KISSing our family room fireplace

KISSing our family room fireplace

A for-real comment from my 1st grade report card: Obviously, I was born the English major I eventually became. An inability to accept an easy, simple answer served me well when it came to detecting and analyzing literary motifs (a HIGHLY useful life skill, I might add ;-)). It has not, however, served me so(…)

The not so great book review

The not so great book review

I am so full of such big plans at the beginning of every summer. I’m going to clean! I’m going to paint! I’m going to organize! I’m going to exercise! I’m going to read! And then reality (often in the form of the 3 kids we are raising) sets in. I’m happy to report that(…)

Short hiatus

Short hiatus

The last week has been challenging. It brought a new job, a serious health issue, a death, and a trip out of town to visit family. In other words:  fear, sadness, indecision, nostalgia, regret, worry, joy, anticipation, hope, loss, and gratitude. A rich, complex mix. Sometimes, a person just needs to retreat for a bit,(…)

“No” is the new “Yes”

“No” is the new “Yes”

This is a post about passion, dreams, painting–and economics. Yes, economics. Specifically, the economic concept of opportunity costs. As Investopedia defines it, an opportunity cost is, “The cost of an alternative that must be forgone in order to pursue a certain action. Put another way, the benefits you could have received by taking an alternative(…)

Lessons from Frank Lloyd Wright

Lessons from Frank Lloyd Wright

Rita and I had a really nice summer day last weekend. We’ve  been so busy with DIY projects that we decided to take a day off and make a short road trip. About an hour and a half drive from us in Silverton, Oregon is a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, the Gordon House. It’s the(…)

Simple Living in Real Life

Simple Living in Real Life

If you follow our Facebook page, you might already know that Brooke at Slow Your Home is one of my favorite bloggers. I’ve chosen several of her pieces as my FB lunchtime read of the day–because she’s smart, practical, honest, and down-to-earth on the subject of creating a better life through simple living. I loved(…)

Reading Round-up

Reading Round-up

As we shared earlier this summer, we’ve been doing some writing for a new site called Purple Clover. We haven’t been linking to that writing from here, mostly because that site has a different focus from ours. However, I’ve written a few pieces that I thought all of you might find relevant/interesting, and we’re rounding(…)