My name is Holly, I am a wife and mother and a passionate steward of the Earth. I received my BA from Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas with a focus in Anthropology. In studying our global human cultures, I became interested in how we affect our local environments around us, and the planet. Essentially, I discovered Environmental Anthropology, or Biocultural Anthropology.
I am incredibly passionate about caring for the environment and try to find as many ways possible to move myself and my family toward being a little greener and living simply. I am inspired by the work of Emilio Moran, a current Environmental Anthropologist at Indiana University.
I am a member of PEO International, a philanthropic organization dedicated to the education of women which provides thousands of dollars in scholarships annually. Without the aid and support of the women of PEO I would not have completed my BA. I am eternally grateful.
I have a wonderful husband and a beautiful daughter, both of whom have been involuntarily recruited for my studies and experiments, turning an average American family a little bit greener.
We (ok, mostly I) are trying our hands at urban homesteading. It is a slow process. My goal is living a life of simplicity and nurturing skills that are nearly lost in today’s society. Canning, soap making and gardening are just a few of these things. It takes time practicing new skills and longer sometimes to get it right. Fortunately there is this thing called the Internet which makes research a bit faster.
I am interested in studying urban and suburban mothers-a large part of the population, and have tremendous influence on what gets pushed on US consumers. They have a culture all their own, myths, and are helping to bring in the next generation of Americans. I think it would be very interesting to see how things would change if the burbs did a little more urban homesteading- and it’s beginning to happen, very very slowly. I think this segment of the US is critical for perpetuating the awareness to care for our environment, and have the power to start doing it now.
In Fall 2010 I will begin pursuing a degree in Nursing, to begin better service in our world.