While trying to decide on Theme and Contents for a blog I just started: Aminimalistcaribbeanlife.com I came across this one blog, left untouched for 5 years...
A lot happened in this time frame; A new home location. 4 grandchildren. One teaching job for one year.
I was led to downsize and become a Minimalist; to explain what it is in a blog is a lot more complicated than I thought. How do you explain a process naturally occurring to you?
How do you state step by step so-called requirements to reach a simpler way of life?
One day I woke up with this realization: what I own owns me because I use material things as a placebo and a proof that I exist as a 'normal' person in a 'real' world.
I did try though, between 2010 and 2011 to buy absolutely nothing but food items. I occupied my time walking, swimming, reading free books on my Kindle. Spending hours on Amazon.com, reading previews of free books of every genre. Finding my niche eventually. When I say ho…
I received a Kindle for Xmas! Exactly what I had wanted.
Now there's no stopping me reading day and night!
Finished: "The Age of Innocence", by Edith Wharton.
The archetype of the virginal bride, the sacrifices of a decent man to marry his class and keep faithful to the covenants of his family; the passion aroused by a liberal woman: Mme Olenska, fleeing a tyrannic Russian Count husband, fleeing Europe to return to her grandmother in New York (and cousin of the virginal bride)
Hypocrisy. Sacrifice. Details of daily life in the upper class-rich with parties, jewelry, estate homes and dirty secrets.
Exactly what we see in the News today.
Nothing so different when you think of it.
The description of 19th Century America is a real diversion from our era..