Make a wish, believe in it
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 - 2 Comments in spirit


As the end of summer slides past us, the days are getting shorter and cooler. Our rainy season has all but ended,  the last few days has been almost dreamy, with low hanging clouds and ground fog rolling through, cool and damp, the smell of wood smoke in the air from the first warming fires of the season tickle my nose, we settle into the end of our 7th year living off grid, this December will start our 8th year, time has flown by so quickly, sometimes I have a hard time remembering my life before moving off grid, and that is just fine with me. (more…)

Yes, Texas has mountains…
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 30, 2014 - 0 Comments in spirit


…and other random thoughts. :) One of the questions I get asked when I tell people where I live (on a mountain side, in the high desert, of far western Texas), they ask “Texas has mountains?” or “I didn’t know there were mountains in Texas…”. Well I’m here to tell you that Texas DOES have mountains, I live a mile high, in the Davis Mountains, which used to be called the Apache Mountains, fitting for me because I am part Apache (as well as Comanche), not enough to claim any benefits, but enough to give me some physical features and a wonderful heritage.

I can say that I feel so much at home here, like I have come home, I always wanted to live in the mountains and in the desert, I get to do both. (more…)

Happy Father’s Day
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 15, 2014 - 3 Comments in spirit


My Dad is much of the reason why I am getting to live my dream, he gave me a sense of adventure from a young age, as a family we would watch nature and science shows on PBS, we also watch Grizzly Adams, now THAT was how I wanted to live, in a small hand built cabin, on a mountain side, with few neighbors, a few good friends and independent. (more…)

Choices, we all have them….
by WRETHAOFFGRID on MAY 18, 2014 - 4 Comments in spirit


For those of you who have followed my writing for a while, you will notice I am frequently trying to get people to go beyond just dreaming about their dreams and actually DOING something about it. Dreams are nice to have, but take the steps to turn that dream into a goal and start working toward that goal.

I saw this article today, at first I thought, oh brother, another post about “10 things”, but once I began reading these 10 things, it really made sense, for everyone’s life, including those who want to go off grid or live more independently.

Personally I think numbers 2, 5, 9 and 10 are very important, all of them are good… read them over and begin applying them to your life, whether you wish to live off grid or not, these are great ‘ism’s. (more…)

Mountain retreat from 100 Euros a night
by NICK ROSEN on FEBRUARY 26, 2014 - 1 Comment in spirit

A good use for Dad’s old suitcase

The North-West of Majorca is one of the most beautiful spots on earth, and that is why I bought a shepherds hut there almost 15 years ago and learned to live off-grid.

I found it was a place where the cares and stresses of modern life would simply vanish – a chance to replenish my spiritual batteries, and think clearly about the problems of work or life confronting me at home.

Since then I bought the neighboring plot of land and houses. Now I want to share the beautiful places that are only available when you spend time off the grid. Its 700 metres above sea level up a tiny mountain road, in the famous Tramuntana range, where walkers and cyclists come from all over the world. Its surrounded by Pines and Olive trees, with views over the Ocean below and the sound of sheep bells jingling the hills. (more…)

Recycling for fun and profit
by SIYAH on DECEMBER 20, 2013 - 1 Comment in spirit

reduce, reuse recycle WRAPThe circular economy is being talked up at the moment. The safeguarding of valuable resources by keeping them in use for as long as possible through repair, refurbishment, re-use and recycling is a motivating force for many non-profits and individuals.

It could also make you a good living as part of a low-cost lifestyle.

If you are tech-savvy you could tap into the market for hazardous electronic-waste recycling. ecoATM’s(R) self-service eCycling kiosks, found in malls across the country, provide consumers with an easy, eco-friendly, and economical way to convert unused and outdated phones, MP3 players, and tablets into holiday spending cash. (more…)

The Yearling
by AMY SUAREZ on DECEMBER 17, 2013 - 0 Comments in spirit

offthegridnews survival,preppingIts “The Year of The Yearling,” the seventy-fifth-anniversary celebration of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’s 1938 novel about a young boy whose pet deer unwittingly threatens the survival of his family farm.

The Yearling has been described as a magnificent, transparent, slow-moving river. Its style is direct and free of fireworks, its subjects planted at the beginnings of the sentences, solid as potatoes.In 1945 it was made into a motion picture starring Gregory Peck.

The Yearling reflects a world we’re losing, and does so in an orgy of carnage. (more…)

High-tech gifts for the Holiday season
by TECHSTAR on DECEMBER 2, 2013 - 0 Comments in spirit

off grid gadgets and gizmos, low energy

Hi-tech, low touch

Yes, I know, we should eschew consumerism, ignore Thanksgiving and go for a Chinese meal on Christmas day, Easily said, but sons, parents, aunties and old friends just don’t see it that way.

So whether you live off-grid and have to answer questions about what gift you want, or if you are the relative of someone who lives off the grid, here are a couple of ideas for Christmas gifts that work for people outside the system. (more…)

Step Away from the Phone, Sir
by TREETOPSJEN on NOVEMBER 15, 2013 - 0 Comments in spirit

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Suck it up my digital friend

U-Wire University of Colorado at Boulder; Boulder, CO –

Every few weeks, a group of people — typically a dozen or so professionals, from Silicon Valley and Wall Street, academia and Hollywood — pay for the privilege of ditching their smartphones, laptops and tablets and spending a few days at a lodge in the California Redwoods for a “Digital Detox.” (more…)

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