• Seeking the Minimum Level

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    A while back I told you about The Tightwad Gazette. I warned you that I'd be sharing more jewels of wisdom from this oldie-but-goodie, and today I'm dishin' Dacyczyn. She wrote an article entitled "Seeking the Minimum Level," which describes practical ways of scaling back our usage of everyday items in the name of pushing ...

  • The four-minute shower: update

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    August is over halfway done now, and several sweet friends who are concerned about my well-being have asked if I have been able to uphold my vow to only shower for four minutes a day this month. How do you shave? they ask. Have you really been able to shower that quickly? they ask. Well, ...

  • What not to do when growing basil

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    Red and I enjoyed a little fresh basil on our leftover spaghetti tonight (adding fresh herbs is a great way of sprucing up a ho-hum meal, by the way). I was excited because two weeks ago I thought my basil was a goner. I was pretty sure I wouldn't be harvesting any more this season. ...

  • Clean water and the four-minute challenge

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    Colorado summer is in full swing now, and that means hot, dry days and violent evening thunderstorms. I love it. All this rain has me thinking about water. Some seasons it seems so abundant, like the world is swimming in it. Other seasons it is scarce and everyone pitches in to conserve. Then, after a ...

  • The farmer’s market rules: what NOT to do

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    A couple weeks ago we were browsing the farmer's market. We strolled past booths sampling local honey, fresh focaccias, homemade salsas until we arrived at a produce stand. The fruit looked pristine; I could smell the vegetables and the dirt that still caked them. Before I could catch myself I reached out, picked up a ...

  • Why we use cloth diapers

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    It was Caveman who first brought up the idea of cloth diapering.  We had just found out that we were pregnant, and the excitement was breeding all sorts of "Hey! We should..." thoughts. I initially dismissed the suggestion, citing reasons like "it sounds gross" and "I don't want to deal with more laundry." In my ...

  • What Smallish means to us

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    Small is severely relative, and "intentionally living small" might mean something different to everyone. One person might see it as undesirable because they imagine limiting the possibilities of what they want to do with life; living small might mean not fulfilling their dreams. Someone else might see it as not driving that fourth car very ...