2013 Review: How Did You Become Richer In What Matters?

Before we set our course for 2014 (next week's topic), let's give some thought to the year we've just lived. In 2013, how did we become richer in what matters? And how did we not become richer in what matters? Many of you know that I have an M.S. in counseling psychology, and believe deeply in everyone's ...

The Heretical Truth About Money

Mainstream culture tells us to buy as much stuff as possible. Hence the success of Walmart. Upscale mainstream culture tells us to buy the most expensive stuff possible. Hence the success of designer labels and Ferraris. Mainstream wisdom is that buying lots of stuff and/or expensive stuff  will give us happiness, status and popularity. The heretical truth is ...

How To Slash Your Heating Bill

By Thursday, October 25, 2012 2 0

This post has gotten thousands of views since I originally put it up in December 2008. It's definitely the time of year to review how to conserve energy and the money we spend on it.   The main principle  in slashing home heating bills is to keep people warm, when they are in the house, rather than keeping unoccupied space warm. It's easy ...

Bright Shiny Objects, Part II

By Thursday, October 18, 2012 4 0

Last Sunday I posted on the Habitat For Humanity fundraiser I attended. I felt it was dominated by bright shiny objects, and was straying from its mission of affordable housing, co-built by people of all income levels, with materialism and elitism. Not surprisingly, some commenters (fellow attendees and friends of mine) had a differing opinion. So I ...

Bright Shiny Objects

By Sunday, October 14, 2012 3 0

I went to a Habitat For Humanity fundraiser at the Nines here in Portland on Friday night, excited because I love their mission of building stable, affordable housing for low-income families. My husband and I have donated steadily to Habitat over the last five years. But I came away disillusioned, blinded by the event's bright shiny objects. The items ...

Being Rich, Yet Poor

By Thursday, October 4, 2012 2 0

Today's post is a  follow-up to my fifth most-read post, The Poverty of Hyperindividualism. Incidentally, this autumn marks the fifth anniversary of Diamond-Cut Life! Many thanks to my readers who have posted more than 750 comments on 490 posts, and made my writing a rich, joyful thing. If you subscribe (to your right) you might win the drawing ...