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.

How to find relief amidst so much bad news

Maybe it's because we're embroiled in another ugly presidential campaign. Maybe it's because the leaders in my state of Pennsylvania ...
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You are not forgotten

You may be wondering when the next Back to Basics post will happen. I rarely miss a week, but due ...
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This Week’s Small Step: Cheer

Can you imagine practicing for hours, driving for miles, and walking into a single spotlight to deliver a performance to ...
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This Week’s Small Step: Let the Sun Brew It

I owe my sister for showing me this one years ago. During a summertime visit to her rural home in ...
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This Week’s Small Step: Try Another Vehicle

It's exciting to hear people talking about alternatives to the combustion engine. Battles are waging over who can come up ...
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One Thing a Week: Pick One Substitute

I'm a firm believer in the power of good nutrition. We ask so much from our bodies: seeing, hearing, feeling, ...
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This Week’s Small Step: Watch a Sunset

Last night I took a late-evening stroll. Out the driveway, down the lane, onto the blacktop, and into the open, ...
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This Week’s Small Step: Dig Out a Recipe

If you're like me, you have a stack of cookbooks and treasured recipes that never get used. Pages and pages ...
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A Reader Writes

In addition to writing this blog, I also send out a more-formal message in my newsletter called the SOS Signal ...
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One Thing a Week: Make a Written List

We all have our own way of doing things. When I was consulting (helping office administrators simplify and organize), I ...
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This Week’s Small Step: Turn off the weather hype

Bob Dylan wasn't referring to a breeze when he sang about not needing a weatherman to tell which way the ...
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One Thing a Week: Set Your Preference

Ah, the personal computer. Once thought a luxury, a frivolous expense, a product few people would find useful in their ...
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This Week’s Small Step: Ask Questions

I’m shy when it comes to bothering strangers. I assume they don’t want to talk to other people, especially me ...
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A Quick Update

You may or may not have noticed that there was no blog post here last week. I took a wonderful ...
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This Week’s Small Step: Go See a Show

I just returned from a weekend-long musical experience: Spring Gulch Folk Festival. It was held amidst the Amish and non-Amish ...
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This Week’s Small Step: Find Someone to Admire

Anger. Frustration. Guilt. Uncertainty. Fear. These emotions can consume us. However prevalent though, they should never serve as a guide ...
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This Week’s Small Step: Leave the Keys on the Hook

It's now safe to say that most Americans are tired of guzzling gas. I've dreamed of the day when it ...
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This Week’s Small Step: Know What You Plant

The idea of frost and snow is fast becoming a distant memory. Planting season is here. That's why this week's ...
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This Week’s Small Step: Celebrate Arbor Day

It's no secret that I love trees.   Where I live (Pennsylvania), today (April 27, 2012) is a holiday for ...
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This Week’s Small Step: Remember the Origins of Earth Day

In my quest to support individuals who share my compassion for nature conservation, I constantly find examples from the past, ...
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