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Sacred Coffee: A "Homesteader's" Paradigm Paperback – June 9, 2013
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Mark A. Zeiger has lived in Alaska, his native state, for most of his life. He now lives a mostly subsistence lifestyle on his semi-remote, off-the-grid "homestead" on the shore of Lynn Canal, south of Haines. He designs Websites and blogs about his family's homestead life at AKZeigers.com. He has previously released a collection of dark fiction short stories, Shy Ghosts Dancing: Dark Tales from Southeast Alaska. He lives with his wife, Michelle, their daughter, Aly, and their cat, Spice.
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His other book, Shy Ghosts Dancing, is also noteworthy as non-traditional tales of Southeast Alaska.
I thoroughly enjoyed SACRED COFFEE: A Homesteader's Paradigm, and heartily recommend it to anyone who relates to home as more than a place to sleep.
Here are the capitals from the TABLE OF CONTENTS:
The Paradigm's Pay-Off
The Adventure Continues
From these alone, one learns a great deal of what homesteading is all about. It is these that guide us as we transition from dependent lifestyles to more self-reliant ones. Never mind the thousand skills involved... as seen in Mark's writing, those skills are acquired in due course, as naturally as we once learned to shop.
Mark's writing is entertaining and hopeful.
His 'how-to' isn't so much the nuts-and-bolts variety as how to shift one's paradigm for living, to open one's eyes to new possibilities. In his paradigm, homesteading is a process that can begin today, in one's home of the moment. If we but look up and begin, we can leave the 'burbs as far behind us as we dream, one step at a time.
No need to be raised by wolves, no rule that says you have to wear buckskin, that you have to be some sort of mountaineer. Mark writes of challenges, false leads and mistakes met with research, ingenuity and patience. And at the end of the day, the satisfaction of work with one's own two hands, of drawing upon one's own resources.
"...The essence of our decision to live the way we do", he writes, is "to live a better life."
"...Our main impetus is to live more fully, focusing on enjoying our brief time together as a family, and pursuing the adventure of a lifetime in the process."
Process. Adventure. Joy and togetherness.
I've accepted their hospitality... seen their new(ish) life up-close and at-length. Mark isn't just talking the talk (which he does well, by the way), he's walking the walk.
His family has forged and continues to create this reality for themselves... check!
Like blankets of three-week-old seaweed on the beach, this book makes my mouth water.