Friday, December 17, 2010

Day 351: Frugality

More rain again. Cold. We bundle up and head out in the rain to enjoy these short, short days. Congress is upset about possibly having to work over the Christmas holiday. I will be working 9 of the next 11 days. Yeah, I know--most folks work a whole lot more than I do. I'm lucky to be able to support a family on a part time job.

I finished Scott Nearing's autobiography last night: "The Making of a Radical". Talk about being frugal. His approach to money was blessed by the frugality apparent within my own Grandparents' generation. Nearing was smart enough to save money when young, so that he could do his Homestead thing when he got to be my age (of course he also was unable to work or get published due to his socialism).

I wish I had read this book when I was a twenty something. It is a primer on how to live an independent intellectual life.

1 comment:

lph said...


My 16 year old daughter refers to herself as a socialist on her facebook page. I am not certain she completely understands the ramifications of what it means, but I find it interesting that she has thought about the world long enough and hard enough to make this distinction about herself.

Maybe I should give her this book...

Take care...and that rain you're getting would be snow back here!