Waiting at the veternarian for my sick cat, children at summer camp, I had nothing to do but stare at the fish in the aquarium or read the book I had stuffed into my bag. I chose the latter. See You in a Hundred Years: Four Seasons in Forgotten America by Logan Ward documents the author's year-long experiment of living as a family might in 1900.
Ward, his wife and toddler son left Manhattan for the farmlands of Virginia. Ironically, they relocated a stone's throw from Joel Salatain of The Omnivore's Dilemma fame. The family grew all their own food, pumped their own water, lived without electricity and so on for an entire year. What they learned during that year jives with the results of No Impact Man's and the PBS Reality Show Frontier House's experiments. We don't need as much as we think. The television, the telephone, many of those things are simply distraction. What we need, instead, are connections with others and a community that matters.
Donna called this book an almost mindless read and, I won't argue with her. Still, I enjoyed it for what it was - a light and easy book about living a simpler life.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Recommended: Any green reader looking for a quick, easy green read