Category Archives: Social

Articles, commentary, and information on developing supportive relationships and networks.

Be a good neighbor

I read about this situation on the American Preppers Network site. A woman is growing an organic garden in her front yard and has run afoul of her HOA. I know I should be shocked, upset, outraged, etc., but you … Continue reading

Posted in Home Production & Storage, Social | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Be a good neighbor

Building professional networks.

My brother Dan has begun writing a series of posts about developing professional networks, starting with making a case for building networks. I started with my closest friends, because I knew they wouldn’t say ‘no’ to helping me. I then … Continue reading

Posted in Social, Vocation | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Building professional networks.

The Wisdom of Crowds

I mentioned before that I’m beginning a new business venture with some friends. Though certainly there are drawbacks to going into business with others, there are also some advantages. One of the biggest is the law of averages. On any … Continue reading

Posted in Social | Tagged | Comments Off on The Wisdom of Crowds

Self reliance, humility, and charity

As I’ve said before, I don’t think some people’s idea of self reliance can be achieved. I don’t think we will ever get to the point where we don’t need anyone else for anything. There are people who do it, … Continue reading

Posted in Emotional, Social | Tagged | Comments Off on Self reliance, humility, and charity

Self reliance vs. fostering self reliance in others

Tonight I was reminded again that self reliance, while a worthy goal, is sometimes at cross purposes with other values I hold to. As a Christian, I also believe in looking out for my fellow man. While I do not … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Skills, Social | Tagged , | 1 Comment

The need for role-models

While this is not entirely on-topic, this essay by Rick Johnson really caught my attention and pulled on my heart strings a bit. It is well worth reading the whole thing, but here’s the bottom line: I am convinced that the … Continue reading

Posted in Emotional, Social | Tagged , | Comments Off on The need for role-models

Share tools saves money, increases access to the right tools

Mondegreen II has a great idea I should try to implement in my homeowners association (I’m the president): Think of the specialty tools we buy that we don’t need more than once a year (if that). Not only do we … Continue reading

Posted in Financial & Frugality, Social | Tagged , | Comments Off on Share tools saves money, increases access to the right tools

Self reliance: A confessional – the report

It was neither a astounding success nor a miserable failure. I’d call today a good, solid win. I didn’t last the entire eleven hours. I only made it nine before I got a headache, wore out, and called it a … Continue reading

Posted in Emotional, Social | Tagged | Comments Off on Self reliance: A confessional – the report

Old fashioned values and self reliance

American Thinker published a column by Edward Bernard Glick about his grandmother and her insistence on learning English when she emigrated to America. I’m not above giving some help to immigrants, but I believe she mostly had the right attitude: … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Social | Tagged , | Comments Off on Old fashioned values and self reliance

Social self reliance: a confessional

One area where I definitely need to be more self reliant is socially. I am not an outgoing person. I like people easily, but I have difficulty instigating social interactions. I’m not sure why that is, but I’ve come to … Continue reading

Posted in Emotional, Social | Tagged , | Comments Off on Social self reliance: a confessional