Living simply isnat always simple. When Alan Boye first lived in sustainable housing, he was young, idealistic, and not much susceptible to compromiseauntil rattlesnakes, black widow spiders, and loneliness drove him out of the utilities-free yurt head built in New Mexico. Thirty-five years later, he decided to try again. This time, with an idealism tempered by experience and practical considerations, Boye and his wife constructed an off-the-grid, energy-efficient, straw bale house in Vermont. Sustainable Compromises chronicles these two remarkable attempts to live simply in two disparate American eras. Writing with hard-won authority and humor, Boye takes up the ahow-toa practicalities of abuilding green, a from finances to nuts and bolts to strains on friends and family. With Walden as a historical and philosophical touchstone and his own experience as a practical guide, he also explores the ethical and environmental concerns that have framed such undertakings from Thoreauas day to our own. A firsthand account of the pleasures and pitfalls of living simply, his book is a deeply informed and engaging reflection on what sustainability really meansain personal, communal, ethical, and environmental terms.Itwas what Icalla greatgrandmother tree, asugar maple of such incrediblegirth and height thatit dwarfed allelse, anancient ... Iwas not confident enough with a chain saw to cut down such a massive tree, much less toset itdown exactly whereitanbsp;...
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