I seldom look at Mother Earth News, but my wife does, and she recently read me the following letter to the Editor by Blake McCoy. McCoy’s original letter can be found in the magazine’s July/August 2013 issue, page 11.
Your publication has changed my family’s life in a major way. I grew up with a mindset that “more is better,” and “convenience is easier”—that life is about finding timesavers so you can run the rat race and keep up with the Joneses.
Fast-forward to me reading my first issues of Mother Earth News. I recently turned 37, and over the past four years, my family and I have done an about-face thanks to your magazine. It was your publication that started opening my eyes to the fact that you can have less, consume less, appreciate nature, learn to be self-sustaining, and enjoy the little things in life that you can’t buy off a shelf. I also learned to reduce my personal debt so that I’m not tied to the almighty dollar. I learned to eat locally and to support the independent people who are trying to separate themselves from corporate giants. I’ve learned to buy things that are made by local artisans or made in the USA. Lastly, we learned to eat organic foods and use organic products. I have lost 65 pounds and my wife has lost 30 pounds—just by changing our diets!
Reading your articles about people giving up their stuff for a piece of happiness struck a chord in my soul. If all of those people could do it, why not my family? We got rid of the disease I like to call “stuff-itis” and got on a budget. Finally, after three years, we paid off all of our debt (except the house) and gained control of our financial lives. We just recently sold our home and left the big city. We are about to purchase a 900-square-foot home on nearly half an acre surrounded by woods. The house is affordable, so we are able to do a 15-year mortgage and work only part-time.
We have so much respect for Mother Earth News that last year, my wife and I celebrated our 10-year anniversary at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Wash., where we got to listen to Joel Salatin and Will Allen.
I could go on and on about the changes that we have made. Thank you for being the blessing in my life that not only opened my eyes, but also helped my family make changes for the better.
Blake McCoy, Millmont, PA
Kudos to Blake McCoy. May he live to be 200 and may the masses follow his lead.