Home Cleaning Inside & Out

A Study Guide to Green Cleaning

By Linda Mason Hunter


6-page laminated guide, published by Barcharts, 2018

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“Everything you need to know packed into six laminated pages. Down-to-earth hints and tips that really work. Truly, the best way to start a habit of sustainable living is to switch from chemical to green cleaning.”

—Linda Mason Hunter

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Three Green Rats, An Eco Tale

By Linda Mason Hunter and Suzanne Summersgill


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Published by Ink Pinn Press, 2012

Now available in Korean

Now available in Korean

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Signed and personally dedicated by the author.


 Finalist for Book of the Year by Foreword Reviews, 2013.

 Winner of the silver medal for early chapter book, fiction, in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, 2013


“With simplicity and charm, the authors tell how three green rats lead their hometown away from greed for too much stuff to the fullness of a simple life that respects the earth.”

 - John Adams, Founding Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), New York, New York


Three Green Rats is a captivating story that reminds us that we are nature, not separate from it.” 

- David Suzuki Foundation, Vancouver, British Columbia


"With tongue firmly in cheek, the authors weave a cautionary tale that prepares children to inherit this earth. Doses of wit, engaging characters (some good, some wickedly bad!), and whimsical illustrations ensure these wise lessons won't hurt going down."

- David P. Saar, Founder and Artistic Director, Childsplay, Tempe, Arizona

Green Clean

By Linda Mason Hunter and Mikki Halpin

Published by Melcher Media, 2005


 "Green Clean is a fun, lively romp through the various alternatives to bringing toxic chemicals into our homes. It manages to dance a delicate line -- it's ethically concerned without being preachy, grounded in the earth without being crunchy, playful without being vapid."
WorldChanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century (edited by Alex Steffan, published by Abrams)



Southwest Style
A Home-Lover's Guide To Architecture and Design

By Linda Mason Hunter

Photographs by Peter Vitale

Published by Northland Publishing, 2000


Winner of Best Design from Publishers' West

"Part history book, part how-to guide, and part lush photo album.
Southwest Style helps the reader understand the origins and possibilities of this regional look."
- Better Homes and Gardens Magazine


The Healthy Home
An Attic-to-Basement Guide to Toxin-Free Living

By Linda Mason Hunter

Published by Rodale Press, 1989


"...a sort of Whole Earth
Catalog for the home..." 
- The New York Times

"Practical advice on making homes
more healthful environments." 
- The Washington Post



Creating a Safe & Healthy Home

By Linda Mason Hunter

Published by Creative Home Library, 2005

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House Transformed

Getting the Home You Want... with the House You Have

By Matthew Schoenherr, Linda Mason Hunter & Wendy Jordan

Published by Taunton Press, 2005

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"Ode to Blue Jeans"

The Des Moines Register
Feb. 17, 2010

By Linda Mason Hunter

Nothing defines the span of my life more than blue jeans. They've been part of my life experience since, as a doe-eyed 4-year-old, it occurred to me that Saturdays were my favorite day precisely because I could wear jeans. All day. And I did. I was a true blue rough-and-tumble denim kid.

What distinguished that first pair of baggy jeans with the big front pockets was their devil-may-care ruggedness. I could scuffle over rocks, wade in the creek, climb trees, hike hills and otherwise discover the great outdoors with abandon. Unlike the skirts and dresses I was obligated to wear to school and to church, I could get jeans dirty and Mother didn't mind. She didn't even complain when I came home with a rip in my pants. She just patched it up and I wore and wore and wore those jeans until they wore out. Saturday pants.

And so it's been throughout my life. I wear jeans whenever I can get away with it, which is just about all the time. Blue jeans represent freedom to me. Freedom from prim and proper. Freedom to discover my true nature. A favorite pair of worn jeans develops a patina born of experience. The more you wash them the more familiar they become. Soon they reflect everything your life is about.

I customized my most memorable pair, worn in the early 1970s when I was letting go of "shoulds" in my life, most particularly society's conventions of what a lady should be. As an outward symbol of inner rebellion I tore up my pretty satin prom dress, cut out a luscious 8-inch butterfly, and appliquéd it to the right front thigh of my bell bottoms--a fabulous cranberry tattoo. I wish I still had those jeans. They belong in a museum.

I happily pull on a pair of jeans practically every morning of my life. During my horse ridin' cattle herding years I favored men's Wranglers, which fit like a second skin. Later I preferred men's Levis 501's, red tag, skinny leg, button fly, 100 percent cotton denim. Two pair became wardrobe staples--washed-out blue (for knocking about) and jet black (for dress-up).

Those jeans fit so snug I used them for weight loss. When they got a little tight, it was time to lose a couple of pounds. I resisted buying a new pair as long as I could, for I knew with certainty that if I abandoned these favored jeans for a larger pair, I'd soon grow into them. By the time this became a pattern I'd be fat. And sure enough, I was right.


"Making Do During the Great Depression"

The Iowan. March/April 2004


Winner of the Historical Feature Award of Merit from IRMA (International Regional Magazine Association, Inc.), 2005

"The Measure of a Man's Life"

The Iowan. March/April 2003


Winner of the Historical Feature Award of Merit from IRMA (International Regional Magazine Association, Inc.), 2004


Pre-Fab Lustron Houses: A History

February 13, 2019

Ever wonder about the history of Lustron houses—those steel and ceramic pastel-colored pre-fab houses built in the 1940s? They are unique in the history of residential shelter. Here’s the skinny: