Water!

The thing I thought through the least. The thing I took for granted the most. By weight, it constitutes an average 60% of the human body (as well as most land-roving animals). It’s a vital nutrient to the life of every cell of our bodies. Decades ago, when I began a path into the realm…

Composting Hacienda

It’s been just a year now since weĀ moved full-time into our simple red yurt. With that is a year of kitchen compost, humanure from our composting toilet and lovable loo, as well as hay and manure from our increasing animal inhabitants. Based on a design inĀ The Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins, we’ve erected a composting…

Navigating the Polar Vortex

Temperatures this past week plummeted again to subzero, hovering often in the -20s and -30s as the wind swirled and blustered. And, as consequence often splays out, one of the apartment buildings that I manage for our family suffered frozen and burst water pipes. It caused a deluge of water and debris, falling ceilings, stained…