We have had two wonderful offers to move to places, rent-free if we keep them up. One of them is really too far away, but we have not rejected it. The other sounded too good to be true, in an area I already know well and from a friend I’ve known for decades. Sadly, it was too good to be true. We determined that we could sink tens of thousands of dollars into making the house livable — and it could easily take that much — and still have it all taken away should some county official come snooping around. I refuse to live my life hoping I’m flying enough under the radar, and, being someone who is somewhat visible for his views, I could easily become a target.

My wife has come to believe that our future is in western North Carolina, and I would be happy with that. We just need to find the right place and situation,.