January 13, 2016 @ 10:33 AM

 Without exception, the single most frequent question I am asked is about our land status held in allodial title through land patent.  This is a very big conversation and is NOT going to happen over a phone call or emails.  To avoid the frequent need to explain this in detail I have written a document to initiate the land status discussion and clear out the early questions and address the curiosity questions.  The document also discusses the possibility of instruction which is the second most frequent question I am asked.  You can access the document at this location http://www.explorethesolutions.com/landpatent-inforequest.html 

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April 28, 2014 @ 2:10 PM

Trees arrive this coming Friday (for sure this time).  Weather’s going to be wonderful; in fact warm enough that if you’re here helping us plant trees as living fences and new forests you might want to take a late afternoon refreshing dip in the deep ponds along the river.  If you’re here around sunset you may get to watch the nearby wild turkeys jump off the 100’ cliff and glide down to the river valley to roost for the night.  I know you’ll enjoy the camaraderie, barbeque style food and fun.  

If you can come we will be grateful for your help and your energy will forever be a part of our family kins domain and future demonstration community.  Some friends are coming to help out ...

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April 14, 2014 @ 5:39 PM

This past week we rented a backhoe and Ben and Silas (even Andi) moved a lot of earth.  First we leveled the building site then dug foundation and tree trenches.  We have trenches dug for several lengths of living fence and the beginnings of a new forest.  Our new little trees arrive next Friday the 18th and on Saturday we begin the planting festivities.  If you haven’t decided to join us I encourage you to do so.  We’re providing food, beer and cots or beds for any who come to help.  We’ll plant trees all day in the pre-dug trenches with three good meals to fuel our efforts and then relax in the evening with conversation, cold brews and maybe some guitar pickin’.  It’s a ...

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April 2, 2014 @ 4:15 PM

Not that we don’t have wind all year, but this is daily and all day most days.  Good kite flying weather but we aren’t in a kite flying phase of our lives just now.  We’re into a lot of other interesting things though. 

We have a new and wonderful water system.   We found a supply of spring water where we can fill our 275 gallon tank for our drinking and cooking (costs all of $4.00 for all of that).  We bought a 6500 gallon tank that gets filled with city water and we use that for dishes, laundry and the well drilling ponds.  It relieves us from needing to get water twice a month and gives us natural healthy water for our bodies.   It’s one more step toward easier and ...

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March 7, 2014 @ 8:50 AM

Oh sure, we’re still getting snow (more tonight again as I write this) and I realize that the snowiest month of the year is still ahead of us, but the feel of spring is here, the weather is warming and Nature is waking up. 

The Juniper trees are coated in a fine dust of pollen, the edible and delicious vervain plants are green with little purple flowers,  we’ve seen a cricket, more birds are around, the horses are shedding their heavy winter coats, I’m outside barefoot frequently, and the days are getting noticeably longer each day. 

Son, Silas, is building us wonderful cold frames with old patio doors for lids and we’ll have seeds planted in them shortly (one of three is complete and ready to plant)...

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February 16, 2014 @ 10:18 PM

We were terrified going into Winter without a house built to live in.  Circumstances arose to prevent our building a house as planned before winter set in.  In fact, almost no physical changes have been made here yet but inner changes have been massive.  Oh my.  Where would I even begin to communicate what it's been like to have every plan blocked or set aside so that we could discover some very important things about ourselves, nature, our plans and our fears before actually building our dream.  

At the very least we thought we needed a structure with a fireplace and rocket stove in order to survive the winter.  Our camper's heating system was non-functional and in winters we get well below zero ......

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February 13, 2014 @ 4:39 PM

More letting go.

It’s not just old love affairs with special places that we had to let go of in order to begin living our dream on the land, it’s really been a process of letting go of many other kinds of love affairs as well.  We’ve drawn up 15 or more house plans only to discover a few days after completing each, that it doesn’t feel right.  It’s been a process of going through the memory files of favorite kinds of houses that I thought I’d love to have someday, only to find out that I’m not the same person I was when I loved that style.  I didn’t even realize I’d changed that much.

The stack of house plans is still growing and I have not yet found THE one.  I&...

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November 25, 2013 @ 11:37 PM

Choosing the land and lifestyle.

Our final land search trip before we chose a parcel to buy, presented us with an unexpected task – letting go of all our favorite places.  We’d been looking at land for five years.  That final search trip took us through all our favorite areas of Colorado and New Mexico – places we’d always thought we would like to live.  We even revisited several parcels of land we’d loved that were still available. 

After two days into the trip I realized I was going to have to eliminate all of my favorite places except one.  It was neither fun nor easy.  In fact it became more and more difficult as we narrowed down the choices. 

The last night in a motel ...

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November 20, 2013 @ 1:45 PM

When we bought our 80 acres we knew that our dream didn't exist anywhere that we knew of.  In five years of searching we’d found only bits and pieces of it in other demonstrations.  We desired to create:

  • a legacy to family that united past present and future in honor,
  • a Ringing Cedars style community that united humans with all the rest of Nature in honor,
  • a sustainable lifestyle, fully supportable by our share of this planet’s resources while leaving the same or better supply of resources to our heirs.
  • a good platform for our business, Sustainable Lifestyles Solutions.

We found land that seemed suitable.  Of course, the honeymoon followed immediately after the closing of the sale.  It lasted...

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November 11, 2013 @ 4:00 PM

I begin with the first five months because it's taken this long to get sufficiently functional to set up our website and be able to post updates.

We bought 80 acres of beautiful land 30 minutes southwest of Pueblo, Colorado in early June 2013.  I fell in love with the St. Charles river running through it in a 100' deep rock canyon even though I couldn't reach the river for over two months.  My mother had died the previous year leaving a small inheritance so we bought the land as a family legacy to my parents' lives and work and as a foundation for our dream.  40 acres was bought by the inheritance and 40 acres was bought by our retirement savings as well as the equipment and materials for living there.

Our ...

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