I participate in capitalism, as a business owner, though I wish we had a different model to operate within that was less deleterious. I drive a car and use electricity generated by burning coal, but I wish I didn't, and I strive to be as sparing in these uses as I can. I remain hopeful that our species will adapt to the growing understanding that burning fossil fuels is bringing our world to the brink of mass extinction through warming and ocean acidification and deoxygenation (to say nothing of the rapacity and indifference with which we are ravaging our ecosystem, wrought by the unfortunate idea of our dominion over the world which has led us to not respect the right of all the other animals and plants to live, equal to our own). I hope that this transition away from fossil fuels will happen in time to avert such calamity, even though it doesn't seem to be; as a parent, I have little choice. I often despair over these things.
I eat well. I am very fortunate to have access to grass-fed dairy, meat that's humanely raised, and organic produce. I have modest income, but to be able to afford quality food makes me feel rich.
His 11-yr-old sister, whose dad isn't in her life, is less responsive to me, often viewing me more as an interloper than a parent, but I am doing my best to help guide her growth.
I have a wood floor business, have had since '97. I ply it by myself, and have gotten very good at the work, especially sanding and finishing, which, surprisingly, has made it quite satisfying. I won a drawing for a trip to Germany last summer to participate in a 3-day seminar by the company who manufactures my sanding equipment, and the things I learned there have improved my work to an astounding degree. What fun!
Homemaking. Teaching, it turns out.
Pretty good in the kitchen.
I eat most everything, but am picky about where it comes from, am pretty spoiled on Warren Wilson meat, grass-fed dairy, organic produce