Posts tagged “Life at Home

It’s All Interim

Posted on November 12, 2017


I switched jobs this month, and alongside a few gracious comments as I transitioned, I experienced a sort of bewilderment that such a dramatic change could occur. It was almost as if leaving a decent role was unfathomable. The I could never leave mindset dominates. But you will leave as well, either by choice or by circumstance. Eventually for an advancement, through a termination, to a retirement, or on a stretcher, you’ll be out the door, and others, in some way, will pick up what you’ve left behind. We should all be mindful of temporality and inevitability in a role, with what we own, and in life. It’s all interim. “You can die tomorrow…who is going to take care of all this crap!” –Margareta Magnusson *

The Lightning Field, Part 2

Posted on May 28, 2017


Click here for Part 1. “Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary.” -Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire We make the cabin our true home for the night, supplementing dinner with what we’ve brought to share – salad, sauce, drinks, conversation, perspectives, music, connections, and paths. In darkness we find ourselves lying in the field watching the light parade of stars, jetliners, and cigarettes before we scatter for bed. Sunrise brings another golden hour, a quick breakfast, and multiple last looks at the field before our ride arrives on schedule but all-too-early at 11am. Returning to our cars in Quemado, we exchange contact information and best wishes for…

The Financial Swim

Posted on September 4, 2015


As summer comes to an end, I was asked to provide advice to departing interns. Alongside the professional development discussions, I always recommend mastering personal finances. While it may take time to gain experiences and chart an individual financial path, here are my basic ‘SWIM’ recommendations to get started. Save Aggressively Save at least half of your income. You probably can’t do this with a high debt load, so get out of debt. Why save fifty percent plus? Traditional lower savings guidelines assume you’ll have consistent salaried income over your career, and you may not. You’ll also want to avoid dependence on individual work income or social support in the long run. If financial independence is a priority, push your savings rate to 80-90%.…

A View of Consumer Living

Posted on January 19, 2014


  While few people live in constant show home environments, Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century reveals middle-class households closer to chaos. The thirty-two featured southern California households reinforce contemporary consumer trends in the United States that continue to shape living around the world: mountains of possessions, poor eating habits, vanishing leisure time, underutilized space, more screen time and a propensity to personalize. However much we read into consumer trends, we can read just as much into the way we analyze trends. Using systematic observations and other corporate anthropology techniques can often produce a more nuanced and interesting view of reality. Archaeologists usually don’t send out surveys. * Update: More evidence of spreading consumerism, this time in China.