Rituals & Celebrations

I have a complicated relationship with holidays, one that predates my abandonment of religious belief.  I have a hard time understanding rituals; I need to understand the logic underlying the holidays.  The link between Christmas trees, gifts, and the birth of Jesus always seemed too tenuous for credibility. In graduate school, when I was lost […]

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A Frugal Education

I am a rare specimen; I am a person that graduated from college without receiving financial assistance from my parents and without taking out student loans. When my classmates were taking out loans to afford on-campus housing and meal plans, I was living in the sketchier area of town, wearing thrift-store clothing, and getting creative […]

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