Dear MOTHER October/November 2018

Letters from our readers about living remotely, growing up in the country, Depression-era desserts, just getting started, and more.

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    Black Swallowtail caterpillars typically lay their eggs on dill plants.
    Photo by Jared Ponchot
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    This cake recipe was popular during the Great Depression since it required so few ingredients.
    Photo by Getty Images/iStockphoto/sugar0607

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Living Remotely

Almost 20 years ago, I realized that I needed to get away from the highly dogmatic, materialistic, and unsustainable American lifestyle, and have some room to think. This realization led me to quit my high-paying and high-stress job, sell my house, and move with my wife and children to a small and remote island in southeastern Alaska.

It took many years to establish our family in this new way of life. My wife and I, along with a close family friend, started and operated what eventually became the highest-rated tourist business in Alaska. We operated the business for a number of years, and each year was more successful than the last. The secret behind our success was our simple business philosophy: Be honest, and treat others the way you want to be treated.

Living remotely has taught me some of the most valuable lessons of my life: Turn off the TV and go outside. Plant a garden. Eat healthy and exercise. Spend quality time with friends and family. Be creative. Be honest and ethical.

Mother Earth News is the only magazine I subscribe to now; it’s the only one to which I feel a strong connection. The work your magazine does to spread the truth about living ethically and organically is invaluable in today’s world. I have trouble even convincing my own brother to eat organic! After living remotely for all these years, I know what a challenge it is to convince others to embrace this lifestyle, so thank you for your efforts.

Jay Beedle
Shelter Island, Alaska

Just Getting Started

I’ve known I was interested in natural agriculture since I was 16 years old. Mother Earth News has been a huge source of inspiration for me, and has taught me so much. After reading the articles in this superb magazine, I’ve been able to take my interests and turn them into real-world projects. Joel Salatin’s advice in “The Pitchfork Pulpit” has been very educational and motivating for a sustainable agriculture fan like myself. I look forward to his advice every issue.

9/10/2018 6:40:11 AM

Nature’s Perfect Pair.

9/10/2018 6:40:11 AM

Be honest, and treat others the way you want to be treated.

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