A Simple Christmas

This post is about a Christmas more than ten years ago, when Larry and I were living in Florida and had decided to opt-out of the industrial consumer Christmas. It’s from an earlier blog I had about Nature.

I realize that what I am about to describe here may seem sparse to some of you, however, keep in mind that where I am today is the result of about twenty-five years of inching away from commercial Christmas and moving closer to Nature. The original title was “Chrismas Debriefing” because I wrote it after Christmas.

I didn’t buy a Christmas tree this year, but one appeared on Christmas Eve. Larry went down to Home Depot to buy some hardware parts and came back with a Christmas tree! “They were just giving them away for free,” he said. He set it up and we put little white lights on it and the gold star on the top and it was perfect.

True Simplicity

A thing to be simple need only to be true to itself in an organic sense.

— Frank Lloyd Wright

Much has been written about simplicity as a guiding concept for life. In our consumer world, which is focused on the material, much advice has been given on how we should and can make do with less, which makes the idea of simplicity sound like deprivation. But there is another way to look at it.


I am specifically posting this today, on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, when every retailer is enticing us to buy, buy, buy material goods.

1. To lose physical substance; become immaterial
2. To reduce the amount of material required for (a product or process)
3. To convert (records, for example) from paper to digital or electronic form

and, I would add, to change one’s viewpoint to value non-material existences—such as thoughts, feelings, ideas, creating, and the like—over material items.

While looking for something else, I found this piece that I wrote in 2002, but I think was never published. I want to give it to you now because one of the things I have on my list to write about is the the need to overcome the rampant materialism of our industrial culture. Here were my thoughts in 2002, which are still true today.

Real Satisfaction

This week I had a deep realization about the true nature of satisfaction.

It occurred while I was testing a recipe for my Wholefood Cuisine blog so I wrote the story there, but I want to share it here with you because it applies to all areas of life.

Here’s what I learned.

There are two levels of satisfaction.