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A Handmade Life

A Handmade Life Author William Coperthwaite
ISBN-10 9781603581394
Release 2007-03-07
Pages 144
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William Coperthwaite is a teacher, builder, designer, and writer who for many years hasexplored the possibilities of true simplicity on a homestead on the north coast of Maine. In the spirit of Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, and Helen and Scott Nearing, Coperthwaite has fashioned a livelihood of integrity and completeness-buying almost nothing, providing for his own needs, and serving as a guide and companion to hundreds of apprentices drawn to his unique way of being. A Handmade Life carries Coperthwaite's ongoing experiments with hand tools, hand-grown and gathered food, and handmade shelter, clothing, and furnishings out into the world to challenge and inspire. His writing is both philosophical and practical, exploring themes of beauty, work, education, and design while giving instruction on the hand-crafting of the necessities of life. Richly illustrated with luminous color photographs by Peter Forbes, the book is a moving and inspirational testament to a new practice of old ways of life.



A Handmade Life

A Handmade Life Author William S. Coperthwaite
ISBN-10 IND:30000087125385
Release 2003-10-30
Pages 144
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William Coperthwaite is a teacher, builder, designer, and writer who for many years has explored the possibilities of true simplicity on a homestead on the north coast of Maine. In the spirit of Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, and Helen and Scott Nearing, Coperthwaite has fashioned a livelihood of integrity and completenessbuying almost nothing, providing for his own needs, and serving as a guide and companion to hundreds of apprentices drawn to his unique way of being. A Handmade Life carries Coperthwaites ongoing experiments with hand tools, hand-grown and gathered food, and handmade shelter, clothing, and furnishings out into the world to challenge and inspire. His writing is both philosophical and practical, exploring themes of beauty, work, education, and design while giving instruction on the hand-crafting of the necessities of life. Richly illustrated with luminous color photographs by Peter Forbes, the book is a moving and inspirational testament to a new practice of old ways of life.



A Handmade Life

A Handmade Life Author Wm S. Coperthwaite
ISBN-10 1933392479
Release 2007-01-01
Pages 117
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William Coperthwaite is a teacher, builder, designer, and writer who for many years has explored the possibilities of true simplicity on a homestead on the north coast of Maine. In the spirit of Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, and Helen and Scott Nearing, Coperthwaite has fashioned a livelihood of integrity and completeness--buying almost nothing, providing for his own needs, and serving as a guide and companion to hundreds of apprentices drawn to his unique way of being. A Handmade Life carries Coperthwaite's ongoing experiments with hand tools, hand-grown and gathered food, and handmade shelter, clothing, and furnishings out into the world to challenge and inspire. His writing is both philosophical and practical, exploring themes of beauty, work, education, and design while giving instruction on the hand-crafting of the necessities of life: house, tools, clothing, and furniture. Richly illustrated with luminous color photographs by Peter Forbes, the book is a moving and inspirational testament to an new/old way of life.



A Man Apart

A Man Apart Author Peter Forbes
ISBN-10 9781603585484
Release 2015-02-03
Pages 272
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A story of friendship, encouragement, and the quest to design a better world A Man Apart is the story—part family memoir and part biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow’s longtime friendship with Bill Coperthwaite (A Handmade Life), whose unusual life and fierce ideals helped them examine and understand their own. Coperthwaite inspired many by living close to nature and in opposition to contemporary society, and was often compared to Henry David Thoreau. Much like Helen and Scott Nearing, who were his friends and mentors, Coperthwaite led a 55-year-long “experiment in living” on a remote stretch of Maine coast. There he created a homestead of wooden, multistoried yurts, a form of architecture for which he was known around the world. Coperthwaite also embodied a philosophy that he called “democratic living,” which was about empowering all people to have agency over their lives in order to create a better community. The central question of Coperthwaite’s life was, “How can I live according to what I believe?” In this intimate and honest account—framed by Coperthwaite’s sudden death and brought alive through the month-long adventure of building with him what would turn out to be his last yurt—Forbes and Whybrow explore the timeless lessons of Coperthwaite’s experiment in intentional living and self-reliance. They also reveal an important story about the power and complexities of mentorship: the opening of one’s life to someone else to learn together, and carrying on in that person’s physical absence. While mourning Coperthwaite’s death and coming to understand the real meaning of his life and how it endures through their own, Forbes and Whybrow craft a story that reveals why it’s important to seek direct experience, to be drawn to beauty and simplicity, to create rather than critique, and to encourage others.



Yurts

Yurts Author Becky Kemery
ISBN-10 1586858912
Release 2006
Pages 146
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Yurts: Living in the Round journeys from Central Asia to modern America and reveals the history, evolution, and contemporary benefits of yurt living. One of the oldest forms of indigenous shelter still in use today, yurts have exploded into the twenty-first century as a multi-faceted, thoroughly modern, utterly versatile, and immensely popular modern structure whose possibilities are still being explored. Kemery introduces the innovators who redesigned the yurt and took it from back country trekking and campground uses to modern permanent homes and offices.



The Simplicity of Life

The Simplicity of Life Author Cisco Fernandes
ISBN-10 9781435715240
Release 2008-04
Pages 144
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Cisco Fernandes dove into a swimming pool on June 17, 2000 and broke his neck leaving him a quadriplegic. Although his body was broken, his spirit soared. The Simplicity Of Life is his observations, feelings and occurrences that this disability has shown him. Through this compelling and intimate story you learn of the struggles after a tragic accident and the triumph over disability, which leads you to see the simplicity of life.



The Beauty of Simplicity

The Beauty of Simplicity Author ayali
ISBN-10 9781452514277
Release 2016-02-09
Pages 232
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The Journey The day one ceases to wait Is the day one actually begins to truly live. Any reason is an excuse for him or her to keep waiting. It is what it is; the truth is uncompromising. Therefore, my advice to you is: stop waiting! Stop waiting for your mom, your dad, your son, your daughter, your spouse, the right job, the proper friends, or anything else in order for your life to move forward in the direction you desire. You alone are here for yourself. There is no one else. There is a sense of safety among family, friends, and children; a real safety can only be found within oneself. In order to arrive, one must behave as though he or she is there Meaning one must be the very same thing one aspires to be, thus turning into oneself. Any which way one chooses is always in accordance with and based on what he or she understood and learned during his or her life until this momentthe moment of reading these lines. Therefore, as long as ones comprehension and development increase, they allow ones growth, and with it more options to act in ones own way. Much beyond the words one uses: Thats who I am, which cause the exact opposite from development. In the path of growth, at a certain point, one will realize that one can actually be almost anything one chooses, and hence should now select the path he or she truly desires. For those who know, I have no words to say. For those who dont know, I have the world to give.



Craft Companion

Craft Companion Author Ramona Barry
ISBN-10 0500518920
Release 2016-08-25
Pages 408
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The essential how-to guide to major crafting techniques, including work from more than 150 contemporary artists for inspiration and projects to galvanize your creativity in every medium



A Different Kind of Luxury

A Different Kind of Luxury Author Andy Couturier
ISBN-10 9781611725223
Release 2010-02-01
Pages 316
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11 portraits from rural Japan to inspire choices in meaningful work, art, and sustainable living



Epicurean Simplicity

Epicurean Simplicity Author Stephanie Mills
ISBN-10 9781559636902
Release 2003-04-10
Pages 224
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"In this book, I relate the pleasures, as well as the virtues and difficulties of a perhaps simpler than average North American life." So begins ecological thinker and writer Stephanie Mills's Epicurean Simplicity, a thoughtful paean to living, like Thoreau, a deliberate life.Mills's account of the simple life reaches deep into classical sources of pleasure -- good food, good health, good friends, and particularly the endless delights of the natural world. Her musings about the life she desires -- and the life she has created -- ultimately led her to the third century Greek philosopher Epicurus, whose philosophy was premised on the trustworthiness of the senses, a philosophy that Mills wholeheartedly embraces. While later centuries have come to associate Epicurus's name with hedonism, Mills discovered that he extolled simplicity and prudence as the surest means to pleasure, and his thinking offers an important philosophical touchstone for the book.As the author explains, one of the primary motivations for her pursuit of simplicity is her concern about the impacts of a consumerist lifestyle on the natural world. Mills touches on broad range of topics relating to that issue -- social justice, biological extinctions, the global economy, and also more personal aspects such as friendship, the process of country living, the joys of physical exertion, the challenges of a writer's life, and the natural history and seasonal delights of a life lived close to nature. An overarching theme is the destructiveness of consumerism, and how even a simple life affects a wide range of organisms and adds strain to the earth's systems. The author uses her own experience as an entry point to the discussion with a self-effacing humor and lyrical prose that bring big topics to a personal level.Epicurean Simplicity is beautifully crafted, fluid, inspiring, and enlightening, examining topics of critical importance that affect us all. It celebrates the pleasures, beauty, and fulfillment of a simple life, a goal being sought by Americans from all walks of life, from harried single parents to corporate CEOs. For fans of natural history or personal narrative, for those concerned about social justice and the environment, and for those who have come to know and love Stephanie Mills through her speaking and writing, Epicurean Simplicity is a rare treasure.



Living the Good Life

Living the Good Life Author Helen Nearing
ISBN-10 0805233636
Release 1987-01-01
Pages 213
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Living the Good Life has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Living the Good Life also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Living the Good Life book for free.



Made from Scratch

Made from Scratch Author Jenna Woginrich
ISBN-10 1603422560
Release 2014-04-30
Pages 208
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In a hectic world of mass-produced food, clothing, and entertainment, it’s easy to miss out on the simple pleasures of doing things for yourself. Young web designer Jenna Woginrich chronicles her adventures as she learns to embrace the idea of self-sufficiency in all aspects of her life, including sewing her own clothes, growing her own food, and creating her own fun outside of the mainstream. Woginrich’s hilarious, heartbreaking, and soul-satisfying journey will bring joy and inspiration to those who dream about a more independent lifestyle.



Simplicity of Life

Simplicity of Life Author Steve Leasock
ISBN-10 1541150341
Release 2016-12-20
Pages 188
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We desire simplicity in our existence; but how do we reach it in a world that thrives on complexity? What has humankind done with the simplicity of life? Life is what it is; there is no way to truly define it. The human species has taken this state of simplicity and made it very complicated. This complexity, which we deem as being a true reality, is only a man-made construction. Every moment of life is, by true definition, the first, and the last of our human existence. Throughout most of human history we've been divided-stuck in structured behavior patterns and belief systems and confined to the stark cultural boundaries of a manmade world. This has led to feelings of confusion and loneliness, a constant sense of lacking as we search for something more. The development of this world and the universe is dependent on what we think, what we desire and what we decide. For the majority of humans, life comes and goes without ever seeing the open door in front of them. Now, more than ever, individuals are feeling the need to leave their old ways behind and recognize the universal intelligence that has always been our birthright. Simplicity of Life is an exploration into self-awareness and human existence as a whole with ideas and insights that challenge the outdated belief systems of yore, and offers alternative ways of thinking that will allow anyone to tap into a larger and more universal consciousness. An increase in awareness has begun to pave the way toward unity. There is no teacher or student in life. We are all just walking each other home.



The Laws of Simplicity

The Laws of Simplicity Author John Antonelli
ISBN-10 9780262260954
Release 2006-07-07
Pages 117
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Finally, we are learning that simplicity equals sanity. We're rebelling against technology that's too complicated, DVD players with too many menus, and software accompanied by 75-megabyte "read me" manuals. The iPod's clean gadgetry has made simplicity hip. But sometimes we find ourselves caught up in the simplicity paradox: we want something that's simple and easy to use, but also does all the complex things we might ever want it to do. In The Laws of Simplicity, John Maeda offers ten laws for balancing simplicity and complexity in business, technology, and design -- guidelines for needing less and actually getting more.Maeda -- a professor in MIT's Media Lab and a world-renowned graphic designer -- explores the question of how we can redefine the notion of "improved" so that it doesn't always mean something more, something added on.Maeda's first law of simplicity is "Reduce." It's not necessarily beneficial to add technology features just because we can. And the features that we do have must be organized (Law 2) in a sensible hierarchy so users aren't distracted by features and functions they don't need. But simplicity is not less just for the sake of less. Skip ahead to Law 9: "Failure: Accept the fact that some things can never be made simple." Maeda's concise guide to simplicity in the digital age shows us how this idea can be a cornerstone of organizations and their products -- how it can drive both business and technology. We can learn to simplify without sacrificing comfort and meaning, and we can achieve the balance described in Law 10. This law, which Maeda calls "The One," tells us: "Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful."



Voluntary Simplicity Second Revised Edition

Voluntary Simplicity Second Revised Edition Author Duane Elgin
ISBN-10 9780061966347
Release 2010-01-05
Pages 240
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“A manifesto for the only kind of future that promises sanity and the possibility of contentment. Bread and wine for the spirit.” —Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Belly Originally published in 1981 and hailed as the “bible” of the simplicity movement by The Wall Street Journal, Duane Elgin’s classic Voluntary Simplicity has been completely revised for our modern times. Elgin, who was honored in 2009 by The Ecologist, the U.K.’s leading environmental magazine, as one of ten important “visionaries,” offers a path “Toward a Way of Life That is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich.” Voluntary Simplicity has already changed the lives of thousands of people. This new edition will profoundly influence countless more with its powerful, timely message of balance, frugality, and ecological awareness.



Meanwhile Next Door to the Good Life

Meanwhile Next Door to the Good Life Author Jean Hay Bright
ISBN-10 0972092447
Release 2013-09
Pages 382
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Updated a decade after its original publication, this memoir by Jean Hay Bright chronicles the years in the 1970s when the author and her first husband, a traumatized Vietnam veteran, homesteaded on 25 rugged Maine acres sold to them by Living the Good Life authors Helen and Scott Nearing, and the aftermath of that experience in the decades that followed. Jean also used her investigative reporting skills to try to resolve some long-standing and nagging questions about the Nearings, focusing particularly on their finances over the decades. Her research also turned up some surprising and enlightening facts about how Helen and Scott Nearing actually lived and died. The revised edition has a new Prologue by Susan Hand Shetterly, more family photos, an expanded Afterword, as well as details and a new chapter pulled from Scott Nearing's FBI file, including documentation of Scott's listing in J. Edgar Hoover's Custodial Detention program.



Radical Simplicity

Radical Simplicity Author Dan Price
ISBN-10 0762424923
Release 2005
Pages 170
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An author-illustrated book on how to simplify your life. Offers instruction on building a variety of dwellings, a sauna, compost bin, and other aids to the natural life. Live a life of freedom, one in harmony with the rhythms of nature and your own internal rhythm and creativity.