|By Tyra and James Arraj. 154pp,
large format, 7 3/4" x 11", double columns, paper, $17.95. Printed
copies are available. Copyright 1987 Tyra Arraj and James Arraj. ISBN: 0-914073-14-1
(Also includes Radical Simplicity and the Fourth Step (2004) and
A Guide to Valuable Resources, Important Information, and Exotic Tidbits
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To Elizabeth and John
A note to this edition: We published The Treasures of Simple Living in 1987, and have left it here much as it first appeared. Radical Simplicity and the Fourth Step updates that story, but more importantly, tries to describe and distill how living in the forest changed the way we saw the world we had grown up in, and convinced us a better way of living was possible. Jim and Tyra, the forest, Summer 2004
Our future was set out for us: full-time jobs, mortgage payments for the next 20 years, and retirement at 65. Our children would go to school and we would see them as much as our busy schedules allowed. But such a future held no attraction for us. So we packed up, left it all behind and drove into the unknown.
Our journey took us beyond the electric lines, telephone, paved roads and television. We built our own house, grew salads year-round in a solar greenhouse, and taught our children at home, all in the midst of a forest where the nearest neighbors are wild animals, and the snow gets four feet deep.
The inconveniences were soon forgotten in the joys of living under our own roof, watching our children blossom, and discovering abilities we never knew we had. The simplicity took away economic pressures and gave us time to search for lifes deeper meanings.
PART I explains why we left the city, how we solved the problem of earning a living and what we went through once we bought a piece of land in the middle of a forest.
PART II tells about the treasures we found in our simple life, and why our experiment paid us back a thousand-fold.
PART III describes common obstacles to creating a new lifestyle closer to nature, and some important skills that helped us along the way.
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"...full of practical tips and resources for creating your own simple living adventure." The Mail Order Catalog, The Farm, Summertown, TN
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Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: THE RAT RACE
CHAPTER 2: LEAVING
CHAPTER 3: HOME
CHAPTER 4: PLEASE DON'T DRINK THE
TADPOLES AND OTHER BASICS
CHAPTER 5: THE BIOSHELTER
CHAPTER 6: FOOD
CHAPTER 7: WINTERS TRAVEL AND WILD PLACES
CHAPTER 8: TELEVISION
CHAPTER 9: HOME SCHOOL
CHAPTER 10: THE REAL WORLD
CHAPTER 11: SIMPLICITY'S GIFTS
CHAPTER 12: A DREAM FOR THE FUTURE:
CHAPTER 13: MISTAKES
CHAPTER 14: TOFU AND TEMPEH
CHAPTER 15: CRAFTS: SEARCHING FOR RIGHT LIVELIHOOD IN
CHAPTER 16: BACK TO ECONOMIC: BASICS
CHAPTER 17: HEALTH OF THE WHOLE PERSON
CHAPTER 18: HUMAN DIFFERENCES: A HIDDEN DIMENSION OF
LIFE AND LOVE
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