Tree from the ground, looking up.

How is your other half?

In our backyard stands a beautiful tree. A liquid ambar that is at least 20 meters tall. She makes a heap of colorful mess for three months of the year, but bathes the back deck in gorgeous, dappled shade for seven more. So we forgive her. Not long before we moved here, the previous owner (read more…)

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Kathrine’s flexible freedom discovery

Name: Kathrine Vigdel Location: Oslo, Norway Occupation: Publishing editor Blog/site: Skapt Tell us one way you are simplifying your life. Clearing my afternoon and evening schedule. I aim to have at least three free nights on work weeks, and at least Saturday or Sunday absolutely free from morning to evening. Not that I won’t be (read more…)

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Expectations that were never yours to meet

As you start this week, may you know yourself well enough to be at peace when the naysayers come. May you rest easy when people claim you different than what they thought you to be, or when you didn’t provide what was expected because, well—what they expected was never yours to give. Last week I (read more…)

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Weekend links

The secret to not being overwhelmed :: Conversion Diary Freedom in 704 square feet :: NY Times Want to make better decisions? Here’s a mental trick :: Storyline On pitching tents, stillness, and stitching :: Jerusalem Greer on Sorta Crunchy 7 ways the lives of the poor differ from yours—and 3 ways they don’t :: (read more…)

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Rest for the weary

Don’t be too jealous, but see that photo up above, in the header? That’s where I am, right now, as you’re reading these words. It’s a retreat center called Laity Lodge in the middle of the Texas Hill Country, along the Frio River, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that it’s quite possibly my (read more…)

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