Austin simplicity elusive

So an Austin family plans to seek the simple life in Vermont (“Imagine No Possessions,” byline Ralph Blumenthal and Rachel Mosteller, NYT 5/17/08). Cage Free Family is the blog that documents the efforts to shed material possessions and lead a different life in the Green Mountain State, location to be determined. This is a bold attempt at taking a new direction. One can’t help but wonder, though: why Vermont? why not here in Austin? Doesn’t it seem as though the path envisioned may lead to a more complicated existence and not a simpler one? The blog is receiving a lot of comments, and I intend to follow it with interest to see just how this adventure proceeds.

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