Autumn Joy Sedum is now in full bloom in the garden. I'm quite amazed at how well the garden did even in drought this summer. I did water lots from my rainwater cistern. Colorful blooms are about done for the year and even the wild flowers are browning and shriveling. Leaves fall when the wind picks up, gathering to decompose in sheltered places. It is getting chilly at night and I am reminded that the cold, dark, sleepy season will soon be upon us.
On Sunday night we watched the documentary film, Maxed Out. Released 3 or 4 years ago, it is about credit card debt ... how the banks try to maneuver us into paying those astronomical interest fees and our own use of the credit card to keep us in clothes, food, jewelry, cars ... whatever our hungry little hearts desire, when we have little or no money to pay for it all. It is a sad and tragic look at the greed in the banking industry that has recently brought us to our knees.
If you are interested in how we got to where we are today, with banks folding, the market tanking and our government falling into pieces, see this film. Although it is not the about the events of the last couple of weeks, it surely shows how the problems we have today came about. Yes, there has been greed and criminal activity in the higher ranks of our banking industry, but as consumers, we have played a big part in the collapse of our economy as well. The film is available to rent at Netflix or at most neighborhood movie rental shops.
There is also a book, Maxed Out: Hard Times in the Age of Easy Credit, by James D. Scurlock. Although I have not read it, I intend to. My husband has read it and gave it as a gift to our daughter a few years ago. She immediately stopped using her credit card. Both the book and the movie will make you angry at the way business is done in this country and around the world.