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A Widow's Walk Off-Grid to Self-Reliance: An inspiring, true story of Courage and Determination Paperback – Large Print, March 15, 2014
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It is a more of a story of a woman who 'wanted' to be self-reliant and 'dreamed' of the homestead life but never actually attained it. This story haunts me,... it leaves me with such a compassion and sadness for her...she struggled and tried so hard. She had some small victories but it seems she was always struggling and hoping and losing so much along the way....she ends up losing the shack after some years of
surviving there, moving to a small trailer then losing that as well...precious pets die, she's shot at, broke in on, cheated,..etc...parts of the book do get bogged down, like her long days away from her home and pets, long days at a wood shop and all the drama of the people there...
it seems to me more a story of poverty than off-grid living. she survived but not really thrived.
And yet, there are parts of the book that are quite enjoyable to read and it's still worth purchasing. Some things are inspiring...Mostly, I think, it will leave you with a sorrow and compassion for Annie Dodds...
In “A Widow’s Walk Off-Grid To Self Reliance” Annie Dodds (beloved to many of us by her screen name: Txanne) shares her journey as she tests Wiseman’s “Will To Live” concept but takes it much farther. Annie relates how she experienced TEOTWAWKI (prepper speak for “The End Of The World As We Know It). Her life was punctuated by TEOTWAWKI not once, nor twice but multiple times. Through each challenge, she had to dig deep, all the way down to her Will To Live. Along her walk, she redefines her list of necessities, revealing what really matters in life.
Some would call her lifestyle “simple.” Others might use the term “primitive.” Annie’s description: “I was in love with a way of life and it loved me back.” In spite of her unencumbered lifestyle she still manages to make an impact on the lives of those around her (humans and beasts). Annie’s memoir will impact you as well.
“A Widow’s Walk Off-Grid To Self Reliance” is not just on my “Favorites” list but it’s on my “Re-Read” list along with titles like “Grapes of Wrath,” “Alas Babylon” and “The Worst Hard Time” in my TEOTWAWKI collection.
* Clear your schedule -- Annie’s story is difficult to put down.
* Take your blood pressure pill. You will react as you see how humankind can wreak more disaster with selfishness and greed than can any hurricane.
* Grab a box of tissues. It’s an emotional roller coaster.
* Expect a garage sale soon. In YOUR garage.
How lucky am I to have selected this story of living!
Amazing, refreshing, astounding! A woman in her 60's did this? As I sat in my amenity-filled, huge house and read this book, I was awakened to the fact that life can be so much more. A good life need not mean money, as riches can be found in appreciation of the world's gifts. Life gives everyone bad moments, but with persistence it will also give you many wonderful days.
Annie Dodds is a character with her gun and grit. She's someone you want to know.