Living: Wide or Deep

This post made me feel so good, I just have to share it. Whether you live deep or wide, I think you will enjoy it.



For as long as I can remember in my adult life, I have enjoyed columnists in my daily newspaper (before the internet silenced the presses). During the years I lived in Boulder, the Daily Camera carried syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman who wrote for the Boston Globe. On more than one occasion, I found myself taking time to handwrite Ellen’s entire column into my ‘Good Writings’ book.

Two of her most compelling columns from the early ‘90s were written at her summer cottage in Maine where Ellen spent hours watching her cat repeatedly sniff her way through the garden; where Ellen came to know her resident squirrel so well, she could point out where nut treasures were buried.

Ellen weighed the value of returning summer after summer to her beloved cottage vs. traveling somewhere new and different. She called it “living deep vs living wide” and had this to say:


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  1. Great choice for a share, Dan. I traveled a good bit when I was young. Now I don’t enjoy it at all. However, no one can understand why, and they won’t shut up about it. LOL. So I really like the concept of living deep vs. living wide. Wonderful. :D :star:

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    1. Thanks Teagan. Sammy has a great voice. I think maybe that’s why this spoke to me so clearly. I traveled a ton for business. Not to wild exotic places, but places like Syracuse, NY and Sevier, NC. I don’t enjoy travel much these days.

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  2. I enjoyed this so much. The living wide people seem to have some kind of tick list, like there is a check off because they have been here, here and here. Ah, yes, did you know this about right here? Long ago, I love living wide. Now? Living deep takes it every time for me.

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    1. Just so you know, Sammy is a woman. You should visit and read her posts about fashion and women’s, um, er, items :)

      Seriously, she has some funny posts but very many posts like this one that are just spot on.


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