(If you have been redirected to this site from the Taoist Living site, it is not a mistake. This site, Freedom Simplicity, and Joy, is now my primary writing site,)
Home is a strange term for one whose spirit has been wandering most of his life. I have an emotional “home” in my dear spouse, Nancy, but only in my later years (70+) have I realized that, to paraphrase the words and flip the meaning of the old gospel hymn, “this Earth is indeed my home.”
The process of coming home then, brings an energetic blend of excitement and fear. I have lived for seven decades as part of a culture instead of as part of the Earth. To return home, Nancy and I finally realized, requires leaving culture behind because this particular culture has led us far astray and left us wandering strangers in a strange land.
This website is dedicated to the pursuit of freedom, simplicity, and joy – qualities that have been erased by the combination of industrial mono-culture, environmental destruction, and political dysfunction. Yet I promise not to rant. My ranting ability has worn out from overuse. I hope instead to share with you my journey home, and to share the resources, insights, and encouragements I find along the way. As I write these words, that journey has just begun. I’ve barely taken the first step. But as Gandalf said to Frodo, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your front door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
I don’t know the route the road home will take. Nancy and I have finally begun, after a false start or two, to put our desire for freedom and simplicity into action. As of this writing, we have used our savings to purchase a used 2003 Winnebago motor home which will be our permanent residence, our “home on wheels” for the coming years. We chose this way of housing so that we might live a life of freedom and simplicity, remain close to the Earth and Her seasons, and be of service to the Sacred Source of all life. To all those who affirmed and supported our “Tiny House” vision two years ago, we offer our deepest thanks. You have enabled this step for us.
It would be nice if you could come along by sharing this blog with me.