lives simply and happily in a house alongside a dirt road in the woods of Deering, New Hampshire -- where she has lived for
over fifty years. It's an old, white, two-story house with a long porch on one side. Across the road is a big barn with two
Volkswagen Beetles parked outside. One is a 1973 that used to belong to Hunter's mother-in-law -- the renowned photographer
Lotte Jacobi. The other is a 1971 in mint condition that she bought a few years ago; "It was one of these cars driven
by a little old lady, and had very low mileage. I thought, this is a good backup. Because the thought of buying a new car
-- all I have to do is look at the dashboard of a new car, and I go into a frenzy! " She laughs.
Inside, the house is a reflection of her principles. It's simple but functional. There is little or no plastic anywhere;
natural materials predominate. There's a large woodstove in the center of the main floor -- the house's only heat source.
The spare furnishings would strike some as frugal, but she's not denying herself any pleasures or frills; she lives simply
because she likes living that way. Her "wants" are focused on her creative pursuits.
Many of the walls are covered with photographs of ice crystals, an interest she picked up in recent years. There are
plenty of books everywhere, mainly on topics of health, nutrition, and natural living. In her upstairs bedroom and office,
there are signs of a writer at work: stacks of research materials, pens and paper, a typewriter. "As you may suspect,
I am really a Luddite," she chuckles. "I chose not to go into the computer age." She does have a computer-literate
friend who puts her writings into electronic form for submission to publishers.
presents a simple, functional appearance. She is small in stature, with a simple (probably self-administered) haircut and
not a trace of makeup. Functional clothing, little adornment. She is well-spoken; each sentence feels carefully crafted and
complete. For someone born in 1918, she appears to be very healthy; I would have guessed that she was ten to fifteen years
"I think my upper years have been the happiest of my life," she
says, "and certainly the most creative." She radiates a sense of confidence born of a lifetime of achievement, and
the satisfaction of seeing the world catch up with her ideas. And there's a sense of contentment, from having crafted a life
on her own terms.