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Off-Grid Living: Voluntary Simplicity or Involuntary Complexity?

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 5:38 PM

To go to the woods to live deliberately. To face but the essential challenges of life. To learn from raw experience and self-taught skill. To live simply, in a Spartan-like manner, in order to suck all the marrow out of life. These are the reasons why Henry David Thoreau moved...

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What Makes Food Truly Convenient?

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 10:55 PM

A recent visit to a convenience store prompted me to reflect on the meanings of the word "convenience." Dictionaries tell us that convenience is the state of being able to proceed with one's actions with ease or little effort. Convenience means accessibility, availability, affordability, speed, and ease. A convenience store...

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Living Off-Grid: The "Quiet Revolution"

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 5:41 PM

Because it is the one-year anniversary of the Occupy movement I was recently asked by a member of the press whether people who live off the grid are planning to unite, like in some kind of social movement. My answer was skeptical. I doubt that individualists who take great pleasure...

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Living Off-Grid in Ontario [VIDEO]

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 11:54 AM

Off the Grid in Ontario from InnovativeEthnographies on Vimeo.

In this short video Murray and Nan, the off-gridders from rural Ontario mentioned in our last blog post,...

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What It's Like Living off the Grid

(4) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 3:30 PM

Rotating blackouts are a great thing. No, not for everyone, of course. While some of us can draw mild relief from a mandated break from our PlayStation, the truly happy Canadians during a blackout are off-gridders. It is on those discomforting (for the rest of us) blackout days that the...

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