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Re: The Loss of the American Hermit
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2016, 12:53:20 AM »
I was a handfull when i was younger and ended up homeless when i was 15  police caught me sleeping in the lobby at the post office put me in a cell overnight fed me this became a regular thing till i got a job in the spring  met my wife when i was 18 and have never been homeless again. I may never be rich in the way most measure wealth but we own our own place we raised 2 girls we now have 2 grandsons  and  have lived a far better life than i ever thought i could and for that i am gratefull. :) :) :)
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Re: The Loss of the American Hermit
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2016, 07:27:10 AM »
I often wondered if maybe modern medicine might also to be to blame for the demise of the American Hermit? Could it be with new anti-depression drugs and more awareness about alcohol and that sort of thing stop some of it?

I don't suffer from those things, I have never drank, smoked, even tried drugs and basically have lived a charmed life in many respects, but if my dear wife was to die I might be a hermit. I have the ability to cobble up a nice small cabin out in the woods and instead rent out the houses I now have. I would not get married again I know that. I am not against marriage, I am actually a huge proponent of it, but I met the love of my life. It is not too difficult for me to comprehend how a generation or two ago, with the loss of their wives that was where some of these people gravitated towards hermitness.
As a sheep farmer, I have no intentions of arriving at the pearly gates in a well preserved body, rather I am going to slide into heaven sideways with my Kubota tractor, kick the manure out of my muck boots, and loudly proclaim, "Whoo Hoo, another Sheppard has just arrived!"

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Re: The Loss of the American Hermit
« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2016, 08:54:02 AM »
Yup, in my mind I separate the term Hermit from Homeless.  My idea of a Hermit is someone who has his home, whatever that may be, and lives back in the sticks and is, for the most part, self sustaining.  Him living alone may or may not be a choice, and he may or may not enjoy company.

We have had several Homeless folks that put together a shelter from scraps of plywood, cardboard, and other scrounged articles, and may live without being noticed in a small patch of woods, etc. very close to town.  We had one a couple of years ago that had his "dwelling" between the interstate and off ramp.  He was close but hidden.  After he was found dead, the highway department removed the underbrush from that intersection.  There is another now that has his shelter between two streets but is accessed only by the railroad.  The funny thing is that my Grandsons walk the tracks and told us about him.

I do not consider either a Hermit, but rather a Homeless person.
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« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2016, 08:56:03 AM »
I think by the time most married men get to be about 40 being a hermit starts to look pretty good!!! Just saying. :D :D
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« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2016, 09:00:57 AM »
I am often a Hermit at the Cabin and Hermits can have company.  Jeff and I were Hermits for a week, but we did not mind when Pat came and brought more food.   smiley_thumbsup
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« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2016, 10:45:54 AM »
            As Magicman said a Hermit is not homeless, he simply lives alone away from the rest. Since I retired 4 years ago, I have spent 50 to 60% of my time at my old farm house that belonged to my great grand parents. It is a simple 675 square foot, Jenny Lind style house, wood heat. No running water until 2011.  Located 2 mile out, at end of a dead end road,very peaceful.   
            I raise a garden, a field corn patch, and patch of sugarcane for sorghum have 20 or so chickens, a couple pigs for slaughter, and recently bought my Norwood mill. Presently building saw shed for it. All of this keeps me busy and active.
            I have in the winter months, not left the holler for 10 to 12 days. My wife usually comes by and feeds me every few days. I jokingly tell people I go home once a month to service her.     
           During winter months, I think I am what would be classified as a hermit. Summer time I'm there a lot, but have too many other thing to keep busy with, like mowing grass at four different places and my favorite summer time and fall activities. Motorcycle riding and traveling with the wife.                                                                                                                       
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« Reply #26 on: March 05, 2016, 12:10:45 PM »
Upon reflecting, I might have hermit tendencies.  I lost my wife (the love of my life) 6 years ago.  If it was not for my son (6 at he time), I might have moved out of town.  I say in town because of the good schools and I can't afford to sell my house - buying something smaller, I'd pay more in taxes :-\  So once he is off to college, I can see spending a lot of time at my soon-to-be cabin.  Lots of fishing to be done up there! ;)
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« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2016, 05:16:38 PM »
Last night I looked up Wendell Beckwith.He was a very interesting man.Check him out.Definitely a hermit.Walked away from wife and family but only after setting up a trust for them.
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« Reply #28 on: March 06, 2016, 06:21:51 AM »
I've always considered someone to be a hermit when they avoid other people, their living conditions aside. There are a lot of terms for different kinds of folks- hermit, vagrant, hobo, bum, trump, homeless. When I was a kid, every town seemed to have a 'hobo jungle' somewhere out in the woods. Most of them were considered fairly harmless. Now days, many homeless have serious drug problems, and theft and drug dealing is their way of life- anything but harmless.
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Re: The Loss of the American Hermit
« Reply #29 on: March 06, 2016, 08:12:05 AM »
There are plenty of Family's living paycheck to paycheck . Most are just two paychecks away from loosing the roof over their head . Be thankful it is not you .
We have a lot of good boys and girls in harms way
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« Reply #30 on: March 06, 2016, 05:55:36 PM »
Remnants of the last hermit shack in the county.  I'm not sure exactly when, or for what reason he moved on but I'm betting he never saw a dime of the money his property over looking the river sold for.  The McMansion that now has his view from the bluff overlooking the river looks pricey.


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Re: The Loss of the American Hermit
« Reply #31 on: March 06, 2016, 07:50:16 PM »
The Hermit that was mentioned in Afraidchocker's post.
http://www.pressherald.com/maines-north-pond-hermit/
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