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Living on Less

Thriving on Less - Simplifying in a Tough Economy

Times are tough, and unfortunately they will get tougher before they get any better. Everyone is starting to look at their expenses and evaluating where they can save. The kind folks at have produced a free ebook Thriving on Less - Simplifying in a Tough Economy. This handy resource details some helpful tips on how to not only survive, but to thrive during these times.

What follows is one of the largest suggestions found in the book.

Housing Cooperative Makes Even Lewiston Liveable

Kelly found this great video made by some of the members of a housing cooperative in Lewiston, Maine. I don't know much about Lewiston, but according to the video, it gets a bad rap. These members tell the world that Lewiston is not all bad, and that their cooperative is helping to create a worth while community.

Eastern Redbud: Cercis Canadensis L.

Redbud in bloom

Redbud is a small tree which is inundated with mauve blossoms in late April to early May before leaves develop. It competes with forsythia in providing a spectacular spring show.

Although redbud is part of the Carolinian forest, south-western Ontario is the absolute northern limit of its range. Contrary to its Latin name, most American publications list it as native only to eastern United States from northern Florida to Vermont and west to the prairies. However a late eighteenth century letter describes a redbud tree at the tip of Point Pelee which at the time was being eroded by waves and subsequently lost to further inquiry. But it is this reference which Ontario botanists cite to prove that redbud is a native to southern Ontario. Redbuds which grow wild in southern Ontario are assumed to come from Michigan seed stock.