Mary Beth Writes

How to Make Tortillas - the long version

Last week I read this in one of the response letters in The Non-Consumer Advocate. http://thenonconsumeradvocate.com/  A reader named Sandy (October 1, 2017) said she felt inspired by watching - Living on One http://livingonone.org/  “It’s about families in Guatemala living on one dollar a day. Amazing. … food for thought….”

Barkskins, by Annie Proulx - MB's book review

It took me more than a month to read Annie Proulx’s 700-page novel Barkskins.

Before I return it to the library I am going to attempt to produce a book report here. Not sure if you need to read this as much as I need to write it. When a person lives five weeks with 700 pages, they really ought to know something about where they were and why they stayed there.

Mindful Chickens 9-26-17

Mindful Chickens? We are frugal so that our retirement savings will last as long as we do. At the same time we try to consume responsibly so that our choices have the least negative impact on our fellow humans and on our earth and its creatures.  Cheep, Cheap!

Vietnam Era Frugal Skills

Len and I are watching the Ken Burns / Lynn Novick Vietnam series on PBS. We’ve watched Vietnam documentaries before and we’ve read many of the books from and about that era – but we are learning so much more than we already knew. It is gripping and exhausting.  I so clearly remember 1968 and 1969 - the years my brother was in Vietnam.

I said the other day that I would write about how my personal journey to and with Frugality started back then, so here goes.

Mindful Chickens 9/19/2017

Mindful Chickens?

We are frugal so that our retirement savings will last as long as we do! At the same time we try to consume responsibly so that our choices have the least negative impact on our fellow humans and on our earth and its creatures. 

Mindful Chickens! Cheep, Cheap!

1. We bought our more-or-less weekly dozen eggs at church from a friend who raises chickens  on her farm. We happily pay $4 for them. The yolks are super yellow because the chickens walk around and eat bugs.

Margaret Fuller - Letting Light In

Margaret Fuller, A New American Life by Megan Marshall

Finalist for Pulitzer in biography and memoir

Margaret Fuller biography by Megan Marshall

Ode to Outside

I wrote the following column September 25, 2004 -- and now I am sitting at my desk September 15, 2017 and it is all just as relevant. Gorgeous day. It's going to be a beautiful weekend. Go outside!

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Mindful Chickens 9/15/2017

Mindful Chickens?

We try to be frugal in order to afford our life and attain our goals. At the same time we try to consume responsibly so that our choices have the least negative impact on our fellow humans and on our earth and its creatures. 

Mindful Chickens! Cheep, Cheap!

 

This was a heckuva week. Trying to get this website ready-to-publish at the same time as Len’s contract job as well as living our regular life. 

These are some of this week’s Mindful Chickens:

Dear Friends

September 14, 2017

Zounds and Zowie! Here’s my new website!  It’s taken way too many months and an astounding amount of eye-and-brain-numbing work on Len’s part -- but here it is!

I’m so happy to be finally here. There will, of course, be snafus along the way, but we’ll get it figured out.

Paul Hessert - "He taught us"

Paul Hessert died in the summer of 2001 as a result of injuries from a terrible car accident. His wonderful wife was also seriously hurt, so the memorial service for Paul was not held until September, just a few weeks after 9/11. Traveling was difficult for many of his former students; only a few of us made it to the United Methodist church in Montrose, PA. It was one of the honors of my life to be asked by his family to speak to the congregation as a representative of his many, many students over the years. 

His daughter sent the wonderful photo of Paul. Thank you!