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His choice: Live life simply

One of the ways Nathan Martin, 72, stays fit is by chopping firewood. He uses it to heat his house and cook on the small wood-burning stove in his main room.


One of the ways Nathan Martin, 72, stays fit is by chopping firewood. He uses it to heat his house and cook on the small wood-burning stove in his main room.

Nathan Martin lives in a shack in the North Florida woods with no plumbing, no heat except the firewood he chops and no regrets. His existence — stripped by choice of nearly every modern amenity — would mystify most suburbanites. But Martin's world is rich and complete. He prefers a walk barefoot through the forest to any distraction Disney could offer. And on those occasions when he craves a little company, he puts on a pair of shoes and heads into town to take out a book at the library — and have a little supper with his wife. Jeff Klinkenberg spends some time with a man who is the last of his kind.

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His choice: Live life simply 04/05/14 [Last modified: Saturday, April 5, 2014 10:23pm]
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