Owner Bio


People often ask why I moved from Manhattan to Maine. Simply put, I wanted a change!

After living in subsidized housing while attending a private school on the Upper East Side for middle and high school with the aid of a scholarship from 1978 through 1985 I attended Bennington College in Vermont for one year, also via scholarship. I loved Vermont and the academics but I really wanted to be in a more economically diverse setting in New England since being the “scholarship kid” among the wealthy elite had its challenges. I transferred to the University of Maine in Orono where I earned my B.A. in English. I went on to earn an M.S. in Counselor Education at The University of Vermont in Burlington where I was awarded a department assistantship for two consecutive years. I lived in a tiny house in the woods that the UPS driver mistook for a shed one day when I had to chase after him for my package. I later returned to Maine in 2000 where I’ve since remained.

Thank you for your interest in learning more about me! I do have a simple living blog where I share my adventures as a Chipmunk Whisper, Thrifty Yankee and Homemaker living in a mid-century Maine cottage:

Simple Living New England

Averyl Hill, M.S.