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Simply Imperfect.

Wabi-Sabi Weekend: The Benefits of Downsizing

On Wabi-Sabi Weekends, I post excerpts from my book, Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House.

“I want to spend the time I have doing things that make my heart rage.” — Buck Howard

Letting go of commitments we’re not fully committed to and stuff we don’t care about (but have to take care of) is a gift greater than gold—and an ability worth cultivating.

My first taste of simplicity’s promise came from Duane Elgin’s 1981 bestseller, Voluntary Simplicity. … Continue reading

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Wabi-Sabi Weekend: Haul Out the Holly (And Put It Away Again)

On Wabi-Sabi Weekends, I post excerpts from my book, Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House.

“He who knows he has enough is rich.” – Lao-tzu

Wabi-sabi’s complicated two-step of spacious but not stark, comforting but not cluttered, requires nurturing and refinement.

Slowly, over time, you pare down your possessions. You might live for years with three candles, a lamp and a bowl on a side table, then one day realize that removing the candles lets the lamp’s clean lines … Continue reading

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Home-Brewed Beer for Christmas

In my dark winter

Lying ill, at last I ask

How fares my neighbor

–Basho

My Facebook friends’ well-intentioned reminders to be thankful last week annoyed the hell out of me. They have so much to be thankful for, and I’ve been stuck on the empty side of the half-glass. During this holiday of abundance—my first Christmas as a parent without a paycheck—I’ve been counting reasons to feel sorry for … Continue reading

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