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By Peter Forbes

A tale of friendship, encouragement, and the search to layout a greater world

A guy aside is the story—part relatives memoir and half biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow's longtime friendship with invoice Coperthwaite (A home made Life), whose strange existence and fierce beliefs helped them learn and comprehend their own.

Coperthwaite encouraged many by means of dwelling as regards to nature and towards modern society, and was once usually in comparison to Henry David Thoreau. very similar to Helen and Scott Nearing, who have been his associates and mentors, Coperthwaite led a 55-year-long "experiment in dwelling" on a distant stretch of Maine coast. There he created a domicile of wood, multistoried yurts, a kind of structure for which he used to be recognized worldwide. Coperthwaite additionally embodied a philosophy that he referred to as "democratic living," which used to be approximately empowering everybody to have supplier over their lives for you to create a greater group.

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Bill had been found, his car totaled, along an icy roadside in Washington, Maine, some miles away. It was a single-car accident, without witness, but it appeared that he had died instantly when he spun off the road and impacted an oak tree that was forced through the driver’s side door. The roads had been slick that morning, the frozen land glazing to black ice the drizzle of the night prior. On that dreary cold Tuesday before Thanksgiving, word went out to all those whom Bill considered family, and soon the calls and e-mails were flooding in to our farmhouse in Vermont.

But instead she saw a police cruiser and found an officer waiting for her in the kitchen, her mother sitting down and pale. Bill had been found, his car totaled, along an icy roadside in Washington, Maine, some miles away. It was a single-car accident, without witness, but it appeared that he had died instantly when he spun off the road and impacted an oak tree that was forced through the driver’s side door. The roads had been slick that morning, the frozen land glazing to black ice the drizzle of the night prior.

This was in keeping with the preparedness that guided all of Bill’s life. Early morning winter light on Bill’s desk on the second floor of his yurt. Here he loved to sit by the stove and catch up on correspondence. Bill lived in a swirl of ideas, inventions, plans, and enthusiasms, always studying, always investigating new ways to design yurts, tools, and everyday objects, as well as educational systems and community life. But he was also intentional about nearly every detail of his life; nothing was extraneous, nothing left unconsidered.

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