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Modern Day Walden
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Scott and Helen Nearing.  Considered by some as the great grandparents of the back to the land movement.  He was fired from Wharton College and also black listed in part due to his ideas re: child labor in the early part of the 20th century & other "radical" viewpoints.

Unable to work or even be published they moved to rural properties twice and built their homesteads.  They advocated a simple natural life lifestyle and that people should not have to be/live like everyone else to be accepted by others. 

The Good Life, Living The Good Life and Leaving The Good Life are just 3 of their books that cover their lives and thoughts on living a simple, natural stress free life. 

 Scott lived to be 100.  Due to failing health and having  lived a long life he chose the time of his death by fasting at home in 1983.  Helen died later in a vehicle crash near their home in Maine due to weather related road conditions.  In my first year of college  { at the age of 42 } I did a series of speaches on their lives.  In the last one of the series I was  Helen's ghost.  There are a few videos on you tube and the books I mention + others have been on Amazon and other sites as well. 

Like my first printing of the Foxfire books and my #1 issue of TMEN these books have traveled with me for over 30 yrs and are part of my NWIH ["no way in hell"] am I leaving this behind sorting system  I use when I relocate.

Jewellann
 It's too bad that closed minds often are not equipped with closed mouths
               That's All I Have To Say About That.........Forrest Gump 
                           I'm Not Here Dodgy  You Didn't See Me     
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Oh, Jewellann! I love my Foxfire books, too! I grew up near the college where those were written and my first trips in to the mountains that have become my love were inspired by those books. And I was a young teen, then. Thank you for mentioning those.
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I took a class in college that exposed me to the writings of Aldo Leopold, John Muir Rod Nash, Edward Abbey, the art of Georgia O'Keeffe, the photographs of Ansel Adams. A pivotal time in my life, those artists showed me a life and a place where I'd prefer to be, a state I'd rather live in.
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No "Waldon - open road" type bookshelf would not be complete without Travels With Charlie by John Steinbeck, for a little lighter fare.
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(02-18-2017, 05:14 AM)Txjaybird Wrote: Scott and Helen Nearing.  Considered by some as the great grandparents of the back to the land movement.  He was fired from Wharton College and also black listed in part due to his ideas re: child labor in the early part of the 20th century & other "radical" viewpoints.

...

The Good Life, Living The Good Life and Leaving The Good Life are just 3 of their books that cover their lives and thoughts on living a simple, natural stress free life. 
 
...

Like my first printing of the Foxfire books and my #1 issue of TMEN these books have traveled with me for over 30 yrs and are part of my NWIH ["no way in hell"] am I leaving this behind sorting system  I use when I relocate.

Jewellann

For anyone interested (with the addition of thousands of potentially useful articles) many/most of the chapters from "The Good Life" & "Living the Good Life" were published in serial form in various editions of TMEN; ... and EVERY issue of TMEN can be purchased and read in CD format --- I have everything from issue #1 in 1970 to the end of 2012 on 5 cd's; ... definitely interesting stuff that will always have a place with me.
"Having the gumption to live different and the sense to let everybody else live different.  That's the hardest thing, hands down." --- Alice Venable Middleton
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(02-18-2017, 05:35 AM)Chitza Wrote: Oh, Jewellann! I love my Foxfire books, too! I grew up near the college where those were written and my first trips in to the mountains that have become my love were inspired by those books. And I was a young teen, then. Thank you for mentioning those.

Many of the Foxfire books are now available online (most free I think --- at least I got them free) if anyone is interested in reading them.
"Having the gumption to live different and the sense to let everybody else live different.  That's the hardest thing, hands down." --- Alice Venable Middleton
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Probably doesn't fit with the thread, really, but any and all cat lovers should read 'Tailchaser's song' by Tad Williams, one cat's adventure, with his merry band of cats, told from the point of view of cats, as interpreted by Tad
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I read a book many years ago that really caught my imagination. I was probably in my middle teens and the book, "an island to myself" by Tom Neale, was an account of the author's experiences living as the sole inhabitant of a small Pacific island during the 1950's. His story appealed to my solitary leanings. I need to find a copy and read it again...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Neale

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Thanks, Guy, for reminding me of the books I read as a teen that fueled my wanderlust. First, and probably one of my biggest influences was Jean Craighead George's "My Side of the Mountain", 1959. (There are two sequels which I have not read). A teenage boy runs away from home and lives on his own in the Catskills. It's more of a survival story, building shelter, learning to find food and how to survive, but the solitude and freedom spoke to me. That and being alone with nature as your teacher. She also has a series of books called "Julie of the Wolves".

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And then there is "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell, published in 1960, about a young girl whose tribe leaves for the mainland and she is left to survive on her own.

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I don't know how I actually found this link again.   Huh This is a perfect example of how I look when I'm searching for anything anywhere and just can't find it.  My hair is even short and stands straight up with enough Bullwinkle {moose} in it!

There are so many good books posted here.  As part of my downsizing I am going thru books right and left.  I know  that one of these days/weeks/months/years I'll be able to travel and if full timing my books will be one of the hardest things to let go of.

There is book store in Dothan AL that trades and sells books.  It's called   Red House Book Store on Qates Drive the phone # is 334-792-1475 .  It's right down the road from the Flying J truckstop.   The people there are very nice.  It's family owned and operated,  it's in a older house and just room after room of books that are very well organized.  If anyone is looking for a specific book you can contact them and they will try to find it and will ship it to you.  There's also a facebook page.

Jewellann
 It's too bad that closed minds often are not equipped with closed mouths
               That's All I Have To Say About That.........Forrest Gump 
                           I'm Not Here Dodgy  You Didn't See Me     
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