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Karen Smith
Fiber artist and writer doing my best to maintain a day job.
Fiber artist and writer doing my best to maintain a day job.

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Contemplating Loss
Summer Sky "It is not too uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living." Eckhart Tolle  Three weeks ago, on a sweltering summer afternoon, the day before my sister's birthday, my brother-in-law layed down for a nap, and side stepped...

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Hello April . . . You are so Fickle
"In spring I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside four and twenty hours." Mark Twain It has been many years since I remember this much snow in April. It was very beautiful though, and it has probably given me another two weeks without mowing l...

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Libraries: A Bibliophile Faces Her Minimalism
“You can never get a
cup of tea big enough, or a book long enough for me.”  C.S. Lewis                 When I
was young, we went to the library on a regular basis. The summers were
particularly lovely because we could walk to the library in our neighborhood...

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Get Real
"Language most shows a man; speak so that I may see thee."    Ben Johnson (Poet b. 1572) This post is about a couple of things. First (and not foremost), it is about boring repetition. Second it is about choosing our words carefully. And finally, it is abou...

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Stuff and Passion
I love to cook. I love to knit and sew. I love to garden. I love to entertain. I love to read. I love to listen to music and watch movies. But I am trying very hard to be a minimalist. And all of these things could lead me down a path of mass consumption.  ...

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Laughter and Old Age
"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come."  William Shakespeare Today is my birthday. 60 years ago today my parents welcomed me into a postwar world of prosperity and seemingly unending growth. They had lost two babies before me, my brothers, so I bec...

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"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance."                                                                                                        Coco Chanel Often times, addictions demand that we keep them secret. But
decorating (or over decorating)...

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A Dreamer of Dreams
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream." (C.S. Lewis) Goal setting has been on my mind lately. I make lists of goals and revise and make new lists. I do this all year long, and the other day as I was writing the date, I realize...
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