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And the Winner of “The Beauty Experiment” is . . .

January 31st, 2014 · 4 Comments · books

The winner of Phoebe Baker Hyde’s book The Beauty Experiment is Rose Carla. Rose started subscribing by email to Diamond-Cut Life this past month (all new email subscribers are entered in any given drawing, along with all existing subscribers who ask to be entered). I used an online random number generator to draw the winner. Congratulations, Rose! Every month [...]

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Alison Cassandra Barcelona

December 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · climate change (global warming), energy

My blogging pal Lou Grinzo from The Cost Of Energy emailed me as he was leaving for his family’s Christmas gathering.  He wished me happy holidays and voiced some really nice appreciation for Diamond-Cut Life’s “conspicuously human take” on climate change issues. Lou’s phrase that particularly leapt out at me, though, was in reference to [...]

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Winter Solstice And The Unconquered Sun And Son

December 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments · home & garden, lifestyle, nature, spirituality

The first part of this piece I posted last year, on the 2008 winter solstice. The rest of it I added for 2009. Today is winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. In the days long before fossil fuels routinely lit our nights, winter solstice was celebrated as the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun. [...]

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Self-Reliance Versus Government Control

July 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment · sustainability

One of my readers, Bryce Beattie of Real Self-Reliance, has written a thoughtful response to my criticism of legislators opposing the Waxman-Markey bill. This bill is known as the carbon cap and trade bill; it narrowly passed the House last week by getting some bipartisan support, and will be facing much opposition in the Senate. [...]

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Books That Excite Me Or Make Me Laugh

March 7th, 2009 · No Comments · community, entertainment

My experience is that great books are like life-blood to the Diamond-Cut Life (a life rich in joy and low in consumption). I have often been dollar-poor, and though I’m not any longer, good books give me — I think us — an exciting inner life whatever our external status in the world. Reading an [...]

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The Inconvenient Truth of the Diamond-Cut Life

January 4th, 2008 · 3 Comments · lifestyle, sustainability, work

Bad news here for the advertising industry, but good news for human beings and all other species. Research from many countries shows that after people’s survival needs and some reasonable pleasure needs are met, consumption piled-higher-and-deeper does NOT create more happiness. Rich is not great. Greed is not cool. Working harder might be moving you backward.

Inconvenient, at least for 20th century notions of economic growth and GDP, but

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Seeking A Diamond-Cut Life

January 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · simplicity, sustainability

I’m back after a break! Pulitzer prize winner Jared Diamond points out in the New York Times today that we in the U.S. are consuming 32 times more than the citizens of developing countries, and that that has to change because the earth’s resources are running out.

A little more surprisingly, he also says something I have been maintaining for years: our quality of life is not directly tied to our

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