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    I think research has shown that if you are given...

    I think research has shown that if you are given more than 6 choices, you glaze over. There was a study I was just reading about where they watched people in a store examining different jams. If...
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    There is at least one main causeway from the...

    There is at least one main causeway from the Burlington area mainland to South Hero. It's actually an amazing drive across the lake--flanked by the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks.

    But there...
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    They're about a mile and half to two miles. But...

    They're about a mile and half to two miles. But there are no traffic lights.
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    I have a Vanguard REIT index fund that's really...

    I have a Vanguard REIT index fund that's really going pretty well these days.
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    I have an iPad mini without cellular data. When I...

    I have an iPad mini without cellular data. When I want to connect to the internet and wifi isn't around, I tether to my iPhone. I love the mini, btw. It's such a nice size.
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    Thanks, everyone. You all raised really good...

    Thanks, everyone. You all raised really good points, and I'll address a few:

    In terms of amenities:
    3 minutes to the library
    4 minute drive to a decent sized supermarket (small, really but they...
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    I have to add that I like shiny glasses....

    I have to add that I like shiny glasses. Sometimes DH washes glasses by hand, but they still look smudgy and hazy, and that drives me crazy. I like sparkly glasses!
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    Part II of the Vermont house hunting. Another...

    Part II of the Vermont house hunting.

    Another productive weekend. We drove up the eastern side of Lake Champlain and explored all the towns and all the neighborhoods/houses I had put on my list to...
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    Me too. I put regular dishes in the dishwasher...

    Me too. I put regular dishes in the dishwasher for efficiency, but I hand wash all pots and pans and anything that I think I might need before running the dishwasher, like spatulas, knives, etc. I...
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    When I was a supervisor I think my main "fault"...

    When I was a supervisor I think my main "fault" as a manager was thinking of my direct reports as friends, and I supported them too much, I treasured my good feelings about them, and about the...
  11. Ultralight, I read that article, and was...

    Ultralight, I read that article, and was intrigued about the book as well. The books I've seen written by ultra-minimalists (as opposed to organizers like Kondo), interestingly, all seem to be...
  12. Another Kondo thread: Is "Does it Spark Joy" the right Q?

    This article wound up on my FB feed and I think it's really provocative.

    "Does It Spark Joy Is the Wrong Decluttering Question"

    The thesis is, "does it spark joy" is the wrong question...
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    Yeah, we have a lot to learn from the Amish. As...

    Yeah, we have a lot to learn from the Amish. As you said, not perfect maybe, but models of simplicity, frugality and community.

    Unfortunately the insurance industry and government have created a...
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    Why the inflation? Because the for-profit...

    Why the inflation? Because the for-profit enterprises can and do charge whatever they want, and no one questions it because no one can figure out what the charges actually are, and the web of...
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    Williamsmith, it's certainly a difference in...

    Williamsmith, it's certainly a difference in philosophy. You have been talking about how compelled you are to share your resources with your son in Houston who fell on bad times during the storm. In...
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    Yes, I agree!! And I sure wish I had a MIL like...

    Yes, I agree!! And I sure wish I had a MIL like you when I had my kids!
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    Most commercial insurance plans are increasing...

    Most commercial insurance plans are increasing deductibles, co-pays and other cost-sharing measures, so not sure how Medicare would be that much different. This year I gleefully transitioned from a...
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    I'm reminded in these posts of an ABC 20/20 show...

    I'm reminded in these posts of an ABC 20/20 show called "In an Instant": the premise is your life can be perilously close to ending "in an instant."

    When I watched this show, I asked myself if...
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    Next time he invites someone over, how about...

    Next time he invites someone over, how about moving out temporarily? Let him experience the consequences.

    I remember when I was planning my DH's 60th birthday at our home (he knew about it), I...
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    +1 This isn't full socialist, unless you...

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    This isn't full socialist, unless you consider these countries that have national healthcare to be full socialist (in green):

    1938
    Source: The Atlantic

    Medicare for all would:
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    I'm sad to read this. He is being very unfair and...

    I'm sad to read this. He is being very unfair and uncompromising, not to mention ungrateful for your constant willingness to open your home to his family. Just because you need some "time off" from...
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    Hmm.. I picture a false bookcase behind which is...

    Hmm.. I picture a false bookcase behind which is your secret Island Communications Control Central.

    But seriously, since I'm considering moving to an island myself (Lake Champlain islands are on...
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    True. Depends on what you mean by deadbeat, but...

    True. Depends on what you mean by deadbeat, but there are a lot of charming deadbeats. That's how they get away with it. And there are a lot of people swept away by charm. And maybe more people than...
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    Me, too!! Maybe that's why my favorite rom-com is...

    Me, too!! Maybe that's why my favorite rom-com is When Harry Met Sally. Nothing more romantic than good friends realizing they have "something more."
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    LDAHL: Yes, there is a tension between wanting to...

    LDAHL: Yes, there is a tension between wanting to belong and wanting to be recognized for your own gifts and talents, whatever they may be. I agree with that!

    razz: Yes, I have to ask her and get...
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