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Denise Thornton

HAULING MY WATER WITH A YOKE

It is 139 steps from the growing beds in our little lean-to greenhouse to our catchment basin/pond.  I counted them Sunday on my fourth (but not last) trip between the two, hauling water to start our fall crop of cold-hardy greens. By the time we build our house, we will […]

BUCK THE BANKS AND BUILD IT GREEN

Guest Post by Della Hansmann Last Friday I wrote a guest post about green building  suggesting that one benefit of building bank-free would be to delete those elements from the standard kit of home parts that don’t pertain specifically to your life.  I think its very important to design the […]

GREEN BUILDING? DON’T BANK ON IT

GUEST POST BY DELLA HANSMANN Last Tuesday, Denise posted about how she and Doug are planning to apply the Goldilocks Principal to their building time line. Rather than build their new home and move into it directly from their existing house in Madison, they are planning to sell their current […]

200 WAYS TO LIVE WITH LESS

There are so many ways to approach living simply, and all of them seem good. Choosing a minimalist path in our current economy is just going with the flow and finding the fun in frugal.  Environmental issues all involve slowing the speed with which we are burning through the resources […]