Life. Pared Down.

For Folks with Everything Except Peace of Mind

“In happier days, philosophers discussed the problem of man; now they discuss man as a problem.” Fulton J. Sheen

“Through his scepticism the modern man is thrown back upon himself; his energies flow towards their source and wash to the surface those psychic contents which are at all times there, but lie hidden in the silt as long as the stream flows smoothly in its course. How totally different did the world appear to […]

Got Shakespeare?

“Have you read a work of Shakespeare’s?” “A work by Shakespeare – teeming with the most vital ideas about the inner development of man, showing the whole grandeur of human misery and existence. What do I miss as a human being, if I have never heard of the Second Law of Thermodynamics? Nothing. And what […]

Add Poetry to Brighten Your Day!

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud By William Wordsworth I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of golden daffodils: Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.   Continuous as the stars that shine […]

Never Cease Chiseling Your Statue

This is such a beautiful thought – short, sweet and to the point. I thought you might enjoy it! “Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful; he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he […]

Thoughts about Thinking

Do you ever think about Thinking? For example, is thinking important? Or, should I do my own thinking? Can I even think for myself, or is it easier to let others do my thinking for me? Are they thinking about things the way I would think about them? Do I set aside time each day […]

All about beer!

I’m re-posting an earlier blog I wrote on drinking beer instead of soft drinks. In addition to the numerous benefits therein you have the added satisfaction of supporting your local micro-breweries vs. the international conglomerates of the soft drink industry. Soft drink companies have been poisoning our bodies, making us obese and ruining our teeth […]

Have You Ever Really Looked at a Dragonfly?

I mean really looked at one. It’s kind of hard to do while they’re in flight since they don’t tend to hang around any one space for more than a few seconds, if that. To really appreciate one it might help to look at some captured images, professional or otherwise. So, if you have a […]

Why I ditched my Fitbit

Last year for my (January) birthday my thoughtful husband bought me a Fitbit to measure my daily walking steps and calculate rough distances. It counts your steps by tracking the number of times you swing the arm to which it is attached. We both thought it was a great idea, and it pleased my doctor […]

When more, faster, bigger, isn’t better…

You’ve probably heard by now that Amazon is planning to use ariel drones to deliver packages, thus forgoing the need to employ transportation via plane and/or truck. But is this a good thing or a not so good thing? You can probably see where this is going. I’m just wondering if it’s not the best […]

Promoting the Good, Saint Nicholas!

In anticipation of the feast (December 6) of the great bishop and saint, Nicholas, I’d like to pass a great website on to you. The St. Nicholas center at delivers an array of ideas and activities to revive an interest in this beloved saint. St. Nicholas and his modern iteration, Santa Claus, is beloved […]