April 30, 2017

NBA Blog - Now Endorsed By Mom

I try not to be motivated by praise or blame. However, in my quest to improve my blog, my self, and my life, feedback is always welcome and appreciated. It was in that vein that I recently received some valuable feedback from one of my most important teachers - my mom.

Recently I was talking to my 80-something, simple living mom on the phone. She told me that she had been visiting Not Buying Anything lately. That alone had me feeling good.

Then she said, "I feel better every time I visit your blog." Oh! Heaven to my ears. Mission accomplished.

Doesn't every son want to help his mother feel better? I know I do, but I never assumed that feeling better might be caused by reading this blog.

Since the inception of NBA, I have tried my hardest to never descend into negativity and cynicism... for too long. Given the subject matter dealt with here, this often feels like a difficult balance to maintain. How does one put a positive spin on the decline of our planet, and the "civilized" world that is causing its demise?

While I am not paying mom for her endorsement (because that would be an advertisement), I thought that maybe her judgment was clouded by her undying love for her second born (out of 5). Would she not say anything, do anything, to help her sons and daughter feel better?

Then this feedback came through in the comment section:

"Linda and Gregg, 

You are free souls and I feel very good to visit NBA." 

It came with this lovely quote from Charles Bukowski, one of my favourite rebel writers.

"The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them."

Mom (and Saffron), that is exactly what I would like all free souls to feel when they visit this blog. It is because of you and other NBA readers, that Linda and I feel better when visiting our own blog. You have us feeling good, very good, to know that you are with us.

Endorsements (non paid) are important bits of feedback. Your support lets me know I am on the right track, tapping in to a bit of the magic that I find while cultivating my simple approach to life, then sprinkling that around the blogosphere.

Things can seem rather unmagical in the world right now, but it would be a mistake to let ones self slide down the slippery sad slope into depression and despair. The world is far too beautiful, mysterious and miraculous for that. Good always out-weighs the not-so-good.

Together we are changing ourselves and our planet, and together we are helping each other maintain sanity in the process. Let it be a cooperative adventure to be savoured and enjoyed. These are precious moments. Thank you for sharing them with us.

And thank you, mom. We feel good when you feel good.


  1. Moms can be our biggest cheerleaders or our harshest critics and sometimes both. When my mom gave me a compliment, I knew she meant it because she didn't give them out lightly....at least not to her own kids. I too am a second born of 5. I've been blogging for 7 years and I think I've been following your blog for about that long. So glad you are still posting as you are a great inspiration to me and many others. Thank you!

    1. Lorraine,

      That means a lot to Linda and I considering how inspirational you, your family, and your blogs have been for us. My mom has always approved of everything I do, starting when I was a boy and she let me quit kindergarten when I discovered I was not into institutionalized learning environments.

      I love her, and appreciate her support, recognizing how lucky I am to have her in my life. And I love you for still being around. Thank YOU.

  2. What's better than being "Mom approved"? You both are an inspiration in your example and in keeping this community going. Thanks for all the work you do. I know it must be a labor of love.

    1. Marla,

      I have never worked so hard, for so long, for so little. So little MONEY. But money does not motivate me. Sharing ideas with others and being part of something beautiful does, and this blog and the community surrounding it has facilitated some beautiful connections and ideas. Thank you for being an "early adopter" of our work together.

  3. Anonymous5/01/2017

    Your mom sounds wonderful - which explains why you are so wonderful :-)

    Thanks for your caring and thoughtful blog posts. I don't comment too often, but I read the blog all the time and am so happy when a new post a appears, brings a smile to my face.


    1. Mary,

      I love you. Linda loves you. And my mom loves you.

      "Love is... all I got." - Sublime

  4. Anonymous8/22/2023

    How can you get endorse? I wanna do it to


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