I woke up to about ten inches of fresh snow. I love it when we get a decent accumulation. My excitement has me out the door before dawn to shovel. I clean my walk and two of my neighbors’. They think I’m being helpful, and perhaps I am, but really I just love being out in it. The urge is strong to sink my feet deep in the snow and feel the cold air and sharp sting of snowflakes against my face.
When I started this blog I wasn’t sure what direction I would take, but it felt right to give it the name The Beauty In Simple. It speaks clearly of my beliefs and values.
A few months ago I read an article that shared one man’s thoughts on being helpful. He said, if you have to wait to be asked, you’re not being helpful. He gave a beautiful example – if you plan to sit by a friend’s fire for a while, stop by their wood pile on the way to the door and fill your arms with wood to bring to their hearth. For the life of me, I can’t find the source where I read the story, but it stuck with me. I’ve been running it over my mind lately as I think about the holidays.
We were about half way through our drive home from a vacation in Montana when I received a text message from my mom that our Christmas tree had been left behind. Continue reading
I was having a conversation with my 16-year-old son about climate change and the United Nations conference happening now in Paris. In preparation for the negotiations, the Chinese government released a report on the affects of global warming that is frightening indeed. My son reflected that his generation is the last generation that has the possibility of turning things around for the planet and humanity, but the job seemed so large he wasn’t sure where to begin.
Crossing into November often signals the start of the mad rush of the holidays. Continue reading
Welcome to The Beauty in Simple! My story is about making, gathering, growing, thrifting, mending, creating and simplifying – all with thought given to living lightly on this planet. I’m more about making or making-do than buying and minimizing than collecting. I look to nature for inspiration. Please join me in discovering the beauty in simple.