26 Steps to Simplicity: Summer (Top 20 List for Simple Summer Fun)

I know, we’ve barely stepped into spring, but summer is just around the corner, and if we don’t plan for it now, it will be here and gone before we know it.  Up here in the northern tundra, summer is our chance to cram every outdoor activity and social interaction we possibly can into 12 short weeks of warm weather.  As much as I want to keep things slow and simple, it is difficult to stem the tide of myriad[Read more]

To Color or Not to Color (On Going Gray)

For the past few weeks, my emerging gray hair has had me considering whether or not to let myself go gray once and for all.  I’ve had noticeable gray hair for at least a decade, but only in the past couple of years have I had to resort to coloring it. The other night, I looked up inspiring articles and pictures on Pinterest, and I almost had myself convinced . . . until I brought it up with my husband. [Read more]

Summer Perfection (A Meditation Minute)

I wish I could bottle up this perfect summer day.  Don’t they always seem to come after the storms (like the one we had just before sunrise)?  The broad, green maple leaves flutter above me as a mild breeze blows through the yard.  The scent of the air is reminiscent of summers past, full of nostalgia- faintly mournful, yet comforting- a memory I cannot put my finger on. Then, the joy of childhood and the wonder of new-found independence, as[Read more]