Halfway Homestead

May 6, 2007 at 11:24 am 3 comments

My sweetie Thunder found us a cool new gulching site this morning: The New Agrarian. It’s written by a fellow in North Carolina by the name of David Walbert, who’s got a couple of postgrad degrees in U.S. history (with very intriguing dissertation topics!), and the personal motto, “Never trust an intellectual who cannot work with his hands.” πŸ˜€

I was exploring there and found a little gem of an essay called The Halfway Homestead that was a boost, a nudge, and a handshake all at once:

After all, every homestead is a halfway homestead. No real homestead ever quite lives up to the dream; life is a compromise between ideal and necessity. We can never be or do everything we’d like β€” but that fact doesn’t absolve us of the responsibility to try. So we try, every day, and we move forward by baby steps. And ten years, twenty years, a lifetime of baby steps adds up.

Too many of us who want change in the world envision the world we’d like to live in but never figure out how to get there from here. It is daunting to think about a divide so great, so I advise trying not to think about it. Keep the end in mind, but focus on the small things you can do rather than the big things you can’t.

And so the halfway homestead is our answer to the question What can we do right here, right now? It’s about putting down roots where we are, rather than holding back until we’re where we think we’d like to be. It’s about taking the scenic route, enjoying the ride, and holding open the possibility that we might find a better destination than the one we had in mind.


Entry filed under: Doing Freedom, Gulching, Living Free.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nedda  |  May 8, 2007 at 12:39 am

    Awesome link! Can’t wait to read through his site.

    I think Halfway Homestead is almost as good a name as Anarchist’s Plot! πŸ˜€

    (I like the new layout, by the way.)

  • 2. Taran Jordan  |  May 8, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Hi, Nedda! Yes, isn’t that New Agrarian site neat? But personally, I have a bias in favor of Anarchist’s Plot in the name department. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the layout feedback. I’ve been playing with options now and again, and WordPress themes really vary quite a bit. Some only allow one or two columns, a few have three…and they each do things a tiny bit differently among themselves.

    For instance, the last one I was using only showed the most recent post on the front page, which I wasn’t happy with. But this one does seem to be a good balance of features.

    Anyway, peace and happiness to you. Seen any good woolyboogers lately?

  • 3. F42  |  May 11, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    Just checking in….take care


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