A few Decembers ago, I was driving along a narrow country road at sunset, singing along to the Christmas music on the radio, when one of my favorites came on: O Holy Night. Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother And in his name, all oppression shall cease. I was struck by … More In His Name
I woke up the other morning struggling to remember the words to the Serenity Prayer: GOD, grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, the COURAGE to change the things I can, and the WISDOM to know the difference. — Reinhold Niebuhr It was the day after Black Friday (Small Business Saturday, … More Christmas Gift Anxiety
I often wonder how Americans would react if the government tried to ration something today. Sugar, aluminum, meat, gasoline, butter . . . References to rations in books or movies set during World War II seem quaint, and our reaction—consciously or not—is probably something along the lines of “glad we don’t have to do that … More Do We Have a Duty to Shop?
I recently got a text from my father saying his neighbor was throwing away two plastic Adirondack chairs, and would I want them? After verifying that his neighbor had not put the chairs by the curb just to watch the cars go by, we enthusiastically took possession of this additional seating. Given that we often … More Trash and Treasure
I don’t know about you, but I was distressed last week to see numerous gleeful declarations that the Christmas season was now upon us . . . on November 1. I was still trying to find Oktoberfest in the grocery store. I’ll spare you the rant on how the Christmas season doesn’t actually start until … More 50+ Ideas for Non-Stuff Christmas Gifts
I don’t remember why it started. I probably coveted some cute monogrammed treat bag from Pottery Barn Kids for my firstborn, but just couldn’t abide the expense (especially for one of the bags that is designed to specifically coordinate with the costume for that year and then becomes useless for the following year). Or maybe … More A Thrifty Halloween Tradition
My inspiration for starting this blog (and before it, a Facebook page) was my growing conviction that buying things used (secondhand, pre-loved, vintage–however you like to phrase it!) was the easiest way to reduce my personal impact on the globe. New clothing uses tons of energy, water, and raw materials to produce, not to mention … More 7 Ways to Shop Secondhand