for including my essay in your April issue. You also gave me the incentive I needed to get my website up and running!
Here’s the essay, and the link to it in the Women’s Press e-edition. Read it there, or here, or pick up a free print copy at your library or other news stands.
Frugally Rich and Green – Minnesota Women’s Press, April 2014, p 31
Frugally Rich and Green
Other little girls learned to scream at the sight of spiders, but I was lucky. My father pointed out the beneficial beauty of a black-and-yellow spider catching bugs in her web.
When we stayed at a rustic little cabin, I fell in love with the rough wood covered in vines and surrounded by quiet. As a teenager canoeing in the Boundary Waters, I was awed by the stunning attire of loons and formed friendships with fellow paddlers, which disproved the importance of fancy clothes and popular styles.
Now, living on a tiny lake, I swim through water lilies that keep it clean; I find tiny fawns among wildflowers; I am blessed daily by the gifts of Mother Nature.
It’s not surprising that I strive to live lightly on the Earth, so as not to destroy what I love most. Growing up on rummage sales, I became an expert scavenger. I relish the deep freedom I’ve found – from debt, worry and the pressure to keep up with the Joneses.
Decades of observing “trash” have helped me see the incredible waste inherent in our consumer culture – the resources that go into the gazillions of things that build profits but that contribute little to our well-being, quickly ending up in landfills.
Sitting on the high, tiny deck I call my “tree house,” I feel the breeze of wings on my cheek. A hummingbird hovers at my feeder, fueling up for its thousand-mile journey to survive the winter. I marvel at its efficient use of a bit of nectar. But I can’t ignore the community of ants inside the feeder, drifting in various stages of sugar intoxication, blind to the warning from the dead bodies floating around them. The irresistible abundance of the sweet life seduces them; they find themselves drowning in their own gluttony and fouling their beautiful world.
We can do better.
By saying “Whoa!” to the cult of accumulation and “Aah, yes!” to simplicity and sustainability, we can become more truly ourselves, rather than cogs in the wheels of consumption and waste. Resting gratefully in the bosom of sufficiency, we can revel in the treasures of nature.
Holly Jorgensenspeaks on “Saving Money, the Planet, and Your Sanity” and is writing “Free, Green, and Frugally Rich-Scenes From a Joyful Life.” hollyonthelake.com
10 thoughts on “Thank you, Minnesota Women’s Press”
Hi Holly, you’ve vividly sketched a picture in a clever vocabulary. THX! & God bless you & Nature
Thanks, Patrick. I am always blessed by nature, and wish the same for you.
Beautiful website, Holly. Congrats on your new undertaking!
Thank you, Molly. I’m hoping it will help us stay in touch.
Holly, this is wonderful! Congratulations and I really love your website!
Thank you so much, Kim. You’ve been such an encouragement and inspiration to me, not to mention a great friend. I miss you! As soon as it gets warm- another dinner on the deck!
Congratulations! Wonderful read. I’m honored and blessed to know a little facet of who you are.
Thank you, Kerry! I feel the same about you. You surprise and amaze me often with the depth and breadth of what you know and how you think.
WELL DONE! Another goal accomplished & in good style. It’s so pretty & fresh & inviting & YOU! Love, Maxine
Thank you, Maxine. You know it means a lot to me when you enjoy my work!
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