Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 13, Jane rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , first-reads-giveaway , pages. The Aquarian Revolution is a trip down memory lane for us baby boomers that was part of the movement in the '60's. Denele Pitts Campbell has put together a wide variety of points of view of a time of change, when change was embraced as a desired end of itself. It is my belief that people resist change and seek what is comfortable so the Age of Aquarius, flower people and the music of the '60's is a revolution in and of itself.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Aquarian Revolutions. My thanks goes to D The Aquarian Revolution is a trip down memory lane for us baby boomers that was part of the movement in the '60's. The dream of finding land to till and an alternative life style had been an American dream since its founding. The 'baby boomers' sought escape by going to the land, many for the first time. Denele Campbell has carefully chronicled the personal stories of thirty-two pioneers who opted to create their utopian vision in the Ozarks.
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The entire property is off the electrical grid, powered by a small solar array House put together himself with guidance from Jimis Damet page So we decided to look at other options. That option is mounted on a post at the bottom of the hill: a series of solar panels, hooked up to several 6-volt forklift batteries, with the power run through an industrial inverter that converts it from DC to volt AC.
He has a small propane refrigerator. His house, with windows set against the high ceiling to let the heat rise up and out, was ten to 15 degrees cooler than the outside when we visited.
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Behind a folding door in the kitchen is a small meter that shows him exactly how much electricity is in his batteries and how much electricity he is using at any given moment. Now he has cutoff switches for everything. A lot of people take the wrong approach to the idea of going solar, House said, asking how many panels it would take to live as they do now, instead of trying to consume energy in ways that are better suited to the technology.
Red Star, around 50 winding miles north of Clarksville, might well be the dim singularity at the middle of nowhere. From there, drive until you hit a washboard road that snakes through the woods for four miles. Turn, then head down a narrow trail rough enough to make you imagine punching a hole in the gas tank followed by a spark and explosion, trees pressing in so tight in some places that the branches touch the car on both sides.
Damet, the owner of the solar installation business Rocky Grove Sun Co.
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One by one, his partners cashed out. Most of them live comfortable suburban lives now, having left their dalliance with communal living behind 40 years ago like a handful of wild oats.
Damet, 65, was born in Tulsa and attended college at the University of Arkansas. By the time he graduated, the back-to-the-land movement was kicking into high gear.
He and five other idealistic compatriots went in together and bought the property, moving their families to the property near Red Star. The other thing is economics. Most people who lived out here two years being broke eventually got the reality of making money. Some of them had babies pretty early, and that made them move away. It was the reality of making money that pushed Damet into the solar business. When other off-the-grid people heard about his solar system, however, they started asking whether he could help them set up their own or help them acquire parts.
So he started his company. The first few years were very hard, but as costs dropped and technology improved, so did his business.
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These days, Damet has three employees, and installs 20 to 40 systems per year all over the state. Damet and his wife recently installed a very efficient AC unit to cool one room of their house on hot days. He said he has everything he wants on the property. They have a bank of four solar panels and several batteries. They hope to have it done by next winter. Tom, 60, a well-known beadmaker in his own right, was raised in Cape Girardeau, Mo. They met at a bead-making conference in Washington, D.
Tom said that living an off-the-grid lifestyle has been an aspiration of his since he was young. But when it came for the down and dirty of it, we realized it was a lot of work and we became disillusioned with it. The same with the back-to-the-land movement. There was disillusionment.
Aquarian Revolution by Denele Pitts Campbell
People realized how hard it was. Tom said he can tell story after story of idealistic people who crumbled in the face of the reality of living out in the boonies. She said when people visit their property, she has found that many of them are downright afraid of nature.
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There is, Sage says, a certain kind of person who has an open place in their mind that allows them to handle the pressures of being self-sufficient. The lifestyle, Tom said, is well suited to how they want to live: low impact, environmentally sound, close to the culture and the earth. Part of what drew him to the Mountain View area, Tom said, was the feeling that the world was becoming all the same.
I saw this country becoming homogenized — same, same, same.
And, by golly, Stone County had culture back in those days. It was a different part of this nation that had identity, and I loved that because I saw it being lost. And it can be fun. You have to be a bit of a rebel to live this way, I suppose. Another long, rough trail through the mountains near Mountain View brings you to the cabin of Owen Rein, who has devoted his life to making traditional while-oak baskets and masterful rocking chairs.
Now 58, he moved to Stone County in Unemployed, in the middle of a recession, with no other prospects, he said he tried the only thing he could think to do, trekking into the middle of the forest and building a byfoot log cabin, where he would live for the next three years. What was I going to do? So I ended up going back to my childhood idea of building a fort in the woods. I built a log cabin in the woods.
That was plan B. That was all I could come up with, and it worked.