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When he gets around to it.

Image by Author. He was going to entitle it, “Some Assembly Required”, but changed his mind.

I’ve been slightly annoyed with myself that I didn’t cook much this summer. Especially since we upgraded our kitchen in the Spring. But with the cooler temps over the last couple of weeks, I’ve started cooking again. ‘

I don’t know why I was so hard on myself over why…

And that’s not always a bad thing.

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Five years ago, there was little chance that I would have had cell phone reception on most of the backpacking trails I hiked. This was true even though many of them were no more than a hour or so out of mid-sized cities.

But I am writing this piece (well…

Digital photography has made it easier than ever to remember the good times

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Technology is something else, as my grandmother would say.

So many pictures.

I’ll take more pictures of my teenage son this year than have ever been taken of me.

Outside of school photos with “PROOF” stamped on…

Sometimes the most mundane things can seem like a breakthrough

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Last week, we had our home painted, during which, I spent a significant amount of time apologizing to the painters.

We’ve lived in our new home for three years and we’re finally settled in. It has really needed paint since we first bought the place, but circumstances conspired to make…

This was beautifully written. But between your fears of climate change and your concerns about the cost of buying somewhere that you actually want to live, you seem to be making a really good case for your continuing to rent.

I understand why you're moving, but why are you trying to buy?

Let the landlord shoulder the risk of climate change. Of ever rising real estate taxes. Of repairs.

Stay flexible. You're not planning to sell so you're not buying for investment. And that $100,000 in purchase costs is 4 years of rent at $2,000 per month.

There are a lot of towns where you can rent a 2-bedroom house, with garage, for that.

Especially since you are fine living away from people.

What's the appeal of owning at this late date?

Chris L. Robinson

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