Make Them Fear You, Cut the Cord

Monthly bills for cable television, home phone, and cellular service can easily add up to nearly $200 these days. You’re also paying for Internet on top of it, right? Yikes! If you’re sick of paying so much for so little – and brave enough to take the leap – you can choose fantastic entertainment and communication options at a fraction of the cost.

In early 2009 I dropped the land line, fired my old cell provider, and canceled cable TV. I’ve saved thousands of dollars already, and feel stupid that I waited so long. My entertainment choices are vast and growing, and I actually like my phone service better than before. Here’s an in-depth guide to my cord-cutting journey. I hope you’ll find that making the cut works for you, too.

Photo by Scott Swigart

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Welcome to the new site

Welcome to the new version of!

After a significant hiatus and lots of behind-the-scenes setup, I’m really glad to be back in the saddle. The focus of this site is somewhat different than the last — instead of short, almost-daily posts, look for longer, less frequent submissions that (with luck) will have a bit more substance.

For a full explanation of why I changed things up and what you’re likely to find in this new version of my online home, please see my Site Philosophy statement … otherwise, I won’t bore you with the details. Also, if you’re looking for something from my old tumblr, I’m leaving it up for the time being.

As much as I enjoyed taking a break, it’s clearly time to start tending to my online garden. I’ve missed it too much, and hope you come to enjoy my new vision for the site!

Photo by Margaret Almon, Nutmeg Designs