“A New Way of Living” is a short story written by Dorothy Gilman and published in McCalls, May 1978
The story centers around a woman who moves to a small New England town after her divorce. She must face and overcome many obstacles living in a rural area after living for years in the big city. Her kids are grown and living lives on their own. The small house she moves into has some challenges as well. There is peace and quiet there as well as her learning new skills in repairing the old house, gardening and riding out the fierce New England winter storms.
According to the Copy Write Office, this is an abridged version of “A New Kind of Country”. The magazine is not available from the publisher but I was able to get a copy on Ebay and from the website called Past Paper. They specialize in all kinds of old magazines for sale.