Actually, I've lived in Western USA, Heartland USA, and Southwest USA, but was born in the Deep South and have returned. I am about a half-century full of watching life and societies: I am a natural sociologist. I like keeping any money that comes my way, so I like being as self-sufficient as i can be in whatever circumstances I am in. It's not that I don't spend money, but I like spending it so I need less money the next month/year/whenever--spend it on solar panels (I had a good start on a whole-house solar system, and it got stolen.), on garden seeds (I have some that are a decade old, and sometimes I just dump a bunch in a garden row and see what still germinates.), on informative books/Internet connection. I am not perfect about anything that I do, and yet I enjoy doing a variety of activities and skills and look to develop some more. Currently I rent on an acre of land in the country, with crumby city water, and a semi-busy road in front of the old house. I have put in some blueberry bushes, almonds, peaches, apples, hazelnuts, strawberries, gardening beds. I am an internationally recognized poet. I'm a Technician level Amateur Radio Operator--with some waning code skills. I'd love to build a clay cooking stove to use in an outdoor, split-log kitchen that I have not built yet, either. My back is weakened from a short leg, so I take it easy a lot of weeks. I tried being vegan for a few years, vegetarian for about a half-year, am the meat-eater, O blood type so neither of these worked long-term, (But I loved saving on food money.) I like animals but I still can kill one if I need it. I have butchered a bunch of chickens and have helped with a goat and a sheep. My favorite activity is orchard work. I have learned about the big variety of fruiting bushes, in the past decade. I want to set-up a battery-charger that I can run from my bicycle. Most people really like me at first, but once they realize that I am not them plus me, they get disillusioned. I don't know how I set-up this expectation; maybe because I am open to humanity in general and I usually accept people in whatever condition that I initially find them. I do expect people to seek new skills and experiences all during life, and maybe once that is apparent, they feel betrayed, or something? As far as I can tell, there is no unconditional love anywhere in this Universe. Such an utter acceptance would breed stagnation and, eventually, chaos. I believe that it does not take a lot of money to educate a child, just a teacher who will look the child in the eyes and enjoy explaining anything to him/her. My definition of good parenting is for the Mother to invite the child into, primarily, the Mother's life--letting the child/children learn how to live in the home, how to do some cooking and simple sewing repairs, gardening a bit, and such. Doing things with children is much better than doing things for them, though young ones do need almost everything done for them up-front.