What I'm Reading, Vol. Fourteen

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

I stopped putting together What I'm Reading posts awhile back and I've missed them. Time to bring them back! This week I read two very different, but equally interesting articles. Check them out below:
How to have a great life without spending a lot of money (& saving some too)

Love your home. If you own it or if you don't -- if you live alone or with others -- no matter how big, small, crammed, empty your space: love it. And spend your time there. Grow there. Cook there. Eat there. Entertain there. Watch movies there. Read there. Connect with others there -- online or not. Find inspiration and inspire others. Activate your brain there. Spend a lot of time there -- in your home. Outings, dinner, bars, while they may be fun, are not free. Your home is free. Spend your time enjoying simple activities in your home and enjoy each moment -- even the stuff that can feel like (or actually are) chores. Make it your happy place and spend your time there.

Tobacco Barn | Considering a Lineage

What's left today reveals vignettes of a livelihood that has all but faded into the timelessness of the region's dusty fields. In this time, these barns have become an iconic residual fragment layered within a changed landscape. To many travelers, the first sight of a tobacco barn, whether standing alone or clustered among a grove of pecan trees, announces their arrival in the American South. Today, that imaginary line starts somewhere just south of Richmond and keeps going until you get to south Georgia. As a child of the region, I never fully grasped the meaning of these barns. To me, they existed as ruins, shadows, or silhouettes, having served their final intended purpose over a half-century prior. Usually leaning to one side or the other in the tangle hold of wild vines like Kudzu or Yellow Jasmine, they sat casually on the landscape merging seamlessly with the ground, yet making a salient edge against the sky. They were the places we children played inside of, climbed around in, and leaned against to shade the summer sun. Through memories, their story lives.

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  1. I really loved that first article. It has a lot of things I needed to hear. And what you included about loving your home--I really need to work on that, as our living situation right now is very temporary and I have a hard time feeling settled here. Thanks for sharing.


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