Category Archives: simple living

The Power of Doing Nothing

Busy, purposeful, efficient, enterprising — these are words of excellence and worth in American culture. When you think about it, the U.S. doesn’t actually have a culture, unless you consider going to work, thinking about ways to get rich, spending … Continue reading

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Sunlight: Still Free, Still Available to All of Us

Sunlight is a gift given to all life on the planet. So far, the few humans whose goal is to own everything, control everything, and take everything from everyone else, haven’t managed to limit the supply of sunlight, package it … Continue reading

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Insist upon Living Your Life

Time is a precious gift. And while most of us feel like we never have enough of it, we can be determined to spend what we have wisely, and well. Continue reading

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It’s Not Abnormal to Want to Be Alone

The American corporate/entertainment society has a difficult time with people who want to be alone. “It’s abnormal to want to be alone!” we’re told. “You’re introverted and shy, anti-social and afraid of people.” (It’s odd how the opposite is considered … Continue reading

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Are You Important?

Important people get their portraits painted. That way, we get them on postage stamps (once they’re dead), or buy a print of their face to put in our home. And there are always the history textbooks and pop culture magazines, … Continue reading

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Multitasking What We Believe

Despite all we’ve been taught about multitasking, it’s unrealistic to expect to do two different things, at the same time, equally well. It’s bad enough when we juggle texting one person while we’re listening to another: quite frankly, the listening … Continue reading

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Special Event? Take Your Time Getting Ready

Everybody loves a special event — whether it’s going to a superb restaurant, shopping for the day with friends, picnicking in the park, spending a few days at the beach for vacation. It may be fancy, it may be simple, … Continue reading

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When You Live Smarter, Harder, Faster — You Don’t Live

Smarter, harder, faster. It is the mantra of U.S. corporate culture, which calls itself as the American Way, whatever that is. What it means is that we, the ordinary human beings who form the workforce that generates profits for the … Continue reading

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Is It Too Noisy to Think?

We live in a noisy world. Some of the noise we can’t help, especially if we live in a city. There’s the bustle of traffic, a neighbor’s loud stereo, sirens. In the office, it may be a co-worker’s talking on … Continue reading

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End Your Day on a Good Note

Too many people end their day in the same way they began it: rushed and hurried, anxious and worried. Think about it: it’s a cultural norm to wake up to an alarm clock or some song on the phone.  And … Continue reading

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