completely dry. And that the repairs would take about $2,000. Once, there was a time when $2,000 was a day’s work when I was a corporate consultant. Now, it is a month’s budget. Somehow I’ll make it and have the work done, but how
amazingly different is my relationship to money is now.
I am stepping away from the money-based economy, and into a way of living in which primary wealth – food that you grow, animals you raise, land that you steward, wood that you burn and all that Nature gives us for free, like water, warmth, air, is what supports you. Last year, I helped my friend Alan at his apple booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival and got a bushel of apples in return. Jim traded me my winter’s fire wood for help finding a grant for his farm. At the close of the farmers’
market, I give the food that hasn’t sold to fellow vendors, and they return the favor with their beautiful produce and farm products. So it is possible to live, and live very, very well outside the money economy. But when that behemoth
crashes into this delicate new reality, wow! You begin to see how crass and blunt it is. How inflexible.
The animals were funny: I was giving the chickens an afternoon snack. Suddenly, three little sheep faces were
pressed against the fence, clearly noting that everybody else was getting a snack, and ‘well, how about us?’ So they got some grain. Matilda is positively rotund –
people think she is pregnant, and Marsha and Coffee are starting to bulge out
too. It is hard to put them on a diet. They do the plaintive bleating so