The Honda . . .

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Back in 2006 I wrote about our beloved Honda. It had reached 250,000 miles. We were pretty proud of that. An update. Late last summer as it was parked in front of my house a drunk driver crossed the street and totaled it. Thank goodness no one was hurt, but our car was no more. […]

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attention christmas shoppers

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The Daily Kos has a great post about extended warranties. Simply put, don’t buy them. I’ve known for a long time they were not worth it and have avoided them, but Kos’ post details just how much profit the big box places make on these things and shows them for the scam they are. The […]

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St. Nicholas Day

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Well, I’m pretty much of a scrooge about Christmas. I don’t like the whole consumerism thing. I don’t like families pretending they’re perfect. I don’t like . . . well, I could go on and on. But I do love taking back tradition and ritual. This article by Mahanoy over at StreetProphets does that for […]

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Nobel Peace Prize

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Today, Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank he founded won the Nobel Peace Prize. Essentially, this award is testimony to the impact of microcredit. Tiny, microloans can make a world of difference to those who receive them, and are a wonderful, no risk way for others to use their wealth to change the […]

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Steve Jobs, Hit Maker?

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Wow. Check out this article in Advertising Age. Bob Dylan’s new album, Modern Times, has topped the charts again. A big reason is the iTunes/iPod commercial he’s in. Looks like Steve Jobs and Apple have the power to influence the music buying public more than I thought.

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mayonnaise, why do we buy it? (recipe)

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It’s been getting cooler here in the ‘Ville lately. And cooler temps mean two things at our house. Cuddle weather and soup. Don’t worry, this post isn’t about cuddling, it’s about cooking. We have a fine Italian meatball soup in the fridge, and I’ve been pairing it with sandwiches or bread for a couple days […]

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250,000 . . . a quarter of a million

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That’s not the value of my house, nor the value of my 401k, but rather how many miles I have on my car. A friend of mine, Jack Jezreel has written a transformative social justice curriculum known as JustFaith. People who have gone through this program often give testimonials about the changes they have made […]

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money, it’s a crime

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Last night, David Letterman showed the cover of the recent Forbes magazine that names the 400 richest Americans. He points out they are all billionaires and that being a millionaire isn’t worth much anymore. Then he comments about how many people there are in the US and how much of our wealth is concentrated in […]

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