Traveling and Living Lightly - Clothing Selection Criteria

Traveling and Living Lightly started the discussion of looking at life from the perspective of a traveler as well as some of the goals that I both need and want to meet with the gear I carry.  This article continues the series by examining the selection of clothing.  Your needs may be different from mine, but the types of criteria ar

An Uncomfortable Life

How are you feeling today?  Did you sleep well last night?  How is the chair you are sitting in, are the cushions okay?  Do you need to adjust the air conditioning or heating?  Comfortable now?  Good, let's begin!  We like our comfort in the modern world, we spend large amounts of money to make sure we are comfortable, not just physically, but emotionally and even intellectually.

Traveling and Living Lightly

By most people's standards, I travel a lot.  Whether you are trying to save money, reduce your environmental impact, or free yourself from possessions, even if you never actually go anywhere, it helps to look at your life from the perspective of a traveler.

The Green Myth

Tomorrow you are going to be executed, you have a choice of being shot in the head or burned alive, which would you choose?  Just because one of these choices may be better than the other hardly makes it a "good" choice!  In recent years, we have come to associate "Green" products and choices with "good".  The fact is, in nearly every case where I see th

Useful Health Information

For many of us, getting our lives back is also (as much as is possible) about getting our health back (it certainly was for me).  What follows is a list of products and information which were helpful in my quest for a better life.  I cannot guarantee you will see the same results, and you should of course consult whatever medical professionals you may consider appropriate before making significant changes in diet and exercise.  In other words, if you have a heart attack from doing what I did, accept the responsibility for your actions and don't blame me!  At a later date I will probably go

A Most Efficient Bathroom

I like to tell people that the world's most efficient bathroom is one which is in use 24 hours per day, seven days a week, but never has anyone waiting in line.  The fact is that whether you are concerned about your finances / money, housing, global warming, public health care, pollution, environmental degradation, species extinctions, or any one of countless other social and personal issu

Corporate Executions?

I often hang out with an ultra liberal crowd, and occasionally hear rumblings from people about how evil corporations are, not just the big names who have made the news for some dastardly deed, but all corporations.  My usual response is "wait a minute here, I'm president of a tiny corporation and it's no more evil than I am" (okay maybe that's not the best example :-). 

The Forty Acre House

I live and work in a seventy square-foot (seven square meter), ten-foot (three meter) tall, round cob house with a loft for sleeping.  Bathroom facilities are in a separate green house. When people ask how I can live in something so small, I like to tell them that my house is actually 40 acres (0.16 square kilometers), it just happens that only parts of it are enclosed.


If I paid someone to rob a bank and they shot and killed someone in the process, should I share in the blame for the murder?  I think most societies would agree that I share in the responsibility, and at least some would treat me as though I had personally pulled the trigger.  Frankly, I tend to agree with the societies which would blame me just as much as the person who pulled the trigger, since I instigated the crime.  What are your feelings?  Have you even given any thought to the subject?  If you haven't I would encourage you to think about this a bit before continuing.

Free Storage! - Downsizing 3

Do you have things you don't use but can't bring yourself to get rid of?  Perhaps you have read Downsizing Your Life and/or Downsizing 2 but find that you still have too much "stuff".  I have found the perfect storage facility!  It's available throughout the USA and in many other countries of the world.  They will store things for you like kitchen appliances, gadgets, plates, silverware, garden tools, clothing that no longer fits you, and many other items that you rarely or never use.  The best part? There are no monthly storage fees, items stored there often come back in better condition than when you left them, and clothing that didn't fit when put into storage always fits when you take it out!


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