The Cheapskate Intellectual

A journey through matters of spirit, sustainability, and self-reliance

Tibetans: religious freedom. Americans: cheap food.

Not knowing one end of a football field from the other — except when it comes to Auburn vs. Alabama — I don’t watch the Super Bowl. But the news-clip crawl across the top of my email account this morning made me click to read this: Last night I began reading a book I’ve […]

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The winter stew that will change your life.

This post inaugurates another will-be Cheapskate Intellectual feature: writing about food and cooking as an inherently life-enriching (and money-saving) force.  Some of y’all have already seen a version of this, but take advantage while the weather’s still cold! ____ Even as I sat in reverent silence, savoring my first bite of this bit of Provencal […]

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A new (lunar) year, and a brand-new — and first-ever — blog.

Lately, my life quickens and “leans to beginnings,” in Theodore Roethke’s words, at the Lunar (or Chinese) New Year rather than on the traditional Western date of January 1.  It’s more a time of beginnings, omens, and positive nudges than Jan 1, which tends (for me anyway) to get swallowed by holiday events and emotions, […]

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