Non-Consumer Mish-Mash — Dreams and Moonshine

by Katy on November 13, 2013 · 4 comments

It’s time again for Non-Consumer Mish-Mash, where I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

Livin’ The Dream, Dude

I have an interview up at the Center For a New American Dream, which is a longstanding voluntary simplicity organization. It’s titled “Living The Dream,” which is kind of funny, as I think of that phrase as the answer to a frat boy’s question of “how’s it goin”?”

Here’s a sneak peek:

“For me, ‘the good life’ means putting my energy toward what really matters in life. I really don’t give a rat’s hiney what ‘The Joneses’ are up to, and I take great pleasure in crafting a life for my family that is at once meaningful and personal. I often feel like I’m reinventing the wheel, but that’s okay because I never wanted another person’s idea of the wheel in the first place.”

Click HERE to read the full interview.

Sisters, Synagogues & Songs

For those who are looking to support my sisters, ( and really, why wouldn’t you be?) I have two opportunities.

My sister Jessica, lives in the Washington Heights neighborhood in NYC, and her synagogue is having an amazing rummage sale November 17th and 18th. (Sunday and Monday.) I know there are a number of estates that donated to the sale, so there will be fantastic vintage and household items. My sister went through our late great aunt and uncle’s schwanky Riverside Drive apartment for this sale, and they were in the foreign service and lived all over the world!

Here’s a link to the current Craigslist ad, and here are the details:


551 Fort Washington Ave. @185th Street (right across the street from the A train!)

Sunday, November 17th 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Monday, November 18th 10:00 am-3:00 pm

I can’t go, but maybe you can!


My sister Sara plays banjo in an amazing band called The Moonshine. My sister describes it as “An old time, folk band and rock and roll string band.” They play all over the Pacific Northwest, but they pretty much play each and every Monday night at 8:00 at The Elixir Lab at N.E. 28th and Alberta Street in Portland, Oregon. Unlike their other gigs, this one is FREE! (You should order a drink, but consumables are always a Compact exception! 😉 )

They play for hours, and you’ll want to get there at the beginning, as they have an amazing and harmonized sound check.

And who knows, maybe you’ll catch me in the audience!

I know the sizing of this video is totally off, but the normal way that I size videos is not working and I need to get my day going! Also, I am getting feedback that comments are taking a few times to go through. I am having the same experience from my end. I’m not sure what the problem is, but I’ll try address it in the next few days. Until then, please continue to comment, especially on the Homemade Living books giveaway!

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly November 14, 2013 at 4:38 am

Incredibly bizarre that you are suggesting an event a block from my apartment in Washington Heights! Thanks!


Katy November 14, 2013 at 7:05 am

It is a small, small world!



Joanna November 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

This is a question that I’ve been meaning to ask for a while: Have you ever had a L&D patient recognize you from the blog? If I lived in Oregon and I was in labor and you were my nurse, I would have a fan girl moment right then and there. 🙂


Katy November 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Nope, never. Although I’ve had it happen in reverse where blog readers have realized that I was their labor nurse.



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