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Here at the end of the year, how about a bit of frivolity? After all, throughout the bulk of the year, we’re quite serious about the technology we procure, use, progress – and on occasion replace. It takes quite a bit of effort staying informed, trained, and either performing the work ourselves or directing various staff and teams in doing it…
But what of Ms. Emma Orbach? She’s an Oxford grad who has pitched it all, essentially… having moved “off the grid” and into a mud house of her own design and effort. Ms. Orbach made the transition 13 years ago, moving into the Welsh mountains, where she grows her own food and fetches the water she needs from a nearby stream.
She has named her home “Tir Ysbrydol,” which is Welsh for “spirit land.” Ms. Orbach’s children do visit from time-to-time; they are in their 20s and 30s. However, being that the kids have not eschewed tech, even portable technology is barred from the home, and mobile phones, laptops, iPads, and any other devices are strictly verboten.
She’s not completely divorced from “the outside,” however. There is a commune not far away where she and a former husband had ties. Also, there are some nearby abodes in which she runs a “healing and retreat center” – there’s usually around half-a-dozen people staying there, presumably healing and retreating from… people like us and lives like ours?… (hey! I like my life! – lol), and these folks pay a “donation” – from which she is able to pay taxes, maintain the property, and purchase necessary grain.
Ms. Orbach doesn’t miss, in her words, “what is normally called reality.” She believes the quality of life in general is decreasing, even while the pace of modern life, and stress, is increasing.
Well… that may be. But ya know what? I was listening to some early Blues last evening, and I needed electricity. This is one of the best compilations, as a nice entry to Blues, that I’ve heard: Bessie Smith, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie Johnson, Bo Carter, Blind Willie McTell, Lonnie Johnson, Charley Patton, Leroy Carr, Josh White, Leadbelly, Peetie Wheatstraw, Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Bukka White, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Son House, Washboard Sam and Sonny Boy Williamson.
I’m not moving into a mud hut any time soon. :^ ) But I admire this woman’s strength and conviction – it would be fun to talk to her.
Next up: I think I’ll spin the first Stones album.