Hammock Reads July 2017

A wide-cast net of recent reads on love, liberty, and shelter . . .

Hacksaw Ridge Deserves an Oscar for Redefining Heroism, Lawrence W. Reed, FEE . . . Happy Independence Day with a little recognition for an unconventional soldier of peace.

Mr. Money Mustache vs. Dave Ramsey, Brian Jones, BrianJones.com . . . Surprise reflections on how Jesus might “live like no one else.”

How to Live Frugally and Save Money: 100+ Genius Ways to Save, R.J. Weiss, The Ways to Wealth . . . Covering all your bases: utilities, food, financial services, taxes, entertainment, work, kids, and travel.

Church Fined $12,000 for Giving Shelter to Homeless, Brittany Hunter, Generation Opportunity . . . Why allow charities to be charitable when the government already does it so well?

Full Tour of my 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter Van Conversion, Kristin Bor, Bearfoot Theory . . . One day when Big Country and I settle the kids into their own homes, we’re hitting the road in a sweet van like this one!

Photo credit: Chris Thompson

Hammock Reads February 2017

A wide-cast net of recent reads to ponder on love, liberty, and shelter . . .

Minimal Privilege, Patrick Rhone, Becoming Minimalist . . . for some, minimalism is an enthusiastic choice against excess; for others, it’s simply living on the brink.

The Oregon Trail Generation: Life Before and After Mainstream Tech, Anna Garvey, Mashable . . . a unique slice of a generation, the last with a childhood untouched by social media.

Migration Crisis: Plight of People Stuck in Serbia’s “New Calais” Laid Bare, Nadia Khomeini, The Guardian . . . After 7 years of loyalty as a US Army interpreter, this Afghan man with a family, and many just like him, are in refugee limbo.

Man Celebrates 60th Birthday by Running 525 Miles Across the Spanish Pyrenees, Andrew Townsend, The Art of Non-Conformity . . . Born and bred in Masai country, he made an about-face later in life to embrace rugged cross-country running, camping, marathoning, and charity work.

12 Slow Cooker Breakfast Recipes That Make Breakfast Easier, Julie R. Thomson, Huffpost . . . from quiche to french toast to apple pie oatmeal, a simple, hearty take on the first meal of the day!

Hammock Reads September 2016

A wide-cast net of recent reads to ponder on love, liberty, and shelter . . .


How Getting Rid of My Stuff Saved My Motherhood, Allie Casazza, The Balanced Life . . . what happens when one woman has had enough of the toys and stuff and chucks everything that’s more work than value.


Continuing the Tiny House Conversation: A Response to Dave Ramsey’s Tiny House Thoughts, Kim Kasl, Bless This Tiny House . . . the benefits of living tiny are personal, practical, dynamic, and far-reaching, outweighing the traditional standards of real estate values.


Forget the Hospital, I Can Give Birth Wherever I Want, Lisa Ling, CNN Money . . . the freedom to choose one’s own health care, and improving maternal and infant outcomes through the proven wisdom of midwife-assisted home births.


Buying Solar Panels? Check Out These Free Tools, Sarah Kezer, Mother Earth News . . . investing in solar is more profitable than ever. Become empowered through becoming aware of incentives and tax credits, calculating your savings, comparing solar providers, and assessing your energy needs.

Hammock August 2016

A wide-cast net of recent reads to ponder on love, liberty, and shelter . . .


The Most Important Home Buying Advice You’ll Never Hear from a Realtor, Joshua Becker, Forbes . . . Asking yourself the right questions in pursuing shelter, not necessarily the ones the housing industry wants you to focus on.


A Physician’s Journey into Minimalism, Juan Cuebas, Minimalist Doctor . . . Awakening to the root causes of overwhelming physician burnout and declaring a 180 degree shift toward simplicity.


Frugality is Not Deferred Spending, Mrs. Frugalwoods, Frugalwoods . . . Meticulously scrimping while daydreaming about the next big purchase, or embracing an attitude of “spending only on what matters most to you and only in service of your longterm goals”?


8 Ways to Have More Time, Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity . . . Smart, simple ways to focus on the best and keep on sleeping eight hours a night.


Debt Free, Joshua Fields Millburn, The Minimalists . . . Sipping an Americano paid with cash and reflecting on the journey to simplicity and financial freedom.

Hammock June 2016

A wide-cast net of recent reads to ponder on love, liberty, and shelter . . .

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How a Fringe of Freedom-Lovers Can Change the World, Zachary Slayback, Fee.org . . . From homeschooling to Uber and Airbnb, “It is a source of inspiration to know that there will always be, no matter what, a group of people who go against the grain.”


8 Ted Talks that will Inspire You to Become a Minimalist, Sam Lustgarten, Frugaling.org . . . Contentment, community, the power of simple living, and doing what you love.  #1 and #6 are favorites.


Soldier of Luxury, Mr. Money Mustache, mrmoneymustache.com . . . We live in a time of amazing opportunities and experiences.  Let’s be optimistic, grateful, and innovative enough to get to ‘I can be happy with anything.’


Our Nation’s at a Tipping Point, Franklin Graham, decisionamericatour.com . . . Now is the time to get involved in your community, stand on biblical principles, and vote.


This 21-year-old Pro Baseball Player is a Millionaire who Lives out of a VW Van, Zoe Melnyk, thePlaidZebra.com . . . Content with the elemental joys of traveling light, engaging nature, working the body, and camp stove meals, Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris shows no signs of giving up his van life.