Landscape of the Heart



It is still so new & all we see is the empty space, but that is not how it is in the landscape of the heart. There, there is no empty space & he still laughs & grapples with ideas & plans & nods wisely with each of us in turn. We are proud to have known him. We are proud to have called him friend.

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Today’s choice was inspired by this moving post at A Bee of A Certain Age.

Savings and packaging


Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* Twenty money-saving tips from bankers and their wives  (for which I tip a hat to A Bee of a Certain Age) and the comments which it provoked.

Among those comments were:


Great tips!

Kudos on finding that delicate balance between classism and sexism.

Mr. Moneybags | 4 days ago


Cancel your private health insurance and get paid to enrol the entire family in scientific experiments.

wysiwig | 4 days ago


You know, this is good, but I think you’re missing a few things that might really help the average wealthy investment banker take the sting out of tightening his belt. For example: . . .

– If you are not particularly fond of one or more of your younger children, there is a great way to kill two birds with one stone by cutting costs at home on food AND the mouths you need to feed. I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee or a ragout. Not to mention the guilt you will spare yourself by not having to put the little tyke into a private school. It may sound radical, but it’s just a modest proposal.

Good luck!

supernovashock | 4 days ago

  2. I really like the assumption that all these bankers are men. What if there is a straight woman banker? Should she get her wife to iron her shirts? Should she just quit in an effort to apease the patriarchy so this article can hold true? I can’t believe this article was written by a woman. Shame on you, Sarah Butcher. It’s women like you who make it so much harder for the rest of us to to break out of the shitty mould society says we must fit.

    Moocow | 4 days ago
  3. Straight women bankers are a dying breed.

    Edwarde Sanspoisson | 4 days ago
  4. Maybe they’re dying in ironing accidents…

    Jef With One F | 4 days ago

One way that I save myself money on a regular basis is by parking my private jet and just taking the bus to Vegas. A jet is not really necessary unless travelling over oceans. This method has saved me bucket loads of cash. I recommend you all to do the same, but if those smelly commoners are just too dirty for you to rub elbows with, you might also consider booking a personal car on the train.

Ashley | 2 days ago

We also looked at:

* Cool and unusual packaging.


Reading, writing and mowing


Websites visited for my discussion with Jim Mora on Ciritcal Mass today were:

50 books every child should read

Children will read if they see Mum & Dad doing it

The case for cursive writing

and intellectual lawn art at a Bee of a Certain Age (this is from Deborah who used to blog at In A Strangeland when she lived in Austrlaia but started  aBoCA when she moved back to New Zealand.)

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