Browsing category: Voluntary Simplicity

Coping with a Power Outage

Reader question… “We found ourselves in a situation without electrical power for two days last week after the ice storm downed power lines in our neighborhood. We had never experienced a power outage before and weren’t prepared. My question…”


I Think Contentment is Almost a Default Characteristic

I think contentment is almost a default characteristic. Think about how babies and small children are happy with very simple pleasures… they almost have to be taught over a period of years to want something bigger, better, “more fun.”


Making Living Green a Habit

This list will keep growing because there will always be more we can do… but living green is a habit that gets easier and easier… We have installed ceiling fans in every room. They circulate the heat downward from the ceilings in winter and keep the rooms cool in summer.


Procrastinating is a Habit… Nothing More

The dictionary defines procrastinating as “postponing doing something, especially as a regular practice.”


When You Give The Gift Of A Smile

Every morning I wake up with the feeling that I am being watched, and I open my eyes to see the youngest of our little five-pound dogs sitting motionless in front of me, staring at my face. If I don’t smile, she doesn’t change her position, but the minute I smile…


Making the Most of Those Lifestyle Challenges

Most of you have seen and many have probably participated in some of the various lifestyle challenges that circulate through the Internet…


Do I Really Want Another Dishwasher?

Do I really want another dishwasher? I don’t know. We have had some miserable luck with our last three dishwashers, with each one being a “more trouble than it’s worth” situation.


The Impact of Attitude on Life

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do..”


Are You Tired of the Noise?

Are you tired of the noise? Not just the noise that surrounds us at work or out in the world… the machines, the sounds of construction… the airplanes, the sirens, the cars and the trucks… the clangs and the crashes and the horns…


The Wood-Burning Cook Stove In My Kitchen

The centerpiece of my kitchen is our wood-burning cook stove. It’s a big stove, standing over five feet high and almost three and a half feet wide. It has an oven, a warming oven, a solid copper water reservoir with a tap, and a large cook top surface with six lids.