Category Archives: consumerism

Wooden Truck Topper

A couple recent inquiries prompt this quick post about a wooden truck topper.  The question that came up a few weeks ago was “why would you make a topper instead of just buying one?”  Well, I’m not wealthy and making … Continue reading

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Living Without Money

Not a new story, but one that seems to keep resurfacing.  Maybe there’s a crumb of wisdom that intrigues people about this concept.  Most people in the Western World have never, for a second, considered life without money, yet for … Continue reading

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Makers to the Rescue

Makers, Dreamers, Builders, and Inventors, Unite: reflections on saving our world “Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. And it is by no means certain that … Continue reading

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Backyard Chickens

I’ve been lucky as a chicken owner for quite a few years.  Very few have been stolen by predators, and we’ve had very little illness.  Right now, with a dozen chickens both old and young, I get between three and … Continue reading

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Robin Wood, Traditional Craftsman

Here’s another excellent video of Robin Wood, wood turner and traditional craftsman.  Visit his website to learn more about this remarkable man and his admirable career choice.  As he explains, his job is easy to describe while so many careers … Continue reading

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Fatten up!

Apparently, this sold better than Coca-Cola in 1890: Tasteless AND makes you fat!

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Lightening my load

About an addiction I didn’t even realize I had. It seems that minimalism is the word du jour around the internet these days.  Tiny houses, the 100 Thing Challenge, Non-Conformist work strategies, and urban homesteaders are filling blog-space with ideas … Continue reading

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Cobbett Wisdom

“There never yet was, and never will be, a nation permanently great, consisting, for the greater part, of wretched and miserable families.” William Cobbett, Cottage Economy 1833 (3).

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Free food

Sitting on the couch late in the evening, drowsiness coming on when a nearby gunshot pierces the air.  The dogs go on alert and I am up on my feet.  Probably neighbor poachers, but I need to have a look … Continue reading

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Homesteaders

I don’t typically just reblog other people’s stuff but I have recently come across a few outstanding homesteader-type people putting up great things on the web.  Reading these makes me miss having a plot of land to call my own … Continue reading

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