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Finding Our Way Home

Finding Our Way Home

(This is the final post in a series on our Electric Vehicle. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here.) We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time....

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Chargers and Hornets, Sweet Joseph, Oh My: Wallowa Or Bust!

Chargers and Hornets, Sweet Joseph, Oh My: Wallowa Or Bust!

(This is the fourth post in a series on our Electric Vehicle. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.) Well EV enthusiasts, I’ve talked you through chargers and charging apps and all you need for Pitney Bolt Roadtrip 2017. Now, as in our global climate crisis,...

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Range Anxiety: We’ve Got An App for That!

Range Anxiety: We’ve Got An App for That!

(This is the third post in a series on our Electric Vehicle. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) Whoever coined the term Range Anxiety, got it right. The angst we anticipate is a cartoonist’s dream, made of EV driver nightmares. Along with the sticker price it’s the...

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You’ll Get A Charge Out of This

You’ll Get A Charge Out of This

(This is the second post in a series on our Electric Vehicle. Read Part 1 here.) We bought the Chevy Bolt EV in April. We tested it several times 165 miles up the mountain to Bend, visiting our son Joel and his wife Laura. But our journey 400 miles across the state of...

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What Ark Will You Build? Ours Is An Electric Vehicle

What Ark Will You Build? Ours Is An Electric Vehicle

Portland (Oregon) writer David Oates thinks Noah had the right idea when he built the Ark.  He knew whatever survived the Great Flood would repopulate the world…two by two.  Now, millennia later, the world is going through a biological bottleneck, a pinch point as...

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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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