As a writer, words are very important. As you find out when learning a new language, certain words have nuances and connotations that you can only learn with time, practice and exposure to the new language. But we don't always pay attention to the words we use in our own language. Taking a slight detour … Continue reading Changing Your Relationship with Stuff, through Language?
It's been about six months since I started wearing the skirts everyday. It was done in part so I could connect with my more bohemian self, and also so I could simplify my outfit choices. It worked wonderfully at first. And then, in one misguided trip to Macy's I got carried away. I bought about … Continue reading Why I Stopped Shopping at the Mall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FN3z8gtDUFE We all need reminders now and then. I know I do. As a slow-pacer/ minimalist, I've fallen from grace. It's time to re-center, re-focus and get to work.
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Every week, AT&T and Comcast conduct a direct-mail duel to see who can offer me the most channels of digital TV. I believe we are up to about 900 now. Then there’s Netflix, with more films and TV shows than I could watch in a lifetime. Even if I limited myself to just those that close friends have recommended, I would have years worth of material. There are hundreds of thousands of books I can download instantaneously to any number of devices, and millions more I can command hard copies of or borrow from a library. Then there are the millions of songs I could stream or download at the touch of a button. The billions of hours of video on YouTube. And best of all, the unceasing tide of social media: ever-replenishing tweets and status updates from nearly every person I have ever met, scattered across all corners…
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I feel left out. I watch people filling moments in their day by staring at tiny little cellphone screens. I have a tiny little screen too, but the processor behind it is slow, so I don't (and won't) stare at the little screen all day. Since I got rid of my Blackberry 9 months ago, … Continue reading Constant Connectedness
This morning I read an article on the impact of raising the minimum wage to $9/hour. As someone who hasn't quite broken into the world of salaried professionals, raising the minimum wage to $9/hour would be great news. I'm all for workers rights and corporations paying a living wage. (Not that $9/hour is a living wage, … Continue reading When consumer spending drives the economy…
I think I figured out what prevents most people from becoming a minimalist. I know I spend a lot of time blaming advertisers and our personal greed, but that's not the only problem. See, here in America, we have this NOW mentality. I need to lose weight NOW. I want to get out of traffic … Continue reading The Power of NOW