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RE: A washingtonpost.com article from: islandjim1@verIzon.net

My husband's parents moved to Colorado when they retired.  They lived in a
log cabin with a windmill to draw water from their well and used a pot
bellied stove (just like my Uncle in Jasper always did) to heat the house,
and a small propane refrigerator.  They had no phones or electricity.  I
think I could live like that too, though I would most certainly miss some of
the conveniences we have and I would truly miss the communications systems
we use!   We do keep oil lamps available and have the fireplace...just in
case.  We worked at learning some of what they had experienced because on
never knows when one might need to use skills learned by our predecessors.


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From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Bonnie Holmes
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Great article.  Cultural history always has a pull for me.  (For those
interested in mid-western, western life, Pioneer Woman is full of great
tid-bits, such as what you do when your sod house leaks.)  There were times,
especially during the Cold War when I wondered how long I could sustain
myself on my little bit of property.  Each time we have a serious black out
in this area (usually after major ice storm), the people who get along best
are those older folks who were raised on farms before electricity.  I wonder
if the commune popularity during the late 60s and 70s were an attempt to
mirror sustainability.  Ah, you can see that I am in a reflexive mood this

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