Updated. Originally written July 2020.
National Simplicity Day is coming up on Monday July 12th.
This is sort of a special "holiday" for us here at The Whiskey Porch because it's at the core of what we are all about. After all, our tag line is "cultivating contentment & possibility in a smaller & simpler lifestyle."
And, now more than ever, it just feels like we are all seeking refuge and inspiration to lift our spirits as we recover from this wild insanity of the last couple years. So it goes without saying, that finding pleasure and calm in simple ideas is something many of us are striving for now.
The celebration originated in honor of Henry David Thoreau, who lived in Concord, Massachusetts from July 12, 1817 to 1862.
First, who was he, and why does it matter? And then, we've got 5 Great Ways for You to Celebrate Simplicity Day.
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I've always been enamoured with the craftsman bungalow - but didn't even realize it at first.
I remember spending time in the Pasadena California area house hunting for a possible job move decades ago and just being hypnotically drawn to the older bungalows that abound there. I didn't know then, but it was a truly American architectural style that was also common all over San Francisco where I'd lived most of my life.
Looking back, the feature that always caught my eye first and drew me in, was the front porch.
And now, owning and living in a 1924 craftsman bungalow in northern Arizona, I find myself excited beyond words to be opening up the front porch which had been enclosed somewhere in the 70's. It's still a construction disaster but already it feels glorious to be in that space without the constraint of the walls and windows. Friends and neighbors come into the space and just marvel at how delicious it is. We try to imagine why anyone would have chosen to enclose this fabulous space.
I find myself wondering - what is that makes front porches so alluring?
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Hey there. I'm Miriam ~ and I've been doing this my whole life. It's my passion.