Remove All Filters and be Real

Remove All Filters and be Real We are so used to the decorations, the makeup, filers, the outer-coverings, the gimcracks, that we often miss out on the raw, real beauty of most things. We let the external authorities, the textbooks, internet, politicians, parents, and teachers, take control over...

Some Things All Students Need to Know

Some Things All Students Need to Know Moving to London as a student can be overwhelming. Making a home in the one of the biggest cities in the world is a challenging enough prospect, but when you pair it up with adjusting to the rigors of university life it would make anyone feel nervous. Fortunately,...

Gardens

Gardens I’ve been looking into starting a garden for several reasons: I live in an area where we just don’t get really fresh fruits or vegetables very often, unless you buy from the farmers themselves. However, most of the farmers are 20-30 miles from our house,...

When paper was precious

I loved to read the Little House books as a kid. I was fascinated by the self-reliance and determination of those pioneers. (Of course, it helped that my own ancestors had been pioneers as well.) Those books reinforced my feelings of pride in a job well done, and in...

The Coin Toss Law

I read about something called the “Coin Toss Law” in Cashing In on the American Dream by Paul Terhorst. Paul says, “Simplify your life by having only the things you need or want. Consume less to enjoy life more. Living with this new state of mind...

Frugal living myths

There are a lot of myths that go along with the idea of frugal living. The biggest one, I think, is that frugal living is somehow a sacrifice. But think of frugality in terms of not being wasteful, and your perspective will probably change. Take the little things....

Garden progress & plans

We have been harvesting snap peas over the last few weeks, and it looks like there are still more to come. (There are plenty ripening on the plants now, and new blooms as well.) It’s really gratifying to be able to grow food we can eat. (As a former black thumb,...

Living More with Less

I finished up Living More with Less recently. It’s an older book (from 1980) written by Doris Janzen Longacre, who was a Mennonite. I really enjoyed it and found lots of thought-provoking information in it. It’s written in a format that explains the...

Venturing into composting

We finally ventured into composting the other day. It was simpler than I thought — we just went down to the hardware store and bought a solid-colored plastic bin with with a lid, drilled some holes in the lid, and set the bin in (one of the few) shady spots in...