Saying Goodbye to the Minivan

If there’s one symbol of overwrought suburban life, it’s gotta be the minivan. When we decided get ours, I had absolutely no reservations about sacrificing my cool image as I got in the… Continue reading

My Ridiculously Minimalist Investment Strategy

My second installment on post-consumer finances is about how we simplified our investing and at the same time got it flowing more efficiently. Through years of dabbling in personal financial research, I came… Continue reading

Why I Switched From a Bank to a Credit Union

I never used to think twice about what bank held my money. Citibank had the closest branch, so it was a no-brainer. The problem with no-brainers is that, by definition, you don’t think… Continue reading

Raising DIY People

You know what’s the best thing about doing it uneven? You can’t make a mistake.” —Stella, 10   That’s what Stella told me yesterday when she decided to cut her own hair. She… Continue reading

Pacing Ourselves: Taking Time to Play

The No-Progress Report: STILL IN THE RV, and not yet in the dome. There’s a lot left to do still before we can live in it: build out the sleeping area, put in… Continue reading

One Year In

Well, this week, it’s been a year since we sold Someone Else’s American Dream and moved to the sticks. Been quite a year. Among the hardest of my life, in fact, in spite… Continue reading