Browsing category: Simple Living

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…


Some Thoughts on Avoiding GMOs

Reader question… “I am wondering what are your thoughts on genetically modified foods? I am trying to avoid GMOs wherever I can, but I’m finding it’s very difficult and I feel like I’m in over my head…”


How Do Your Living Expenses Compare with the IRS’s Allowable Living Expense National Standards?

How do your living expenses compare with these government guidelines? The Allowable Living Expense National Standards come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey and are used by the IRS to help figure affordable repayment structures for delinquent t


Why the Extreme Cold and Snow Doesn’t Seem All That Important Any More

Several emails have come in over the last many days asking how we’re managing here with this winter’s extreme cold temperatures and excessive snow storms. Apparently the New England storms and subzero temperatures have become worldwide news.