• Three Sure-fire Ways To Kill Contentment

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    Learning to be content living in the Shoebox (with less stuff and a one-income budget) is a major theme of my life over the past three years. I've mentioned it over and over. The more I share my journey with friends, I realize that contentment—being truly joyful and peaceful with current situations—is something with which ...

  • A Thanksgiving stone

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    Howdy! Today's thought is one from the archive. I first shared this post last year in November; you'll find that it is quite relevant this week.... >> I've been contemplating the story of the original Thanksgiving celebration this week. I can imagine the joy the colonists felt as they dug in dark soil and harvested their ...

  • The Difference Between Housekeeping and Homemaking

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    Hi there!  I share a lot of articles on green living/ small space solutions/ practical housekeeping tips/ decorating ideas on my social networking pages (you can connect with me on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest if that strikes your fancy). I love a quick suggestion on how to live more naturally, and we all dig ...

  • When Stuff Really Does Matter

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    This week in Colorado Springs more than 450 families are newly houseless due to the smoldering blaze on the north side of town. The Black Forest wildfire has been burning for days; firefighters are still working tirelessly to contain it. Fire departments planned their attack well; over 2,000 homes were saved. (To all you blaze-stopping ...

  • Honey Whole Wheat Bread (for Good Friday)

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    This morning I woke up and immediately wanted to bake bread. So I did. I opened my spice cabinet door where my favorite honey whole wheat bread recipe lives, allowed Red to pull up his stool to "help," and then we measured and stirred and kneaded until two steaming golden loaves sat atop my counter. ...