By Peter Forbes
A tale of friendship, encouragement, and the hunt to layout a greater world
A guy aside is the story—part kin memoir and half biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow's longtime friendship with invoice Coperthwaite (A home made Life), whose strange lifestyles and fierce beliefs helped them learn and comprehend their own.
Coperthwaite encouraged many by means of residing just about nature and against modern society, and was once frequently in comparison to Henry David Thoreau. very similar to Helen and Scott Nearing, who have been his associates and mentors, Coperthwaite led a 55-year-long "experiment in dwelling" on a distant stretch of Maine coast. There he created a dwelling house of wood, multistoried yurts, a kind of structure for which he was once recognized worldwide. Coperthwaite additionally embodied a philosophy that he referred to as "democratic living," which was once approximately empowering every body to have corporation over their lives so one can create a greater neighborhood.
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He was right! This book calls out to those of us seeking connection in our modern era. ” —Molly Caro May, author of The Map of Enough: One Woman’s Search for Place “This is a terrific book, honestly drafted and beautifully wrought. As it is with yurts, so it is with communities and with books—their lasting strength comes from the integrity of their parts and the genius of their joinery. ” —Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Wild Comfort “In this remarkable and deeply moving book, Peter and Helen tell the story of Bill Coperthwaite, a Maine homesteader, designer, and social thinker whose unique way of life and passionate ideals inspired all who knew him.
This book—which was conceived as a way of spending more time with Bill as our friendship deepened in his old age, continuing our long apprenticeship to his philosophies of social change and simple living, and honoring all the ways he had influenced and changed us—turned into a journey of writing through our grief. For both of us it became a labor of sadness and love, of searching and revelation. We sought to write a book that reveals the fullness of our understanding, which we could only get to if we were willing to try to see the whole person, the whole relationship, and the whole of ourselves.
When we came to the tide rip, the passage throat that separates Bill’s two-hundred-acre tidal pond from the reach and the open ocean, we paused at the threshold, drifting for a while in silence on the slack tide. Ahead, across the pond, people would be gathering on the beach for his final passing through. A seal came up for a quick glance at us, then dipped his head, and as if his nod were a signal of recognition, we all picked up our paddles. The dark tongue of water delivered us, the sea inside the salt pond suddenly calm.