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New blog: The Independent Spirit

There’s a new blog in town. Or rather, about as far out of town as it can get. In any case, it’s a charmer for everybody who’s interested in things like off-grid technology, permaculture, DIY homebuilding, and independent living in general.

It’s The Independent Spirit.

TIS is the work of three people you sort of know if you regularly visit Living Freedom: Joel of The Ultimate Answer to Kings, Ian, and Debra. The latter two you may have seen as “M.” and “landlady” on Joel’s blog.

I suspect The Independent Spirit blog was born from the clamor of Get Rich Slowly readers to know more about Ian’s prize-winning video success story. In any case, it’s a great addition to the blogosphere by three people who write well and are super-doers. (And since I’ve known all three for years, I can verify that they really know what they’re talking about — and tell you that Ian’s even more handsome and charming in person than he is in his video. He’s Hollywood-handsome, in fact, and it’s always been an amazing thing to me that he prefers hanging out with a bunch of desert rats and being a desert rat himself rather than … well, doing the usual things Hollywood-handsome men do.)

Anyhow, prepare for some good reading and great information from three bright, charming, cussedly independent freedomistas.


  1. Pat
    Pat May 25, 2011 8:57 am

    If “Debra” is the same Debra from TCF, I’m glad to hear she’s doing well. My bast to her.

  2. Matt
    Matt May 25, 2011 9:09 am

    Checked it out earlier today, looks great!

  3. Claire
    Claire May 25, 2011 9:37 am

    Pat — Yep, same Debra. I forgot to mention the TCF/TMM connection!

    Matt — Agreed. It’s a very nice-looking site and it’s going to deliver great info over time. Already made a fine start.

  4. MIke R
    MIke R May 25, 2011 11:17 am

    Claire, once again I have to thank you for some very entertaining reading. You pointed me to the The Independent Spirit and, after reading the entries, I think it is going to be a winner because they have made a good beginning.

  5. Claire
    Claire May 25, 2011 11:28 am

    Mike R — You’re most welcome. Winner is a good description (assuming we leave out the Charlie Sheen definition of the word, LOL). I just hope they have the time to keep blogging. They’re all very busy folk these days.

  6. naturegirl
    naturegirl May 25, 2011 11:31 am

    Love the look….and the warpy sides of “the paper,” LOL, which took a minute for me to realize it was that way and not my eyesight getting worse…..and yep, that looks like the desert allright – – – if anyone can successfully live there, then people can learn a ton from them (probably more so than anywhere else)……

    It’s bookmarked already, like I need another blog to read every day – one more added to the pile……

  7. Ian @ TIS
    Ian @ TIS May 26, 2011 6:15 am

    Thanks, Claire – despite your massive exaggeration, I appreciate it. 🙂

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