What’s Your Number?

What’s Your Number?

We like things simple. And relatively immediate. Safe is nice too. Sacrifice? Hopefully not. That’s what makes an abstract idea like climate change and the prospect of literal sea changes such an uninviting topic. The scale of the challenge can look like that... Read More
What’s Precious?

What’s Precious?

I was born in 1953. Growing up, we mostly drank milk and water. Sometimes Kool Aid. And having a glass of orange juice was a treat (and it was a small glass!). Having a coke was special. So was going out to dinner, getting an ice cream cone, going to a movie, or... Read More
Change. One Choice at a Time

Change. One Choice at a Time

Next week CLEAN FOOD author Terry Walters and I will be cooking together at one of the homes featured in Not So Big Remodeling. Terry inspires me. Terry has a message that we are all eager to hear. Like this call to action from her blog: We sit on the sidelines,... Read More
Future Friendly Homes: Choice or Necessity

Future Friendly Homes: Choice or Necessity

What’s next? Here’s a premise: The next twenty years are going to be nothing like the last twenty years. It’s time to adjust. As the economy has provoked the building industry to take a pause its been interesting to watch the reactions. I’ll... Read More
Measure Up: Verification vs. Assertion

Measure Up: Verification vs. Assertion

There can be a big difference between what people claim and the actual facts about that claim. Big surprise! That’s why we have scales. And rulers and levels. And now we are using a new set of instruments (scientists don’t call them “tools”) to... Read More
Once Again… Wolfworks helps write the book

Once Again… Wolfworks helps write the book

When Sarah Susanka first published The Not So Big House in 1998 we immediately recognized an ally. Sarah’s readers gratefully embraced her simple message: good design guidance favors quality of space over quantity of space. Build better, not bigger. Now... Read More
What We Need Now

What We Need Now

Everybody is headed somewhere. Some times we know where we’re going. At others we can only hope that what happens next is right, good, satisfying, safe. We spend our lives in this motion. Along the way we need different things at different times and at different ages... Read More
Becoming “Disenthralled”

Becoming “Disenthralled”

Shall we say here and now that the next twenty years will not be like the last twenty years. I find it necessary to recognize and acknowledge this reality daily in order to even begin to think about how to react. Fortunately I am not alone. Last week members of CT’s... Read More
Cash for Clunkers: Home Edition

Cash for Clunkers: Home Edition

Its no surprise that the “cash for clunkers” program is a hit. Not only do you get a significant subsidy for a new car, those who participate are going to save big on fuel. Based on average annual mileage of 13,500 and $3/gallon gas, a modest 7MPG improvement saves... Read More
Solar Chutes & Ladders

Solar Chutes & Ladders

For all you read about our bright solar future its pretty interesting to see the process in action. I’m not talking about designing and installing solar systems. I’m talking about the meeting of the industry’s trade association Solar CT that I attended yesterday. I... Read More

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