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

By Friday, January 31, 2014 4 0

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 or two I ...

Alison Cassandra Barcelona

By Wednesday, December 23, 2009 2 0

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 ...

Self-Reliance Versus Government Control

By Wednesday, July 1, 2009 1 0

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. Bryce ...

The Inconvenient Truth of the Diamond-Cut Life

By Friday, January 4, 2008 3 0

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

Seeking A Diamond-Cut Life

By Wednesday, January 2, 2008 1 0

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