December 2, 2015

Good People Everywhere

"There sure are good people commenting on NBA".

So says Linda, my partner in simple living, and contributor/editor of this blog. Not only has she actively participated in creating the NBA blog, she has also been a co-architect of our NBA lifestyle. She also reads every comment that is posted here, and she likes what she sees.

After Linda pointed out the awesome crowd that has been drawn to our little effort on the Internet, I decided to take a closer look at where all the good people come from.

Seeing as we are residing in a part of what is known as North America, it makes sense that most of our visitors are from this geographical area. And since the USA is so much larger than Canada or Mexico, I am not surprised that so many NBA visitors are from there.

I find it ironic that the country that perfected consumerism logs the most visits on our non-consumer oriented blog. Perhaps together we will perfect ecologically appropriate post-consumer lifestyles.

Happily, support for this blog and low waste/low consumption lifestyles is widespread. NBA has welcomed visitors from almost every country in the world. Many of the countries that have not visited have lifestyles that make our low consumption look high-consumption in comparison.

May they see, if they do visit here, a precautionary warning against joining the consumer frenzy in the first place. They could teach us a thing or two about getting by on a minimal amount of resources.

Two-thirds of our visits come from the top 10 countries, the rest divided between all the others.

Top 10 Countries With Most Visitors to NBA
  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Australia
  5. India
  6. Netherlands
  7. Germany
  8. France
  9. Philippines
  10. New Zealand
In this crazy world we may sometimes wonder where all the good people have gone. They are where they have always been  - everywhere, including here on NBA.

So here is to the good people that have visited here and supported our blogging and lifestyle efforts through repeated visits and the sharing of such good ideas and feedback in comments. Here is to good people everywhere that are reducing their consumption and increasing their enjoyment of life. Thank you.

About The Book Cover Above
(From: Goodreads)

Good People Everywhere

by Lynea Gillen, Kristina Swarner (Illustrations)

Winner of Mom's Choice Award, Teacher's Choice and Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

A colorful picture book that will warm the hearts of children and adults alike, each of its pages contain endearing examples and vibrant illustrations to inspire children to grow into grateful, caring, and giving people. It provides a wonderful way to calm children before sleep, ease their fears, and help them develop an appreciation for good work. Also included are activity pages to help children practice skills for creating gratitude, compassion, and beauty in daily life.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Three Pebble Press, LLC
ISBN 0979928982 (ISBN13: 9780979928987)


  1. Anonymous12/02/2015

    Now is a time when we all need to be reminded of the fact that there are good people in the world. I'm always encouraged by the NBA community as well as this blog's wonderful creators. Together we can bring about change!

    1. Thanks Miss Marla - we value your input here. Hope you are well. Change is happening.

  2. Timely post. My son was very saddened by the shooting violence yesterday. It just hit him extra hard this time. Oddly I had been reading his old textbook on nonviolence. It talked about Jainism and not possessing more than your quota as one of its principles of nonviolence.

    1. Anonymous12/04/2015

      That's a really interesting thought, that over consumption and greed is a form of violence.

    2. Yes. Also I think it stirs jealousy and a sense of unfairness that can lead to violence. Plus the person who owns all that feels he must protect his holdings.

    3. Jainism is fascinating, and probably most closely represents my own beliefs. Thank you for mentioning the Jains in your comment - it has sent me on a whole new investigation of this lovely framework for living on planet Earth in the most gentle way possible.

  3. Anonymous12/04/2015

    Yaaay NZ!! I thought we'd be on there somewhere :)

    1. Love the NZers. You folks are doing some amazing things down there in the area of sustainability. Lots of awesome simple living related blogs out of your beautiful country.

  4. After an experience at the post office, I have decided to try and notice when people are being kind and patient. Usually the rude people get our attention. It makes you feel more positive about humanity to notice the 9 good people instead of the 1 bad apple.

    1. The bad stuff gets all the press, but obviously the amount of good stuff, if known, would dwarf the puny efforts of the forces of evil. I love your positive exercise, and will be trying it as an affirmation of the goodness that surrounds us at all times.


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