• The Value of the Golden Rule

    Brian writes in: You write in all the time about the “value of building community.” I think that’s pointless. If you want to succeed, you should just look at each situation, ask yourself how you can get the most out of it, and move on from there. Here’s the problem with that scenario: every time …

  • Dave Ramsey and the Power of Community

    When I was in college, I did a great deal of religious exploration. I attended services for tons of different religions, trying to understand all of the varieties of religious experience out there and to simply see what worked for me. While I never really came up with any conclusions about my own faith, one …

  • Social Supply-Side Economics

    Almost immediately after my article yesterday about the costs of preparing for additional children, Eileen wrote to me with a very worthwhile comment: In that article you barely mentioned the value of family and friends who will give you lots of hand-me-downs and other items. Since you talk about the social value of things, I …

  • Putting Out the Word

    About a year ago, my mother decided to re-do the guest bedroom in her home. Before starting out on the project, she outlined her project to several of her friends, not asking for a single thing beyond advice. The end result? One friend gave her a crib. Another friend gave her a children’s bed. Another …

  • The One Hour Project: Get Involved In Community Volunteering

    This post is part of The One Hour Project, in which you can spend just one hour to put your finances in a better place without a big lifestyle change, through frugality or other financial choices. One of the things I enjoy doing is getting involved with my local community, though with two children in …

  • Eight Free Things That My Family Uses In The Community

    Whenever I hear people in my community complain that there’s nothing to do or that everything is so expensive, I wonder whether they even realize how much amazing stuff there is to see and do in this town without spending a dime. Here are eight wonderful free things in our community that we use for …

  • Remembering The Flood of 1993 And What It Taught Me

    I grew up on the muddy banks of the Mississippi River; it was literally within eyeshot of my parents’ land. My father was a small-scale commercial fisherman, so I spent a lot of time on the river in my youth – and I really understood its amazing grace and power. We lived on a hill …

  • Here’s My Experience With A Side Business. What’s Yours?

    Recently, a reader wrote to me asking the following: I would love to know how many of your readers supplement their incomes with side work, especially things like computer support, tutoring or even substitute teaching: intermittent work, where the “product” is their time, and where they have to go out and find customers. Of course, …

  • Nine Financial Reasons For Getting Involved In Your Local Community

    Over the last few years (especially since reading The Conscience of a Conservative), I’ve slowly been getting more and more involved in local community events, including local politics. For many people, this seems incredibly boring: I go to city council meetings, school board meetings, and all sorts of other community events. To me, though, it …

  • Seven Ways To Help Your Blogging Friends

    Blogging, particularly among a group of bloggers on a specific topic, is a community. We all have the same interests and passions and we find great insight in each other’s thoughts. Naturally, we want other bloggers in this community to succeed, but what can we do to help our brother and sister bloggers? Here are …