Browsing category: Simple Living

We Should Have Wondered Where All Those Rocks Came From!

Although stone walls are not an unusual sight in New England, the extremely long expanses of stone walls that we have here should have made us wonder where all those rocks had come from.


So If There is a Plus Side to this Whole Unfortunate Incident…

The resulting noise was incredible. The ground shook. And suddenly the loud machinery noises stopped as the men all came to stand in front of the collapsed wall. The truck driver’s face was beet red and he kept saying “I am SO sorry” over and over again.


A Simplicity Anyone Can Live With

I love the concept of voluntary simplicity… consciously sorting out those things in my life that are important to me and my family… intentionally eliminating or minimizing those things that cause us stress…


Barley, Bean, Chickpea & Vegetable Soup

My family used to have two favorite soups… my versions of my father’s “famous” potato soup and the “French Italian” minestrone that my youngest son likes so much, he always requests it for his birthday dinner. Over the last several months we have added a new favorite…


Some Thoughts About Voluntary Simplicity

Voluntary simplicity is a philosophy. Often called compassionate living, it is a conscious choice to simplify your life and a deliberate downshifting to create the life and home environment that fit you and your family.


Why There Are No Old Bold Mushroom Hunters

There is an old saying that there are only two types of mushroom hunters. There are the old mushroom hunters and there are the bold mushroom hunters…. but there are no old bold mushroom hunters.


Sloshing Our Way Through Summer

We find ourselves with an unexpected problem this year.


A Little Too Close For Comfort

This year a huge patch of wild blackberries has grown up just a few feet from one end of our vegetable garden. These dense bushes, which cover a radius of twenty or so feet, are almost as tall as I am and they are just loaded with huge, beautiful berries…


There Was a Slight Problem With Yesterday’s Mail Delivery

I opened our mailbox yesterday to find a huge stack of mail. Right on top was an official-looking letter from the area high school marked “Personal Correspondence — Parental Response Required.”


Why Would Anyone Deliberately Choose a Simple Life?

First let me say that I agree… I wouldn’t be happy living a life of purging, scrimping, and deprivation either… but that’s purging, scrimping, and deprivation, NOT simple living. Done right, simple living should be a positive experience, not a negative one…