The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Quoting simplicity

Basswood in the strawberriesWe are what we repeatedly do.
            ---Aristotle

I wandered across the web this morning in search of simple living quotes to put inside some notecards I'm working on, and the line above stuck with me all day.  This is the time of year when repeated mundane tasks can challenge or delight you.

In many ways, it is the repeated tasks which fulfill me --- fixing home-cooked meals, pulling the chicken tractor to a new spot in the garden, splitting and stacking wood, winding down at the end of the day with Mark and a good book.  American society wants us to believe that we can do away with repetitious chores by spending money on frozen dinners and heat pumps, but what do we lose in the process? 

A rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.
                     --- "Interview with God" (author unknown)



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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