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I Want to Live Like Tasha Tudor


That's not a misprint. Anyone who knows anything about Tasha Tudor knows that she was a woman who lived the way she wanted, bucking modern . . . well, almost everything, to live a quiet life among her gardens and books.


I was older when I really took the time to learn about her and the way she lived. My mother had a few of her books and often spoke of visiting Tudor's gardens in Vermont.

This doesn't mean I want to pack up and move to Vermont (I've already done that twice). I also have a strong dislike for humidity, ticks, and residing in close proximity to major cities.

I should say that I want to live like Dr. Quinn, but hers was a fictional world. Tasha Tudor was the real thing.

I do like hot showers, washing machines, and the ability to get from point A to point B without hitching up a wagon. Yet, there is a romanticism about the way Tudor lived her life which I greatly admire, and envy.

It's difficult to imagine relinquishing what I have left of the modern world in order to live in a way which calls to me daily.

I've snubbed smart phones but still have a mobile for emergencies. I refuse to allow cable, satellite, other forms of outside channels, video games, and anything like it, into my home, but I cheat on occasion and watch an episode at lunch via Amazon or a dvd at night when I'm too tired to do anything else. I don't use social media or any other form of online communication for personal use. However, I do use them for business.

Would I be able to manage a life without these modern conveniences and still do what I enjoy for a living. I can't write at the speed I do or communicate with authors, editors, and other industry professionals without a computer and the internet. How then do I think I could live a life like Tasha Tudor?

It's all about balance. While I would in truth give it all up if it was feasible in this day and age (or if I didn't ever need to make a living), I would do so without hesitation. Because it's not practical, I've had to find a careful balance.

More and more I find myself removing my emails from random mailing lists I hadn't realized I'd subscribed to, especially those prompting me to buy things I don't want or need (book newsletters don't count because I'll always want and need books).

Living simply doesn't mean I have to go back to the nineteenth-century (though that would be cool), but it does mean living as simply as possible, doing away with the noise of the world, and reconnecting with myself rather than the next new thing.

One day I will have a life like Tasha Tudor . . . then again, in another twenty years, my life is going to seem like a modern version of Tudor's.

Would you live like Tasha Tudor or do you prefer living in a modern world?

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MK McClintock writes stories for those who enjoy escaping to another time and place, where their imaginations are free and open to simple pleasures and stories with plenty of happy-ever-afters—at least for the good guys. Villains get a different kind of ending.

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