Measuring Your Quality of Life by Your Paycheck, part 2

A couple of months after “Unknown’s” letter first appeared, a response was written by a woman from Ohio, who signed her letter “Well-known.” She disagreed with the perspective of “Unknown”, the beet farmer’s wife, writing, “I think Unknown and her men do not realize how far a clean, comfortable, pleasant home goes toward getting that…

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Measuring your Quality of Life by your Paycheck

I can’t say I’ve ever heard a woman say she chose housewifery as a career for the usual reasons one goes into a particular line of work–the earning potential, the incredible opportunities for advancement, or even the prestige and glamour of it all. In these oh, so enlightened times, when we’re all told to listen…

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I Cannot Be a Successful Homemaker and a Minimalist, too

It is not easy to determine, in detail, just which things are really necessary to refined and beautiful living, and which are the evidence of…ostentatious waste. -1907 The lifestyle of all the cool people for the last several years–minimalism. Like most extremes, it was the reaction to the unprecedented materialism of the last few decades. …

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How to Bring Summer to the Soul

from 1933–It is common things that quench thirst, not rare things; ordinaries, not luxuries; not palatial houses, but a home; not royal wine, but cold water; good health, kind friends, encouraging words, loving deeds, duty done, heartaches healed, a grasp, a clasp, a kiss, a smile, a song, a welcome–these are the beams that bring…

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