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11/05/03 - Longview

Wood County Family Retro-Lifestyle

In the high-tech world we live in, it's hard to imagine anyone living without a computer or a cell phone, but one East Texas family has turned back the clock at least 100 years. For 70 year old Chuck Scott and his family, life is simple on their 10 acre Wood County property.

They have no electricity, no phone no cars and no jobs! They have wood burning stoves, collect rainwater for drinking, and barter for their needs.

"We decided that we needed to get out of this system that was 20 years ago. It is more fun to just see what I have I got, what can I dream up that I can barter for this item that somebody else has that I need," says Scott. Scott built his home and maintains a working saw mill for trade.

He uses candles and oil lamps for light.  The family has pigeons, chickens and goats for food and grows their own vegetables. Still the decision to break away from convention comforts did take Mrs. Scott by surprise.

"I felt like I was the only person in the world that didn't have electricity, I don't remember now, I may have even felt like crying at the time" says Scott's wife of 33 years, Barbara. For the past 15 years, the Scotts have learned to barter for everything; eggs, lumber, goats, milk and even their time.

"We barter our time here as much as anything, even home-schooling kids" says Mrs. Scott. And being people of faith, the Scotts give credit where they feel it's due.

"It's free, you can go and do what good and you don't have to be subject to things that you'd rather not do" says Scott. They take home remedies for ailments, and in general live as well, if not better, than most of us. For Scott, the simple things are the best.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.

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