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The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living

Get the Truth About Simple Unhooked Living Before it’s Too Late

"Cover of The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living"The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living by Estar Holmes was published in e-book format 4/7/2012 on

The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living is a mixture of memoir, polemic, and self help. From washing the dishes and bathing, to eating without refrigeration, gardening without running water, and more, this book reveals  empowering low-cost off the grid living methods that make you more free.

Get Ready for an EMP, blackouts, brownouts, or just learn how to drastically conserve your resources.

Disdained and misunderstood by the modern masses, simple unhooked living can be comfortable, affordable, and secure when done right. Some people actually prefer it! Imagine the security of knowing that you will be fine whether or not there is power and running water.

Water Shortages? Power Disruptions? EMP? Preparedness is Key.

Even those who don’t want to live off the grid full time can benefit from the knowledge of how it’s done. With water shortages and power disruptions rolling across the land, people who learn basic techniques of self-reliance will know how to be prepared and maintain well-being. Why not learn from those who have perfected how to live well without running water and corporate power?

From the City to the Woods

The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living is about  me, a city girl, that went to the Northwest woods and learned to live simply without electricity and running water. I survived to report how my unhooked cohorts and I managed to provide for life’s basic necessities simply and gracefully with very little money.

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I wrote The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living to preserve my experiences of taking care of life’s basic needs without pipes and wires. Most people think it’s impossible or horrible to live that way, but actually, it’s rather pleasant. Anyone can become remarkably empowered and independent by living very simply, without even electricity and running water.

Legal Access to Simple Solutions is Slipping Away

Since most people fear the idea, mindful simplicity is often ignored, with the result that the liberty to dwell simply and intentionally on the land is disappearing, just when we need it most.

Most Americans recoil at the idea of simple living. So, while they were busy with other concerns,  a slew of regulations have been made against thriving and surviving simply on the land. Every elemental act, from building a fire to drinking milk has a regulation attached to it.

When simple and traditional grassroots answers to life’s needs become illegal, the society is sick and lost, and we’re in big trouble. People are not free when they have to ask the government for permission to survive.

I hope this book will play a part in waking people up to the fact that the right to intentional simple living needs to be preserved.

Contact Estar Holmes to discuss land-based simple living solutions.

Estar Holmes
unhookedliving(at)gmail(dot) com

20 comments on “The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living

  1. Davis Petit
    January 15, 2018

    I used to be a licensed massage therapist and was dumbfounded when other LMTs said that “parrafin (forgive misspelling) bath sheets of smoking clients would reek of nicotine.” So I did my own research on the tea leaves they used in the 20 minute bath sessions and even in poor countries cabbage was used to the same results.

    Then it hit me. What’s in soil that gives these plants their nutrients? Selenium.

    Over time selenium can help dissolve kidney stones and many other conditions.

    The reason I decided to write on this is “Don’t believe everything you hear and only half of what you see.”

    When I see doctors say don’t give to an alcoholic–it’s a well documented fact that “selenium robs the human body of its desire to drink and sometimes smoke tobacco”–I have to tell big pharma where they can stick it!

  2. Tracy
    December 28, 2015

    Thanks for the information. I really liked the article. FYI, I did an image search for the image in question and found it on over 200 websites. She should be charging people for it!

  3. David K. White
    June 13, 2015

    The bill, among other things, excludes domestic manufacturers with less than $100,000 in gross annual sales of cosmetic products. If you sell $100,000 in products a year, you should be regulated.

  4. Rachel
    May 5, 2015

    Can you please repost your article? It doesn’t matter if it has cute photos; people just would really appreciate being able to read it!! The person can’t make you delete the article; as long as you’ve removed the photo you are fine. Please share the article!

  5. Pamela Walker
    May 5, 2015

    I would like to see the whole article, btw, if it would help, tell who the soapmaker was and perhaps we can assuage her pocket book a bit…:)

  6. Jen
    May 4, 2015

    I can email you a pic of my homemade soap and you can put your post back up! Just send me your email.

    • simpleunhookedliving
      May 6, 2015

      Thank you. The spirit of the home made soap community is inspiring. I deleted the article and didn’t save a backup in my files, so am trying to figure out if there is a way to restore it in WordPress. However, in honor of the commenters who say the law is not a problem for small time operators, I need to do further research. In writing the original post, I deferred to The Handmade Cosmetic Alliance, since they have been tracking this issue for several years, and they provide a form for soap makers to contact their legislators.

    • simpleunhookedliving
      May 7, 2015

      Thanks — I just reposted — would have used it as well if I’d gotten to my email and seen this first. But if you want to mail me a soap pic I will use it if I do a follow up. — and please include credits and website if you want. But maybe read the new version of article with more info so you don’t draw attention to yourself if your making “cosmetics!”

  7. Sue
    May 1, 2015

    What happened to your article on the FDA wanting to regulate soap makers??? Really curious as the link from Facebook says the article is gone….

    • simpleunhookedliving
      May 2, 2015

      Hi Sue Thanks for asking! — In the heat of the moment of trying to get the info out, I stupidly grabbed a generic-looking picture of soap off the Web to illustrate the post, figuring if it was copyright protected, the owner would contact me. She did and asked me to take the article down. I thought about changing the picture, but the old versions would still be floating around. I asked if she would let me try to correct my mistake by adding her website to the photo for credit. I also offered to pay her what money I had in my Paypal account, but she was mad that I stole her picture and insisted I take the article down, which I did. summarized the post, edited out where I said I was calling bullshit, and replace the picture. I suggest anybody interested in following this topic connect with the Handmade Cosmetic Alliance, who have apparently been working diligently on the issue. By the way, the response floored me, as the post reach showed more than 100,000 when I took it down. I really wish I had followed correct protocol and asked for permission, and added the photographer’s website, since she makes soap, and it would have been great promo for her business! Ordinarily things I post don’t gain much traction. It was fun to watch it go viral. Too bad I didn’t do it right. Lesson learned. A lesson I already knew because I work with images and had one of mine heisted once. Anyway, I’m glad the word is out about this proposed regulation and people are paying attention to it now.

      • Andrew
        May 2, 2015

        She can’t make you take down the article, just change the picture. Why take the entire article down instead of just changing the picture?

      • simpleunhookedliving
        May 2, 2015

        Andrew, that was what I had intended, then I got a call that a client needed a job done immediately, so I had no time to go to my local soap purveyor to take pictures. The woman had insisted that I take the article down yesterday, so it was quicker to go into the accounts where I had shared it — FB, Twitter, ScoopIt, and here — and just delete it.

  8. juanabeready
    January 22, 2014

    I like this already! Thanks for teaching others through this blog.

  9. Carroll
    June 19, 2013

    Wonderful blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?

    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Regards!

    • simpleunhookedliving
      June 21, 2013

      I’ve never looked into it…looks like yet another worthy project. Let me know if you figure it out first 🙂

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