Claire Schosser

My husband Mike and I began our practice of voluntary simplicity in 1994. It has prepared us well for the current predicament brought about by the end of cheap energy and the resulting economic and environmental difficulties. Perhaps some of the things we’ve learned will be helpful to you as well.

The 2017 Garden: Small is Bountiful

2017 was a year that didn’t go according to plan, and thus neither did this blog. However, I’m back to the blog now and intend to continue making posts on an irregular basis. And that means it’s time to report on what the garden told me in 2017.

April 17, 2018


The 2016 Garden: What the Rabbits Taught

Once again, it’s time to look at the lessons that the garden and its residents taught me during the past year. You can check this post for basic information on how I listen to what the garden tells me and how to conduct a dialogue with your own garden.

January 16, 2017

Meet the Scrapers: Reducing Energy Use on the Cheap

In which we learn how a sensible family of limited financial means achieved their goal of reducing their energy usage and utility bills.

December 13, 2016

How We Went on an Energy Diet, and What We Lost (and Gained!)

In which I reveal the changes in our household energy usage from 2003 through 2015 and how we achieved them.

August 23, 2016

The Decline may not be Permacultured, Part 2

In which I suggest why permaculture designers might be their own worst enemy.

July 5, 2016


The Decline May Not be Permacultured, Part 1

In which I take a critical look at a permaculture designer’s plan for a tree lawn.

May 18, 2016

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