I’ve been interested in keeping bees for at least a couple of decades, probably since reading Sue Hubbell’s A Book of Bees. Hubbell, once a New York librarian, had moved to the Ozarks and taken up beekeeping as a livelihood. She wrote lyrically of the yearly rhythm of beekeeping, and the keen observation of bee behavior and of flowers in bloom that the bees inspired.
“I was raised in the city,” writes Jess Howard. “After all four of my children were born, I moved to the country seeking out a place where they could be kids for every possible second, where I could shelter them from the economic trappings of urban life and, in turn, I could see the world new and fresh again.”
When Andrea begins exploring the Amish method of evaluating the usefulness of a technology to their culture, she decides to apply this philosophy to her own use of Facebook. The results may surprise a lot of people.
As Peg prepares to move to another province, she begins selling off many of her possessions — but they say when you get rid of some things you make room for new things. It wasn’t long until she found herself buying instead of selling.
Genny Ross-Barons left her job and life in Canada to move to the Caribbean Island of Roatan where seasons don’t exist, time has a surreal quality and living a life of “Just Being” is possible.
When our lives slow down we have time to appreciate the beauty around us, the poetry of life, the sunlight and the serenity. But, as Hippy Urban Girl discovers, it isnt always easy to maintain that sweet slowness in the age of the internet.
In Part 3 of his series on simplifying life, Lorne Daniel draws the connection between the persistence of long distance runners and the persistence required by humans to make significant changes in the way we live.