Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Simplify, simplify, simplify!

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say let your affairs be as two or three and not a hundred or a thousand”
-Henry David Thoreau

Have you ever thought that you might like to find ways to simplify your life? One of these books that are available on Freading may be able to help.

Blessed by Less
By Susan Vogt
The author shares the extraordinary results of her own personal experiment to give away one item a day from her home for forty days. What she found is that at the end of that time that is that she did not want to stop getting rid of things; physically or emotionally. Lightening up can be important in more than just physical health.

The Simple Living Handbook
By Lorilee Lippincott
Challenging and inspiring guidebook by a woman who went a few steps further than giving things away; she and her family sold their multi-bedroom home in order to work out of, and school their children from a one bedroom apartment. Although not everyone will want to go to that extreme, she makes readers take a hard look at reassessing priorities.

“This thought-provoking offering will have readers seeing their lives and possessions in a new light”-Publishers Weekly

Mini –Farming: Self Sufficiency on ¼ Of An Acre
By Brett Markham
From just wanting to grow a few salad ingredients that taste great or perhaps having fresh eggs for Sunday breakfast to completely depending upon your own land for sustenance, this book is packed with information that will appeal to gardeners of all levels.

The Naturally Clean Home
By Karyn Siegel-Maier
One way to get closer to nature and simplicity is to use fewer chemicals in your home. They can be quite expensive and in some instances they are potentially hazardous. Although there are numerous  “green” cleaning products on the market now, what is more green than what is actually found in nature? Quite a bit can be accomplished with baking soda, lemon and vinegar.

Sightlines
By Kathleen Jamie
An award-winning essayist and poet from Scotland shares her exquisite essays on nature during her spell-binding travel adventures.  She has visited the Northern lights in Greenland, watched whales in the ocean, and witnessed other natural occurrences that are not as beautiful and don’t always make much sense. Her writings will bring nature to a whole new light.

“Jamie’s lustrous essays recharge our appreciation for not only the world’s beauty and mystery but also for the gift poetic writers such as Jamie possess for translating sensory input into gloriously calibrated,  revelatory language”- Booklist

“A lyrical work of profound insight”- Kirkus Reviews

“..immensely beguiling. There are piquant descriptions to stop you in your tracks.”
- The Sunday Times (London)

“I wonder if I would actually kill to be able to write, or think like that. It’s like this pretty much all the way through.” –The Guardian