Posted by: conradvisionquest | February 12, 2010

Possum Living: Dolly Freed Found!

About a year ago, I read and loved “Possum Living” by Dolly Freed.    Here’s a brief synopsis from the website:

In the late seventies, at the age of eighteen, and with a seventh grade education, Dolly Freed wrote Possum Living about the five years she and her father lived off the land on a half-acre lot outside of Philadelphia. Known for its plucky narration and no-nonsense practical advice on how to live frugally while keeping up a middle class facade, at the time of its original publication, Possum Living became an instant classic.

Now, thirty years later, Freed’s possum lessons on independent thinking and personal economics are as relevant and inspirational as they were in 1978.

If you’ve ever dreamed about quitting the rat race and taking control of your life, spend an afternoon with Dolly Freed’s Possum Living. Inspiring and entertaining, she will show you how.

I fell in love with Dolly, even though she describes in detail how to raise rabbits in the basement for meat as part of a frugal lifestyle.  She was a much wittier and self-sufficient 18 year old than I was, and I envied her for that.  After reading the book, I wondered where she was now.  After all, it had been over 30 years since she had written it!  I couldn’t find her anywhere.  In fact, I came across other people who were looking and couldn’t find her.  So I gave up.

But Dolly has emerged!  I think because of the state of the world, more people are interested in frugal living, causing a resurgence in popularity of her book.  That’s certainly how I came across it.    She is alive and well and even has a new blog.  Here’s a little bit about what she’s been up to the past 30 years:

Following her success as an author, Dolly Freed grew up to become a NASA aerospace engineer. She aced the SATs with an education she received from the public library and put herself through college. She’s been an environmental educator, business owner, and college professor. She now lives in Texas with her husband and two children.

See, frugal living is so easy a rocket scientist can do it!  Oh, sorry for that one… Anyway, if you are in any way, shape, or form interested in homesteading, you should check out this book from your local library.  It is a must read!

Read any good books lately? We wanna hear…


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