Would you like to be living a life with more balance and equilibrium?
We and many others are finding that as we live simply, we feel better personally. The organizing principles of simplicity and sustainability help us to make good choices for ourselves and for the larger world. There are so many approaches that people have come up with… things like voluntary simplicity, minimalism, and tiny houses.
I have to admit I’m not the minimalist that my husband is. I am fascinated by numerous books, useful kitchen devices, attractive clothing, and the like. But I do careful research before I buy something, and I share my processes with you here. A good part of my wardrobe is over ten years old, some of it much older. Having been a librarian helps me with the research, too.
This site is over ten years old, and most of the articles have been about topics that would help you live a simpler, more ecological lifestyle. Now I’m shifting gears a bit. Like many people I am concerned about what is going on in terms of politics, climate, international relations, violence, and all of that. So I’m expanding the site to write about these issues, mainly in terms of things you can do to become more resilient in an uncertain world. (Resilience will be my new favorite word.)
My intellectual roots are in the “back to the land” era of the late 60s and early 70s. That was such an exciting time of seeking alternatives, and I never lost that point of view. I find that much of the survivalist and prepper (preparedness) literature has a very different mindset than mine, partly a generational thing perhaps, with roots in the military thinking of the more recent wars.
For example, virtually everything I see about the SHTF (as in “when the s*** hits the fan”) assumes that you will want to be protecting yourself from your community. But I recently read a book that describes people’s generosity and warmheartedness in times of crisis. I haven’t reviewed it yet but you can see it here: A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster. I was inspired by a woman who started a soup kitchen in San Francisco in 1906 and many others.
Reading Ted Koppel’s recent book Lights Out! (link to my review of it) was a reminder to me and to many people that preparedness is appropriate for people of all points of view, ages, religions, locations, etc.
So going forward, I will be writing about simple green living, but it will be simple green resilient living! In other words, nobody knows what the future will bring… but let’s prepare (to whatever degree we can or choose to) for a variety of scenarios and let’s do whatever we can to make it a better world.
One example of this shift will be more about container gardening, something I have just taken up with an outburst of enthusiasm. I think I’m going to write about gardening in general a lot for a while!