Category: Slower Living

Decoupling Christmas from Consumerism

Decoupling Christmas from Consumerism

It was only two weeks ago, but I’m already nostalgic for Thanksgiving. I miss that tranquil time when nearly everything shuts down, and the only agenda involves the communal preparation and enjoyment of harvest-time...

In Awe of the Moon

In Awe of the Moon

“It occurred to me that if this were a sight that could be seen only once in a century or even once in a human generation, this little headland would be thronged with spectators....

Hanging Out: Reducing Clothes Dryer Use

Hanging Out: Reducing Clothes Dryer Use

We have a tyrannosaurus in our laundry area. You may not realize it, but you probably do too. This voracious eater from another era sits in a white metal box perched atop the washing...

Unplug to Recharge: Going Tech-free for a Day

Unplug to Recharge: Going Tech-free for a Day

Are we all secretly proud of our capacity to multitask–conversing, texting and walking (or worse, driving!)–all while listening to music? Captivated by the limitless potential of e-connectivity, we convince ourselves that we can effectively...

Rest and Renewal Outdoors

Rest and Renewal Outdoors

In the first of her “Little House” books, Laura Ingalls Wilder describes a Sunday afternoon in her grandfather’s youth. He and his brothers had just built a sled, but the Sabbath had begun before...

Crazy Busy

Crazy Busy

How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon December is here before it’s June. My goodness how time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? —...

Places of Paradox: the Lure of Maine Islands

Places of Paradox: the Lure of Maine Islands

Before the sun rises over a neighboring island, a translucent plum of moon slips into clouds tinged pink with the approaching day. The full moon has drawn the tide to an astronomical low, revealing...