A crash course in changing the world.
Reminds me of a song from HEE HAW....remember that anyone??
Where oh where...are you tonight? Well can I change it to....Where Oh where...where will I be??
I'm sitting on a chair that I recently finished overlooking the placid scenic view of our famlies farm enjoying a strawberry-mango frozen margarita. The creek quietly says hello and goodbye as flows on by. Several horses drink from the creek, popping their heads out every once in awhile to make sure they arent in danger from predators. The lush green grass thrives in the creek basin pastures as many creatures such as butteflies, crickets, mice, bees, birds, and others dabble in the pasture's mini ecosystem.
Above the pastures, I'm using what once was hay fields now to grow fresh vegetables and fruits to help feed the people a part of non-profit organization. My organization is still in its grass-roots formation, but its growing. We've buillt small apartments for homeless and out of work people. This organization works with local farms putting homeless and jobless people back to work for a fresh start in life. Theres only one thing required really...that within 2-3 years each person or family is able to function socially to where they find their own way in life freeing up space for new people to come in under our wing.
Ive recently finished building my socially and ecologically responsible home on a small hillside overlooking the back end of our 110 acre farm. I'm proud that I've built a home, not a house. The home sits tucked inside the hillside with only the front outerwall exposed. Yes its 90%+ underground and constructed out of roughly 80% of previously unwanted (but now) recycled materials. I'm proud of my low electicity usage with respects to lighting, heating, and cooling.
The inner dwelling of the home is what I call responsible living. I spend less than an hour a day in my bathroom, so only a small percentage of my money investment went into that part of the house. Responsible living is a theme I created to make sure I spent my money wisely on what I needed, what I used, where I spend most of my time, and most importantly what makes sense. My home has bedrooms that have beds and closets....thats it(other than small decorations). My kitchen and entertaining room dominates the landscape of the home. This is were I spend most of my time when I'm in my home as well as I'm entertaining company. My Kitchen mirrors ones at restaurants using utility over wants.
I've hopefully got a chance to work a couple of years with my previously blogged social innovation role models, learning from people whom have stepped forward and taken a chance......giving myself hope that one day I could do what these heroes have done. This is my vision and im sticking to it!