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I found you on Kunstler's podcast and was impressed.
I am an elderly homesteader in Appalachia and much of what you've written resonates with me on a very soulful level.
Food, water and shelter are basic needs of all life forms. Humans are one creature that has to fend for oneself. Sparrows do just fine on their own. Our Creator/The Great Mystery hard wired we naked apes to stick together for survival and ultimately, abundance. The greedy ones soon took over and formed the current church. Your condemnation of Christian churches mirrors my experience over the past many decades.
I walked away from Christianity in 1999, as practiced because of the very reasons you have detailed. I was a lay leader of a local MCC , frustrated that our mission to ease the suffering of local men suffering from AIDS in the late nineties was superseded by the pastor's mission of church growth and glory.
My mission now, is to continue to build our farm, share the surplus and build a healthy, connected community of local growers. To that end, in 2006, I was instrumental in setting up a nonprofit organization to establish farmer's markets in the county.
The outgrowth of that has been a local food co-op with a focus on local producers and clean, healthful food. All markets are thriving, yet our county remains the most impoverished in the state.
Just because some of us are really early in adapting to our assessment of the future doesn’t mean we are wrong. But, in the meantime and at times, it can be a lonely road. The one’s who pave the road have the hardest job.
I know the hosts of this site are happy you’ve joined in.
Thank you so much for introducing yourself; we’re happy to have you on the site. We’re under the belief that having “real jobs” and other things that people have come to expect as standard will be a way of the past. We as a society are moving toward a lifestyle similar to yours. CD and I have been living off-grid in our tiny self-made house (shipping containers) for three years. The first couple of months after simplifying our lives were incredibly difficult, both physically and emotionally. Still, after that, it seems weird to go back to living with all the creature comforts of today’s modern society. We would rather figure out simpler ways to do everything, than just relying on technology to enhance our lives. Would you care to share more of your story with us?
Long ago in the late 90s driving to my High School in The San Fernando Valley ,I lost faith in Suburbia and the "American Dream " in general ,the people the lawns the car washing ,the jobs the layoffs ,the grocery stores ....all of it
I worked like a manic to either escape the US or to somehow distance myself from the entire thing
I still often think it would be easier to just get a real job ,rather than being broke and being called a loser for living in a little Cabin,you cant even really make friends ,
I wonder often if they are all right mabye it's all going to be fine ,mabye I just got left out .
Hello, Congratulations David and Michael for launching your own website. I found you through Peak Prosperity. I’m particularly pleased that you are in this space as a gay couple and millennials. I’m gay, but not a millennial. However, finding your site adds to my hope about the future.
Im right in the cuff of youngest Boomer or oldest GenX; though, I identify as a GenX. Seeing younger generations care about responsibility for the future and what kind of world we will have brings a joy in my heart.
I’ve been with my partner 31-32 years in a life of chastity and fidelity. We live in upstate NY on a homestead with gardens, crops, chickens and ducks. We also make maple syrup, soap, and can our organic food. However, we’ve sold the place and will move to Arkansas soon. We’re from LA and TX originally; got up to the NE through my career.
I’m also a novitiate to a dispersed monastic community in the Episcopal Church, thus the explanation for being a gay, partnered person as a monk. I think of our home as a hermitage or domestic monastery.
I look forward to participating here and watching your site flourish.
Peace and Grace,
Br Thomas (Tom)