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Old Back to Basics Archives

Originally, the Back to Basics Blog contained posts that were written to support individuals who wanted to live a simple life. The topics included roadblocks to that and often challenged popular opinion in order to get deeper conversations started. Sadly, reader comments were lost when the posts were moved from its original platform to this site. Contact me for additional archive questions.

A Massive Ceremony Coming to Philadelphia

At the risk of beating a sensitive drum, I have to acknowledge an enormous occasion that is happening around me ...

The Elements of Ceremony

I was gazing out my window when the idea hit for my second blog, Today’s Walk Outside. It wasn't until ...

A Chilling Waste

I just returned from a weeklong vacation, which included attending the Philadelphia Folk Festival for the 24th time. Besides the ...

The Ritual of a Spirit

According to a Gallup pole, there continues to be a gradual increase in the number of Americans who say they ...

Make Your 4th Red, White, Blue and GREEN

In typical American style, we sure know how to push a celebration to grandeous proporations. Fireworks, beach trips, picnics, parades, ...

Deception in the Wind

Finally we got a chance to comfortably put our kayaks in the water. My husband and I had been visiting ...

Among the Stones

A slight stretch for meeting my commitment to walk outside every day, I am posting here, on this lengthier blog, ...

Lost Without Recollection

Here comes another attack on technology. I can't help myself; things have gotten absurd. It's not that the tool isn't ...

Why Spring Cleaning Does More Than Make Things Look Nice.

Read more via my latest newsletter, SOS Signal March/April 2015.Original post blogged on b2evolution ...

Messing with the Time

One great example of man's manipulative ways is standardized time. Timekeeping -- the incremental measurement of the position of the ...

Detaching Prejudice from Racism

America is once again being tested. However uncomfortable, the conversation is open, the questions are still demanding answers, and the ...

A Sense of Accomplishment

New ideas give me a rush. They flood in and overwhelm all other thoughts, consuming my ability to focus on ...

Clearing the Road to Hybrid Car Ownership

Gas prices are down. Drivers are celebrating. But does that mean we can slacken the conservation reins? Not as far ...

Everybody’s Talkin’

When Fred Neil released "Everybody's Talkin'," the stuff on his mind was different than what's on mine. Forty eight years ...

Who is to Blame?

Have you ever cursed the open overhead cabinet door for coming in contact with your head? It's funny how angry ...

A Path to Health and Connection

Do you wish you could get more exercise? Do you wish you had more time to yourself? Do you wish ...

Perceived Wasteland

Seven months ago I sat in on a conference presentation that had to do with flood risk. The presenter brilliantly ...

Stop Telling Me What to Do

When my husband frames a good suggestion in a directive statement such as "Eat that yummy casserole in the fridge," ...

The Compromise of Fall

When the nature lover John Muir worked together with hunting enthusiast Theodore Roosevelt, great things happened. For example, President Roosevelt ...

The Contradictions of Being Human

It's natural to want the many qualities of a good life. But quite often one desire is in direct conflict ...