Category Archives: materialism

Accidental Burdens

Cindy at Ordo Amoris (formerly the Dominion Family blog) writes, as always, a thoughtful and thought-provoking post on the ways that Middle Class Christians inadvertently burden fellow believers who do not have middle class incomes.  There was further good discussion in the comments.  I’m not going to repost it all, just a few excerpts.  You […]

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What To Do About the Holiday (or anytime) Gimmee-Gimmee Bug

Things to remove: 1. Turn off the television– at the very least, eliminate commercials. Either require that the sound go down and something else be done during commercials, or record their favorite shows and watch them commercial-free.  You cannot ask for the latest, greatest, coolest, new toy if you don’t even know there is one. […]

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Training Grounds for Conspicious Consumption

In 1962 Paul Goodman published his book Compulsory Mis-Education. He wrote of the isolation of youth within the high schools (compulsory attendance in high school was still relatively new), where they were compelled to stay, day after day, excluded from interesting adult life and pressured to perform and conform primarily to keep them out of […]

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Putting A Little Peace in Your Christmas

One of the most fascinating concepts in the Tightwad Gazette books is that of the purpose of space. The author of the books is a former graphic design artist, and in one of her articles she talks about the necessity of blank, empty, open space between works of art so that the eye can rest […]

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Just a Cup of Water….

This is the Headmaster’s favorite organized charity, particularly the Rural Water Development Project arm of the charity. Nearly one out of six human beings lack access to an improved water supply. While I type this my washing machine is running, my dishwasher is running, I have a glass of clean, cool water dispensed from my […]

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