• 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…

  • Life,  Security

    Are We Being Watched?

    I was born in an age where many people could not afford a telephone. An age where the Middle Class splurged for a Party Line (a single phone line shared between multiple households). One was considered wealthy if they could afford a phone at all, and only the “truly rich” could afford a private line or a long-distance phone call.…

  • Books,  Writing

    Do Authors Make Money from Secondhand Books?

    The other day an old friend contacted me. She’d stumbled upon a secondhand copy of The Shoestring Girl selling for an amazingly high price. You can see the listing here if you are interested. My friend wanted to know just how much money I would personally receive should that copy sell. While I was responding to her questions, I shared the link on my Facebook…

  • Simplicity

    Keep It Simple

    This world has gotten so complicated that it is hard to keep track of things. We have to own and maintain vehicles, remember when to pay our taxes, determine which of the endless list of tasks need to be done, all on top of figuring out ways to pay our bills. Hell, go into a store these days just to…

  • Business,  Finances,  Frugality,  Simplicity

    A Private Revolution

    Sometimes the most horrible revelations can teach us. Yesterday I was presented with the reality of our world. The image of a man who was somebody’s dad, who reminded me of my dad burned its way into my soul as I read about the treatment he received from the nation I called home. There is absolutely nothing I can do to change…

  • Economy,  Life

    The World Doesn’t Care About Us

    We’ve been raised to believe that we live in a nation that cares about our well-being. We’ve been raised to believe that the land we call home is a place that we can trust. This is why, when our government passes laws that are supposed to be “for our benefit” that we might grumble, but we invariably comply. Our nation…

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    Frugality,  Simplicity

    Washable Puppy Pads

    We live in an age where so much of what we use is disposable. We are expected to buy these items, use them once, then toss them away for new. When we do this, however, we not only contribute to the landfill problem, we also give our money to corporations that not only avoid paying taxes, but use those funds…

  • Uncategorized

    How do you feel about hypocrisy?

    All of us have met that person. The person who claims that “sex outside of marriage is bad” but brags about one-night stands or is constantly in and out of relationships. The one who tells others not to judge even as they are judging others. Or the one who tells you to throw all of your stuff away just to…

  • Food,  Frugality

    How to Handle Leftovers

    It is important to minimize waste to not only conserve money but to reduce that amount that we spend. This becomes even more important in circumstances where we are forced to purchase items from corporations whose actions we disagree with. We may be forced to give them money but we can at least limit the amount we give them. This…

  • Food,  Health

    Are You Picky About Your Pots?

    I have owned my current set of pots and pans for longer than Katie has been alive. I am quite proud of these pots; it took quite a while to arrange for their purchase since they were far from cheap. I located them in one of those “seconds” stores that they have in malls occasionally; it is a place where…

  • Minimalism,  Simplicity

    How to Find Out What’s Essential to You

    Beep! Beep! Beep! The alarm from the water treatment plant nearby alerted me that the river was up again. I know my days are numbered here. While flood waters have only entered this house once in the past, eventually it will happen again. I have already seen them lick the bottom of my floor joices. I would be foolish if…

  • Goals,  Happiness,  Life

    Do We Need to Establish Goals?

    Around the turn of each year the conversation tends to revolve around the establishment of goals. “What is your New Year’s Resolution?” seems to be the title of scores of new articles that proliferate this time of year. One major issue I have with this annual deluge is the fact that so very few posts ever discuss the why. Why…

  • Decluttering

    Bookshelf Before and After

    I finally got the bookshelf sorted somewhat. I decided to try something new this time. My goal is to cultivate a sense of tranquility in this home so after a bit of thought I decided to remove all of the dust jackets from my hardcover books and arrange the entire collection by color. That runs counter to the methods I’ve…

  • Decluttering

    Why do we hoard books?

    The space I’ve gained after yesterday’s purge has made me realize that I was devolving into a book hoarder. I had way too many physical books for the house I live in, to the point where it was negatively impacting my quality of life. As a result, my question today is why do we feel the need to collect and…

  • Decluttering,  Organization

    Change Starts at Home

    I may not be able to change the world but at least I am able to change myself. I’ve done a lot of thinking on that subject lately because the questions I’ve been asking have revealed a source of discontent within my life that I’ve been trying to ignore. Try as I may, I could not put my finger on…

  • Frugality,  Simplicity

    Is it Socially Acceptable to Save Money?

    As I look back upon this year, I realize that the majority of the criticism that I’ve received concerns how I choose to spend (or not spend) my money. Among the things I’ve been told: I should rent or buy a bigger home. While I’m here, I should spend money painting and decorating my current home, despite the fact that…

  • Frugality,  Minimalism,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    Has Consumerism Tainted Minimalism?

    Minimalism is the act of eliminating the unimportant in order to make room for what is important. That seems simple enough at first glance. However, a deeper look at the subject reveals that there may be a darker force at play. From The Minimalists to Marie Kondo we receive advice to throw out or donate our old stuff. It doesn’t…