I live in Greenfield with my husband and cat. I work full time. Frugality and simplicity have been a part of my life long before they became popular and it has made life a lot less stressful. I love volunteering, home improvement/decorating, crafting and gardening.
We've all done it. We've all had it done about us and to us about others. I've tried hard over the years to stay away from people who just can't keep their mouths shut and like to spread false information about others. When we lived in West Allis, we had a woman on our block who really enjoyed herself as far as gossiping about everyone - mostly false. We were often the subject of her gossiping because we chose not to associate with her and didn't take any crap from her - others on the block were actually afraid to confront her because they were afraid she would "go after them". Unfortunately, when a gosssiping individual gossips about one person, they do it about others, as well. No one is immune.
I see this type of behavior where I work, in our condo complex and at get togethers with others. Gossiping can hurt a person's feelings; affect their reputation (if the gossiping is false); cause arguments because of incorrect information; and the list goes on and on. Walk away from people like this or just try to change the subject. Of course, realize that because of this, YOU may become the subject of their gossiping!