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When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees.

The Interns of Community Rebuild

Looking back at our project with Community Rebuilds, it’s obvious that the program would in now ways be the same without the interns. Each project has 8 that have been selected with an application process that involves a Skype interview. I was told that for the house we worked on, there had been 25 applicants. To insure their participation and completion of the 4 month project, they are required to make a $1,000 deposit that will be forfeited if they […]

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Community Rebuilds – Moab, Utah

We’re back in Utah once again, this time in Moab. If you don’t know Moab this is red rock country. It’s where you find the reality of all those southwest photos of red rocks, great formations, arches, ancient wall arts, ruins. It’s a Mecca for tourists and the outdoor adventure crowd. Not only do your regular sightseeing tourists come through here, there is a dizzying display of mountain bikes, deluxe car racks, kayaks, stuff I can’t even identify. With that […]

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European Teaching Tour – June and early July, 2013

Over the past year or so I’ve been trying to juggle/understand the process of how one manages the digital world of the internet, social media, blog and writing with the larger, all inclusive world beyond computer.  Luckily I have plenty of things that pull me away from a sedentary desk-oriented life, whether it be our place in the country (endless work) and the kinds of teaching and hands-on projects we get involved doing. Recently I’ve been giving thought to how […]

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Visiting Counter-Culture Icons, Lloyd Kahn and Lesley Creed

Lloyd Kahn is one in many million when it comes to the fascinating people we have met In the course of our lives.  Our friendship with him has been largely built around the books he publishes. His company, Shelter Publications, publishes books that are filled with innovative, outside the box, small, inexpensive, natural, and moveable buildings. In essence, Lloyd is the champion of vernacular, homemade homes, the kind where architects and professional builders are not to be found.  Our work […]

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The Return of White Sonoran Wheat

“The abandoned flour mills throughout Sonora,” said the Mexican anthropologist Guillermo Nuñez Noriega, “are the equivalents for Sonorans of the pyramids in Central Mexico.” Fulbright Fellow Maribel Alvarez of Tucson pointed out that although this comparison may seem lopsided, given the monumentality of the pyramids, it clearly communicates the central role that wheat has played in Sonoran culture. By the end of the 19th century, there were close to 60 flour mills operating in Sonora.  Wheat production continued to flourish […]

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