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 lesson from 100 years ago

You've likely heard that April 2012 marks the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. A luxurious passenger liner ...
Read More

This Week’s Small Step: Stick a Jug in it

Where would we be without water? Liquid water is second only to oxygen on the scale of importance when it ...
Read More

This Week’s Small Step: Visit a tree, and be

Few insults bother me more than the term treehugger -- not for the one being insulted, but for the one ...
Read More

This Week’s Small Step: Give Care to Your Fridge

The men in my house have learned by now that it is best to stay out of my way during ...
Read More

This Week’s Small Step: Grab the Fan

Here in Southeastern Pennsylvania we just survived a very mild winter. At least 75 days were above normal as far ...
Read More

You Are Not Alone

The act of caring can be a lonely experience, especially when it seems as if no one else shares your ...
Read More

This Week’s Small Step: Donate and Say No

The phone rang. On the other end was a woman who clearly cared about her cause. She began her plea ...
Read More

Help Me Write for You

My last post encouraged you to ask for help. Following my own advice, I am now asking you to help ...
Read More

This Week’s Small Step: Ask for Help

At some time over the course of the next seven days you're going to need some help. Maybe you'll need ...
Read More

Operating for a public benefit

Wouldn't it be great if more corporations operated under a mission like that of a nonprofit? One that solves a ...
Read More

This Week’s Small Step: Tune in to Bird Song

They say that smell can trigger emotion. However I believe sound can too ... with even greater intensity. When I ...
Read More

This Week’s Small Step: Consider a CSA

As winter drags on, I grow tired of frozen vegetables. My tastebuds long for the farm-to-table produce that is still ...
Read More

Life Saving Flexibility

I remember a story a few years ago about a man who was hired to paint a water tower. Anxious ...
Read More

This Week’s Small Step: Smile and Say “Hello”

Here it is. The debut post for the new "One Thing a Week" series in which I plan to offer ...
Read More

A Positive SOS Signal

It's that time again. The latest SOS Signal has been published, this time with a positive message for 2012. Click ...
Read More

Announcing Plans for More Blog Posts

In order to better feed your hunger for solutions, I have decided to add a regular Friday post to this ...
Read More

Backspacing My Way Through Life.

"We can always change it later," the client said to me as I was waiting for his decision on whether ...
Read More

Who Am I to Save a Planet?

The people around me sometimes don't understand why I do the things I do. I suppose that happens to all ...
Read More

I See You…

...three powerful little words. So powerful, in fact, "I see you" moves me more than "I love you." I was ...
Read More

Watching GasLand

I finally broke down and watched it. I'd heard about the documentary "GasLand" when it was released, but I had ...
Read More