Busy Boycott: Eliminate the Non-Essential

I love to wake up in the morning.  Although, judging by externals, it might seem like the opposite were true.   I'm not one of those people who is all sunshine and bubbles as soon as my feet hit the floor. In fact, I don't even want to talk to you. I need silence. That's why …

The Problem of Unitasking

Removing material clutter from our one-bedroom apartment was a great start. We didn't have it easy merging two households into one after we got married, but with focus and determination, my husband, Mark, and I have boiled most of our possessions down to two components: Do we need it? Do we love it? If what …

What Do We Value?

  Would you pay a monthly access fee if it meant seeing no ads in your Facebook feed? This was the question I posed recently to a Facebook group. Not immune to sales pitches, my home page was inundated with ads for stuff I really want but do not need. Those shoes look really cute. …

The Farmer’s Market

Feeling better, I donned my usual winter uniform--Irish sweater, jeans and loafers, and trekked out to the newest farmers market in town. It being winter, there were just a handful of fresh produce stands.  Hand-baked goods and exotic olive oils dotted the suburban mall landscape. Actually, this farmer's market wasn't new at all. It exists …

The Mindfulness of Being Sick

When was I hit by a Mack truck? This was my first thought as I stumbled out of bed at 9 this morning, 4 hours later than my usual wake up time. At least the nausea and vomiting had stopped earlier last evening. The body aches and head throbbing were just aftershock. Chicken soup (homemade), …

The Uninspired Writer

  Show up and get to work...and at the same time, listen to where the writing wants to take you. Dinty W. Moore   I've been published. Okay, now what? Wait for more inspiration? Ever since I was a child, I'd create a sentence in my mind and think, wow, that would make a good …

The High Cost of Stuff

27.2 billion dollars. That's how much Americans spent on self-storage units in 2014.  Let me repeat that number: 27.2 BILLION dollars. A quick internet search rendered at least 20 mini-storage businesses within 10 miles of my home. According to the Self-Storage Association, the self-storage industry is one of the fastest growing segment of commercial real …

When Gift Giving is About Us

We are not as generous as we think we are.  A bold statement, I know. Controversial, even. And true. A gift is something that is freely given, no strings attached. Even the expectation of a thank you diminishes the generosity of the giver. How often did I expect something in return for the gifts I …

The Year of Saying “No.”

The daylight fades and a gray pall is cast upon the earth. It's the first evening of the first day of the new year. What have I to say for myself? Nothing. I search for words to convey my exact meaning, and still, something is lost in translation. Wisdom Himself, Christ, once said, "Let what …