• Economy

    Do What You Can, Where You Are, With What You Have

    It is with a growing horror that I’ve realized over these past few days that my grandparents were right. My parents used to tease them for their decision to save most anything they came into possession of; even the tinest scraps of fabric were preserved to become quilts. Every winter, I would watch them sort through bags of old clothing…

  • Finances

    Cautious Preparation

    If you’ve paid attention to the news, some workers are discussing the possibility of striking due to what they believe to be unsafe conditions in the workplace thanks to the spread of Covid-19. I found an article the other day about Purdue workers walking out because of their concerns. Before this hit our news feeds I realized that our supply…

  • Economy,  Health

    The New Normal

    “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” Unknown The world is under siege by an invisible threat that is overwhelming our medical community to the point where desperate measures are being taken to reduce the spread. Oddly enough, now that things are coming to pass I feel an odd sense of peace. I suspected that things would be seriously affected…

  • Health

    Kentucky’s Current Coronavirus Epicenter

    On March 6, 2020, my town received some disturbing news: Kentucky’s first Coronavirus patient was a resident of our area. The tragic part of this is, due to the draconian screening methods used, this person was refused the test for Coronavirus and sent home initially. Given her place of employment, we suspect she worked at her job until she returned…

  • Food

    Coronavirus Concerns

    The disparity between the news reports I am reading about the Coronavirus outbreak are concerning. Despite the fact that documents have been leaked from China that reveal the official numbers have been under-reported, despite the fact that these people, who have been raised in a culture of compliance are risking prison if they share reports on social media, there are…

  • 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…