Rules of Thumb, 30x30, and the Laws of Nature

Spring Landscape (Rain), A. Krehbiel My mother had a commonplace book in which she recorded, by hand, in beautiful cursive, proverbs, sayings, and quotes that struck her as interesting, thought provoking, or wise. I also love sayings, and quotes, and mantras, but mostly I’ve collected rules of thumb, those short pithy statements that condense ways of dealing with life on earth in the same way that proverbs give advice on how to behave in prudent, trouble-avoiding ways.  Rules of thumb exist for every field of human endeavor. There are the general ones, such as the 80% rule, or Pareto Principle, that gets applied in sometimes surprising ways—"eighty percent of every thing is trash,” someone will say, or another will say that “80% of your output comes from 20% of your efforts,” for example. The 80/20 ratio is useful in all sorts of contexts. For example, in a perennial garden, the general rule (backed up by scientific evidence) is that about 75-80% of the plants should be native (lo

New Blog Design

Introducing my updated blog design, which I hope readers will find more user friendly. To enhance the reading and browsing experience, I used cleaner colors (which coordinate with my personal business card), and put the text in Verdana instead of Arial. Verdana is designed for more comfortable online reading. I also added share features, and jump breaks ("read more") on longer posts so more content can appear on the front page. I'll continue tinkering with details as I get to it. Look for more informational pages tabbed across the top in coming months. What kinds of information would you like to see?

Comments

Heather Holm said…
I like the new design - it feels refreshing.
Diana Studer said…
I like what VP has done - for new readers, start here. Popular posts, or these are my favourites ... somewhere to start, until we are hooked ;>) You have put up some powerful essays recently.
Thanks, Heather.

EE, thanks for stopping by. Some good suggestions, which I hadn't thought of. Glad you appreciate my writing efforts--I'm much more comfortable with words than images!
Benjamin Vogt said…
It works. I've thought about havinga phot page, or at least some sort fo photo archive widget, but it sounds time consuming. Especially with my comparatively crappy blog template. I like your template. Blogs are so... involving. Self absorbed. Time sinks.
Thanks Dave.

Benjamin, Thanks and I agree about time sinking. They are especially so when avoiding chores. :-)
Anonymous said…
I like your new blog look. It's easy to get around (although it wasn't really difficult before) and I love the humming birds in the borders.
MRG