Carol’s Eco-Journey

Stuff

Aug 01, 2015 No Comments by

It is a complex relationship we have with our stuff. Some folks seem to care less about their stuff … don’t need it, don’t collect much. Others tend to attach cherished memories to stuff. We all need stuff – whether it’s clothing to protect us from the cold or sun, to help us eat, to provide some type of shelter. But, then there is this thing—this thing called “consumerism” that exists in the culture where I live in America.

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When is enough?

Nov 29, 2013 3 Comments by

When do you know you have enough: enough material possessions, enough wealth, enough family and friends, enough time and activity, enough happiness, love and companionship? I’ve been asking myself this question often the past couple years, especially around the issue of material possessions. …

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Being Grateful

Nov 21, 2011 2 Comments

It is Thanksgiving season here in America. Soon friends and family will gather as they have for generations for the harvest season tradition of giving thanks. A few years ago I remember being caught off guard about the main objective of the season – being grateful. I was at a friend’s house a few nights before Thanksgiving Day and was asked what I had been grateful for that year.

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My Father’s Passing

Jun 15, 2011 No Comments

In thinking about Father’s Day this Sunday, June 19, 2011, I am reminded of this essay I wrote some six years ago about my Dad. It seems like a fitting occasion to re-post it. I am no longer haunted by those images of him during his last few weeks on Earth — instead only his loving glow, humor and memories of a full life lived remain.

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