Category Archives: Living With Less

Resuscitate Your Soap

For bathing I like nice bars of soap made from olive oil and aloe. But lathering up my body wears them out and the bars quickly turn into slivers that jump out of my hand when wet.  That’s why I … Continue reading

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The Aesthetics of Transformation

Yesterday I finished mending the awning for our terrace pergola. It was not an enjoyable task but the awning is fundamental as I spend much of the morning (or at least would like to) at my terrace work table and … Continue reading

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My friend, Franca, recently shared an article by Goffredo Parise, Italian journalist (and companion of artist Giosetta Fioroni) entitled “Il rimedio è la povertà” (“The remedy is poverty”). The article attacks modern man’s addiction to consumerism.  Parise made a distinction … Continue reading

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Daddy’s dog

Daddy’s dog My dad and I didn’t spend much time together when I was a little girl. One Christmas he showed up with a box full of gifts maybe as a way to compensate for those long absences. Inside that … Continue reading

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A Space of One’s Own

  We spent the morning working on our Resolutions List. I have a list of “standards”–the same things listed every year simply because I lacked committment. This upcoming year will be different. Life is constantly transforming us but, like a leaf … Continue reading

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Why not make something?

    foto by Chiara Pilar

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, unwittingly sustainable

To manifest their respect for the environment, many artists today use recycled materials to make art. However, there are those artists who use recycled materials simply because they can’t afford to buy ex-novo. Take, for example, many Outsider artists. And … Continue reading

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