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My good friend Janine Thoma and I trade book suggestions, and she highly recommended a biography called Gertrude Bell, Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations, by Georgina Howell. I had never heard of Bell, but her story should be … Continued

Grandpa was a Rolling Stone

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Huck Finn has been called the seminal American novel because Huck and Jim are always traveling, looking ahead at the next big thing. At the end of the story, when Huck is offered the comfort of staying at his aunt’s … Continued

Show some respect for great stuff!

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How could I not love Things?  Yes, I am a Quaker, and we follow a testimony of Simplicity, but there are many ways to evaluate Simplicity. Early Quakers wore dark, plain clothes, ate simply, and even used a style of … Continued

The Zen of Simplicity

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It seems that many people I know are reading and following the advice in The Japanese Art of Decluttering. Is it the laid-back life in Western North Carolina that allows time to contemplate the need for simplifying our lives, or … Continued

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