“Better Off: Flipping The Switch On Technology” by Eric Brende

In order to gather material for his masters thesis, Eric and his wife Mary took a plunge into Mennonite country living in order to experience life unplugged. For eighteen months they lived without electricity and at a low technological level, discovering what a simpler life would be like. The book closes with a retrospective look at their choices after this eighteen month experience, during which time they chose to not own a television or computer, rarely rely on using their car for transportation and instead choose to walk or ride their bikes, and often barter goods with neighbors rather than purchase them outright.

I found this book to be an interesting and thought-provoking (as well as a quick read), despite its lacking a clear chronological organization or glossary with characters names. Nevertheless, I would recommend this book to anyone who questions their own reliance on technology and yearns for a more simple life.

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New Site Layouts

After much hemming and hawing about what to do with my much neglected photoblog, I’ve decided to return to a more traditional journal format with hints of photographs here and there. Hopefully this will remove my guilt in not updating as often as I’d like and provide a less-rigid format to update friends and family with our daily happenings.

I’ve also redesigned our main site: please visit and let me know what you think!