Tiny house living advocate Kirsten Dirksen visited and interviewed a couple living a Thoreauvian simple life in a small cabin in the coastal mountains of Northern California.
Diana and Michael Lorence are a very private couple. They do not allow TV interviews but welcomed Kirsten for a visit and a chat. They live in a simple and unassuming 12 sq. ft. cabin with their bare essentials. They have no electricity, no oven, no refrigerator, no wifi, and no digital gadgets. Instead, they rely on natural light during the day, and candles and a fire at night. They cook their meals in a single cast iron pot in the fireplace. They eat freshly bought produce every day. They have all the time they need for reading books and sharing meaningful conversations. Diana describes it as living “a life of luxury”.
Diana thinks their home is not tiny, but “just right”. Stepping into the inner sanctum of their cabin is like stepping back in time, or entering “timeless time” according to her. Diana also never thought of herself as a minimalist or a Luddite. This is simply the way she has always been. She loves living her life the way she wants to, finding meaning and contentment in its simplicity. She respects the way other people choose to live their lives, and instead of convincing others to live a lifestyle exactly like theirs, Diana wants anyone interested to know that there are alternatives and this way of living is just one of them.
This quote from Thoreau describes Diana and Michael’s unconventional lifestyle, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life. And see if I could not learn what it had to teach and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived”.
More than just being proof that doing a “Walden” like Thoreau did is possible in the current digital age, Diana and Michael show us that it’s more important to be true to yourself when you want to live life in your own terms.