July 31 2016

Saving Money

Costco vs. Boxed vs. Jet

Sorting out my dysfunctional relationship with my money, I embarked on a project that for many people is so basic as to be laughable: Knowing the price of things. As obvious as this sounds, such knowledge has eluded my notice or ability to remember, in any meaningful way, the price…

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July 28 2016

City Living with Kids

Summer Reading List for Thoughtful Kids

My children are having a pretty lazy summer.  We went minimalist on day camp and after a few trips visiting relatives, we’ve finally settled into a long-awaited calm and unscheduled couple of weeks.  This has left plenty of time for summer reading (er, intermingled with arguments about…

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July 24 2016

Health & Wellbeing

Dodging Flame Retardants with My Sewing Machine

I’m sure there is a reasonable explanation for why kids’ pajamas are drenched in flame retardants.  There were probably some terrible stories back in the 80’s of extremely flammable children spontaneously combusting in their beds.  Or 6 year-olds falling asleep while smoking on the…

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July 21 2016

Sanity

My Weekend Field Trip to the Land of the Comically Wealthy

During my summer of no expensive vacations, I’ve been trying to take advantage of  weekend trips to the homes of friends and family members that lend themselves well to summertime recreation.  It’s a great way to see the people we care about while taking a much…

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July 11 2016

Saving Money

Things Add Up

I stumbled upon a great Cashville Skyline blog post recently that pondered the question “why is it that as a society, we are so enamored of the idea of frugality,  yet we are not actually saving? ” I started thinking about it, and I realized, it doesn’t…

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July 09 2016

Sanity

It Might be Time for a Media Diet

Imagine how improved our society could be if the news was a public service, like the old days, and not a form of entertainment, vying for viewers and ad dollars with headlines that are barely a step above click-bait such as “celebrities you can’t believe are…

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July 06 2016

Housing

The Cure for our Urban Housing Crisis

What would our country be like if we committed our collective will, brain power, passion and money to making towns and cities from coast to coast more desirable places to live? For every town to have the chance to be its own Austin or Portland or Savannah.  I don&#8217…

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