Reading your blog has made me more mindful of the messages that are conveyed by the media, government, and business. One of those is that we, as consumers, must buy more things to stimulate the economy. I got the image of millions of consumer-hamsters struggling to keep their wheels turning to drive the gears of commerce. Perhaps we need to consider a different paradigm where we don’t have to keep the wheels of a global machine moving. For my part, when I need something, I try to shop locally as much as possible.