Blessing in the Chaos

It’s National Poetry month. If this is the only section of Half the Clothes you visit, you probably think I dropped off the face of the earth.

Au contraire.

I’ve just been spending huge swaths of my time working on the Ticket 2 Blog Podcast.  And doing my work exchange hours.  And guesting on podcasts like this one.  And writing articles like:

I’ve been getting a poem in my inbox every day.  I’m not much for poetry.  But this one struck a chord.  I tried to find it in photo form somewhere on the internet, but it doesn’t yet exist.  So I made it:

Poem Blessing in the Chaos by Jan Richardson on a background of starry skies above a mountain range

Jan Richardson is a real, living person.  And she did lots more than just write Blessing in the Chaos.  If you like her work, you’d probably like some of the many other things she’s done.

2017: Some Things I Never Told You

I’ve spent more of these December days thinking about 2018 and looking forward than thinking about and looking back on 2017.  However, a reflection seems appropriate before excitedly charging into a fresh batch of days.

Unexpected Lesson from a Border Canyon

My former college roommate is about the most motivated, driven, action-taking person I know.  He sets a goal, puts his mind to it, and gets it done with an indestructible good attitude.

The Unexpected Thing That Happened in Honduras

At the end of September, I walked to the grocery store in the Honduran capital’s outskirts.  The next day I sat for a few hours in a port-city.  That week I put a few miles on my shoes on one of the country’s Bay Islands. However, most of what I know about Honduras I learned from a guidebook.


Because five days into a minimum five-week visit to Honduras, the unexpected happened.

Did You Know…

September through November is hurricane season in Caribbean.

Even before my trip, tropical storms had been brutalizing the eastern seaboard and Caribbean islands.  Due to past experience, I know the havoc storms can wreak on a trip.  I dug deep into the policies Insure My Trip (an insurance search engine I always use for trips 3 months or less) proffered.  I read fine print, being sure I found every mention of the word “hurricane” or “storm.”

When is it too late to buy travel insurance? After a storm has already been named, for one!

Hurricanes. Awesome from space, not so great on the ground or sea. When a hurricane looks like this… it’s almost always too late to buy travel insurance.  photo: pixabay

What it’s Like to Do the $15 Challenge

It’s been almost two months since I decided to finally get a handle on my out-of-control spending.

Honestly, I was really surprised to find myself spending to zero each month.  As a life-long saver, I’m not talking full-zero.  I have retirement savings.  I have investments.  But the account I use for things like buying groceries, gas, phone service, restaurant meals, clothes, health-related items, supplies, gifts, insurance…. zero.  Even in the red at the end of the month.  While I could always pay my credit card bill (I use credit cards to get free flights) by the due date, I realized there were moments in my life that money in the bank was less than money owed.  That’s bad.  Super bad.