In a previous post I mentioned that my vegetable garden has been sprouting through the spring in a particular state of ambiguity.  As all the little seeds I deliberately planted in May began to germinate and grow, so did the variety of weeds and volunteer plants begin to emerge from the soil. In many cases it was difficult to tell them all apart, good from bad, wanted from unwanted. In one particular case, the case of the neat rows of deliberately planted carrots versus the scattering of rogue dill weed, the new shoots looked virtually identical in their one and two leaf stages. Unable to tell the guests from the squatters, I left them all to be — carrots, dill,…

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Cultivating a less-complicated life and living the cast iron philosophy shouldn’t need to be an active, busy pursuit towards simplification. How would that even make sense, after all? I opened up my email inbox this morning to a corporate reminder that I had excess vacation to use up. Somewhere in a human resources database I not only have a number that represents a full year’s worth of unused vacation days but there is a second number that is reminding me of the days I neglected to spend last year. That second number represents nearly three weeks of time off. Combined with the first number, I could theoretically take the entire summer off. I say “theoretically” because realistically my work schedule…

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