“Though it was early April, barely past the last frost, under Jackie’s hand two hundred varieties of plants sprang from the ground in manic glory. Later, I’d learn their names by heart: Jack grape and Juneberries; hearty kiwi and Egyptian walking onions. Lettuce sprang up in a neat rectangular bed, and the winter wheat rose skyward.”
“From the inside, instead of feeling cramped, the place felt surprisingly roomy. While Jackie brewed tea on her four-burner gas stove, I leaned back into her great-grandmother’s rocking chair and looked around. The space was so filled with the richness of her life that its edges fell away. It seemed to expand.”
Intrigued? Read more from William Powers's tales of off-the-grid life in Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream.
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