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by Edith Rylander,John Rylander

eBook Journeying Earthward download ISBN: 1591960843
Author: Edith Rylander,John Rylander
Publisher: Big Swan Press; 1st edition (September 15, 2002)
Language: English
Pages: 223
ePub: 1663 kb
Fb2: 1940 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Biography

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Journeying Earthward book. One family's thirty-nine year experiment in simple living. Linda Hasselstrom, author of "Windbreak: A Woman Rancher on the Western Plans.

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One family's thirty-nine year experiment in simple living. Local Minnesota history, nature observation, do-it-yourself advice, character sketches. Encouragement for those who want to walk more lightly on the earth.

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In June of 1964, a burned-out California high school teacher and his poet wife packed up their children and all their worldly goods and headed for a small, wood-heated, unplumbed lakeshore cabin in the woods of central Minnesota. They wanted to change their lives.

"Journeying Earthward" is the thirty-eight year chronicle of that change, full of "thunderstorms, tornadoes, droughts, blizzards, chainsaws, barbed wire, manure, lambing, weeding, egg-picking, canning, freezing, butchering, building..." It is a memoir of living, child-rearing, and writing counter to the prevailing popular trends. It is also a do-it-yourself book--how to build an earth-friendly house with your own materials, how to live richly with very little money, how to turn a deaf ear to people who tell you you're nuts. It is a love story--a man, a woman, a place, a family.

Comments: (7)
excellent book on exiting the fast and furious atmosphere of California and journeying back in time to the area where families relied on the earth to provide everything they needed to survive. I highly recommend this book.
A lovely book. Beautifully written. Written by people who love their land.
I highly reccomend this book
Journeying Earthward is a fine example of an examined life. Inspired by Thoreau's Walden, frightened by Rachel Carsen's Silent Spring, John and Edith Rylander made an intelligent educated decision to live simply and in a way that is sustainable, without entirely withdrawing from the power grid. Their Grey Eagle, Minnesota, earth sheltered home, which they built themselves in 1985, is still snug and secure nearly 30 years later. They grow their own food and are thoughtful and respectful in their use of natural resources much like the Native American way of life. Journeying Earthward, with essays by each of the authors as well as collaborative pieces, thoroughly and thoughtfully examines the why and how of their chosen lifestyle. It is a pleasure to read from the their decision to leave California in the mid 1960s, live in a poorly insulated cabin through a cold Minnesota winter, plan to build a conventional home from locally sawn lumber, then move to an old schoolhouse near a college town, share a resort with another couple, return to Grey Eagle and build that previously planned home...all while raising three active children. When the children were grown, John and Edith further simplified and constructed a cordwood masonry earth covered home that would shelter them through retirement and into advancing age. Their story woven with earth and human history, geology and botany, plant inventories and the use and misuse of varmints, beasts and animals, is of wisdom gained through study and experience.
Edith and John Rylander's Journeying Earthward is a sharply observed and deeply felt meditation on the small slice of Minnesota earth on Big Swan Lake which they and their children have "borrowed" for the past four decades. Particularly compelling are the chapters on animals in their various incarnations: as pets; as stock; as "critters, varmints, vermin, pests"; and as beasts. As with so much else in this book, the insights are the products of many slow seasons of observation and rumination. Having just revisited Willa Cather's Midwestern classic "My Antonia," I was in the mood to take in this untrendy, far from the coasts, adventure down through all its personal byways and excursions into things historical and geologic. If you are tired of Double Latte from paper cups, take a deep drink of the real thing from this handhewn bowl. Recommended to all lovers of the earth and its many and various bioregions.
In 1965, John and Edith Rylander left a "good life" in California for the challenges of an old cabin on a bit of land in the Minnesota woods.
To read Journeying Earthward is to share with them the challenges they faced, to be part of an an intelligent and animated conversation about the way human beings should live. The Rylanders note that the nation still has "no land ethic," and show us, step by step, how we might choose to improve our lives by considered choices.
These folks aren't professors sitting in some ivory tower issue pronouncements about how the rest of us ought to run the world. They started with little background, little money, and literally dug their way to a life-- not a "lifestyle"-- which allows them to integrate their work and pleasure the way humans are meant to do. They write the way they talk with visitors in their underground living room, comfortably, with excitement and love for the subject. Sometimes one or the other dashes off on a tangent, but the topic is always relevant-- pretty much the way a good conversation arranges itself. What a refreshing change from so much environmental reading!
Don't expect to find a neatly-numbered list of actions to take to make your life more environmentally friendly; this is no "50 easy ways to save the planet in 15 minutes without breaking a sweat." Read to be encouraged to think about your own situation, to consider your own choices, and how you might make changes in your life to make it more satisfying as well as more earth friendly.
Edith and John Rylander have chronicled their 38 year marriage, life and family adventure from surburban California to the north woods of Minn. in a most interesting, readable fashion. They have done what so many of us just talked about in the 60's, and made it work for them. They describe in a very entertaining manner the mucky, or yucky aspects of farm life, as well as those special uplifting moments. I especially enjoyed the animal raising, and home building chapters. Take a vicarious journey with them. It's worth the trip.
A combination of memoir, Least-Heat-Moonesque deep history, and manifesto, Journeying Earthward celebrates what is possible in nonfiction as it explores the life choices of its author-protagonists, John and Edith Rylander. The lucky reader gets to enjoy their journey with them; the luckiest readers might be inspired to begin more self-aware life journeys themselves.