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caging the consumption fairy

After studying my own consumption for a while now, I went down a lot of rabbit holes. Like everyone else I started with decluttering and striving for minimalism and eliminating as many one time use items from my life. Including buying reusable bags, containers for storage and portability etc etc.. I have probably have been […]

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Everything old that’s new

This year I was a little worse than normal, I have gone down an anti-consumption rabbit hole with Foolishkitchen and an inquiry into why people buy NEW things when they are so many used items which still function perfectly well. I think it was just an excuse not to feel guilty about my trips to […]

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What was NEW in 2018

At the end of each year I look at my purchase history on Amazon and Ebay to see what NEW items I have bought. Those are really the only sites I shop on….. booksites don’t count; buying books is like food and yarn, it doesn’t count. Every year fewer and fewer NEW things enter my […]

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hunting for the humor

I have a spent large portion of the last 50 years trolling for writers who write humorously without gaffawing, regardless of genre or topic. As a child I had graduated from the Scholastic catalog straight to the adult library where books sported gaily illustrated jacket art. Aside from Thurber and a few Frederic Browns, humorous […]

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Follow your photos

Since I got my first camera and had no idea what I was doing, I have always shot a lot of photos. I got better at it over time. Even with a camera in my phone, I still don’t go anywhere without a camera ‘just in case’ – Social media not withstanding photography is a […]

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So you are out of the house, now what?

The response to my last post encouraging people to road trip alone was encouraging, with a few people asking for ideas. You can fill a book with singular activities, hobbies and recreations to occupy your time. Things like cycling, rowing, archery, fishing, and metal detecting, all require a moderate investment in equipment and some practice […]

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Daytripping for the apprehensive

With apologies to my many dogs I have never not traveled alone. Save for a few, and I mean very few occasions when I was momentarily married and one disastrous road trip, any time I have gone anywhere it was alone. From the minute I clutched my first set of car keys, I was exploring […]

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How much clothing do I really need?

Every spring and fall I take all my clothes out of the drawers, closet and trunks, pile them on the bed and cull them down to just what fits…or will fit, or what I hope will fit. This biannual routine started years ago, when I moved into a single closet apartment and figured I could […]

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the curious case of the dog in the daytime

I am NOT the best dog owner. I have had dogs all my life but I have never really spoken dog very well. When my dog barks at what I think it is nothing or just sits and stares waiting for me to DO something, my response is to holler: “What?!?”” What do you want?” […]

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Daytripping again

I finally got another ‘real’ job with a decent paycheck. So Althea and I are back working on our Maine destinations map. Yesterday we went to Giant’s Stairs on Bailey Island, is just a very short hike with beautiful views in Harpswell Maine. This town takes public accessibility seriously, they know that signage, mapping, parking […]

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