Bye bye Amazon

This year I considered making a New Year’s Resolution to not shop at Amazon anymore. But that failed pretty quickly. It’s just that they have all of the obscure books and all of the obscure homeopathic remedies (yes those are basically the two categories of things that I buy on Amazon). Actually, first I considered […]

Money part 2

There is a man who lives in Brunswick Maine named Mitt. He works at a diner there. And sometimes he gives out free breakfast and coffee to people on long bike tours. Mitt rides his bike a lot, too. Once he rode it across the country and he says it’s the best thing he ever […]

Money part 1

I was on my way into a Rite Aid when I saw the woman begging on the sidewalk near the door. Honestly I wouldn’t have stopped except there was a backlog to get into the Rite Aid and while I waited the begging woman started talking to me. Could I get her something to eat? […]

Swimming rules

After three hundred years of economic expansion, we are so impoverished that we lack the wealth and freedom of a squirrel. The indigenous people who lived here before the Europeans arrived had the run of the land. They had the simple freedom to say, “Let us climb that mountain. Let us swim in that lake. […]