Mike lives in rural isolation on no economy. The joy that his lifestyle produces is easily felt by anyone who should be lucky enough to cross his path. He is thankful for every thing, person, plant, good night's sleep and and beam of sunlight. His pleasures include building and cooking in solar ovens. With delight Mike demonstrated an oven he built 7 years ago. It still uses the sheets of tin foil he applied when he first made it. Inside he filled an old sturdy dutch oven with grains from the farm along with chard and spices and cooked us a remarkably delicious dish.
When Mike was up for cooking duty in the house and helping a group prepare dinner he stumbled over my stoves dial wondering about its mechanics. An indication of how broadly he uses the solar oven. He forgot how to operate a stove. Mike also shared with us a treasure from his own experience. Since he lives on no economy, he is a land caretaker who trades presence and care for shelter and earth to tend, when he comes across a person with an idea or project that he feels supports life he lends himself to it. He needs nothing in exchange, just a bit of land and the sun and rain that he thanks quite frequently before beaming a smile that seems to have nature hiding in it.