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Simple Living

Freedom from cluttered lives and minds.

How to Pickle Almost Anything How to Pickle Almost Anything
by Doug Pibel, Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, Kali Swenson
Why ferment? It’s practical magic. Here are a few basics to get you started.
Why I’m Staying In My Hometown (Even Though Everybody Knows What I Was Like as a Kid) Why I’m Staying In My Hometown (Even Though Everybody Knows What I Was Like as a Kid)
Brought on by the sound of a screaming child, I reflect on my past, my community, and how we can become our true selves without fleeing our roots.
Remembering Stephen Gaskin: A Conversation with the Man Behind the Original Off-the-Grid Farm Remembering Stephen Gaskin: A Conversation with the Man Behind the Original Off-the-Grid Farm
by Erin McCarley
Gaskin had a talent for thinking through ways to combine simple living with social engagement. He died on July 1, 2014.
Too Many Political T-Shirts? 6 Ways to Repurpose Them Too Many Political T-Shirts? 6 Ways to Repurpose Them
by Christine St. Pierre, Kali Swenson
The messages may be eternal, but T-shirts aren't forever. These DIY projects can give them new life.
How the Family Farm Stole My Sense of Self—For the Better How the Family Farm Stole My Sense of Self—For the Better
by Shannon Hayes
A Lesson in Tranquility ... From a Porcupine A Lesson in Tranquility ... From a Porcupine
by Shannon Hayes
A midnight run-in with a spiny interloper forced me to re-evaluate my priorities.
Will My Daughter Grow Up to Be a Farmer Like Me? Will My Daughter Grow Up to Be a Farmer Like Me?
by Shannon Hayes
I made the choice to give up a career in law and return to my family farm. Now, I wait to see if my daughter will do the same.
10 Things Creative People Know 10 Things Creative People Know
by Peggy Taylor, Charlie Murphy
Everyday creative activities like knitting and cooking can boost your levels of serotonin and decrease anxiety.
This Couple's Marriage Healed the Planet and Cost Just $3K—Here's How They Did It This Couple's Marriage Healed the Planet and Cost Just $3K—Here's How They Did It
by Linnea M. Paton
Four ways to have an equitable, earth-loving, and awesome wedding.
How a Library with No Books Could Change the Way We Read (And Bring Us Closer Together) How a Library with No Books Could Change the Way We Read (And Bring Us Closer Together)
by Roman Krznaric
The Empathy Library is a new digital archive where people can point to the books, movies, and other media that help us learn to understand one another.
How Cooking Can Change Your Life How Cooking Can Change Your Life
In this powerful RSA Short, Michael Pollan shares some real talk about the difference between home cooked food and food made by corporations.
Sitting Is the New Smoking: Why Walking Is the “Secret Sauce” for Better Health and Happier Communities Sitting Is the New Smoking: Why Walking Is the “Secret Sauce” for Better Health and Happier Communities
by Jay Walljasper
Whether you live in the ‘burbs, the city, or the middle of nowhere, the "wonder drug" of walking is just what the doctor ordered.
What I Learned from a Month on the Ten-Mile Diet What I Learned from a Month on the Ten-Mile Diet
"It was a different kind of diet. I didn't count calories. I didn't count carbs. I just took 12,500 miles of food off my plate."
 The Ancient Greeks' 6 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Change Your Life) The Ancient Greeks' 6 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Change Your Life)
by Roman Krznaric
Looking for an antidote to modern culture's emphasis on romantic love? Perhaps we can learn from the diverse forms of emotional attachment prized by the ancient Greeks.
How a Cup of Nettle Tea Taught Me How To Live Well and Remember the Past How a Cup of Nettle Tea Taught Me How To Live Well and Remember the Past
by Valerie Segrest
I am a Muckleshoot Indian, but little of what I used to eat bore much connection with the landscape I lived in, which had fed my ancestors for many generations. When I discovered nettle tea, it was as if I were remembering what it was like to feel well.
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