“This not be chary of…” The reasons for living require no restraint!

“Thrift” by Tamara Magnitsky

Welcome to THRIFT week.

Thrift – The delight and joy of frugal wisdom, the ability to thrive with less.

There can be such joy in thrift. Knowing that you can use less and still flourish. Thrift can be humorous too! When Tamara saw the sign pictured above indicating the vacant lot it made her chuckle. The thriftiest word choice is most certainly LOT.

But is thrift always the best choice?


This not be chary of…..
by January Handl

No No
Not your LOVE!
Be chary of giving
Or judgments
Be stingy with
Your criticisms
And your wounded reflections
But no no no
Not our Love!
Be spare in
Offering absolutes
And lessons
Be thoughtful
In your guidance
And your expressions
Of dismay or disillusionments
But no no no no
Not The Love!
Consider carefully
Your tirades of tedium
Your wailings of weariness
Let silence suffice
Instead of anger or isolations,
Or fears and worries
Weaving connections
of tenuous strands
That unravel at the next
occurring crisis
Or opportunity
But no no
No no no!
Never be thrifty with
that is the essence
Of what carries us through
The darkest times
To the light of
Waiting for the slightest
The smallest of
The tiniest crack in the wall
Of our protective shields of numbness
Grandiose and grateful
absurdly abundant;
Outrageously outspoken
blatantly blasé
And infinitely idealistic
When it comes
For our
The endless
The infinite
The source ;


No, thrift has no place in love. A vacant lot can weather the limitations inherent in its frugal designation but in our intimate emotional affairs frugality has no place. In fact, thrift properly applied serves only to magnify what is most important.

This week we will celebrate how to stretch a dollar, get by with less stuff, and avoid wasting our precious resources but we will not be stingy with joy or gratitude or love. The reasons for living require no restraint!


Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!

Tamara Magnitsky

Tamara Magnitsky, a child of the wild blue yonder,
has been an ardent student and advocate for poetry, photography and excellence in general.
She is the mother of a 6 year old daughter and a beloved wife.
She can be found most days.

Bio written by Cary Brosius ~Tamara’s husband  🙂


January Handl

January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years. She is currently the Director/head teacher at Gazebo Park School, and lives at Esalen Institute in Big Sur. She lives simply in awe of existence.

She calls her photo “hot tub bliss”  🙂

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