I miss the ritual of fine dining. The path through the restaurant, following the maître d, the way the tables are set, the chatter of the guests. Ordering wine while perusing choices. The feel of the menu. The easy banter with the wait staff.

The rhythm of the meal, appetizers…


Lately, as I watch the global news, I have been considering abuse as a collective phenomenon. The understanding of abuse in individuals and families has been advanced a great deal by modern psychology. We understand battered women and elder abuse. …


How do we live the frugal life? It can’t be done without self-knowledge, attention to detail, and yes, time and effort. It is easy to get things done when we just throw money at the problem. But that is not necessarily a good idea in the long run. Unless you…


Fresh herbs add great flavor to home cooking, but buying them at the market is prohibitive. The herbs come in bunches much larger than usually called for, and only stay good for a few days. But if you have a sunny windowsill you can grow your own herbs for the…


Summer is here at last, and with it an explosion of luscious fruits and vegetables! Here in the USA we have a true bounty of summer produce that makes eating frugally simple and fun. The beauty of this bounty is matched only by its flavor. …


Often when I tell people about my writing on frugality I get a strange response. “oh — I don’t like that word-frugality” they say. “I don’t want to be cheap” Or sometimes “I don’t want to live in a poverty consciousness.” It is easy to see where these ideas come…


The question “how much is enough?” is at the very heart of a frugal life richly lived. It is the backbone of frugal abundance. We live in a culture that resists the concept of enough. For the inhabitants of the “developed world”, the answer we must give is that no…


Several years ago I clicked on a link about wasting money. On the list were several items that seemed very subjective, such as owning of houseplants, having pets, or reading magazines. These things are extremely subjective. The one thing all of these subjective items had in common was that each…


The other day I read an article about frugality where a young woman told a story in which her tires were bald and unsafe, but she didn’t want to spend the $400 to get them replaced. …


This is the second in a series of posts about cooking better food at home. Being able to produce your own meals is a cornerstone of the frugal life. If you know you really hate to cook learning a few tricks might at least improve your fare when you can’t…

Annabel Ascher

I am a writer and photographer living in the high desert west of Taos NM. Beauty and biophilia are what inspire me.

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