Browsing category: Simple Living

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…”


Can Credit Cards Be Used Responsibly?

Reader question… “Would you share your thoughts about the cash envelope system versus the use of credit cards? I read today that any use of a credit card is irresponsible and that anyone using a credit card will end up spending more money than if they used only cash.”


Learning To Slow Down

The stress of always being in a hurry drains your spirit, distracts your mind, and prevents you from focusing on what is really important. It fools you into wasting time in areas that don’t reflect your values or your goals.


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.


How To Make Your Own Chili Powder

It’s as easy to make chili powder as it is to make the other spice mixes I have written about previously. Most of the commercial chili powders contain anti-caking agents or perhaps fillers… most of them also contain unnecessary salt.