Tag Archives: Langley

An Impressively Redefined Life – Paul Schell

Today Paul Schell died. Most people will have to do research to learn who he was. Most people will identify him by his job as Mayor of Seattle. On Whidbey he’s as well known for caring about a small town … Continue reading

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Sustaining Small Town Charity

They are among us, and that is good. The things that are closest to us are easiest to overlook. Where I live the economy continues along uncertainly. Some businesses are thriving. Others are shuttering. Many live on a knife edge. … Continue reading

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Ruts Routines Revolutions

April 20th, a fine day for a party. A fine day to celebrate the break from tradition that was the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Most folks thought April 20th, 2014 was Easter. Well, yes; but someone had to spend … Continue reading

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Something Like A Mortgage Payment

I couldn’t wait. The authorities may all expect me to act at the very last moment, but that would delay my sense of relief. Why would I do that after more than a year of struggle? For the first time … Continue reading

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Frugal Disaster Preparedness

Even before last weekend’s post my intuition suggested I should cancel most of my plans for the week. I made a trip to the store, bought lots of soup ingredients and oranges, and lined up low expectations. Maybe it was … Continue reading

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When Free Costs Too Much

It happens surprisingly often. Eager, compassionate people appreciate and understand a fellow human’s hardship and heartache, then offer something valuable for free. Confusion scrunches their face as their offer is turned down from someone who couldn’t afford to buy the … Continue reading

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I Miss The Mall

I miss the mall. Having said that I wonder if I’ll be shunned in my small town.  But let me finish. I haven’t been to the mall in years, and that was because they have an Apple store and I … Continue reading

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Cheer Good Cheer

Good Cheer! Not just a holiday greeting on the south half of Whidbey Island. Good Cheer is a food bank, thrift shop, garden, and – the folks I’m more familiar with – a group of gleaners: the Good Cheer Gleeful … Continue reading

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Value Planning

Plan for the future? Sure. Lately, I’ve been planning for the next hour or day. Planning for my far future, like next year, only happens if I want to get a headache. Long term life plans for coming decades are … Continue reading

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Ideally Compromised Optimums

Think you can have it all? We know that isn’t possible. Even Bill Gates plus Warren Buffett can’t buy the world. Think you can do it all? That would be ideal. Imagine an empty to-do list, or a house that … Continue reading

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