Did They Find A Simple Life? It's Complicated

A decade after our cover on getting back to basics, here's how the simplifiers did

A decade ago, Karen Foley did what so many Americans dream about every Monday morning. She got out of the rat race. Foley quit an executive position in the apparel industry to run a food market in her St. Paul, Minn., neighborhood. Then unmarried and named Karen Glance, she was featured in a TIME cover story about how more and more Americans were embracing the simple life. People like Karen, TIME said in April 1991, were deciding that "what matters is having time for family and friends, rest and relaxation, good deeds and spirituality." Upscale is out, we said. Downscale is...

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