Browsing category: Voluntary Simplicity

It’s Been a Long Time Coming…

It’s been a long time coming, but I THINK spring is finally here. The snow is completely gone… EVERYWHERE…


How Many Days After the Last Snow Melt Should Gardeners Begin to Look for Hostas?

Reader question… “So one has hosta… and one has winter. My question is a bit more complex.”


What Living in the Moment Means To Me

The concepts of living in the moment and appreciating the uniqueness of now can sound too weirdly complicated to be a good fit in our aggressively busy world.


Note That This Journey is Uniquely Yours

“Note that this journey is uniquely yours, no one else’s. So the path has to be your own…”


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.”


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.