Category Archives: simple living

Fast, Efficient, and Furious — Is This U.S. Culture?

Speed and efficiency, while they have their places, tend to take up too much space in U.S. culture and thinking. When we focus on wisdom as opposed to production, we’re willing to slow down and take the time we need to grow into the people we were created to be. Continue reading

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Too Many Items on Your List? Do This . . .

We all keep lists. Mental, scribbled on the back of an envelope, or neatly docketed in our phones, these lists remind us of the many things there are to do each day. And the most intriguing thing about these lists … Continue reading

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Vacation Every Day?

Given a choice, most people would choose a week at a sunny, warm beach over the same period of time in the office. (For those who hate oceans — seriously? — there are options: a snowy mountain on which to … Continue reading

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That Incredible Thing You Do (and Make)

When is the last time you made something with your hands? Better yet, when is the last time you valued something that you made with your hands? We live in a world of mass production, of products churned out on … Continue reading

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Home Is a Treasure That No One Can Buy

“I feel at home here.” When someone says this, most people instantly understand what they mean. They feel welcome, safe, accepted, free to be themselves without judgment or criticism. They are surrounded by people who love them, things that matter. … Continue reading

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Too Much Stuff? Yes, It’s Stressful

It’s fun to have things, nice things — a car that works, comfortable furniture, books and mugs and clothing and kitchen appliances and meaningful knick knacks — stuff. And, in the United States, most of us have a lot of … Continue reading

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Who Wants to Be Angry All the Time?

This last week, I encountered a number of angry, irritated people. A couple of them came out verbally swinging, and while my first reaction was to swing back, I didn’t. Instead, I did the old “a soft answer turns away … Continue reading

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Little Things Really Do Make a Big Difference

It is natural for human beings to want to make a difference in the lives of others around us. For all our issues — we can be selfish, greedy, envious, arrogant, proud, angry, and petty — we also possess good … Continue reading

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Peace and Quiet — We NEED These

Some words go together really well, like “cookies and milk,” or “crackers and cheese.” Food aside, another fine pairings of words is “peace and quiet.” And while it’s possible to enjoy cookies without the milk, or crackers without the cheese, … Continue reading

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Children Have Something to Teach Adults

Children see the world differently — and adults can learn from their viewpoint. Continue reading

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