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Fifties fashion and being a Tightwad

The weather has been so horrible here lately (apart from yesterday which was lovely and sunny…for a change!) that I’m illustrating this blog with pics taken in spring or summer. 1,505 more words

General Life

The Quest -- Kill Your Darlings

Think of it as a Quest. You’re a hobbit, Hercules, Harry Potter, The Mariner (Waterworld. I don’t care. I love that movie.) Anyway, your life is a quest, and you win the quest by reaching the future you want. 564 more words

Filemaker Developer

To Work or Not to Work? That is the Question.

I hold a BA in Communication Arts, a Masters in Education, a teaching credential, and an Administrative credential. I used to work as a teacher, until I burned out so badly that I thought I better leave before I bop some little kid on the head and have to do Time. 378 more words


Save the Planet While Saving Money

Some people dismissed (even dissed) Amy Dacyczyn, author of The Tightwad Gazette, a newsletter she wrote and published quarterly between 1991 and 1996, for some of her ‘extreme’ suggestions about thrift, e.g. 785 more words

Environment, Activism, Localizing, Transition Movement

Frugal Magic

Frugal Magic?

OK, this makes me sound like the 21st century’s Amy Dacyczyn or something. I’m not… although I am a disciple! What I am trying to infer with the title “Frugal Magic” is that I’m lots of things which occasionally collide, including a health food nut, a left-wing liberal, a believer that the Earth needs saving and I can do it, a Wiccan Priestess, and a devotee of squeezing a penny til it screams! 617 more words


Chores For Younger Kids

Chores. Even the word is mundane-sounding. But in order for a household to work smoothly, everyone needs to pitch in and help out. Here’s the first lesson: Moms – don’t do this alone! 533 more words