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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.

Five words you should never say

To play musical accompaniment (in a new window) while reading, click here. Song: Something Good; Composer: Richard Rodgers; Collection: Rogers ...

Flawed performance or no performance at all?

To play musical accompaniment (in a new window) while reading, click here. Last Friday I sent out my bimonthly SOS ...

What Do You Do?

The Write Beat's latest SOS Signal newsletter is ready for reading, this one offering advice for clearly describing your work ...

The Great Pharma Flush

"I don't know why the doctor gave me such a strong prescription. The drugs made me comatose, so I flushed ...

One Secret to a Better Wellbeing

What if I said there was a way you could improve your image in two minutes? That you could gain ...

Prepare to Emerge

It usually happens around this same time every year. A shallow sadness nags at my subconscious. Meals don't have that ...

Why Don’t You Go Count the Birds?

I'm involved with quite a few nature organizations, particularly local ones. If there's an initiative in the works to get ...

How I found relief amidst so much bad news

Just when my ears had heard all they could take, the world called out more bad news. Kids killed kids ...

Control in Nature

Calendars. They always get a lot of attention this time of year, and 2012 was exceptionally ripe for observation thanks ...

New Year 2013 Goals

The Write Beat's latest SOS Signal newsletter is ready for reading, this one offering motivation to those who are growing ...

Celebrate light!

I am taking a pause today to acknowledge the Winter Solstice, that wonderful, once-a-year time when I turn my eyes ...

Control in the Existence of Life

With my back to the tree, I never sensed the hawk's presence. I could not immediately comprehend the ruckus going ...

A Premise to Control in the Existence of Life

Last week I took a break from my Control series in order to publish a story that was time sensitive ...

An Electric Hike in the Woods

I went on a hike last Saturday with 20 other outdoor enthusiasts. Members of the Appalachian Mountain Club convened with ...

Control In Energy

Can you imagine where we'd be today had we invested as much in American, energy-supply ingenuity as we did in ...

Control in Weather

We had plenty of warning about the storm. We were told to prepare for days without electricity. We expected nine ...

Control in Communication

I can remember being a kid in social studies class, listening to the teacher explain the difficult job of a ...

Control in Relationships

People might describe me as independent to a fault. Against my own better judgment, I do not ask for help ...

Control in Advertising

Buy. Sell. Buy. Sell. It's the gear that seems to turns the globe, a mechanism that is oiled with advertising, ...

Control in Democracy

Election day is near. Like most people I know, I worry that I'll make a poor decision, but more than ...