Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money (Revised Edition)
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After being out of print for decades, Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and (Almost) No Money is being reissued with an afterword by an older and wiser Dolly Freed.
In the late seventies, at the age of eighteen and with a seventh-grade education, Dolly Freed wrote Possum Livingabout the five years she and her father lived off the land on a half-acre lot outside of Philadelphia. At the time of its publication in 1978, Possum Living became an instant classic, known for its plucky narration and no-nonsense practical advice on how to quit the rat race and live frugally. In her delightful, straightforward, and irreverent style, Freed guides readers on how to buy and maintain a home, dress well, cope with the law, stay healthy, save money, and be lazy, proud, miserly, and honest, all while enjoying leisure and keeping up a middle-class façade. Thirty years later, Freed's philosophy is world-renowned andPossum Living remains as fascinating, inspirational, and pertinent as it was upon its original publication. This updated edition includes new reflections, insights, and life lessons from an older and wiser Dolly Freed, whose knowledge of how to live like a possum has given her financial security and the confidence to try new ventures.
old Daddy was letting on that he couldn’t find a job, so we would “have” to eat terrapin. The old phony! Here we settle for snapping turtles since there aren’t any diamondbacks. Five or six times a year in the warmer months we set lines for them. Snappers live anywhere you find ponds, lakes, or sluggish streams, even in cities. They’re fairly common around here. We usually set out eight lines at a time. These consist of a short length of cord of at least 50-pound test strength, a leader of 2
it’s strictly legal. But we don’t want law for the sake of law, we want it for the sake of justice—and often don’t get it. That realtor and that lawyer may have won out if we had played the game according to their rules—the legal code—but there wouldn’t have been any justice involved. So we didn’t play by their rules. Daddy made up his own. Here they are: * Rules * * Be sure you’re right and your adversary is wrong. These methods work only on people having a guilty conscience. * Keep your
than the ailment. By “trouble” I mean excruciating pain and/or the loss of service of a tooth. Mom spent a small fortune and hours of agony having “root canals” done on her teeth, and they crumbled in just two years. Don’t take my word for this but do let me urge you to draw your own conclusions, from your own experiences about dentistry, same as you’d do about the claims made for, say, voodoo. * Various Therapies * I’ve conditioned myself so that when I hear the word “therapy” my
fact that we live in a nice house in a nice neighborhood?” “No, the house and the neighborhood are about right.” “Do you mean the trip that Maria and I are planning to China?” “No, Maria has saved up for her trip and I think you’re going through a midlife crisis.” “Do you mean that I spend too much on groceries?” “No, I like all the good food you make,” “David, please tell me how we are spending too much money on luxuries because it’s escaping me right now.” He thought for a minute and
the turtle at the exact level of my soft, white neck and it clamped down as hard as it could. It hurt like hell! There I was with a 5-pound turtle hanging from my neck, all the kids staring at me openmouthed, and I couldn’t get the turtle off! Ignoring the pain, I pulled and pulled but it wouldn’t come off! I had visions of walking up to the university building and wandering around with a large turtle hanging from my neck and a line of kids following me through the halls until I could find