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Beauty of Self-Sufficiency
Wulf Barsch von Benedikt is an internationally recognized artist, accomplished university professor, and organically-minded farmer currently living in south-central Utah. He was born in 1943 in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. On account of the Cold War, Wulf was extracted from his family when he was 6 years old...
Simple Stories;Complex Time
(Article by LifeEdited; Oct. 2014) Like many evangelists, Scott Edwards was once a heathen. In this case, his heathen ways involved the socially-acceptable, hard-charging, money-making, fast-car-driving, big-home-dwelling life of a Bay Area entrepreneur. After having an epiphany in the Utah desert, Scott realized his way of life...
When Blake Spalding moved to Boulder, Utah, in the year 2000 to open Hell’s Backbone Grill with her business partner Jen Castle, her mission was simple: make people happy. But as straightforward as the concept sounds, for Blake—a practicing Buddhist for twenty years—it’s also the guiding principle of her life.
Each Day a New Journey
Leo Le Bon sliced through Berkeley's Tilden Regional Park, his silvery gray hair streaming out the back of his bike helmet as he pedaled past a cyclist. A short time later the other rider, who was 52, caught up with Le Bon and realized with some astonishment that the man who had overtaken him was a lot older than he was. (SF Gate, July 2014)
Stuff Your Stuff
“What’s in the box?” Graham asked, as he sauntered out onto the warmly lit stage and plopped down onto a nondescript, large brown packing box. His red sneakers, which matched the glowing red “TED” letters behind him, tapped twice with anticipation as he smirked, leaned in, and looked out to the audience for a reaction.
When you think of hunting, what comes to mind? For some Americans, hunting season means camouflage, guns, bows, and time in the woods with buddies. For others, the idea of killing an animal—for sport or food—makes them cringe. In contrast to these common perceptions, I’m learning how to hunt because I want to explore the spiritual aspects...
Simple is Hard
Getting simple is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. While selling our family’s 4,800-square-foot home of thirteen years gave me the much-wanted freedom to downsize and simplify my living space, this exciting next step in my journey came with its own set of difficulties. Our family moved from California…
I Love to Walk
One foot in front of the other, Kirsten Rechnitz crossed the Mexican state of Chiapas and into Yucatán, climbing up pyramids, temples and ruins and meeting people from the ancient cultures that built them. Home to the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque, Yaxchilán, Bonampak, and Chinkultic, Chiapas presented a wealth of anthropological topics...
White Picket Fence
Moving from one home to another often gives us the opportunity to reflect, to replay our memories as we pack up our things and prepare for the next steps. The last two moves I have made were significant in my journey to simplification and greater connection with nature. It all started one day while I was driving with a business associate…
Scott Edwards founded Me Simple to showcase stories from everyday people who have become extraordinary examples of fulfilled lives. Learn how he got started and why he hopes Me Simple will become a valuable resource for people seeking proven paths to simplicity, gratitude, and a deep connection with nature.
Simple Living Manifesto
A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value. (Zen Habits Blog by Leo Babauta, September 2007)
The Nature Cure
Americans are more stressed out and distracted than ever. But there is a simple remedy: get outside. Florence Williams travels to the deep woods of Japan, where researchers are backing up the theory that nature can lower your blood pressure, fight off depression, beat back stress—and even prevent cancer. (Outside Magazine; Dec. 2012)