Ever since we opted out of the majority of gift-exchanges that happen during the Christmas season, I’ve felt a whole lot better. Which is saying something, because I actually really enjoy both giving and receiving gifts — especially the carefully selected and prettily wrapped ones. » Read more
Category Archives: Simple Living
We’ve all read the stories of little old ladies dying and leaving millions to their favorite charity.
The stories are usually peppered with quotes from astonished acquaintances who say things like “We knew she held her ancient bicycle together with rubber bands and wore secondhand clothes until they were in tatters, but we were surprised to hear that she left so much to charity.” » Read more
A large salary and a fat bank account aren’t prerequisites to living a life full of joy and contentment. Neither is living like a monk.
You can live a good life — one where you regularly do the things you enjoy and spend time with family and friends — on a modest amount of money. » Read more
I lived in Germany for a brief period of time in the early 90s (shortly after the reunification). While I was there, people that I worked with and spent time with gently pointed out that I should not throw away my Coke cans, aluminum foil, paper sacks, or baggies.
Instead, I should recycle the cans, and reuse the remaining items until they could no longer be reused (and then recycle them.) Pop in glass bottles had deposits. » Read more