Simple living is complicated

Browsing through a stack of women’s magazines in a waiting room recently, I counted no less than half a dozen features outlining how to “banish clutter” or “simplify and organize” everything that’s muddled in my chaotic household. One article suggested that dumping the contents of my junk drawers would enhance my self-esteem. Another promised I’d […]

Looking for Walden

“My greatest skill in life has been to want but little.” — Henry David Thoreau Thanks to the digital tools of modern technology, I now have a mind-boggling array of options — the whole world — at my fingertips. Without leaving the desk chair in my home office, I can converse online with colleagues I’ve […]

Botanica

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”  ~Henry David Thoreau When I was a student at Michigan State University in the 1970s, three natural science courses were required of all liberal arts students. An artsy kid, I’d nearly flunked math and […]