I’m deadlining this week and into next. So a couple of blog entries I’ve been noodling may have to wait. One was to be about attitudes of independence. Rather than making you wait, then drowning you in prose, I thought it might brighten your day (and seriously compress your reading time!) to have the great links I planned to build the story around.
- Windfall. And its backstory. What do you do when your neighbor’s storm-fallen tree creates havoc in your backyard?
- Stop calling them victims! says a woman who created a summer of joy for herself and her children.
- How and why to get to Silk Road. (via Rational Review News.)
- “Simple Living 101.” By the lovely Patrice Lewis, who understands that it’s not about how much stuff you have or don’t have. (I hope to review Lewis’s new book The Simplicity Primer very soon.)
- At first, this one might not seem to be about independence. But it’s sure about one darned good reason to be skeptical re statistics — a fine, proud step on the road to independence: “The Hilarious Reason Why American Well-Being Is Higher Than It Was Three Years Ago.”
- Keep in mind that this is not only from the mainstream, but from the most inside of insiders. Yet it’s got one heartening and important thing to say. “Why Everything You Think You Know About the Collapse of the Soviet Union Is Wrong.” I’m linking to the final page. That’s where the meat is.
And I really mean cheers. I aim not to whine too much on this blog. But when I do, you respond most amazingly. You lifted me out of the dumps big time. The variety, speed, creativity, generosity, kindness, and in one notable case the sheer, butt-stubbornness of the help people offered was remarkable.