the first to go when Wanda and Frank decided to give it all up to run a family orchard in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Orchard Gap, Virginia. They are both authors and producers of the PBS television series, Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska. They have appeared on Oprah, CBS This Morning, the Today show, and NPR’s All Things Considered. They’ve been featured in USA Today, Redbook, Family Circle, and Glamour.

Wanda is the author of seven books, including the forthcoming anthology, Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet. The Oprah Magazine recently identified her as "the de facto Martha Stewart of the voluntary simplicity movement." She has published in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Rotarian, and American Libraries, among others. A graduate of Harvard University, Wanda makes her home in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

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