Monthly Archives: April 2010

The family food bank

A few days ago I started talking about my parents’ basement and how much I covet it. Then I went off in a direction I hadn’t originally intended and never made it back. There are a number of things that … Continue reading

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I’m not rude, I’m just clueless!

I happened to be poking around in my blogging dashboard today and noticed that people have been leaving comments on this blog! Somehow in setting it up I forgot to have Blogger notify me when people leave comments. My other … Continue reading

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Self reliance and architecture

My parents’ home was built in the early twentieth century and included an unfinished half basement. I remember being somewhat frightened of it as a child; the concrete floor and walls, the bare floor joists instead of ceiling, the single … Continue reading

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Self-reliance is not for everyone, even if it should be

I went to a business seminar today. While we were waiting to get started we were introducing ourselves around and discussing what we did. One gentleman I was speaking with pressed far enough to find out I am launching a … Continue reading

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Thoreau’s morning commute

Whatever I may think of Thoreau’s ideas in Walden (and for the most part I think rather highly of them), there is no disputing that he is convincing me to fall in love with Walden Pond itself. Other than himself, … Continue reading

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Scams, consequences, and human nature

About six months ago a friend and I bought a training program to get us started as online retailers. To date we have made one sale (Thanks, Mom!). We technically got what we paid for. I don’t believe the training … Continue reading

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What is self reliance to you?

I’ve been discussing this with some friends and found the variety of answers to this question interesting. I have been assuming that most people use the terms “self-reliance” and “self-sufficiency” more or less interchangeably. And some do! But not everyone … Continue reading

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It only takes one time

I like to think of myself as a sensible, careful person. I don’t take unnecessary risks as a general rule. I appreciate dangerous tools. I don’t use them in foolish ways. Most of the time. Today I experienced that 0.1% … Continue reading

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Thoreau (and me) on companionship

“Society is commonly too cheap. We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other. We meet at meals three times a day, and give each other a new taste of that … Continue reading

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Document Management: Types of Documents

My series on home document management continues over at The Knot in the Rope. Last installment was identifying potential records. This time I discuss different types of documents, as a prelude to exploring different ways of collecting and storing documents.

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