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  • The Joy of Mud Season

    At the end of every winter here comes the mud. You can’t escape it. Anytime you step off of concrete you land in it. It’s worse in my hood. A few days of rain causes my yard to fill, washing the mud across my sidewalk. This mud is impossible to remove before it dries. I…

  • It is easy to take things for granted, yet the little things we do can add up in many ways. As I’ve simplified my life, I began to pay attention to even the simplest of routines. I’d ask myself why I performed the routine, how long it took, and if that routine could be modified…

  • At two o’clock this morning I was awakened with the realization that some of the jobs we do to survive are quite insane when considered from an outsider’s point of view. Jobs that have people climbing poles in the wind to attach wires or fix things. Jobs where people get hit and bit and abused.…

  • Earlier this year a storm swept through my little town. I was inside of my home when it ripped my roof away. I raced outside, dodging the flying debris as I checked on my neighbors. To be within a scene I’ve only ever watched play out in movies knowing that I could die was electrifying…

  • Just the other day I asked my fellow worker if all of the stuff he’d purchased recently was worth the effort he was putting in to pay for it. Given that we were stationed at one of the most demanding positions in the plant, it was relevant to the occasion. He paused to stare at…

  • “Life’s like an hourglass glued to the table.” – Breathe by Anna Nalik One of the reasons that I don’t regret the impulsive purchases I’ve made over the past few years is because I can always make more money. I’ve had lean times and times where I’ve been flush with cash. It’s a part of…

  • As I’ve been living my life I’ve began to pay attention to the items that I use. My phone gets used more than anything these days. Remember when I didn’t even own one? The fascinating part of observing the items I use is the discovery of items that I thought I used on a regular…

  • Before I began to declutter, my life had slipped into a routine. I would go to work, come home, and clean. Occasionally I would go shopping (or I would order things online) that I thought would make my life even better. Even in my tiny home a thorough cleaning would take several hours. By the…

  • Thursday is trash day at my house so on Wednesday evening, I toss all of the offerings that no one wanted into the bin and give my home one final sweep before bed. I have a single rule at the moment to decide what stays and what leaves. Perhaps this rule will help you as…

  • I’ve had fun these past few years. I went places and bought a lot of stuff. It was so liberating to be freed from the concerns of parenthood that I just let myself go crazy. Then one day I was looking for a thing. The actual thing doesn’t matter; what matters is that I had…