New goal: learn how to build boats at The WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine.

Just remember to keep asking, Where’s the culture pulling everyone?’ Now turn around and walk the other way. Keep walking” - George Prochnik

I have always been struck by the rejection of superfluous possessions that co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, Peter Maurin demonstrated. In a writing about him entitled Peter the Materialist”, Dorothy Day wrote:

Peter has no income so does not need to worry about income taxes. He does not worry about rationing. He uses those things he needs, in the way of clothing and food, as though he used them not.” He has no worries about style, fit, fashion. He eats what is put before him, and if he prefers anything he prefers vegetable stews to meat, a hot drink to a cold, oil to butter. He does not smoke; he does not drink wine only because it causes his brother to stumble.” Otherwise, he believes in feasts as well as fasts, and there are, after all, many feast days, days of rejoicing, weddings, baptismal feasts, name days, and all the Saints’ days.

I am not personally ready for a return to living out of a backpack as I once did. I am interested in a return to the mindset that I had during that period of my life and to the abundance of time that I had to reflect on what is important and act on that.


True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” — Seneca