The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing's Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living by Helen NearingArise, come, hasten, let us abandon the city to merchants, attorneys, brokers, usurers, tax-gatherers, scriveners, doctors, perfumers, butchers, cooks, bakers and tailors, alchemists, painters, mimes, dancers, lute-players, quacks, panderers, thieves, criminals, adulterers, parasites, foreigners, swindlers and jesters, gluttons who with scent alert catch the odor of the market place, for whom that is the only bliss, whose mouths are agape for that alone. Francesco Petrarch, De Vita Solitaria , How to Overthrow the System: brew your own beer; kick in your Tee Vee; build your own cabin and piss off the front porch whenever you bloody well feel like it. Edward Abbey, Vox Clamantis in Deserto , They bought a small plot of land in the Green Mountans area of Vermont and aimed for a life of self-sufficiency. In a place where the frost season might extend into August, they grew their own produce, and, if you believe their take on it, did quite well. As the Petrarch quote above shows, the anti-urban back-to-the-land impulse has been with us for a long time.
Living the Good Life
Loving and Leaving the Good Life
In , after deciding it would be better to be poor in the country than in the city, Helen and Scott moved from New York Ciy to Vermont. Here they created their legendary homestead which they described in Living the Good Life: How to Live Simply and Sanely in a Troubled World , a book that has sold , copies and inspired thousands of young people to move back to the land. The Nearings moved to Maine in , where they continued their hard physical work as homesteaders and their intense intellectual work promoting social justice. Thirty years later, as Scott approached his th birthday, he decided it was time to prepare for his death. He stopped eating, and six weeks later Helen held him and said goodbye. Loving and Leaving the Good Life is a vivid self-portrait of an independent, committed and gifted woman.
to The Good Life, the classic book by Helen and Scott Nearing that was first published in and expanded upon in I discovered the Nearings about a.
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Living the good life
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There's an old Spanish proverb which holds that, "The best revenge is to live well. Because the Nearings have lived quite well indeed in all the ways that really matter. And they have done it entirely on their own terms and at their own pace. And they have done it far longer Helen is 74 and Scott is 93 than most of their detractors ever have or ever will. The folks here in MOTHER's offices, of course, have long admired the Nearings' self-reliant, stand-up-for-what's-right, we'll-vote-with-our-lives way of living.