“Good Dealing” Your Way Into Debt

A few months into our marriage my husband and I were looking for ways to save money. We began couponing. "Couponing" refers to combining coupons and sales to save maximum money. We took on this project with gusto--buying newspapers, asking family and friends for their weekly coupon inserts. We even bought a banquet-style folding table so …

Minimalism and Just Portion Sizes

Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. --Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist Social justice issues have always been important to me, from feeding the hungry and clothing the naked in parish outreach work to actually living among the poor in NYC.  The cry of the …

The Stone and the Cross–A New Life Story

This post originally appeared on Faith, Fiction, and Flannery  in 2011. "It seems as if all my bridges have been burned, You say that’s exactly how this grace thing works It’s not the long walk home that will change this heart, But the welcome I receive at the restart" --Mumford & Sons "Roll Away Your Stone"  …

One White Tee

Minimalism first appeared in my life by accident. It was 2012 and my income was minuscule. I was working part-time at a parish outreach and part-time caring for two children. I had just lost over 100 lbs and could not afford a new wardrobe. Only a few pieces fit. Most of the clothes in my …

Opening Salvo–Palm Sunday

Essentialism. That's what this blog is about. Getting rid of the hubris.  Cutting excess stuff--things, attitudes, words. Moving that stuff out of the way to get to the nitty-gritty, the meaning of a thing. It requires discipline. In thought and in action. Who am I? You may know me from my now defunct blog Faith, …