Annabel Ascher

Tres Piedras, NM, USA

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  • I Publish Taos magazine. Also am an author and radio host.
  • B.A. Liberal Studies, Sonoma State University 2005, Some ...
  • From NY, USA
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About Me


To enjoy life, to think deeply, to write eloquently, to leave the world a better place for my having been here


Heart-centered intelligence, a beautiful gracious life even in the face of scarcity, good friends, books, music, art, philosophical conversation, and lots of good food. That is what I value in my life. For me the basic underpinning of life is love.
I am deeply committed to eco-politics, but my part is more to analyze, write, and disseminate than to jump into the fray physically. My knees aren't up to the task anymore. I write a blog called the Frugal Goddess for the voluntarily frugal and the forcibly frugal.


I have had some real ups and downs, but life does seem to slowly improve. I enjoy both depth and the frothy things that make life fun. I am absolutely sure that time is not money--it is ever so much more than that. We are stringing together moments, that is the stuff that life is made of. I am doing what I can to make sure my moments add up to a life well lived.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I am not sure yet. But I am sure that I love this. A travel based and travel loving community that fits in to my concept of frugal abundance.


I have been a free-lance couch surfer for years. I have a loose network of folks with whom I have a couch surfing "understanding". Goes back about 35 years. Right now I am exploring San Francisco, about 50 miles from my home, without having to rush back due to a great couch belonging to a great friend.I will be going further afield.


New places, Nature and wilderness, species preservation, frugal living, cooking, eating, food anthropology, photography, art, philosophy. The list is long. My degree is in Liberal Studies because I am interested in so many things. Going to a bookstore can be torture.

Music, Movies, and Books

I am a book hound. I just did a note on Facebook called 15 authors where you free associate 15 authors who have influenced your life in fifteen minutes. I felt squeezed. If anyone wants to see my list I would be happy to share.
I listen to many kinds of music,especially jazz, classic rock, and classical. I am involved in the local live music scene in Sonoma County, especially a jazz band called the Penguins and the crowd that used to hang out at Ace in the Hole Cider Pub before it closed.
I love Netflix, have seen almost everything worth seeing in the last half century. Right now I'm in love with Madmen.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I have been some amazing places and done a good many things, there is always a new horizon. My big project for right now is Annabel's Odyssey, my journey across America documenting the 21st century depression and the "new poor" AKA the former middle class, for a book/documentary. I am traveling by bus and couch surfing back and forth across the country talking to people whose lives have been impacted by the economic crisis.

Teach, Learn, Share

I am just moving to the Taos NM area and am learning about my new environment. I can learn from travelers about their culture, food lore, and and world view.
As a traveler, I want to learn everything I can about the place,the people,and the culture.
My current project is writing a book about the economic depression that is gripping the USA. So, if you have been affected by the economic meltdown and its aftermath I would love to hear (and write) about it.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I am a serious cook and have a lot of enthusiasm for new things.

Countries I’ve Visited

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Countries I’ve Lived In

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