Category: Simple Living

Simple Gifts: A Cherished Christmas Decoration and “Friend”

By , December 24, 2017

Every year, as we pull out our Christmas decorations, we anticipate seeing an old friend: Bob the snowman.

“Bob” has been with us so long that we no longer remember, for sure, exactly where he came from.

Here’s what we do know: Michelle and I picked up this tiny plastic snowman at a Hallmark store, probably somewhere in Oregon, near Christmas, somewhere around 1983 – 1984 (the design is copyrighted 1983). We named him Bob immediately, for reasons we forget.

toy snowman

Bob, our tiny, long-time Christmas friend (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Work Like a Peasant, Live Like a King

By , June 19, 2017

As we complete our eleventh year of residence on our homestead, I recall a motto we adopted early on: “work like a peasant, live like a king.”

From the very beginning, the strange dichotomy of our life became apparent. We deliberately, voluntarily reduced our quality of life in order to improve it. We dedicated ourselves to a new lifestyle, economy, and condition set—a new paradigm, if you will—that recasts us almost literally as peasants. Yet, by doing so, we live like kings!

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