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Is yours an Earth Pathway?

Each year, I get a copy of the most beautiful diary you can possibly imagine. Called Earth Pathways, it is chock-full of poetry and other magical words, art work and festivity. Each day has the phases of the moon and sunrise and sunset times, and the festivals which mark the turning wheel of the year….

Sunday Collection: Simplicity

I really do believe that living more simply is a big part of growing older with grace and gusto. Several readers have commented to me over the months that clutter seems to collect effortlessly as we grow older (well for some of us anyway) and that getting rid of it frees up enormous reserves of…

Simply peaceful

I‘ve been reminded viscerally this week of the value of a peaceful home. I remain absolutely convinced that living more simply (however we might define “simply”) is one of the key stepping stones to growing older on our own terms. Being surrounded by clutter, whether physical or mental, is destructive. I wrote here last year about…

The key to self-respect

Warmth, intimacy, peace That’s my mantra for the way I want to live in my home. I yearn to live simply and richly. Not owned by my possessions and owning only what I need or what gives me joy. And you know what? For years I’ve felt like a fraud! I talk a good talk about simplicity,…

The Joy of Less: a review

I know from email exchanges and discussions that many readers of this blog are in the process of decluttering their homes and their lives. Me too. I think it’s an essential part of the aging process: as we grow older, we feel better when we let go of all that stuff. So this month I’m…

Don’t grab… unless you need to!

As children we’re often told not to grab. That’s necessary information about co-operative human behaviour. It can also be the start of a lifetime’s uncertainty about what we really want. Sometimes you must grab I was struck by a Facebook question yesterday by my lovely friend Kayce Hughlett. This is what she asked: What would…

Why I just got an iPhone

Never fear, I’m not about to sell you an iPhone! I just want to explore some of the issues around owning “stuff”, quality, and compromise. I’m a reluctant phone user, mobile or otherwise, but it’s next-to-impossible to make a living today without being easily contactable. Nonetheless, I’ve been hopelessly behind the times. I had my…

Not fade away?

In my last post I asked how we might reimagine society in the context of Britain’s recent riots. If you haven’t already explored the comments, please do. You’ll be rewarded by compassionate, intelligent and imaginative debate, not knee-jerk reactions. It seems clear that everyone, media, politicians, pundits and so-called ordinary people blame the riots at…

In Celebration of Simplicity: a review

This month’s review is of the book In Celebration of Simplicity by Penelope Wilcock. Subtitled The Joy of Living Lightly, this pretty much encapsulates the sense of joy I got while reading. I should start by telling you a little about Penelope (Ember to her friends). She is, as I understand it, a Plain Quaker….

Lightness and joy

People often look at me strangely when I mention I’m a Benedictine. I suspect many wouldn’t know what Benedictine monks and nuns were if not for the Brother Cadfael books and TV series, and for that unlikely hit reality show filmed at Worth Abbey, The Monastery. But me? A Benedictine? I catch furtive glances as…

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