Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My problem with a couple of articles and links I posted

I have problems with two of the articles/links I recently published.
One had atrocious spelling and grammar and a visible lack of editing. That article also had some reader comments that were overtly hostile, rude and racist. I know in America we are allowed our opinions, no matter how absurd or nasty, but a good site editor should prune the more offensive comments and that includes racist and hateful posts which add nothing but anger to the discussion.
The other article was essentially a good article but a portion of the article was nothing more than an advertising pitch for the site's products. I know the site is going to advertise their wares, but they should avoid using half of an otherwise timely and informative article for product pitches.
I apologize to any of my readers who were offended by these articles.
The mentioned articles contained much timely and valid information but had the above problems and I regret that my readers had to deal with those problems.

Yet another article about BLACK FRIDAY deceptions...

Worst Holiday Shopping Gotchas

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Day of Thanks and Giving...

This coming Thursday, November 26, 2009 is THANKSGIVING, the day we sit down and gorge ourselves on too much food and watch football on TV.
WAIT! It's supposed to be the day that we sit down to give thanks for and share our bounty with others, no National Pig-out and Veg-Out Day that is has become!
More alarming still, it is becoming the day to rest-up for the next day which is retailers BLACK FRIDAY.
Followers of this humble blog know that I am all up for a good bargain and some frugal fun. However, I am totally against shopping on Thanksgiving and the craziness of Black Friday. 
Last Black Friday a person was trampled to death in a mad Black Friday crush at a Walmart in New York. Think it couldn't happen here in old Virginia? Think again. 
When Henrico County had sale of used Mac laptops for $50.00 each, old ladies, kids and a pregnant woman were knocked down by crazed, greedy bargain seekers. Luckily no one was seriously injured that time, but it could happen when lunatics bent on grabbing up cheap electronics stampede like elephants over anyone and anything in the way of their golden prize.

I know the economy is tight right now and we want bargains more than ever, but think about the madness of camping out overnight in cold weather for 'door busters' in the wee early hours, grumpy sleep-deprived, underpaid retail clerks, employees and manic, pushy people that are the typical Black Friday. I think that craziness says a lot about the ills of our society and economy.

Me, I'm looking around for bargains, but I'm NOT going out on Black Friday. I'm waiting for Cyber Monday where the only crowds will be hogged bandwidth !
And on Thanksgiving, I am going to feast with friends and give thanks for my blessings.
This year instead of the mad-dash for the bargain aisle, why don't we spend our time, money and energy with friends and family and on helping the less fortunate among us?


The Farmer's Market at St. Stephen's Church has changed days from Saturday morning to Wednesday afternoon. 
I am glad the market is still open but Wednesday afternoon is an inconvenient time for most of us working folks.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Recycling Shoes

The above photo by M.E.Lohmeyer is of the Old Shoe House in Hellams, PA
All rights reserved. Enjoy but do not copy, alter or claim this photo as your own.

Here are some places that you can recycle old shoes, especially old athletic shoes:

Thanks to IDEAL BITE, a daily green email newsletter, for these links.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Time to think about the upcoming holidays

How will your holiday (Christmas, Hanukkah or other seasonal or religious celebration)be this year?
Will it be just one more shop-a-holic fest to impress the neighbors and prop up flagging retail sales or will you be doing thoughtful, frugal giving in line with your means? It is not your sacred or moral duty to support retailers by over-spending.
Will you buy things you really can't afford and others probably don't need just to impress or placate people?
Will you dread January and all the credit card bills rolling in?
Well, folks, the time to think about this is NOW!
I have never gone way overboard splurging at Christmas. I don't have the money and I don't have that many people to shop for. I set a limit. I ask people what they might want or need and try to get them their requests within my budget.
Throughout the year, if I see something on sale or at a yard sale or thrift shop that I am sure would delight someone at Christmas, I snap it up! (With the used items, I buy only collectible or like new items. I'm frugal, but I don't want to give people scraps.)
I save gift bags and such to re-use.
In your holiday giving, don't forget charity and people near you in need. THAT is the true spirit of Christmas.

Although I don't agree with some of the political and religious views of the writer of the following essay, I think she makes a very valid point about the commercialization of Christmas and the outsourcing of our jobs that sustains the retail industry:Whose birthday is it anyway?

For resources for a simpler, more frugal holiday:

Sunday, August 30, 2009


If you are woman resident of Virginia between the ages of 50 and 64 and are uninsured or underinsured and meet certain income qualifications, you may qualify to receive a free MAMMOGRAM & PAP SMEAR TEST. Got to or call 1/866-395-4968.

Stock photo from:


If your K-12 kids need shoes for back to school and you can not afford them; help is here:
On Monday, September 7th (Labor Day) from 8A.M.-12 NOON
the Third Street Bethel A.M.E. Church at 614 North 3rd Street
is giving away shoes to K-12 children accompanied by a parent.

Stock shoe photo from:

Sunday, August 23, 2009


I am selling some books for good prices. I am pricing them according to condition and rarity and will give a discount to those purchasing three (3) or more books and an even bigger discount if you purchase the whole lot.
Right now I just have some astrology and new-age books for sale, but I will be adding others soon.
I will have some cookbooks and self-help books, among others.
I have an ad on Craigslist in the book sales area (used astrology books - Henrico Co., VA) but I will gladly email a list upon request.


Click to donate to animals and others. The Animal Rescue site also has partners that you can access to click to donate free food to hungry people, for child health issues, breast cancer, the rain forests and for literacy.
These clicks are free to you & take only seconds of your time.
Spread the word: the more people that click everyday, the more donations.

The sites also have shops that give most of the proceeds of sales to their respective causes.