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The older I get, the more I appreciate my life to be surrounded by simple honest things. Here you will find a "Cornucopia" of simplicity. For many of us, a return to a more "simple life" leads us to explore ways of healthier, natural lifestyles. I love the word SIMPLIFY. It signifies a willingness to rid ourselves of excess baggage...not only in ourselves, but in our home and the work place.

Stress is a fact of life, but being stressed out is not. Traveling the path to simplicity can sometimes get a bit tricky. Perhaps it is because the word seems to conjure up images of living life as a recluse in some far away land. Now, that may be fine for some folks but not everyone wants to sell the house, toss the job and run off. What you need are a few ideas to help streamline your life - thus allowing you time to do the things that bring the deepest sense of peace and joyfulness.

Coming of age or simplifying has a lot to do with taking inventory of life and "letting go" of things that clutter and add unnecessary burdens. By weeding out the superfluous, we get down the our core foundation and what we really need in order to live a life of love, light and laughter. Rather than adhering to others tell you, I suggest you make a list of all the things you could give up and be clear about what you want from life. There is no need for life to be difficult or complicated. Peace Pilgrim wrote "the simplified life is a sanctified life. Much more calm, must less strife."

Here are a few suggestions I found helpful...

Embrace who you are. Be truthful with what you need to be happy. Do not mistake want for need. There is a difference.

Practice gratitude. When you are grateful, you are less impatient with yourself and with others. It is impossible to be grateful and angry at the same time.

Work the soil: there is something very soothing, calming and healing about gardening.

Express your creativity through any medium that brings you pleasure. Harmony and balance flow through our beings when we are sharing the gifts we have been blessed with.

Take time to enjoy solitude...walk, meditate, pray or just be one with the silence. Also make time to spend with your mate/partner. Special time to enjoy each other will enrich your relationship.

Enjoy your children/grandchildren. Release the child in you. Play, laugh and relish the time you have together.

Break yourself of relationships that are draining and not fulfilling. Let go of unnecessary options.

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I wanted to live deep and suck all the marrow of life...."

-- Henry David Thoreau

The Simplicity of Winter's Beauty

Around the Medicine Wheel, Winter is represented by the North. The White Buffalo stands proud ready to teach us how to turn the lessons we have learned and the knowledge we have gained into wisdom. Snowy Owl protects and teaches us to walk with grace during dark times until our eyes are opened. We call on the Great Ones of the North asking them to honor us with their presence. We walk in silence and give thanks for this time of recluse.

Winter is a time when understated details come to the foreground, and we often discover a certain elegance and poetry in sparseness. The beauty of winter can be fragile, fleeting and subtle often dictated by uncertain weather conditions. The key to discovery is to look at our world with a different perspective and learn to appreciate winter's more subtle beauties.

Even without decorations of blossom or snow, sheer sweeping shapes of plants and trees with their graceful arcs and curves are easy on the eye and provide satisfying contrast to sometimes dismal weather. Fading light of early day and eve's dark shadows cast their spell. Rushing rains cover the lands and cold winds blow as barren trees stand guard. But behind closed doors, twilight and glowing amber fires set rooms aglow. Hot chocolate and good books become my companions. Once again time it is time take a journey within...a more reflective look...

Autumn to winter, winter to spring.
spring into summer, summer into fall
So rolls Father time.
And as the seasons change...so do we!

"Sweet Memory" Trivia - adapted from GoodHousekeeping Magazine

1900 - At the turn of the century, life was slower and simpler. Bakers relied on molasses as the main sweetener, keeping refined sugar for guests.

1910 - Peace gave way to World War I. On the home front, the gas range began to replace coal and woodstoves, the Oreo cookie debuted, and several brands of peanut butter hit the market.

1920 - This was a time for tearooms (thanks to Prohibition) and dainty pastries and cakes. The brownie was born � although each bar was cut much smaller back then.

1930 - During the Great Depression, butter was a luxury; most recipes used vegetable shortening. Electric refrigerators pushed iceboxes aside, and cookie dough that could be chilled and sliced became popular.

1940 - While men and women were overseas fighting World War II, many wives and mothers left the kitchen and filled jobs in factories and offices by day � but they still found time to send care packages. Sturdy roll-and-slice spirals and drop cookies were favorites; packaged chocolate chips were still a novelty.

1950 - During the baby boom, cooking became easier with cake mixes, TV dinners, and Tupperware. Homemakers welcomed new ideas; the sweeter and more unusual, the better.

1960 - Boundaries were broken, no doubt about it: We landed on the moon, flew to Europe, and watched TV chef Julia Child cook French food, and Cool Whip came along.

1970 - Granola, the hippie health food of the 1960's, became a mainstream favorite. We experimented with flavors from different countries and so-called natural ingredients like whole grains and seeds

1980 - We wanted to have it all. Business was booming, and gourmet shops appeared in every mall and on every city street; the richer and gooier the sweets, the more we loved them. We worked out in the morning, ate new Lean Cuisine dinners, and then splurged on luxury treats � which we wanted to whip up ourselves

1990 - Eating healthy became a priority, and cookie lovers have turned to lower-fat versions of their favorite treats. Yet we still adore comfort foods � bread pudding, meat loaf � and retro cookies like spice bars. But if there's a way to lighten them up or increase the fiber, all the better.


For the soul walks upon all paths, The soul walks not upon a line. Neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself like a lotus...of countless petals.

-- Kahlil Gibran

� Nancy!~Lotusbud