I came across a post on "Possum Living" yesterday and within an hour I was totally enthralled with it. Possum Living is the title of a book a girl wrote in the 1970s about living independently and self sufficiently in order to avoid working a regular job. Needless to say this topic is near and dear to my heart because I am trying to figure out how to have the freedom of no "real" job while still being self supporting.
The actual book was a quick read last night and her writing was very entertaining (I kind of skipped over the parts about how to kill and skin animals because we are mostly vegan and intend to stay that way) and then I found several articles about the author both then and now (here, here, and here). There is even a series about her lifestyle on YouTube (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).
While the book may seem a bit old fashioned and even radical by today's standards, the basic concept of foregoing materialism for freedom, living in a self sufficient manner, and being resourceful will hopefully never go out of style.