Living Simply with Barbara and David

Our dream of living simply is homesteading a ten acre piece of Arizona desert. We invite you to share our version of the simplicity movement.

We adopted this quote by Wendell Berry to help define our purpose.

“We have lived by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives, so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and to learn what is good for it. We must learn to cooperate in its processes, and to yield to its limits. But even more important, we must learn to acknowledge that the creation is full of mystery; we will never clearly understand it. We must abandon arrogance and stand in awe. We must recover the sense of the majesty of the creation, and the ability to be worshipful in its presence. For it is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it.” - Wendell Berry

Before Barbara and I began our life together, we were both caught up completely in our own separate versions of the Old American Dream of life with no limits to the accumulation of stuff or the availability of resources. As we became immersed in the pursuit of this delusion, our marriages, our finances, and our health – mental, emotional, and physical – became unmanageable. We met each other at this turning point in our respective lives.

As we started our new life together, we began a slow, step-by-step journey in the awareness that something could be different. We chose not to live the way we had in the past.

After years of increasing awareness and growth, we came to a place where we chose living simply in an atmosphere of self-reliant harmony. Our intention in developing this site is to share the experiences and insights gleaned during our journey, to date, and to include you in our new steps on our path.

Now we live in a built-by-hand straw bale house in the southeastern corner of Arizona. Our three buildings – an adobe guest house, our straw bale utility building, and our home - were built with average tools by us, an average couple of retirement age. Elsewhere in the site, we provide detailed step-by-step accounts of our DIY building adventure.

Today, much of our food is grown in Barbara’s wonderful garden. Because of her green thumb and a real love of growing things, we eat incredibly healthy and tasty meals prepared from simple food. What isn’t grown on our place, we try to find locally.

Our diet essentially follows Michael Pollan’s advice to “eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” There are few things that rival keeping a productive vegetable garden to remind us about living simply.

We are eager to share our experiences and knowledge and look forward to hearing from all you current and future lovers of simple living, urban and rural, from all over the world!!!  We invite you to look at Solo Build It, the web building group that has enabled us to share our journey with you.

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