The temperature dropped overnight and it is 18 degrees now. The sun will be coming up in a few minutes, revealing a partly cloudy sky. While not bitterly cold, it is enough to remind you that it is January in Indiana. I went out and walked Bibi around the neighborhood instead of taking her down to Paradise Spring. Today I’m reading Norberg-Hodge’s “Local is Our Future” as a segue to getting back to writing my book on human scale and pace. So much of what she says echoes Fritz Schumacher, John Senior, Max-Neef, and others who have commented on the subject. She’s not right about everything, but she’s right about most of it. A brilliant woman who unfortunately has been ignored.
This is part of my intentionally paring down my life, even to the possible demise of other cherished projects that aren’t going anywhere. I don’t have the time or the focus to devote to so many projects, and so like in other areas of my life, I’m scaling back in those, too. I’m going to cancel all of my online subscriptions except for the website, and do I really even need that? In a way, I’m starting to prepare myself for partial retirement in a couple of years. I’m paying for too many stupid things. Impulse purchases. And then I don’t use them enough to justify the expense.
P.S. I went and canceled just about all of my online services. I feel relieved of a great burden. I’m certainly starting the year out in grand fashion.