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Stats About Stuff

I love the curiosity that resides in human minds and leads to new and interesting statistics. Curiosity compelled several researchers to determine how much our “stuff” weighs. You know, our books, kitchen ware, toys, clothes, bins of stuff in the garage and everything else we own. Here is what researchers at the University of Leicester…

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Nants?

I am flirting again with the issue of needs vs. wants as the ability to satisfy my wants shrinks. Needs should be as simple as food, shelter, clothing. In our complicated culture, basic needs include insurance, cell phone service, gasoline and more. Everything else, though, is a want. Our consumer culture has created the relentless desire…

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This and That

I finally bought the Kindle edition of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I waited for several reasons: I knew it would consume me, and my book wish list on Amazon is a mile long. Finally, the book rose to the top of the list and it did consume…

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small is Low-Tech

Small is Beautiful, Small is High-Tech. Now I want to propose that small is also low-tech. Why not have the best of both worlds while reducing your carbon footprint and creating a simpler life. However, thanks to my recent posts, my definition of small is getting large, so I will clarify what I am talking…

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small is High Tech

Simplifying. Minimalist lifestyle. Slowing down. These pursuits involve getting rid of excess possessions that choke our body and soul. Ask any empty-nester, recent retiree or minimalist officianado how destuffing leads to a new freedom. Some minimalists may also be anti-technology, although I am not. In fact, high-tech helps me to get RID of often burdensome possessions. The…

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Small is Beautiful

After a weekend of living big in Denver, I am pondering the character of small. Thesaurus.com informs me that synonyms for small include scanty, shrimp, stunted, and insufficient. I talk back to the website: no, small is beautiful. I remember the book Small is Beautiful, written by EF Schumacher in the 1970s and the concept presented there:…

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A Return to Simplicity, Recycling, Reusing, and Zero-Waste

Several years ago I shared my day-to-day experiences about returning to a simpler, healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. By definition, rural living suggests simplicity, but that is not always true. For example, Wheatland had recycling drops at the dump for only some items. When I decided to get serious and create a zero-waste home, I had to…