In Defense of the Dollar Store

Regardless of what contrived articles you are reading in the media. Straightup comparisons between Dollar Stores and any other type of shop does not hold any weight. Dollar stores aren’t SUPPOSED to be a one stop shopping source. They aren’t SUPPOSED to supplant traditional grocery stores or department stores. They are there to offer items […]

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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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