Thoughts on gifting

I love to receive gifts, and even more love to give them!  But how often have a cringed at that “unique” scarf or platter from some well-meaning soul.  I have seen several people talk about giving experiences rather than things for gifts.  I love the idea.  Give a...

Thoughts on gratitude

Gratitude ties in so directly with our commitment to Simplicity, to see the beauty in simple things can only lead to gratitude for these wonderful beautiful things in our lives. There is also the joy inherent here to be able to see beyond the seemingly ugly,...

The Attitude of Gratitude

As children, please and thank you are two of the first “social graces” we are taught. As we get older they become automatic and may no longer have much meaning. Thank you is a way of expressing gratitude. How do we make that a more deliberate and conscious part of our...

Season of Giving

The season of giving approaches and bank accounts tremor in anticipatory fear! We are pressured, convinced and almost conned by the consumerist society that we inhabit and `buy` into to spend more than we have giving people presents we can’t afford and, perhaps , they...

The start of the journey

In one scream and a wild set of gestures from my son-in-law my life changed.  He found my husband lying on the front porch.  I ran to them and it was clear to me that my husband was dead and had been for a while.  I guess I went into executive mode.  First I called...