Monthly Archives: January 2011

Non-Toxic Cleaning almost for free

It’s so easy to find yourself buying dozens of cleaning products and spending a considerable amount on them. One of the continuing workshops we’ll be offering will be on how to make all of your household cleaners, soaps and detergents … Continue reading

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Construction Update: January 2011

I’m happy to report that our first building, “The Gate House”, is 80% complete and is on-schedule for completion early next February 2011. This building is a 24′ x 30′ steel building made from 100% recycled steel made in Peculiar, Missouri … Continue reading

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What is this? Mystery and Prize!

There is a large prairie on the ranch which, unlike the rest of the ranch is not wooded. Right in the middle of this prairie is a little grove of trees, far from anything else. I’ve explored this area, and … Continue reading

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Crazy

Today I’d like to quote a very old friend of mine who lives close to the ranch. He’s a rather famous musician who I will not name in order to protect his very quiet and peaceful retirement. First let me … Continue reading

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Progress Report: The Gate

All 140 acres of the Cielito Lindo Ranch property are fenced with modern barb-wire fence. It’s so well fenced, in fact, that to access the land we had to find a low spot and roll under the bottom wire boot-camp … Continue reading

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Why Donkeys?

Well, first, despite their popular image, donkeys are very friendly and they enjoy hanging out with people. They’re pretty close to a dog in terms of their behavior and strange as it may sound they’re pretty good companion animals. They’re … Continue reading

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Biophilia — Nature Makes Us Happy

Did you know that more people go to zoos than all sporting events combined? Add to that the 275 million people who visit National Parks each year. People are flocking to nature and animals — but why? There’s strong scientific … Continue reading

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What REALLY Makes us Happy?

Did you know that happiness has been studied extensively scientifically? This six-minute video from Stanford University is a good brief introduction: Here’s an article from TIME Magazine for those who want to dive in a bit deeper, but in short, … Continue reading

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What REALLY Motivates Us?

RSA Animate — Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us from Daniel Pink on Vimeo.

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Opting Up

“So, let me get this straight. You’ve sold everything you have, spent your life-savings, and you’re going to live in the middle of nowhere” “Yes.” “So, you’re giving up? You’re opting out?” “Well, no. Not exactly.” I’ll never forget I … Continue reading

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