If you’re looking for something to read as you sip your morning coffee this weekend, here are some of my favorite articles and blog posts from this week.
minimalism vs. the corporation
From Mnmlist by Leo Babauta
Minimalism isn’t just about having fewer possessions or developing a beautifully minimalist aesthetic. It’s a striking out against the corporations that are increasingly in control of our lives.
Every aspect of our lives have been pervaded by corporations. We eat not just fresh, simple food grown from local farms, but processed food (sometimes “organic” processed food) packaged by corporations, or fried up at chain restaurants. Coffee brewed by Starbucks. Computers made by Apple. Programs from Microsoft and Adobe. Keep reading…
Why Go Veg?
Guest post by Dusti Arab on elegant simple life
In Dusti’s words:
I was not a vegetarian when I started writing this post.
Christianna invited me to write a post regarding all of the benefits of a vegetarian or vegan diet. This was no small task, considering the amount of information on the topic, all of the fad diet sites, and my lack of knowledge of what it is like to be a vegetarian. To be sure, I have been living mostly meat-free for several years. I’ve been living by these silly, arbitrary rules I made for myself when it comes to buying meat. I only buy meat once a month, it is always free-range chicken, and I always feel guilty about it. Keep reading…
How to See Past Your Stuff to a Place Called Enough
Guest post by Katie Tallo on Rowdy Kittens
My father-in-law is 84. He lived in a three-bedroom bungalow for the last 30 years, filling every nook and cranny with a lifetime’s worth of stuff. When his wife died last year, he found himself alone with no one to cook for or sit beside. All that was left was a house full of memories and stuff. Keep reading…
What About Afghan Women?
By Nicholas D. Kristof for The New York Times
For those of us who favor a sharp reduction in American troops in Afghanistan and a peace deal with the Taliban, the most vexing question is: What about Afghan women?
Time magazine framed the issue in a wrenching way with a cover this summer of Aisha, an 18-year-old woman who ran away from an abusive husband. The article said that last year the Taliban had punished Aisha by having her nose and ears hacked off — a traditional punishment for women considered disobedient or promiscuous. Her husband did the cutting. Keep reading…
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I hope you find these articles and posts as informative and inspiring as I did. A fresh post from Peculiar Girl is in the works. Check back soon.