Author Archives: The Joyful Hermit

About The Joyful Hermit

I am a hermit, successful in living frugally yet with creativity and JOY! I provide can-do ideas for all aspects of daily life. I live the up side of being down in any situation. Learn to live each day simply and joyfully. Benefit from practical tips and creative ideas with The Joyful Hermit.

Fortitude Fudge: The Joyful Hermit Way

Growing up in a small town has its advantages.  One is the childhood memories of a candy shop on the main street.  Back then, we children could gather our pennies and nickels, walk with fearless abandon to this shop, and … Continue reading

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Eating Humble Pie

The idiom popped into my mind a few days ago and departs not:  Now eat your humble pie.  It is something my dad would say, surely.  After hearing it in my mind over and over, it was time to research.  … Continue reading

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Joyful Hermit Herbal Mix

Joyful Hermit Herbals are now available, just in time to add hints of mysterious, marvelous flavors to winter soups, beans, egg dishes, pastas, potatoes–any culinary creation that begs for palate intrigue. The 10 commendable herbs are grown right here in … Continue reading

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Happy Eternal Birthday!

A letter arrived in which someone urged:  Don’t go away!  It has been a day of pondering not being noticed, as well as of celebrating the tenth birthday of my dad who died Nov. 20, 2001–but was born into eternity … Continue reading

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Doing Great Things for God

As a child, in one of those moments remembered in each detail, and deeply sensing God, I promised with my life to do great things for God.  When a bit older, someone taunted me about my promise:  “You’re just a … Continue reading

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November’s Brandied Cranberries

November brings fresh cranberries to market, out of the northeastern cranberry bogs and into our mind-taste for something tart and traditional. I could not resist three 12-oz. bags at ALDI this week: 99¢ per bag. What could one hermit do … Continue reading

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A Little Bit of Bitter

Someone emailed asking how not to be bitter.  Came on a day in which I was at peak of bitterness, having had meekness challenges galore [reference post: Meekness Rice Pudding].  A steam-roiling walk gave opportunity to ponder the query on … Continue reading

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Meekness Rice Pudding

Baked rice pudding seemed just right on a chilly, rainy November morning.  Besides, I was pondering the virtue of meekness; and the two complement each other in essence and substance. While meekness is associated with humility, meekness differs, just as … Continue reading

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St. Bernard Love of God Bourbon Balls

It’s that time of year to consider gifting, sharing, celebrating with some St. Bernard Love of God Bourbon Balls.  Here at Joyful Hermit’s happy hermitage, the best of ingredients are now on-the-ready to make these potent love bites for anyone … Continue reading

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Life Is Good the World Is Beautiful People Are Loving

Joyful Hermit reflects upon a time period in which the last of the children had left home.  A time of challenge followed.  The hermit vocation was fairly early in its development, and Joyful was not so joyful in the perceived … Continue reading

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