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Monday, January 11, 2010

Simplicity.

Food, water and warmth will get one through the winter. The early settlers knew this and they lived by the motto. They did not have the luxury to waste their time chasing after unnecessary pastimes.

The Shaker movement grew out of this approach to life...only the necessities. This lifestyle served them well. Many "old wives tales" come from these types of cultures. Some of the tales are outlandish by today's standards but many of them are based on real life solutions that manifested themselves during that period. We often find that a "remedy" we use has roots back to an old wives tale.

Dan

8 comments:

Sunny said...

I love this old homestead. Leonardo da Vinci said, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Another wonderful picture.
Sunny :)

dianne said...

This is a lovely picture of simplicity Dan, these days we seem to have too many possessions and too much clutter and have forgotten that we only require the basics to survive...I don't mean to live a life of austere existance for I am guilty myself as I do have a few simple possessions which do bring me happiness. ♡

Dan Felstead said...

Sunny...thanks for the comment. Strange thing is that when I read your comment...my mind read Leonardo de Caprio! I found myself thinking...I didn't know he was that deep! It is early in the morning before coffee...

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Dianne...I agree...I long for the old ways of doing things again...but I have to admit that I like modern tech and would miss it.

Dan

Heather said...

Beautiful - although I can't imagine how harsh the cold winter days must have been for families back then. I guess if you'd never experienced the wonder of central heat, you might now miss it as sorely as I would now :)

septembermom said...

There is much beauty and harmony in simplicity. Thanks Dan.

Dan Felstead said...

Alabama Heather...you need to move to Phoenix where it is about 60 degrees or so right now!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Septembermom...you mentioned the Harmony...as a matter of fact the photo was taken in a small town called New Harmony!

Dan