Author Archives: Erika

School Days

Today is the first day of school in Long Beach, CA. Such excitement in the air. Such traffic in the streets. Such adorable first day pictures on Facebook. I remember so clearly how much I loved the first day of … Continue reading

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Mensa and Migraines and Math (oh my!)

On the urging of my friend Steven, I recently decided to take the Mensa test. I was on the fence about it for a long time, primarily because after 30 years of not needing math other than basic investing, calculating … Continue reading

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Therefore Choose Love

When I was in college, my motto was “Therefore Choose Life,” a phrase that comes from Deuteronomy 30:19 (“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. … Continue reading

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Birds of a Feather

In March, I had a mama dove nesting in a hanging planter on my porch in full view of my large picture window. In the past few years, birds have frequently used the coconut husks from the planter to line their nests, … Continue reading

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Feeling Uncharacteristically Political…

The first time I became aware of Elizabeth Warren was when she was a guest on The Daily Show in 2009. I listened to what she had to say about finance reform, turned to Ken, and said, “I would vote … Continue reading

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Whither Thou Goest…

Although I started this blog with a particular purpose about the challenges of simplifying my life after a lifetime, I have been sidetracked. My friend Lisa says it’s time to start writing my blog again, so here goes. My life on … Continue reading

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I mentioned a few posts back that I first learned about Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism from one of Joel’s Value of Simple podcasts. I have since finished the book, and I loved it. So much so, that I plan to … Continue reading

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Less Cluttered is More Relaxed

I love this time of year. The air is crisp but not yet cold (I live in SoCal), the dawn light is available to me in the morning when I walk the dog, and although I hate that it gets dark … Continue reading

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Difficulty in Decision Making

“I know what my decision is, Which is not to decide.” —On the Steps of the Palace, Stephen Sondheim I read an article in this month’s Real Simple Magazine about Making Decisions that has gotten me thinking about how our … Continue reading

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Shadow and Light

I was thinking this morning as I was listening to Joel talk about SimpleREV 2015 and walking Buttercup in the crisp clean November air, that I want my posts to focus more on the spiritual aspects of what I get out … Continue reading

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