Why You Should Not Buy A House

by Bruno Bornsztein
The Curbly House sunroom
Above: Our sunroom, the day we closed on the house. Notice the crumbling ceiling.

If you live in the United States, there's a lot of cultural pressure to become a homeowner. It's an official part of the American Dream™, and most people consider it a natural progression in the steps to growing up and becoming a real 'adult'.

But the question is worth considering: Do you really want to be a homeowner?

For a lot of people, buying a house is a mistake. If your timing is wrong, owning a house can tie you down financially and physically in ways that might prevent you from fully exploring and shaping a career or life path.

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On Mowing the Lawn

by Bruno Bornsztein

The blades of the push mower go shlick-shlack-shlick-shlack through the three-weeks-since-its-last-mowing grass as cuttings stick to my legs in the humid evening air when suddenly a dark blob goes flying away from me and oh it's a frog! and it lands perfectly in the middle of the sidewalk and does not move and then begins to seep, seep bright glossy red slowly from its underside as though he was an ink pen staining a sheet so I approach slowly...

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