AKA Kate, Existential Editor extraordinaire.

Author, Nov 6, 2020

Quick fun facts: I’m 45, have been married since I was 18, and have two boys over the age of 21. I’ve got a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, and I owned my own company for five years.

I’ve taught myself sewing, jewelry, bottle beading, cross-stitch, embroidery, making headdresses, and costumes…


And the ladder won.

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For anyone who’s ever done DIY house maintenance, we have at least some awareness that it can be dangerous to work with power tools. Saws, drills, electricity, hammers, nails are all potential injury makers. So, too, are ladders. …


Also, yikes.

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Taking a road cruise during a pandemic provides an insight into other states in ways that national news cannot touch. I’ve been fortunate enough to be fully vaccinated and to make my way out west twice this year. …


Deliberately downsizing to 192 square feet.

Author’s new home, July 21, 2021

As a child, I shared a room with my mom. As a teenager, I had my own bedroom and bathroom. As I got older, I shared a room and bathroom with roommates. Then my husband. We added children to the mix, then more roommates.


What really matters?

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Children feel a surprising amount of pressure to know what they are good at or what they want to do when they grow up. I know that I did. …


But I’m okay.

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I couldn’t tell you the exact moment, the specific instance, when I realized that I was losing hope for the human race. There are far too many occasions that flash through my memory.

Mostly, though, it comes down to today.

Every day, I woke up with a…


Don’t worry, everyone is quarantining.

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In July 2020, my husband and I moved from a house to an apartment.

We’d made the decision to put the money from our house sale into a more national bank. Even before Covid, managing our banking needs while out of town was difficult. …


People who earn minimum wage aren’t buying fancy coffees.

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As of 2021, in the US, a family of four making under $27,000 is considered to be at the poverty level. (That’s two parents working full-time, making around 6.49 an hour before taxes.) The average rent is $1098. That leaves roughly $13,500 for that family to pay for food, clothing…


I didn’t order that.

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Lately, I’ve been on a spending tear for my tiny house. The packages have piled up to my armpits in the garage the apartment complex graciously added in for storage. The boxes also regularly clog the diminutive closet that the landlords pretend is a package hub.

Sunshine Zombiegirl

Existential editor. Mostly alive sort of undead, jack of all trades, master of none, but better than a master of one. AKA Kate sunshinezombiegirl@protonmail.com

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