One Year In

Well, this week, it's been a year since we sold Someone Else's American Dream and moved to the sticks. Been quite a year. Among the hardest of my life, in fact, in spite of what the idyllic pictures may lead you to believe. Right up there with the year I went into the Peace Corps … Continue reading One Year In

How to Empty a Composting Toilet: TMI Alert

We built the most awesome composting toilet, based on the Humanure Handbook, with some of our own mods. At first, we were skeptical that it would a) not reek, and b) not be disgusting to manage. But because we're working on the permaculture principle of starting with simple, slow, cheap solutions, it was a good … Continue reading How to Empty a Composting Toilet: TMI Alert

My Outhouse is Better Than Your Bathroom: The Shouthouse Completed

I am about to totally change what you think about outhouses. The backstory: We put up a geodesic dome. We need a few basic things to be able to move into it. One of those is bathroom facilities. Hence the Shouthouse (shower + outhouse). After breaking our heads for months on the design/build, the Shouthouse … Continue reading My Outhouse is Better Than Your Bathroom: The Shouthouse Completed

Putting Up the Shower/ Outhouse: Part One

You lose a lot of battles but you just have to win one more than you lose. That's all there is to winning." — Roxanne Quimby, Burt's Bees founder So we need a bathroom if we're ever going to get rid of the RV and move into the dome. It's been the subject of a … Continue reading Putting Up the Shower/ Outhouse: Part One

The Power of Sitting Still

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” —Roald Dahl Winter has surely hit here. It's no Chicago winter, which is what I grew up with. But compared to … Continue reading The Power of Sitting Still

How to Make a Simple Composting Toilet

The following has been rated PG, Pretty Gross, by the Mainstream Potty Association of America. You've been forewarned. The kids and I slept in sleeping bags in the dome for the first few nights, while Mauricio chose to stay nice and warm in the RV, thank you. From the bay window, the night sky without … Continue reading How to Make a Simple Composting Toilet