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20- Replicability

When crowds of people shout their solutions in the midst of a problem, we get a cacophony of discord. But when they offer solutions supported by replicated data, we can form consensus and make change together.

Scientifically speaking, replicability—the ability to repeat an experiment with statistically-similar results—is how we

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19- This Autonomous Life

Last month on my drive from Texas back to New York, I stopped at my father’s place for a few days. Sitting across from me one morning, he took a slow sip of his coffee, smiled and said, “You know Rae-Rae, you are really something else.”

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17- One Year In

Moving into my camper last October, I planned to spend the next year setting up routines, taming my land, building a home and writing every day.

One year in, I’ve gone through several routines, tamed about a tenth of my land, made a few improvements to

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15- Finding Your Place, Part Three

After letting go of my old life, I went to Dallas to plan and prepare my new one. 

The third stage of change, which Martha Beck called the Hero’s Saga, began in November of 2016, when I decided that one of the two wooded plots with a stream in Kingston would be the site for my home.

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14- Finding Your Place, Part Two

In Finding Your Own North Star, Martha Beck reveals how change forces us to let go of our identities one after another and to birth someone new. I couldn’t have found my place without this painful process of change.

I started my last job in July of 2012. I was only a week in when I stopped wearing makeup and suits. That was…

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07- Low-Income Expenditure. High-Income Patterns.

The three largest expenses for most Americans are housing, transportation and food.

In addition to detailing how average and median households spend in these three areas, the BLS’s Consumer Expenditure report (CE) groups US household into groups by income deciles (10 equal intervals, from lowest…

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