Monthly Archives: December 2017

One Man’s Drudgery

I hate to say it but by the mid 1970’s I’m getting tired of this back to the land business, living without electricity and indoor plumbing, it is just getting old and more drudgery than adventure. The realization comes gradual, … Continue reading

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Poverty the Game

When you don’t have money it is a challenge keeping a car on the road, all you can afford is the cheapest, oldest rust bucket which won’t pass inspection without repairs which you can’t afford or you would have bought … Continue reading

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We Are All Square Pegs

By the mid-1970’s Vermont is changing, a huge influx of folks from down country starts to have an effect on everyday culture. The rise of food cooperatives is only one sign, there are lots of others. For instance, when we … Continue reading

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Rough Times

Even though we don’t have rent or an electric bill or most of the fixed expenses that regular folks have we are still hard pressed to survive on what we earn. By this time Karl has set up shop as … Continue reading

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This Land is Our Land

Rick and Nora depart for the West Coast, so much for our new community. I’m not sorry to see them go and don’t mourn their absence. As soon as they leave we move farther up the mountain. Our new house … Continue reading

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Paradise Mislaid

Our philosophy back then was that monogamy is sort of the coward’s way out, if you are spiritual and adventurous and on a generally higher plane than the rest of society that sort of petty bourgeois thinking is nonsense and … Continue reading

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Back to the Land

My family narrative is all about travel to America, shrugging off the constraints of the old country and emerging in the new world as entrepreneurs and professionals. Among the things left behind is Yiddish, so while it is my grandfather’s … Continue reading

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