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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.

Uncloaking the Invisible Sorrow

The Eastern Phoebe is not a particularly beautiful bird. Gray on top, white on bottom, its markings are rather bland ...

Tapped out or tuned in?

When John Rogers of Keystone Conservation Trust asked me to join another planning committee, I groaned silently. I needed more ...

From barren to green, engaged citizens made a difference.

Did you ever wish you could do something to fix a serious problem where you live? Have you ever tried? ...

You stink, bug.

My organic garden is doing fairly well this year. The plants are fighting off most of the pests on on ...

Recognizing Millennials

I read an opinion piece earlier this month, and the words haven't left my mind since. It appeared in Lehigh ...

Mom’s Guide to Avoiding Tears

Some days it exhausts me to see how many people want to fight and complain. It makes me want to ...

Finding contentment

How many words do you think are online today? It's mesmerizing if you even try to guess. And I just ...

I’ve got the power

It's funny how little things can set me off. One piece of bad news or one person's stupid action can ...

Quiet Achieved

In my last post I wrote about a desire for peace and quiet. Then, I took a weeklong vacation to ...

Quiet Please

Beep...Beep...Beep...Beep. Is it an alarm clock or a reversing trash truck that has pierced my silent morning? How did all ...

A Moment of Silence

To hear piano music while listening, click here. The song will open in a new window. Song Title: Grandfather's Clock; ...

How Words are Like Ribbons to Me

Have you ever had your attention repeatedly captured by a single word? It happens to me over the course of ...

And the Living is Easy

Money. When you have it, life is fine. Right? I'm going to challenge this notion, but before I do, I ...

Defying Science in our Backyards

In America this week, it's as if one half of the country is still waiting for spring. Getting snow in ...

When the Lights Make You Dizzy

"It's like the 1900s all over again," said Phil Jones, green building expert. He was talking about lighting. Buying a ...

Celebrate Through Learning

Monday, April 22, 2013 is officially Earth Day, and many of us will be celebrating the occasion this weekend. (I'll ...

A Short Story About Daily Life

It takes a second for the numbers on the dashboard to register: 2:28. “What happened? Inside, only moments ago, it ...

Change the message to change the world.

You may say I'm living in a dream cloud, but I'm convinced American attitudes have changed. The conversation has restarted ...

Can you see the forest through the deer?

Note: Unlike last week, this is a long post. However, if you've encountered an overabundance of deer in your neighborhood, ...

Killing with Love at Springtime

Ah, the springtime. It's almost here. Spring is a busy time, so I'll keep this short. If you are like ...