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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.

MELISSA LYTTLE | Times

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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