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    A palimpsest (/ˈpælɪmpsɛst/) is a manuscript page, either from a scroll or a book, from which the text has been either scraped or washed off so that the page can be reused, for another document. In colloquial usage, the term palimpsest is also used to denote an object made or worked upon for one purpose and later reused for another. My education continues, though I do remember this one vaguely from NT Greek classes yea many years ago.
Use it up; wear it out; make it do or do without. Those words predate me and are largely forgotten in this throwaway age, but their time is coming around again, at least in the Tryon household. The "no, you don't need to buy it" attitude is part and parcel of living more simply -- and more cheaply. It is relearning how to have fun without spending money, or at least a minimum amount of money. It is doing more picnics and less eating out, skipping the bistros and eating at the breweries and wineries that encourage bringing one's own basket, and leaving with a bottle or two instead of a case. It is learning to enjoy without possessing, possessing all by possessing none.

The flip side of palimpsest is that storage space is limited. The best way to re-use some things is to throw them away and regain the storage space so I can sort out the things I do want to keep.

My next winter cleaning project is to finish going through the boxes in the basement, finding things to throw away, give away, or put back into service. The cats knocked over a box in the basement. In the process of cleaning up I threw most of the stuff away; it wasn't worth either keeping or giving away. If I can't think how anyone else would make use of something, it's a good sign that likely I don't need it either.


Amanda had to let go of the prompts in order to simplify her own life and regain some time and sanity. Her friends and accomplices may be able to pick them up informally. Amanda lives pseudonymously at thehabitofbeing.com/
Cross-posted from pearwoodphoto.postach.io/post/…

Amanda had to let go of the prompts in order to simplify her own life and regain some time and sanity. Her friends and accomplices may be able to pick them up informally. Amanda lives pseudonymously at thehabitofbeing.com/
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SenoritaBlack Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
:clap: Have you read Tessa Afshar's book "Harvest of Rubies"? It focuses on Nehemiah's cousin Sarah. "Pearl In The Sand" was the first Afshar book I read and I was hooked. The beginning of your post reminded me of Sarah and her duties as scribe to the Queen. :)

As for living more simply, and saving money, those wonderful games of creativity which can be so much more fun than the other way. :) I grew up like that, lost my way, then came back with all joy.

Thank you for linking me to your galleries. :D
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pearwood Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I have not read any of hers. They sound interesting.

So, of what tender age are you?
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SenoritaBlack Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
Almost 34. :laughing:
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pearwood Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Which makes me officially old enough to be your father. :mwahaha:
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SenoritaBlack Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
Only barely. And youth is in the way we feel. Age is only a number. Other than giving us an excuse for a party, it means very little.
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
With the exception of books (my weakness) and office clothing for work, I'm a "if I don't need it I don't want it" person. Makes life simpler and doesn't strain the wallet so much. Plus, storage space. I come from a background of hoarders and let me tell you, living in a cluttered mess is awful. Best to keep it down to basics -- necessities and the things you really want -- and leave it at that.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Basics are good. :hug:
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Indeed! :nod:
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rdungan1918 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
I find the older I get the less I buy (with the exception of cameras).  We have a rule in our house, if something new comes in something old has to leave. In the spring I plan to start selling cameras on ebay.  The hard part is determining which ones stay and which ones leave. :D
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I like that rule. I already have the rule, born of necessity, that if one thing goes up on the wall something else comes down.
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rdungan1918 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
One of the houses on the Christmas tour this year is owned by an art gallery owner.  They have a closet full of paintings and photos which they periodically rotate in and out of closet and in and out of various rooms.  :D
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Nigel-Kell Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
In our case, moving was the trigger to clear out; we went down a removal van size by getting rid of stuff we didn't really want our need.....
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed. Moving three years ago from almost 2000 square feet to just over 1000 square feet was a good start. We gave away and threw away a bunch of stuff, precious little of which do I miss.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been going through that too.. I went through the whole house..I gave away volumes of things to Goodwill...many many carloads over days.  I have a very large stack of other items, that we once considered indispensable..that are going to be sold off in a massive tag sale in the spring.. the saying "Less is More" has become the guiding principle. KISS is the other one..  Keep It Simple Stupid.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Amen and amen.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup:
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meeden Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
thanks for sharing, i'll be back to read more on Amanda's page too :butterfly:
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It's been a very rough couple of months for her.
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