Nicole Alderman

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Five acres, two little ones, one awesome husband, 12 ducks (give or take), and a bunch of fruit trees and garden beds. In her spare time, Nicole likes to knit, paint, draw, teach kids, make fairies & dragons, philosophize, and read fantasy. She doesn't HAVE spare time, but does like to fantasize about it!
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We're skipping gathering for Thanksgiving--we'll probably call each other and wish each other Thanksgiving, and share pictures with each other. But, since Thanksgiving is mostly about eating together, that's kind of hard to safely. And, my husband is working that weekend at the hospital, anyway, so we wouldn't be able to gather anyway.

What we're thinking of is gathering with for maybe 30 minutes with masks and either (A) with all the windows open and the woodstove going, or (B) outside on the covered porch. We exchange unopened gifts and Christmas treats, and maybe each of the kids gets to pick on of their presents to open there, and we do a quick Zoom/Facebook Messenger with my grandma (she's 89--no way we'd expose her and everyone else in her retirement home to the virus).

We'd thought of exchanging gifts and treats and videoing our present openings at home for everyone else to view, but with my slow internet, it'd be really hard to upload that long of a video.

More important than any regulations, we really want to keep my parents (and grandma) safe.
14 hours ago
I've kept fiddling with this. This is a large-sized, detailed version. I'm thinking I need to figure out how to simplify images and lines. I'm also wondering if I should have made the lightbulb's lines darker, or the yellow to be lighter... I think maybe I need to make the W have cleaner lines.

Buy the eBook: 1 eBook ($6.99)

   12 gift codes ($30.00)  100 gift codes ($150.00)

Buy the physical book

   With US Shipping:    1 book($19.50)

        12 books ($86)  64 books ($280)

   With non-US Shipping:  1 book ($38.00)

        12 books ($175)  64 books ($535)

Buy the audiobook ($12.50)  

        12 audiobooks ($50)  100 audiobooks ($250)

3 days ago

Tamara Koz wrote: Where is the thread located that explains how to troubleshoot the ebook? I have not had much luck in accessing my ebook. I was able to pull it up once on my iPhone but now it has disappeared again and the link says the code was already used! I'm sad. I really wanted to read and share this book with others but so far for me it is just frustrating me that I can't access it.

Hi! I moved your post over here to the ebook thread, so that we can help troubleshoot!
3 days ago
I merged your stuff with the following thread. I hope that is okay by you.
3 days ago
I've been trying to compile a list of useful threads for members who would like to learn a little bit more about how works.  

The links should be live - just click on them to go to the thread.

About Our Forum & Permaculture
Dave's universal welcome page
forum goals/mission
a safe place for gentle souls to talk about homesteading and permaculture
about us
What is permaculture?
permaculture jargon translator
How to improve your garden's soil
book review grid
contact us, contact staff, contact paul
all about the daily-ish email
this site is not for sale

list of and links to all forums
what do these titles mean? - steward, gardener, etc.
purple moosages
received a suspicious, inappropriate or abusive PM?
folder icons and flags
all about PIE and it's benefits

Emails from Permies
how to I change my email address?
I want fewer emails.  (also how to unsubscribe from everything)

General Forum How-To's
How to start your own thread (and how to find a list of all our forums)
how to post on permies (including using quotes to reply)
how to make your posts better (including how to add pictures)
how to add images to your post
Using formatting tags at to make your posts more awesome
How to link to a specific post in a thread (lets your link put someone right at a specific post in a thread instead of the first post)
embed youtube video
How to cross-post a thread so it shows up in multiple forums
How to copy a link to a specific post
How to access digital market gift codes

How to Add a Profile or Cover Picture
show your location

Giveaways, Book/Seed/Gear/Etc Reviews & Summaries
how the book promotions work
how gear and product promos work
how winners are selected how to win giveaways
upcoming book/dvd promotions
how to do a book/dvd summary
How to Make a Review for a Review Grid (Gear/Plants/Seeds/Books/Films/etc)
How to make a Summary for Review Thread (Gear/Plants/Seeds/Books/Films/etc)
  • Book Review Grid
  • Seed & Plant Source Review Grid
  • DVD/Film Review Grid
  • Gear Review Grid
  • Critter Breeder Review Grid

  • Selling and Advertising on Permies
    promoting your stuff
    advertise on permies
    how to set up a digital market thread
    affiliate payout details (permies & paypall's "cut")
    sign-up to be an affiliate
    advertising through the daily-ish freebies

    Publishing Standards
    publishing standards
    be nice
    real-sounding name policy
    leaving room for other people's ideas
    Science vs science -- and engineering too
    but but but but
    hate in the name of love
    you should do something
    citation needed?
    fact - a four letter word
    respect for copyright
    debate vs sharing
    free speech
    deleting stuff
    probation posts
    Where did my apples go?  
    swan song

    the cider press
    meaningless drivel

    Paul Wheaton and the Empire
    wheaton eco scale
    wheaton laboratories - the mission
    Permculture Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs
    special Biological Reverse Kickstarter for those in Bootcamp
    how to link to amazon so 'the empire' gets part of the money
    what do I do if I have a question for paul wheaton?
    support Paul by getting pie
    I thought I'd make up a little tutorial for those having a hard time finding the content they recieved through the Kickstarter, or our dailyish freebies, or a gift code they were given. All this stuff can be found in your My Stuff, either in the form of Gift Codes (which you can claim) or access directly granted to a Digital Market thread.

    Finding your My Stuff

    You can follow this link to go to My Stuff, or you can find a link to your My Stuff in the forum menu.  

    In desktop, the link to My Stuff is at the top

    On Mobile Devices, this menu is at the bottom:

    Finding Digital Market Threads You Own

    Now that your in My Stuff, there's options to look at your gift codes as well as the digital market threads you own. Let's start with the ones you own!

    On Mobile View, you'll select "DM Threads--I Own" and then scroll down to see your list of threads you own!

    Click the link of the content you want to access, and you'll be taken to it!

    Once you're there, there videos will be embedded in the thread

    And downloads will be at the bottom of the thread

    location of downloads on permies digital market. Location is under the Upgrade Plans section

    Finding and Using Gift Codes

    To get to your gift codes, click the "DM Threads--Gifts I Manage." Once there, you'll see the option to "Show Gift" (which makes it easy to send it to someone), or copy the gift code and claim it for yourself.

    If you want to claim it, copy the url and paste it into your address bar. Then click "gimmie now!" and you'll have it!

    cover for Building a better World in Your Backyard instead of being angry at the bad guys

    Dozen Books Shortcuts!

    Most of the people coming to this page already have the book and they are looking to get a dozen physical copies to hand out.  So we made this spiffy shortcut!

    Here's a growing list of ideas for who and where to give the book. And here's a slightly different angle focusing on  how a shy person might give away 12 copies of the book

    little free library

    The most popular way to share these books is to utilize the Little Free Libraries. Within your zip code, there are probably more than a dozen Little Free Libraries.  To find yours go to the Little Free Library map and plug in your zip code. Take a trip around your neighborhood, enjoying the sights and visiting all the Little Free Libraries, transforming minds in your neighborhood!

    button to buy 12 physical books US shipping
    $86, including US shipping


    From the Introduction:
    "For nearly every global problem, there are solutions we can implement in our backyard that also save us money and help us live more luxuriant lives. A few of us do these things and bask in the glow of the opulence and extra cash. Others observe and think "I want extra luxury and money too! Not fair!” and then they emulate. And on and on it goes. Then the global problems sorta just dry up and blow away. That’s what this book is all about.

    I think the reason we see so many people angry is because they authentically care. But they seem to get stuck at being angry. Some people spend a hundred hours a week for 20 years being angry and not much changes. But I think that if you spend a tiny fraction of that time doing the things mentioned in this book, your global positive impact will be a thousand times greater."

    Where to Buy

       the eBook:
           1 ebook 1 eBook ($6.99) button to buy 1 ebook  
           12 ebook gift codes ($30.00)  button to buy 12 ebook giftcodes
           100 ebook gift codes ($150.00) button to buy 100 ebook gift codes

       the physical book

           With US Shipping:    
                1 book($19.50) button to buy 1 physical book US shipping
                12 books ($86)  button to buy 12 physical books US shipping
                64 books ($280) button to buy 64 physical books with US shipping

           With non-US Shipping:
                1 book ($38.00) button to buy 1 physical book non-US shipping (International Shipping)
                12 books ($175)  button to buy 12 physical books non-US shipping (International Shipping)
                64 books ($535)  button to buy 64 physical books with non-US shipping (International Shipping)

       the audiobook
                1 audiobook($12.50)  button to buy 1 audiobook
                12 audiobooks ($50) button to buy 12 audiobooks
                100 audiobooks ($250) button to buy 100 audiobooks

    Table of Contents

    table of contents introduction
    chapters 1-6 environment vs environmentalist, light bulbs, carbon and petroleum and toxic footprints,
    Chapters 7-12, Wheaton Eco Scale, recycling, vote with wallet, organic, vegan, financial strategies
    chapters 13-15 home energy conversation, reducing toxins, living in community
    Chapters 16-24 gardening, native plants, uses for sticks, composting, solar dehydrator, greywater, lawns vs mowable meadow
    chapters 25-31 vegan livestock, replacing petroleum with people, pee in garden, humanure, colony collapse, food forest, natural building, natural swimming pools
    table of contents conclusion

    About the Authors

    Paul Wheaton:
    Paul Wheaton is a giant doofus who is bonkers about permaculture. He won’t shut up about permaculture. On and on, every day . . . it’s annoying. He has gone so far as to make a 3-DVD set that is just about the earthworks for permaculture gardening. And not only did he make a 4-DVD set about rocket mass heaters, but he made ANOTHER 4-DVD set about rocket mass heaters. Why on earth do people need 8 DVDs about something so simple? If you think that is ridiculous, take a look at his 177 hours of video of a full Permaculture Design Course, and Appropriate Technology course. Then there’s the cards. Okay, the permaculture playing cards are pretty cool...

    Shawn Klassen-Koop
    Shawn Klassen-Koop’s passion for building a better world grew from many years of working at a summer camp. This time inspired awe and wonder for the natural world through many hours camping in the woods, paddling on a lake, or sleeping under the stars. Seeking to solve world problems with clever thinking, Shawn decided to pursue computer engineering as a career, where he learned the importance of good design and strong critical thinking. In time he felt like modern technology was causing more problems than it was solving and started looking for a better way. "

    Illustrator: Tracy Wandling

    More Information

    Related Videos

    More videos found here, with readings and discussions of various chapters

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    podcast 417 - better world book - honey bees - part 1
    podcast 418 – Better World Book - Honey Bee Care - part 2
    podcast 422 - Better World Book - Replace Petroleum
    podcast 423 - Better World Book - Finance - Part1
    podcast 424 - Better World Book - Finance - Part2
    podcast 425 - Better World Book - Finance - Part3
    podcast 434 - Better World Book - Vegan
    podcast 435 - Better World Book - Wofati - Part 1

    Related Threads
    Sneak Peak at Paul and Shawn's Upcoming Book
    Building a Better World in Your Backyard Press Kit
    The Better World Book Kickstarter
    Review of The Better World Book by Rosemary Hansen

    Related Websites
    Building a Better World Book
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