vol. 11, num. 2 :: 2012.01.20 — 2012.02.02
Throughout much of the world, winter strips away many signs of life and calls us to remember that summer’s abundance does not exist all the time, everywhere, for all people. By choice or by circumstance, some live on less all year round. What does simplicity look like in your life?
The confession of a modest hoarder.
Taking a simple lifestyle for granted -- and occasionally, as an idol.
On making changes to live closer to our place on a smaller version of “enough.”
Confessions about the difficulty of living on less.
A call to creativity, grace and the correspondence of action and belief.
An invitation to downsize in the new year.
Jesus offers an example for all classes.
A morning ritual offers lessons in complex simplicity.
Lessons from a history of accidentally going without.
Examining the source and nature of one’s treasure.
The Jones family can haunt us even in a well-intentioned quest to live simply.
Ideas for celebrating the beauty of nature by creating simple, found-object gifts.
On cultivating a new attitude toward the busier-than-thou game.
On the complexity of simplicity and giving up the closet.
An interview with Jim Merkel, the $5,000 man.
Aiden Enns proposes a 12-fold rule of life for the twenty-first century.
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
William C. Martin
The Parent’s Tao Te Ching
Hat tip: James Padilla-DeBorst
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