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Welcome to the “New” New Hard Times

I have gone public! My name is now on the “about nht” page, for all to see. In preparation for going public, I decided to “spin off” the diary-style posts, and the more overtly activist posts, to a new blog where I will remain anonymous. And because the new blog will remain anonymous, I can’t tell you where to find all those old and interesting posts!

It was a difficult decision, and it will be tricky to implement, because New Hard Times will lose its personal voice – my voice – and because it will be hard to draw the line between helpful tips, which I want to keep on New Hard Times, and personal diary, which I want to spin off. But I’ll do my best.

I hope you’ll stay with me during the transition and beyond.


If You’re Going through Hell, Keep Going

Winston Churchill supposedly said that. Works for me.

Welcome to New Hard Times

The struggles people went through in the 1930s Great Depression were nicknamed Hard Times. As we are painfully aware, the current de/recession could easily be called the same. So, I’ve named this blog New Hard Times.

There are lots of recession blogs out there, but most are focused on maintaining a yuppie lifestyle on a layoff budget.

New Hard Times focuses not on lifestyle but on nurturing a community spirit, because that’s the way people got through the last Hard Times, and it’s only way we’re going to get through the New Hard Times.

We can’t get through this by sniping at or scapegoating one another. We can’t get through this by isolating ourselves or others. We can’t get through this by hiding or covering up our financial state, and we can’t get through this by shunning or ostrasizing friends and colleagues who are “falling down.” Most importantly, we can’t get through this by ignoring or dismissing the poor—for you might be next.