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Annie
  • Personal

    Chaos

    Due to pregnancy complications, at first one of my children and her newborn daughter were hospitalized. Now, my daughter has been released but her newborn has been taken to UK Children’s Center. It has been a chaotic few weeks as I deal with this issue. While I would like nothing more than to talk about it here (I could use…

  • Life

    Pheromones and Predators

    Back in the early 1980’s my dad brought home a new dog – and a changed viewpoint on animals. He had been out on the farm, sorting the cattle my uncle raised when, upon hearing a cacophony, he looked up to see what he thought was a little red fox being chased by a pack of dogs. Foxes are not…

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    Life

    Politically Incorrect, Morally Questionable, or Technically Illegal

    As I delved into this novel about a grandmother who stumbles upon something morally reprehensible while doing something illegal, it occurred to me that there are a range of topics that I’ve not allowed myself to discuss on this website. These are things that poor people do just to survive. They aren’t in it for profit; in fact, when their…

  • Frugality

    Katie the Coupon Queen

    My Katie and I have been discussing my muses of late, particularly my personal opinion that I wanted to encourage people to find ways to give the corporations less money. I thought my words had fallen upon deaf ears but then something interesting happened. For a couple of weeks I heard Katie watching episodes of some show about extreme couponing.…

  • Inspiration,  Minimalism,  Writing

    Minimalism and Creativity

    In the book Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon writes: ” It takes a lot of energy to be creative. You don’t have that energy if you waste it on other stuff.” “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon, page 119, para. 1 While I have written about that in the past, about eliminating the unimportant to liberate your time…

  • Happiness,  Minimalism

    Sex, Celibacy, and Minimalism

    Minimalism is the art of eliminating the unimportant to make room for the important. It is the art of eliminating the excess to focus upon the essential. On the surface, these definitions tend to make us think about stuff. But minimalism can be applied to all aspects of our lives. Perhaps it is because there is still a taboo surrounding…

  • Economy,  Frugality

    The Story of Bill

    Bill is an American success story. He dropped out of college to follow his dream of making windows – and he hit it big. Bill is one of the people we look up to when we decide that we want to pursue our dreams. I used to be one of those people. On the outside, Bill appears to be a…

  • Happiness

    The Art of Reducing Paranoia

    The subject of privacy is much like American politics: there are two main camps and they hate each other. I normally don’t worry about that but after recent events I noticed tinfoil hats appear on my head to the point where it was beginning to make me uncomfortable. I aim for moderacy, yet I was starting to question everything. I…

  • Life

    The Flood of FAKE

    This evening a friend of mine pried me away from my keyboard. She insisted that some new scenery might clear the cobwebs from my head. Our local McDonald’s had redecorated, replacing the “wall of smut” that I had held in affectionate disdain so she decided to show me the new theme they had chosen. Something felt off about the place.…

  • Frugality,  Minimalism

    The Television Adventure

    When I eliminated my television back in 2009, I had no intention of acquiring another. I was perfectly content using my computer to stream videos or watch DVDs, so I thought I would have no reason to bother. Katie disagreed. As everyone knows, my beloved daughter is not a minimalist. She works hard and shops with the same enthusiasm. I…

  • Frugality

    The Soap Rebellion

    I’ve spent the past several days discussing the big picture that surrounds us but the reality is that some of the most effective rebellions take place at home. When we make changes in our personal life and use those changes as talking points to teach our friends and family, over time people begin to listen and make changes of their…

  • Personal,  Security

    Gremlins?

    Remember when I wrote about the strange advertising issue I experienced recently? A friend of mine in another section of the country reminded me of another incident that happened several weeks ago. I want to share that incident with you today because this is becoming rather creepy. As many of you know, I search out random subjects on the Internet…

  • Frugality

    Minimalist Revelation

    I awoke this morning with a surprising revelation. Aside from food, I no longer buy much. At first I thought I was over-reacting so I looked at my purchase history for this past year. I didn’t spend even $500 last year at Walmart and they were my primary online ordering outlet. Once every month or so I would order a…

  • Personal

    My Heart is Broken for RheaLeigh

    There is something wrong with a society where people hurt their own children. There is something wrong with a society that thinks severe child abuse only warrants a small charge. There is something wrong with a society that no longer cares what happens to our defenseless members. This morning I received word that a friend of mine received a horrible…

  • Education,  Finances

    A Question About Debt

    There is a lot of discussion about how to handle student debt these days. When I came online this morning, I received the screenshot of the above tweet along with a question (abbreviated for clarity): “I have $XX,XXX in student debt from a college that forced me to leave when I became pregnant. Despite the fact that they refused to…

  • Economy,  Happiness

    The Problem With Wanting Change

    “I don’t care what you say to me. Just give me the money!” – unknown The problem about change is that everybody wants it but nobody actually wants to do the real work that brings it about. I can preach about the dangers of the Walton Family until Hell freezes over, but if I’m still shopping in their stores I’m…

  • Economy,  Finances

    The Walmart Monster

    “The best slave is a slave that doesn’t know he’s a slave.” – www.zerohedge.com The human race is the only species on this planet that is forced to pay money for the right to live. In the United States, our parents have to go into debt just to give us life. They sweat and they struggle to support us through our childhood until…

  • Business,  Finances

    How to Annoy Your Credit Card Company

    It is becoming more difficult to live without a credit card in this world. You need credit cards to make online payments since more and more companies are moving exclusively online. Brick and mortar stores are beginning to refuse cash transactions now. I suspect that this trend will continue. While you can use the debit card provided at most banks in…

  • Business,  Economy,  Finances,  Investments,  Security

    The Man Behind the Curtain

    I generally take my dogs outside around the same time in the mornings. And each weekday morning, for a number of years, my dogs have decided to bark towards a neighbor’s yard across the field. I’ve looked each morning, scolding them, because I saw nothing of importance. I thought they were just barking at the wind so I told them…