Life. Pared Down.

For Folks with Everything Except Peace of Mind

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 […]

The Beauty of Beauty

Did you ever wonder why some things are just lovely to look at? What makes some things beautiful and others, not so much? Modern thinkers might say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but that may not really be true because beauty has a way of reaching a multitude of people even […]

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 […]