TROY - Chris Rodney, known to her many friends as chris of coventree, died Sunday, December 13, at the age of 71.
Folks who knew her well would say she was reclusive, not anti-social. She would say she was a private womn, not wanting to fill up anyone's pockets of curiosity with details of her life, preferring the company of goats, chickens, rabbits, cats, and dogs. She considered what she did on her beloved homeland her most important work: planting trees and harvesting their fruits, growing a garden that provided much of her food, cleaning the dead trees from the forest that grew around her for her firewood. She intentionally lived simply, hoping to keep her footprint on the planet small. She lived half a mile from her car park and walked in and out, had a modest photovoltaic system to source her non-grid electricity, carried her water from a well. She was 100% enlivened, her alternative word to retired, living humbly on a check from Social Security and just recently, a disability check from the VA which together made her yearly income above the poverty level she had lived at for the past 30+ years.
She would say her life was rich, having nothing to do with income or poverty-level guidelines. She would say she had a blessed life, one she created that suited her desire to live simply, close to the land, care-giving it and where she could mindfully generate a stillness to help counterbalance the busyness of the larger culture, and where she would have all the time she wanted to observe the natural world around her and learn from it.
Words she once heard in an opera seemed to express so perfectly all that she felt about her life: "All is all, isn't life grand. I'm so glad I showed up for it."
No service of remembrance is planned.