The value of waiting

Image by Shlomaster from Pixabay Waiting is the new norm - we have recently experienced supply chain troubles that are continuing even now in the longer-term, or because of natural disasters. (Read here) Here's some background on why it all happened (here) and the brittleness of our entire system (here). This gives us another reason... Continue Reading →

Green tip: Scary Stuff

Green Tip! Scary Stuff Climate change can seem like a horror movie villain, but we can fight back! Reuse and gift decor and costumes through Buy Nothing groups. Check out the Halloween Costume Swap and Scare Faire, Museum of American Heritage, October 23rd, 1-3pm (not in the area? start your own Swap) Purchase used items... Continue Reading →

Helpful Tools

Photo by Julie Molliver on Unsplash Here are a few tools that I find useful for productivity, ease, and web page creation or writing, because sometimes you just need the right tool for the job: Add to calendar: https://www.labnol.org/calendar/ - This link allows you to link to any bit of text and create a calendar... Continue Reading →

Book: Clear your clutter with Feng Shui

Clear your clutter with Feng shui by Karen Kingston is the original book oft cited by minimalists, with basic and really deep information about how to release different types of clutter. This book covers topics I haven't seen in other clutter and minimalism books and isn't afraid to mention spirituality, energy and other topics that... Continue Reading →

No-blue blues

Image by GLady from Pixabay For a while during the pandemic, the color blue was in short supply. It may still be a slight issue going forward, too: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/blue-paint-shortage-art/2021/12/21/486c667c-5df9-11ec-ae5b-5002292337c7_story.html Why was there less blue when COVID infections were high? One reason is the oxygen used to make it was needed in various countries (like India)... Continue Reading →

Giveaway – 3 free subscriptions

I have the joy of receiving 3 free subscriptions to give away for "Simple and Straightforward" - which has been a lovely newsletter about minimalism, simplicity, planet and more. If you'd like one of them, please leave a comment below!

Saturday Story: A Long Attention Span

Image by zhugher from Pixabay In the spirit of this blog of mindfulness and awareness, today another nonfiction piece, with a flavor of attention: A Long Attention Span I was once recommended to do things for a long time to encourage a long attention span in children. By long, I mean not just a half... Continue Reading →

Book: Four Hour Workweek

Several years ago I read "The Four Hour Workweek" by Tim Ferriss. Below are some notes I took away on speed reading. I like the concept of only working four hours a week - after all, in hunter-gatherer days, humans could not "work" after dark, staying indoors to do household things, and hunting and gathering... Continue Reading →

Book: The Greatest Salesman in the World

The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino is one of those that is said to be a "must-read" for anyone selling anything. We all are, in some way, selling ourselves, our views, convincing others of things. I was skeptical of this book. I feared it was a capitalist diatribe. The book is organized... Continue Reading →

Green tip: Share it!

Need something? Share it by giving away what you don't need anymore, or getting what someone else doesn't need! Here are some sharing options: - your local Facebook page - Freecycle - Craigslist free section - a Buy Nothing group - a neighborhood list like Nextdoor - a sharing event (or create your own) -... Continue Reading →

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