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.

Bad Apples

My life is filled with dilemmas, many of which manifest themselves at the grocery store. Should I take action that ...
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The Things We Keep

Keys. When is the last time you gave any thought to all those metal tokens you have? The average person ...
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Giving Thanks to the Sun

I recently overhead a discussion about the greetings people share in December. It was partially sparked by a yard sign ...
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Assembling a Message

It's a busy time of year for almost everyone, and I'm no exception. You'll notice that my last blog post ...
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Shopping for the Occupation

This week's Occupy Wall Street pepper spray incident was disturbing news. It's only one small example of many acts of ...
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Don’t Let a Tough Decision Keep You Away

"Look at all this junk," my husband said as handed me the day's mail. He was talking about the political ...
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Powerless

Current. Electricity. Power. Juice. Whatever you call it, it's tough to live without. That fact concerns me more than the ...
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Saying Goodbye — at Least for Now.

Like the leaves, my spirits fall this time of year. This is not just because I dread the coming winter ...
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Taking it to the Street

Everyday citizens are now marching in the streets because they have had enough. In one month, the Occupy Wall Street ...
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Imagining a Life Without Libraries

Some may describe it as stuffy and obsolete, but I think of a library as a captivating window to the ...
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Addiction at its Flashpoint

"The Internet is bad," said the voice in my head as I scrambled to the door. So much for leaving ...
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Hammering Away at Organization

During my career as an office management consultant, I would meet with disorganized professionals to talk about the clutter in ...
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Reflecting on Sacred Ground

This past Sunday, America stopped for a moment to remember a terrible day: 9/11/01. 2,973 people are gone, each connected ...
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How high is the water now (part four)?

If you're just joining in, we've been talking about water conservation. Today's is a long, final post in this series ...
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How high is the water now (part three)?

Showers and Water Balloons I'm continuing the water conversation I started on August 2nd. I received some great responses to ...
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How high is the water now (part two)?

Last week I asked you to begin thinking about the things you do to save water. This week I'm asking ...
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How high is the water now?

It's the dry season. Outside the window I see curled leaves and brown ground cover. Where four months ago I ...
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A Date with a Dollar

Of all our relationships, money seems to get the most attention. How do you treat your money? Does finance cause ...
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Turn the camera around

There's nothing like a trip to the movies to reset my day's perspective. Entertainment value aside, the big screen has ...
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The Consequences of AC Addition

The latest SOS Signal newsletter is ready for reading. It asks that you consider using the air conditioning less and ...
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