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1. I’ve read a bunch of blogs (played leap-blog, if you will) and surfed around the net reading what folks are writing about student debt. The main theme? We’re up shit’s creek.

2. I’ve read a lot about living simply, about paring down, about the various contests (The Uniform Project. The 100 Things Challenge…). A lot of people are talking about living with less, how to work less, how to live on less money. A lot of people talk about student loan debt. They don’t talk so much about the overlap, which is what I’m interested in.

3. It’s interesting that we like to turn living with less (things, money, work) into a contest and to blog/brag about it* when this is what most the world just does ’cause they have to.

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Many of us are discovering the joy of being able to make something ourselves, instead of just buying it. We know how a fruit grown from seed in our own yards tastes different than one purchased at a supermarket. We ascribe meaning to a gift beyond its material value and focus on the nature of the exchange itself.

There is a theme that reverberates throughout the writings of DIY’ers, off-the-gridders, and the like—it’s the notion of independence. There is a sort of pioneer spirit that drives us to train our bodies and minds to be able to go it alone. Some take pride in leaving jobs where they were beholden to other co-workers and bosses and now “work for themselves.” Others build their own shelters, ditch cars for bikes or till their own soil.

In school, I am learning about how to work with those who are disabled. There is a tool in occupational therapy called “activity analysis.” In this exercise, the occupational therapist (OT) breaks down an activity into parts in order to see exactly what skills are required to successfully wash the dishes, for example. There are motor skills required for standing at the sink and lifting plates and cups. There are cognitive skills required for knowing how to order the stages of the task. There are sensory and perceptual skills required for balance and regulating water temperature. There may even be social skills required if you are washing dishes with someone else. If you are like me, then you wash the dishes many times a day, without much (conscious) thought to how you are employing all of these skills simultaneously.

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NEW OLD TRADITIONS IN THE CLASSROOM
3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY

DIY Publishing: ‘Zine Making, Saturdays July 17, 24, 31, 2:30pm – 5:30pm
By the end of the course students will have collected material for, laid out, printed, bound, and photocopied a completed ‘zine to either keep for themselves, or distribute guerilla style to the masses. To that end we will learn about the history of ‘zine publishing, the varying ideological currents that use them, and why a person might choose to make a ‘zine over a high-gloss journal or online blog. We will look at a wide variety of examples of DIY printing including poetry chapbooks, political tracts, punk fanzines, and religious propaganda. Students will learn the art of cut-and-paste, as well as ways to generate text and imagery. We will also look at different folding and binding techniques, including a simple Japanese stitch, as well as how to make a press for drilling holes into chapbooks for sewn bindings.

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Join Onalistus Reveler, Daisy Jane Danger, Ernistine Cabins, and Briar Reveler for this New Old Event where we will learn how to make kombucha and kimchi, discuss the history of these two mysterious edibles, and learn about some of the benefits of putting them in your belly. Below are the details:

“Kombucha and Kimchi Talk and Giveaway”

Saturday May 29, Brooklyn, NY
Sponsored by These New Old Traditions.
$5 suggested donation.
First ten people through the door get free kombucha mother.
Bring proper containers (jars) for kombucha mothers &/or some kimchi.
Please RSVP if you’d like to attend.

WHERE: The Good House Brooklyn, 599 E. 7th St., Apt. 6F, Brooklyn, NY, 11218

WHEN: Saturday, May 29, 2010

WHAT TIME: 1:00pm — 3:00pm

HOW MUCH: Suggested $5.00 donation

If you’re on The Facebook please check out the event there and RSVP. If you’ve taken a stand against such mind-numbing social networking mediums, then A.) well done, and B.) email us to RSVP.

newoldtraditions [at] gmail [dot] com

Note: You must RSVP in order to come.

So please do, ’cause we’d love to have you!

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Join Onalistus Reveler, Daisy Jane Danger, Ernistine Cabins, and Briar Reveler for this New Old Event where we will learn how to make kombucha and kimchi, discuss the history of these two mysterious edibles, and learn about some of the benefits of putting them in your belly. Below are the details:

“Kombucha and Kimchi Talk and Giveaway”

Saturday May 29, Brooklyn, NY
Sponsored by These New Old Traditions.
$5 suggested donation.
First ten people through the door get free kombucha mother.
Bring proper containers (jars) for kombucha mothers &/or some kimchi.
Please RSVP if you’d like to attend.

WHERE: The Good House Brooklyn, 599 E. 7th St., Apt. 6F, Brooklyn, NY, 11218

WHEN: Saturday, May 29, 2010

WHAT TIME: 1:00pm — 3:00pm

HOW MUCH: Suggested $5.00 donation

If you’re on The Facebook please check out the event there and RSVP. If you’ve taken a stand against such mind-numbing social networking mediums, then A.) well done, and B.) email us to RSVP.

newoldtraditions [at] gmail [dot] com

Note: You must RSVP in order to come.

So please do, ’cause we’d love to have you!

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The "Four Stitch Bag" among the scene

Here is a step-by-step guide to making a simple bag perfect for containing, concealing, or carrying your various accouterments of witchery, revelry, or basic daily domesticity. Named the “Four-Stitch” bag for the simplicity of the four seams that comprise the construction, it’s a great way to re-use old clothes or fabric scraps you have laying around as it is made from one simple rectangle of fabric. Easy enough for the creatively-challenged and the young, but with time-tested effectiveness, this can be made with either a sewing machine or hand-stitched. For a beginners guide to hand sewing, click here.

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This past Thor’s Day Ernistine Cabins and I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Shannon Hayes, author of “Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture,” sponsored by Weston A. Price Foundation and Just Food. A packed house, decent Q&A, and a panel consisting of a radical mom homesteader, mystic herbalist, urban dumpster forager, and Brooklyn chicken coop keeper made for a lively and fascinating discussion.

Listed below are some of our highlights and questions:

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