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.

Cracking the Inherited Traits

I got more from my grandmother than just the name Ruth. I got her fascination for words, her penchant for ...
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A wiser way to deal with fear

Last week I wrote about how people use fear to make us act. This week I bring you advice for ...
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Accentuate the Negative?

We've all heard the advice: stay positive; a positive attitude is good for your health; visualize success, and you'll find ...
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Memorial Day in the Garden

Memorial Day may be a popular time to travel to the beach or mountains, but for me, I like to ...
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So what’s it gonna be?

Will the world end on May 21, 2011, October 21, 2011 or December 21, 2012? In case you haven't heard, ...
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Making it all worthwhile

Where I live, a dreary winter became a rainy, cold spring, but this week, finally, all that has changed. The ...
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A Day for the Dogs

This past weekend, my local park turned into an all-out dog show when the radio station, 102.9 MGK put on ...
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Lessons from Robert Frost

I must admit, I'm not a fan of poetry. I'm really not sure why. I love music and rhythm and ...
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Following nature’s lead.

It's no secret that I happen to think the natural world is an amazing place. Nature provides for us everything ...
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How Would You Hardwire Our Future?

On Sunday night,... I watched a 2009 science fiction movie called Hardwired. It was a futuristic view of what could ...
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Get outside or you’ll miss it.

I find it amazing how the seasons surprise me year after year. Gratefully, I get to experience all four since ...
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Forget Multitasking. Try Focus.

The latest SOS Signal is ready for reading. Click here to check it out.Original post blogged on b2evolution ...
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Our Future is Not Written in a Text Book

President Obama's 2011 State of the Union address contained language that was often missing from George W.'s speeches: a call ...
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Should Have. Could Have.

After public hearings, interviews, and a ton of document reviews, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission has released a new book ...
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There’s a garden under that snow.

Pennsylvania has not seen the "mild" winter forecasters predicted for this year. The white layers outside include both ice and ...
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Unwavering Resolutions

Suddenly everyone around me seems to be making significant improvements in their lives. It's as if everything is sprouting fresh ...
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Take what you deserve.

I read a sad fact in the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal this week: Of 627 employees surveyed, 288 revealed that ...
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The Tools May Change, but the Work Remains the Same

I learned another new word today thanks to Merriam Webster's Word of the Day: netroots. (see photo below for definition ...
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Anatomy of a Task List

The latest SOS Signal is available for reading. It contains helpful advice on how to effectively use a to-do list ...
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Blog Upgrade

Happy Holidays friends and readers. I'm doing a little blog maintenance today (i.e., upgrading software). You may have difficulty linking ...
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