High Desert Life

Its unanimous...there is really no place in this country quite like Taos, New Mexico. I assume that this little town’s unique nature is rooted in its rich and tainted history. The oldest remaining pueblo in the country physically remains the heart of town...and with the only fully protected water shed still left in America, one…

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The List

Side note: Being a parent is draining. That is honestly my first thought as I sit down to write. It is irrelevant...but I have to justify the lack of natural flow and creativity in my brain right now. I'm at the point where the moment finally comes that you can brush your teeth...or write a…

We Are Nature

I typed a blog post in its entirety, to its completion and in a blur of cyber confusion somehow lost it all in the end. This is its new, irked, questioningly fateful counterpart. As I begin again, it's snowing outside. But it has been all day. A month of Spring and a couple months prior…

It’s Grow Time

We began the summer chasing an opportunity to help some beautiful friends build their first earthship-inspired dwelling. Although designed uniquely, it maintains the same prevailing design principles of an earthship. Those being: powered by solar/wind energy; built from sustainable, recycled materials; thermal cooling/sustainable heating; contained sewage treatment; water catchment; and internal food production. It was…

Watch the weather change.

It's been 2 years this month since we rolled through Taos on a whim and purchased this 8 acres of rolling mesa. We had searched for land to buy for a year. Went up and down California...nothing. Fell head over heels for Oregon...but nothing. And, when nothing came together in Colorado, we decided to stop…

It Works!

Well, we have good news.....It works. The house really works! The passive solar, the rammed earth, the rocket stove. They work together to keep the house at a steady temperature while the temperature outside has been falling more than it has been rising. I will note that the sub-zero temperatures did push the limits a…

3, 2, 1…blast off!

I love awakening to experience. It doesnt always happen right away or consciously, but every experience we have defines or redefines something for us. You stub your toe and the definition of walking becomes slightly altered. You get in a car accident and driving takes on a diffferent meaning. God forbid you experience the death…

When life speaks, what does it say?

This screen is too small...these letters...this cyber space. How am I supposed to fit any real sentiment or emotion here? How do I ask my best questions?....Without completely ringing out the sponge of reality which is currently soaked full. It's confusing enough to feel it, let alone explain it, squeezing it in search of some…

no time for words

On paper we are so close. To move in we need to finish building the door, finish the bottle walls, and complete the ceiling with insulation. The rest can all happen as we transition ourselves into the space and prepare it for living and baby. (Getting the solar system up, finishing plumbing, rocket stove etc.)…

Feeling it Unfold

Progress! Its invigorating. To place one foot out and then the other, start to move, and look back to see how far you've come. These days are melting away like the polar ice caps. A simile not to be taken lightly but apropos to the way the disappearing days urge us to continue marching forward,…