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The Water Song

The Water Song

**This is the 4th post in a series on our rainwater system. Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3*** Bless the Lord, O my soul. You stretch out the heavens like a tent, you set the beams of your chambers on the waters… You cover it with the deep as with a garment; the...

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Building Our Own Private Wetland

Building Our Own Private Wetland

**This is the 3rd post in a series on our rainwater system. Read Part 1 and Part 2*** Returning to our conversation about rainwater, we know 45,000 gallons of rain runs off our roof during an average rain year, and 55,000 this year. Let’s say our household uses 5,000...

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How to Save 45,000 Gallons

How to Save 45,000 Gallons

**This is the 2nd post in a series on our rainwater system. Read Part 1*** Do you know how many gallons of rainwater you could catch off your roof in a year? Any idea how many glasses of water that would fill?   One square foot of roof catches .623 gallons every time...

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Net-Zero Water: Capturing the Rain

Net-Zero Water: Capturing the Rain

In the day the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb had sprung up—-for God had not caused it to rain on the earth—and there wasn’t yet a human to till the ground…a mist went up from the earth and watered...

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Father of the Groom (and Brides)

Father of the Groom (and Brides)

This is the year of weddings for our family. Nephew Tim and Amanda got it started May 20 in Boise followed by all four of ours, Joel & Laura, and Erin & Amy (forthcoming in September)…the ones who joined our clan by birth, the ones they choose to love and the ones who...

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New Song: We Resist, We Build, We Rise

New Song: We Resist, We Build, We Rise

On April 29, with 200,000 others, I marched in the 2nd People’s Climate March in Washington DC to mark President Trump’s 100th day. It was something I couldn’t not do. We have a national environmental justice network emerging within the United Methodist denomination...

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Forever Home, Part 2: Pulling Nails

Forever Home, Part 2: Pulling Nails

I love this picture of Jessi and I holding the bags of nails we pulled from the boards of the house we deconstructed here. I always hated pulling nails. It was the bane of my young existence growing up on the farm. Our dad was the king of pullers, a hard enough act to...

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Forever House One

Forever House One

We lived 4 places during the construction of our Net Zero hacienda. To distinguish among them, Amy calls the new place our Forever House. Hmmm. Always makes me wonder: is it forever like this-is-the-last-place-we’ll-ever-live kind of forever? I suppose some would...

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Viva La Vulva

Viva La Vulva

Respect My Existence or Expect My Resistance Respeta Mi Existencia O Espera Resistencia **This post was originally written in the weeks after the Presidential Inauguration. It's a little late to press, but every bit as true and relevant today as it was when I wrote...

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Grizzly Bears, Epiphany, and Hope for the Future

Grizzly Bears, Epiphany, and Hope for the Future

Today is January 6, 2017, Epiphany on the Christian calendar. I hope you’re having one. In the ancient tale, Epiphany marks the arrival of three Wise Ones who follow the starlight, seeking a birthplace of hope in a really dark time. While the crazed King is out...

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