Obviously it would be disingenuous to pretend I wasn't expecting something along these lines to happen. Just wanted to get that out of the way. But I really didn't prepare what I would write, so here goes.
Most of you know me pretty well by now. I am what I appear to be, a mum (currently somewhat redundant due to pause while hoping for grand-children) who is rather over-educated and got oddly laid up by a strange and enduring health problem, which is actually relevant as it explains to some extent my initial life on this blog, when it was but a thing of quiet beauty with nice books in the back-ground, which I found soothing, if from a template.
Much else was going on in the back-ground of my life, and married as I am to a wonderful genius (I am sure he will read this), we read and talk a lot, and our understandings of many things have matured, as have we. He lead me to an interest in silver, and as I was quite bed-ridden for a while, the internet was a life-line. But I actually found it difficult to read, as I always have, and medication made it worse, so I took to listening to stuff. I have been a life long listener and with the internet there is a broad range (understatement) to sift through. A path through a site called Ricochet.com, which while un-apologetically on the Right in a way I do not think is helpful, has some fantastic interviews and podcasts (and Rob Long), led me to Russ Roberts of www.econtalk.org. What a gift. He has taught me an incredible amount about economics, seen through an Austrian lens, but one of crystal clarity. I cannot recommend highly enough that you go through his archives. Mind-boggling, not to mention slimming - his interviews with Gary Taubes, author of the book with the worst gift-giving title ever, Why We Get Fat, are important to one's health. I found his guest Mike Munger to be fabulous (I actually made a playlist of his interviews - nerd-alert). The two of them manage to have great fun discussing the most basic things and things that appear complex, stripping them down to the seemingly obvious or absurd. And now I have the opportunity to help you find the best of them.
So an interesting coincidence of information and interests hit me all at the same time: getting our financial house in order (something we just seem to have to keep doing - messy like our house, or diversified as I like to call it); precious metals as perhaps an increasing part of that financial house as our needs changed over time; spending too much time on the internet because of my health; Austrian economics and economics in general. Other peculiar and mundane researches too - an eclectic brain trapped for a while. And somehow it has all lead to this.
I hope to post about books, food, gardening, birds, kids, home-schooling, public education, philosophy, camping, bacon. The everyday things that make up so much of our existence. An OT paradise, but like any supervisor of an oasis, I would ask that you take off your shoes before you come in, and while politics is a fact of life, let's keep with theory when we stray that way (warning - I am a very, very, squishy kind of libertarian) and a sense of humour is requisite. I am a silver-lining person, and very well-disguised blessings are everyday fare chez Xty.
I forgot to mention dogs. Dogs are also a mandatory premise of mine. Just that. Dog=fact.
And one more, because I am possibly not quite as frivolous as I appear, I firmly and passionately believe that sound money is a precursor to sound government, and that we need to recognize what this mountain of debt has wrought, and bring people to understand that it could have been different and that it will be different, and that we can and must look to the future and try our best to make it bright. But never forget to enjoy today.