Small Blessings # 1: fresh air - 24/7 365

November 1st, 2015, 1am

It was 21°C with no clouds detected. The breeze was brisk.

In my old age I have become something of a fresh air fanatic. My bedroom has a screen door that allows the sea breeze to sweep in overnight. Admittedly for much of the year I have to snuggle under what my grandmother Pearl would have called a ‘down comforter’, my one extravagance being a duvet and pillow stuffed only with the softest white goose down.

There are still a few places in the world where one can live with fresh air. And after happily spending the first half of my life in some of the world’s large cities (Boston, Montreal, New York, Mexico City, Dallas, Melbourne) and the second half in a small coastal village, may I share a secret? The ‘good life’ is composed entirely of small blessings.

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David Wade Chambers

Born in Oklahoma: 30 years in US. 6 years in Canada, 40 years in Australia. Academic field: history and philosophy of science. Currently, teach indigenous studies online at Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and Brandon University (Manitoba). Come visit our B&B on Australia's Great Ocean Road. Mate's Rates for Hi community! (

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