This blog chronicles the importance of and efforts to return to Mother Earth in spirit and in body. This journey is not one of primitivism or reenactment of an earlier age. It's hope is to inspire me to find the middle ground between necessities of the 21st Century, the need to find a simpler way of life, and our ethical responsibility to protect the land and preserve our natural resources.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Revision of the American Dream

The kind of cabin that sits easily on my mind is not necessarily designed just to be efficient for space, heat, and materials. It also is carefully planned to take into account the basics of survival—the bare minimum of technology, of facilities, and organization—that are necessary for the chores and daily activities with which I will be occupied to ensure self reliance. There would be a sense of luxury from such a long and winding, unimportant road to the property; the sense of voluminous space within the tiny footprint; and the feeling of "home" that one seldom finds in the grandest and most expensive city dwellings. The cabin represents a simplicity of security. A welcome place among places that becomes home for better or worse, strength or boredom, work and rest.

It is not a showplace of woodworking skill or a weekend getaway with spectacular vistas one pays for during months of work and consumer activities. It is not bigger than my stomach, nor greater than economic reality. It is not the dream home. However it is the dream. The American Dream.

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