Hello Emptiness: A Farewell to Stuff

"Having enough, but not too much, because too much always leads to wanting more." -Kristen Hedges. Nothing makes a chick consider her possessions and bank account like buying a house and then having to move ALL of her crap into said house. Oh, and then buying a car to get to and from the village with the house in it! Of course, I did not do this alone and so I've also had to consider Le Monsieur's stuff and financials as well. That's a lot of brain power going to areas that aren't always inspiring … [Read more...]

Radical Homemakers, Feminist Housewives — Book Club, 7th ed.

Let's face an ugly truth -- we've all become hungry consumer hippos who throw stuff in the trash and buy new at the first sign of shabbiness. I just threw out socks with holes even though I am well equipped in sewing gear! Also, let's ask ourselves wether, as women, we've become too attached to a notion of autonomy that is tied to paid work outside of the home at the expense of creative productivity and well-being. Shannon Hayes's Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture made me not only question most of my life choices … [Read more...]