At least once a week, and sometimes more, I think about running away. Granted, I don’t usually get too far into the specifics. But I do wonder, abstractly, what that would actually look like. Just going completely off the grid. No more career, no more fixed responsibilities, no more technology, or even electricity. Well that is precisely what Margaret Grundstein did, which she describes in delightful detail in her memoir Naked in the Woods: My Unexpected Years in a Hippie Commune.
Recently watched “TINY: A Story About Living Small” on Netflix. Whoa! The film/documentary was written, produced, and directed by its stars Christopher Smith and Merete Miller. If you want a detailed factual synopsis of what it’s about, you can go to IMDB or check out the movie’s website. Or, if you have Netflix, you can watch it there. Or here. In a nutshell, Christopher decides to build a 130 square foot house from scratch. On a surface level, the documentary is about his journey to build the house with little money and no prior building experience. But I’m more interested in why than how, and what it means, and in discussing some of the questions it brought to mind in my own life.