Category Archives: The Vision

Water: The New Gold

Water has always been valuable in the west. Wars have been fought over water rights–along with grazing–and water grabs have been the stuff of stories for California noir stories of corruption. These days water is becoming the new gold–it’s just … Continue reading

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Resolutions

A lot of folks start off the year with resolutions–a desire to do better. But instead of making this a once a year idea, how about daily, small resolutions that are easier to accomplish. There are some simple ones that … Continue reading

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Planning a Subsistence Homestead – from 1934

This remarkable book is from 1934 and was created by the U.S Department of Agriculture. It is provided free here via Google Books. This brief 25 page book covers all the basics of selecting a plot of land, irrigation considerations, … Continue reading

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Self-Built Passive Soda Bottle Solar Water Heater

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AmazonSmile

This morning I visited Amazon.com to make some purchases and to my delight they have begun the new “AmazonSmile” program which automatically donates money to a charity of your choice at no cost to you. I’d like to encourage all … Continue reading

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Three Years of Sustainable Living

Although CLR has been in the development stages for about fifteen years, it became a full-time endeavor in 2009 and on April 1st, 2011 the ranch was ready to inhabit full-time. In those three years the following things have happened … Continue reading

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Distractions from a Simple Life

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Sustainable Ideas

There’s lots of folks doing cool things out there and it seems a good time to take a look at what’s going on. In Scotland, one island has taken back its power–the people own the land and they have both … Continue reading

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10 Practical Tips to Sustainability

Changing your lifestyle to be more sustainable offers opportunities to save money, build a stronger local community, increase the quality of your home and possessions, be more insulated against the collapse of larger systems, simplify, continue learning, be organic and … Continue reading

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Large Scale Day & Night Solar System WORKS!

One of the world’s largest solar power plants is taking shape in Arizona, including a built-in solar energy storage feature that enables it to keep humming along after dark. The plant, called Solana, has just received an infusion of $300 … Continue reading

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