Yesterdays ramble up the Superior Hiking Trail was entirely within Duluth’s city limits, and yet, it felt remote. All four of us were involved in pulling this one off. Being a Sunday morning, we brought the church service along in the car for the drive out and back. It can be hard for kids to … More Enchanted atop the city: SHT from Becks Rd to Magney Snively
When in doubt, just start at the beginning. Take one step at a time, and eventually you’ll reach your destination. For those of us who suffer from decision fatigue, this is the most practical way to get going on a project. I remind myself of this all the time. Just start at the beginning! This … More The end of the beginning
This here is a 2-pound button mushroom that we grew in our basement: I know approximately jack diddly squat about growing these things, and hadn’t wanted to deal with the freak that had been steadily expanding in cubic mass down in the cellar. I grow veggies, of course. Fungi are a mystery. Thankfully, my wife … More The fog lifts
An automated children’s allowance, funded through the Bank of Dad, and brought to fruition through recent advances in technology, has permanently solved a conundrum I’ve kicked around for years. We’ll tweak things along the way, but the basic system is now fixed for our remaining half-decade of parenting minor children. No more flailing around or … More Allowances can be Financial Dynamite for your family. FamZoo will help you get there.
Being the only child of a broken home is the gift that keeps on giving. Nearly every day, since about the age of seven, has found me fretting about how thee heck both of my parents will navigate retirement after a lifetime of insufficient financial planning, chronic indebtedness, and singleness for as far as the … More Radical Finances for the Self-Employed Household
Like a crop overwhelmed by great swarms of locusts, our joy can be sapped by tremendous crowds of people. This is especially the case after driving roughly 3,333 miles (nearly half our usual annual total!) in search of spring, peace, tranquility, family time, and r&r. Sometimes, however, the frustration and dissonance brought on by the … More Crowds can be a good thing, and traveling screen-free with kids
I was handed the $10 bill for a past bulk delivery of microgreens. What a surprise! I excitedly told my friend that Alexander would be joining our family on a cross-country trek through the Smoky Mountains. Perhaps he’d make it all the way down to the ocean with us! Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. … More Household economy stabilizing through family businesses
A heart attack throws a monkey wrench into the morass of gearworks linking tasks, business, and agendas, within a busy life. It all spins along in some semblance of efficiency—messy as it is—interconnected with other busy lives. Without warning, everything grinds to a halt. And, you wait. What once seemed vital—tumbled over obsessively in the … More All I want for Christmas….
The mid-life crisis rolls on. Choppy seas consistently threaten to swamp our little life raft. In and through the turmoil, however, actual progress is being made. Slowly, painfully slowly, we are establishing a sustainable household economy. We desire to produce work of value for our neighbors and community-at-large, and simultaneously feed, clothe, and shelter our … More Momentum
The death of our dog left a pretty big hole. Not even this can of kittens could fill it. Boundaries and limits can actually be pretty wonderful. Our annual income can barely be quantified in the tens of thousands. If various expenses are included, the plural could be removed pretty easily. This is not a … More Bounty in scarcity