Life. Pared Down.

For Folks with Everything Except Peace of Mind

Lovin’ Literature: More is Better! Part 1

I’m thinking of doing a series on why literature is such a gift and how it can make you (and me) happier, healthier and all around fulfilled. All this with no additional calories or cost to our bottom line. In this first installment I’d like to focus on the title: Lovin’ Literature: More is Better […]

Secrets of Living the European Lifestyle (Part 8)

Read Old Stuff… The next time you wander into an antique or second-hand shop keep your eyes out for some of the vintage books whether on a shelf or decorating a display table. Just about the easiest and most cost-friendly things to find these days are old books. Some might have a bit of a […]

Secrets of Living the European Lifestyle (Part 7)

Marinate in Classical Music… You know how the type of music you listen to conjures up different thoughts? When I have a lot on my plate, I like to set Pandora to my Beethoven channel. It just puts me in a frame of mind where the work just happens, and before I know it, time […]

Secrets of Living the European Lifestyle (Part 6)

Seek Anonymity… ‘Seeking Anonymity’ can seem like an oxymoronic idea at first. Seeking to be hidden is so out of fashion in America today –  to wish ‘not to be famous.’ Unless you or I are not marketing ourselves enthusiastically each day, we will seek to exist in the frontal lobes of our adoring fans. […]

Secrets of Living the European Lifestyle (Part 5)

Need Fewer Things… Did you ever stop to think about how much time, effort and even money it takes to own and  keep a lot of stuff? You first have to buy it, sometimes insure it, perhaps clean it or wipe the dust from it. Oh, and don’t forget that you might also have to […]

Secrets of Living the European Lifestyle (Part 4)

Cultivate a ‘Life of the Mind’. Before you say, “Hey, what do you mean?” let me explain. We Americans obviously live a different lifestyle than our European counterparts. We typically travel greater distances to get to work, spend more time in our cars, take fewer trains, walk less, eat more on-the-go, own bigger homes (many […]

Secrets of Living the European Lifestyle (Part 3)

Have a beer instead of a soft drink. Why? It’s more of a social beverage. This is no revelation, but it just proves that overall it’s a better beverage. How many people get together to de-stress after work with a sugary soft drink? Right. But a nice cold beer suggests good conversation and relaxation. Not so […]

Secrets of Living the European Lifestyle (Part 2)

Linger over Dinner… If you’re like me, you probably can’t count the number of times you’ve been rushed through dinner even on those occasions where you’re fortunate enough to dine in an upscale restaurant. Inevitably someone in the party is anxious to get a move on, to get to the show or just to head […]

Secrets of Living the European Lifestyle (Part 1)

I don’t know about you, but I live in the U.S. and because I had the opportunity to live in Europe a few years back, I really wanted to incorporate some of how they live into my everyday life. So over the next few weeks I’ll share a few tips I came away with and […]

How do you vacuum your floors?

Big Chunks and Little Crumbs… I was reminded of a funny story that occurred when I was home from university one summer waiting tables with a friend in a resort town in Upstate, New York. We had worked a very long day and afterwards were expected to do our side-jobs, one of which was vacuuming […]