A Location, A People, A Way of Life
what does a place called Storybook Glen have to do with tidings of peace?
name "Storybook Glen" happened gradually over time. First
to take credit are the carpenters who built our home. They dubbed it a "storybook
house," and it is located in a glen, also called a holler in these parts.
As my five homeschooled children grew and moved into adult pursuit, most becoming
self employed, we had to have an identity for our location - even a way to just
answer the phone for multiple businesses. "Storybook Glen" we became.
there is another reason for the name. Right from the beginning, having trashed
the TV nearly 40 years ago, stories and books of all kinds became very important
to us. This website is testament to the way of life that can arise when that happens.
Today banishing the tube or at least ignoring it is trendy, but 40 years ago it
was a rash move. I sort of consider my whole family the result of a 40 year experiment.
What is life like when you remove that major influence? You know, of course, it's
an idol. It's designed to control how we spend money, thus controlling almost
all behavior. It's the authority, it's the advisor, it's the example. If you watch
it, it's your God. A whole new life opens up without it. Options abound, novel
solutions appear, ways to peace show up. All in all - a much better way. A way
here at the Glen have learned peace is a paradox. So many
people picture peace as something akin to knitting in a rocking chair or playing
a harp behind those pearly gates. To me peace is dynamic and exciting.There is
safety in peace, but not the kind we normally practice out of fear of harm. Risk,
danger, trial and error are essential for anyone to mature. Safety allows that.
The tactics of war have been emphasized. Those of peace should have at least equal
time. It's an art lost long, long ago, and it's time to go find it.
We love to cater to those people who, like us, are searching for a better way.
The ones who, upon believing they have found greater truth, will change their
lives to honor it.
Tabs at the Left
-- the current offerings of handmade items made and sold from home located cottage
-- services offered again from our homes, many of them of a custom nature. From
letterpress printing to horseshoeing, the scope is varied and broad. Some services
are offered to the local area only while others are nationwide.
-- with a private bath, for those who want a visit. You can learn more by clicking
on this link or the tab.
and Books" -- The writings here, might thrill you, anger
you, or make you laugh. They won't leave you bored or blandly smiling. They will
challenge and call you to change.