Monday, January 17, 2011

From Off the Grid to On

For those of you who may not know me, I feel an explanation is in order.

Yes, it's true, after two years and eight months, I left the off-the-grid cabin in the woods on Haida Gwaii. Now, I find myself in a small community in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.

My decision to leave the cabin in the woods was difficult. To live sustainably you must also be able to sustain yourself. For a long time, I was fortunate to be able to sustain my lifestyle through a series of odd jobs and earnings from writing. But things change.

So, here I am. On the grid. A little heartbroken. A little lost. I plan to continue writing this blog from a different perspective, to write of this journey from cabin in the woods to house in the town. Perhaps off the grid can also be a metaphor for a way of being? I hope so.

Thank you for reading.


  1. We love you even if you've got power now!
    Off-the Grid can always be a metaphor. There are so many systems we’re connected to. Electrical, social, eco, spiritual. If we’re on one grid we might be off another....

  2. Thank you, AJ. I appreciate your unconditional support.

  3. Hi Angela,
    I've just discovered your blog when looking for other off-grid writers! I am sure off-grid is a metaphor for a way of being, and if your carbon footprint remains as little as possible, fridge and all, then that's what matters!
    Kia kaha, (stand tall) as wise Maori say here in New Zealand, and enjoy!
    All the best,
    Another off-grid (sort of) writer.

  4. Thank you, AJ. I appreciate your unconditional support.