The Burden of Choice

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This entry is written by a good friend of mine who is always excellent for meaningful conversations about life, simplicity, happiness, and friendship. I hope Cara continues to offer her voice and insights to my blog. I fully support her thoughts and appreciate her contribution to this dialogue on simplicity.    The Burden of Choice             It’s the era of …

Books (part one of a three part series)

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            Several years ago, on Christmas Eve, my family home caught fire. At the time, I was working for Outward Bound, moving from one basecamp to the next and was home for the Christmas Holiday. Many of my belongings were lost or damaged, and what remained had to be professionally cleaned, then stored until over a …


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There is a trend that is growing popular. More and more people are choosing to give away and sell all their belongings to “live simply”. It may seem that I have hopped on that bandwagon, and perhaps I have, but my choices are mine and were not influenced by others that I read about in blogs and newspapers. However, I …

Ten Things I’ve Learned to Live Without… So Far

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1. Ice cubes, ice cream, popsicles, or anything that goes in a freezer 2. Warm running water 3. Television 4.  Clothing closet and dresser drawers 5.  Automobile 6.  Oven and microwave and all other kitchen appliances 7. Hairdryer 8. Bathtub 9. Computer printer 10. Chair and a coffee table to prop my feet on    

The Process of Discovery

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I met with an author the other day who reminded me that “the process of innovation is really a process of discovery.” This gave me peace of mind, as I have been trying to create something novel the past few months and it was starting to seem as though I was failing to do so. But in that time, I …

Eleven Miles

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I have a great car. Its a Subaru Outback all wheel drive. I bought it about a year ago and have enjoyed driving it ever since. The freedom of the open road. Now I’m on a new journey. One of a different type of freedom, and the next step is to live without a car. My car is now listed …

How It Began

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            It began with spring-cleaning. Last May, I began to give away most of my belongings, intent to live on a small sailboat. But it began long before that when my father introduced me to sailing. I was hooked, and looked for more and more opportunities to retreat to nature and live in the moment, to …

My First Test

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            This fall I can recall a day that was another beautiful simple living moment.  The air was freshening up.  The weather report was predicting that a tropical storm was approaching the coast of Massachusetts. Winds gusting to 45kts. I had asked Raymond if I could use a slip for the weekend to ride the storm …