I was intrigued by this story about the lure of the fairy tale. “In the Grimms’ time, industrialization was starting to simplify or eliminate certain domestic chores. For that reason, among others, the oral tale was beginning to disappear. Intellectuals considered this a disaster. Hence the many fairy-tale collections of the period, including the Grimms’. They were rescue operations.”
John and I are having this very conversation now.
I am ready for radical simplicity. Clean, simple food, closed loops, owning less, living on a smaller footprint. I’m ready to shed: weight, stuff, to-do lists. I’ve been talking about this for a while. It’s time. I’m uncluttering. I anticipate giving away half of what I own by the end of 2012. Five boxes of books left the house this week. My clothes are dwindling away to Goodwill.
We all need to go to the quiet place.
Someone reminded me of this blog focusing on real food.
According to a recent study released by the UCLA Center on the Everyday Lives of Families, U.S. families have reached “material saturation.” “The inflow of objects is relentless. The outflow is not. We don’t have rituals, mechanisms, for getting rid of stuff.” Have you any rituals for getting rid of stuff? For having less stuff to begin with? What could you give to someone else today?
I am humbled and deeply touched by the stories people are submitting to The Geography of Loss. Feel free to leave your own story of loss there. For what or for whom do you grieve?
My brother is an Eagle Scout. I was a First Class Girl Scout. We have scouting in the blood. And I have friends who work for the Boy Scouts. I’ve done work for them myself. What a narrow path they have chosen.
As a vegetarian since 1976, Chick-Fil-A has never been on my radar. Now it is, and not in a good way.
“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” -Mark Twain
How about you? What have you read or seen of interest this week? Leave a note in the comments below so we can all learn from one another.