Articles in the simple living Category
Yesterday we donated 7 bags of baby clothes. We can get rid of a lot more books than we thought since we’re going to get an e-reader sometime this year (maybe the Kindle 2 when it’s released). It feels really good to just get rid of stuff. Makes me, the prodigal packrat, look at things in a new way. I always wondered how the hell people had really spare & zen living spaces and I just might *get it* now. Get rid of anything that isn’t needed or used.
Hopefully today’s …
environmentalism, simple living, sustainability »
The other day I was talking to a relative of mine about The City of Ember and this relative was lamenting the environmental state of the planet. She tells me, “Well, that’s why I bought my Prius. I had to do something to help our planet.” Oi. I could come up with a dozen things that she could do to help the planet, but the best she could come up with is buying a car. Don’t get me wrong – I’m glad she bought …
costa rica, reflections, simple living, travel »
…Mr. Customs Man!” (Good old Arlo – I just love that guy).
So, I’ve been wondering for several weeks now if it would be likely that I could get these two pumpkins through customs in a barrel. Anyone think that might be possible? Because it sure would save us a lot of plane fare.
We’ve had 3 huge barrels sitting in our living room for about a month now. One is packed. That was actually the first one one to arrive. Arp has to drive down …
books, reflections, review, simple living, travel »
Vagabonding by Rolf Potts is about long-term, unconventional world travel. Conventional would be the notion that long-term travel is possible only by the very wealthy galavanting from exclusive resort to private island in luxury. In reality, long-term travel is very possible for people of more normal means, but to do it in a fulfilling fashion requires a mindset of openness and focus on what’s important. This is also what is essential to a successful life as an expat, and Potts distills it so well that every expat (and expat-to-be) should …
family, simple living »
Arp tells me that he’s tired of using his regular razor and paying all this money to buy the refill blades. When they run out, he plans to immediately get a straight razor.
Arp: I’m kicking it old school!
Me: Well, what if you can’t figure out how to use it right?!
Arp: I’m going to figure it out how to use it right or I’m going to die!!!!
Should I be concerned? Maybe I should invest in some new first aid supplies at the same time?