Black Friday is Buy Nothing Day

If you have been interested in voluntary simplicity or environmentalism or minimalism for a while, you might well know that Black Friday (so named due to the crowds on this day, another example of colorism and the negative bias against the word "black") is now called Buy Nothing Day, which is a protest against consumerism... Continue Reading →

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Photo by Kate Trysh on Unsplash You might notice this website looks subtly different. What has changed? I've gone ad-free on WordPress. This requires expense and extra effort, as everything ad-free does these days. We buy into this idea that the default is being bombarded with consumer advertising for things we don't really need or... Continue Reading →

Saturday Story: Grammatically Incompatible

Photo by Siavash Ghanbari on Unsplash Sometimes certain grammatically incorrect phrases bother me - a consequence of growing up with an English teacher. This stories has some of my greatest pet peeves. This also speaks to our apparent control of our emotions. Grammatically Incompatible “I could care less,” she said, in her grammatically-incorrect way. She... Continue Reading →

Book: How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk

The book "How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk" covers a lot of ground: how parents can communicate ideas calmly and respectfully to teens without being shut out, how to problem solve with them, problems that teens and what they love about being a teen, how they can talk... Continue Reading →

Saturday Story: Marisa’s Daily To Dos

I wrote this piece after reading the incomparable The Semplica Girl Diaries by George Saunders. What kind of future can we imagine and where can it go wrong, or right? Are they mutually exclusive? Is what we consider "healthy" actually good for us? Marisa's Daily To Dos Monday 7/5 Contact tech support to see if... Continue Reading →

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