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Addicted to comfort
September 12, 2016 0

This morning, I got an email from Indiegogo. It’s their regularly scheduled email filled with the latest and greatest campaigns people are raising money for. As I scrolled down the list of fabulous gadgets, I was reminded that people have become addicted to comfort.

The first item I noticed was a key chain.

Addicted to comfort

As its Indiegogo page indicates, it is a “slim, elegant, tension adjustable key organiser that transforms your keys into a neat and organised stack.”

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Bearable Lightness
Minimalism
Bearable Lightness
August 4, 2016 1

I just finished reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, and WOW! There was so much in those pages I could relate to. The book is mostly about relationships and the accompanying burdens. The people in the story who got out of serous relationships experienced the greatest feeling of lightness. They no longer felt they were responsible for someone’s well-being and feelings. They had the freedom to be themselves.

On a broader scale,

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Taking social risks
Human Connections
Taking social risks
July 30, 2016 0

Many things I do are cause for great consternation among my family members. For example going to Europe by myself for several months, voluntarily giving up owning a car for several years and online dating.

I have always loved people, and I have never been afraid of taking social risks or interacting with people I don’t know.

Early on, I had decided to go to the Democratic National Convention to participate in protests as a Bernie Sanders supporter.

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Florida Bugs
Urban Living
Florida Bugs
June 28, 2016 0

Before I moved to Florida, my northern friends always told me they would never move to Florida because of the bugs. I moved down more than a decade ago, and while I’ve dealt with my share of critters, I never felt overwhelmed by them… until this year.

In the past, I’ve dealt with your average crazy ant infestation, fire ants in the yard, an occasional Palmetto bug (aka cockroach), run-of-the-mill spiders and even black widows (which generally stay out of your way).

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We need nature more than nature needs us
Urban Living
We need nature more than nature needs us
May 28, 2016 0

How we benefit both economically and intrinsically from the presence of and our interactions with nature.

One of my favorite sounds in the whole wide world is the sound of bird calls. The bird call that makes me happiest of all is the call of the Barred Owl. When I lived up north, I would lay in bed and hear the Barred Owl. Try as I might, it was impossible to hear this call without a smile spreading across my lips.

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The stress of modern life
Minimalism
The stress of modern life
May 28, 2016 0

How I got gastritis is no mystery. I’ve been a chronic headache suffering my whole life, and they’ve gotten worse since I turned 40. In fact, 2015 was the worst year on record for my headaches. In September of last year, I had 13 headaches days – almost half the month. These headaches don’t just annoy me; they often require me to stay in bed half or occasionally all of the day.

When you have chronic headaches,

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Podcast Episode 5: Mirela Setkic
Coffee With Strangers
Podcast Episode 5: Mirela Setkic
May 9, 2016 0

In Episode 5, I sit down with Mirela Setkic. We didn’t realize when we got together that much of this podcast would be about Mirela’s experience as a refugee,

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A Meaningful Life
Minimalism
A Meaningful Life
April 27, 2016 1

There are many different things that motivate people in their life. Whatever motivates you is what you will spend the most time and energy pursuing. Some people want to make money. Some people want to have a family. Some people want to advance in their career. Some people want to save money for retirement while foregoing immediate rewards.

I want to live a meaningful life.

There is nothing wrong with any of those other things.

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Human Connections
Strangers on the street
April 20, 2016 1

Tonight as I walked up the street in my neighborhood, I was stopped by a slight woman who said she wanted to ask me a question. She thanked me for stopping when she knew I was clearly on my way somewhere. She told me her name was Shannon and that she needed some Pampers. She said she had the rest of the money but only needed $5. I asked her if the corner store had Pampers and said I could go buy them,

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Minimalist problems
Minimalism
Minimalist problems
April 13, 2016 0

I simply adore being a minimalist, but it was scary at first for an “always prepared” person like myself to realize that I don’t need to keep a ton of things “just in case.” When’s the last time you used wax paper? Or 20 extra towels? Or that tube of some anti-fungal medication your doctor prescribed to you 3 years ago? (Don’t get me wrong… I have a frighteningly comprehensive emergency kit in case the bottom drops out of the world,

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