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Living With Less: America's Quest for Simplicity

60 years ago, incredible amounts of people in the U.S. were given the opportunity to live in their own house, outside of traditional centers of populations (cities). A significant complication to this new lifestyle slowly developed, as markets produced more to meet consumer needs. Not only did most living a quiet suburban lifestyle start to buy more items individually, but they bought nearly identical things for their own households — which could be easily shared with a few neighbors. This phenomenon has spread to nearly all ways of living, as dominant culture has come to dictate product consumption as the remedy for social ills.

A highly consumptive lifestyle, focused around maintaining and accumulating stuff, requires much more time and effort to uphold: nearly 66 hours are spent each week by the average person living in the U.S.

Many people find different paths toward happiness, including valuing materialistic practices. A challenging view is Minimalism, which proposes that happiness and healthful living can be found through reducing the amount of possessions one owns/uses. Some make the case that the sentimental value attached to certain ‘stuff’ can be related to experiences and other ways of perceiving one’s surroundings, and are not tethered to the things themselves.

Minimalism may not be a sustainable model for the current world of international trade and finance, but at its core this philosophy can change/challenge a person’s outlook on what’s actually necessary in order to live in a fulfilling fashion.

 

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Where Does Coffee Come From?

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Being Mindful: Using a Porlex Hand Coffee Grinder

It is fun to have an analog feel to the coffee making process, not just in the grind, but an actual involvement in the results. 

As a result, when porlex_5I was perplexed at the results of my Porlex JP-30 Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder, my at-home grinder with my usual coffee, Stumptown Hairbender, I started to think about the attention I pay my coffee making and not just my coffee drinking.

The issue was that my coffee was smooth enough, but lacking a bigger flavor that I felt I achieved some times. 

I used the method described by Peter in a Porlex-howto to calibrate my grind and remind myself to look at the coffee and check it against sites like ineedcoffee.com.

I am down to an “8”, having made a couple of rich cups at a “7”.  And I am enjoying being mindful about the process.

 

Tiny House: Small Is Beautiful

I am looking into housing options and I keep coming back to Tiny Houses. 

Web designer Alek Lisefski recently completed the Tiny Project, an 8 feet by 20 feet tiny house on wheels.

He designed every inch of this unique home and did most of the construction himself as well (the bulk of the work was completed evenings and weekends during the spring and summer months).

About a month ago, Lisefski towed it from Iowa to its current location in Sebastopol, California, USA.

Since then, he’s been living in the house full-time, along with his girlfriend Anjali and their small dog.

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