Category Archives: Off Grid Living


Barley is just barely peeking up through the ground. It’s November fourteenth. Nearly half way through the month and still no real freeze. We’re thankful for that. If we could, Lord willing, get another ten days in before any kind of hard freeze, we’d be doing really well. Hasn’t been much sun to speak of for […]

Living Beyond Off-Grid as a Scifi Writer

Not long ago I was in a hardware store in a small town not far from our farm. I was with my son buying plumbing parts for a water project for the farm. Robert and I were at the register with our PVC valves, couplers, and adapters when the clerk, a friendly local fellow named Buck, started […]

The Mud Years

 This whole thing is a metaphor. It still works and is true the way it’s written, but sometimes I’m too subtle so… this whole thing is a metaphor. We live completely off-grid on an off-grid farm in an off-grid community. The grid really doesn’t have much to do with my topic today, but I thought […]