“The Zebu Sisters and the Tantra Temple” poem by Darby Lettick

 

The Zebu Sisters are at the Tantra Temple learning what their lives will bring and what they have to give back to the world from whence they came.  I pray they will be treated better this time through, with respect and love that never has quite sunk into this world of Man.

The Love I poured into them,
like Giuseppe with Pinocchio,
has brought new life into these wooden fibers
that can serve Mankind for centuries
as God would have them do,
Selflessly and without pause
or complaint like me or you.

This is what the Temple has
to teach and pass along
to its followers, the 100 strong
Tiny Houses that will carry on,
these thousand words on images
they’ll manifest the tales ahead
for centuries they will be told,
the marveling at how they’ll look
one day when we we are very old.

Indeed, what you see now
is what could be in every town
there are solutions to our life we seek,
just nestled all around.

It is the broken house you think
should be torn down and trashed.
It is the dream your parents had
that made your lives so vast.

You see the future as could be,
not as it is today,
for now it seems you only want,
to throw it all away.

From Darby 2013

“Finding Peace in a House” – Poem by Darby Lettick 2013

From Darby  2013 (just before he leaves)

“Finding Peace in a House”

I have only recently found peace
but I am glad its coming through
the medium I have chosen
to express my thoughts and views.

I found this to express myself
this energy of Wub
that flows throughout my very veins,
the forms my every thought.

Hopefully the Book of WUB
will share the thoughts one day
and to that end I have no choice
and soon will walk away.

At peace within my Temple,
in a place no one can see.
I have dreams to yet accomplish
I have places to yet be.

I’ve learned that Peace doth cometh,
not from what you have or win,
or things you hold with in your hand
or steal, sell, and skin.

Abandoned and long left for dead,
as were these parts, near all.
The trees that stood for centuries,
Grown from our planets Love.

Handmade windows, Hand-blown glass,
and even doors made in the past,
with true meaning in
the hardware used on all.

I am inspired by other things,
so different than most men,
but it seems I may not be in tune,
thus I bring this to an end.

The Zebu’s will soon leave the womb
though barely come to life,
and the Monty leaves me far too soon,
likewise soon lost from sight.

I’ve more to spawn from in my mind,
with treasures stored for years,
as houses for my villages
and those that I hold dear.

It is to them I’ll leave it all.
To steward and to share,
I’m thankful for the chance to weave
this story with great care.

I dream of more than life in mind
I did not wish to lead
I’d rather write a book alone
Than deal with business needs.

Had not my dips in afterlife
Distorted how I feel,
to give me lifelong freedom
knowing this is all unreal,

I might not have saved houses,
even neighborhoods in past,
I might not have made millions
Out of other people’s trash.

I never would have had this life,
Lived in a school bus,
Turned crack shacks into first homes
When all thought their life was past.

I still believe that homes should last
a century or more,
I want to prove that happens
With the treasures we’ve in store.

The young kids get their first homes
Out of nothing more than air,
and the things that I can do with trash
that no one else would dare.

I’ve had my pride and arrogance,
my hubris and my wealth,
I’ve had the chance to love unbound,
and missed the Love I got.

I can not say that anything
can speak more words than these,
my seedlings that I plant in Man,
my hope that You will See.

The truth is in the center,
in my house made from God’s flesh,
the living creatures of the world,
still give us Love, not death.

This is the Purest we can live,
the simplest of forms.
It takes not from the World we Love,
and only tries to Give.

It honors all that I hold dear,
my Passion can’t be Quelled.
I form it into loveliness
and spread it all around.

I share it with an open heart
and take the shafts that fly,
into the heart once armored,
I now feel the pain and cry.

I tear up when I speak of kids,
abandoned and forgot,
or used as pawns for power,
shooting guns and dropping bombs

I explore many reasons
and i always find the same.
It is because we blind ourselves
to what could solve such things.

I hope that one day when I’m gone,
when I’ve learned we see things best,
if lost the chance for better lives,
may not be found again.

I learned from watching Adam,
my son I loved so dear,
in leaving I learned so much more,
than his whole life spent here.

I learned more in a year it seems,
than decades on the move,
The anger it awoke was chained
inside my very heart.

I woke again to see a Light
I had left far behind.
I left it in my bus I built,
where I first found Peace of mind.

Now here at last I find again,
and now I see it best,
for it shows how bringing back the dead,
has been my favorite test.

It can be formed from a memory
of what it once looked like.
It can be formed from love we knew,
if only for a night.

It can be formed from child we grow
within our very womb
imagination manifested
as Love seeds this life anew.

I thank you for absorbing both
my words and houses too.
They are the only things I have
that I can give to you.

They are the hope, the dreams the stuff
that makes a new day bright,
they are the inspiration
that will get you through the night.

I pray you use them wisely,
these images I make,
for they may not last for ever
lest you tend them for your sake.

It’s the Resonance that saves us
as we think as One again.
Its the seeds that give Us chorus,
its the thoughts that form the Plan.

I must leave you with this final thought.
What have You done today?
To make this image in your mind,
the Life You Live one day?

Darby  2013 (just before he leaves)

Important Announcement: Tiny Texas Houses Builds the final 10 houses

To read the full story from Brad Kittel click here

In A Nutshell:

UPDATE 2/20/13:

We have had 6 orders for houses in the last week. That means we have only 4 spots left for orders before being booked for the remainder of the year, after which we will end custom building of our Tiny Houses. Please contact us for your last chance to have your very own custom built tiny house. We thank everyone for the response, kind words, and support we have received since making our decision to discontinue our custom building. With love…

                                          – Brad Kittel and the Tiny Texas Team

 

Tiny Texas Houses is now accepting reservations for the last 10 custom houses we will ever build.

Over the course of this year Tiny Texas Houses will be transitioning our operation into a retail outlet for salvage materials, the development of the SalvageFaire Market, and construction of our Tiny House Village.

With this transition comes the end of us building custom ordered houses. Now is your last chance to have your very own, custom designed Tiny House from our “Final 10 house series.” 

We have mastered the craft of building Tiny Houses over the course of our 6 years in existence. We plan to make these final 10 houses the most artistic and unique creations ever to celebrate our 90 house mark.

As it stands, we have built 74 houses throughout the course of our business. We have 8 custom house orders scheduled for construction. Completing these houses will take us into the spring and summer. The final 10 houses series will be built out over the remainder of this year and into the beginning of 2014. That will bring us to a total of 90 houses.

The last 10 houses that will reach us to our 100 house mark will be exclusively for our Tiny Texas Houses Village and will not be custom built, rather designed by Brad Kittel himself to create the most unique and artistic small house community ever seen!

We thank you for all your support throughout the years. We are downsizing our operation and selling parts off our properties as we scale back and devote our energies into what we have always set out to do…build a Tiny Texas Houses Village.

To reserve your spot to have a custom built house please sign up now! The spaces will fill up quick so remember this is your last chance to get your very own, uniquely designed Tiny Texas Houses.

Go to our contact page to send us an email with order requests or feel free to give us a call!

Thanks!

Gonzales Properties for Sale

This is a house moved in the 60′s that once had a big second floor. Two car garage in back.
This is a house moved in the 60′s that once had a big second floor. Two car garage in back.

In case you wanted to get closer to Tiny Texas Houses, here is your chance in several ways.

YOU could invest by buying into the real estate as a partner and thus freeing up cash for growth   or,

Just pick up a great real estate investment for your portfolio in a booming town with 5 new hotels being built at the edge, yes, 5 big as stinking new toxic hotels for all of the gas and oil industry people who are literally homeless yet making $50,000-$80,000 a year, but far away from home.  Here  is a smart investors chance to make a great move on a town in the midst of a boom.  Literally billions of dollars is being released from the ground in the form of royalties to the tune of hundreds of thousands a month for some single families of big ranches.

This may not stay if the price gets negotiated too much.

If you want to create a desperately needed restaurant for the guys living 6 deep in trailers on gas rig sites hungry and thirsty in a town that just got liqueur by the drink and is primed for good food, (trust me they need some) other than Mexican or Bubba flavor.  Now is the time.

Here are the locations of the properties for sale in Gonzales, Texas

One building for sale has been an H&R Block tax building for more than 8 years, perhaps 10 so the locals flock to that location which is at the busiest intersection in town next to the town hall.  He pays the rent 6 months in advance because the tax season here pays so well.  His lease is over this year and who ever moves in will be getting instant business because most of the people who come there will never even read the sign to see who owns if it does what it is supposed to.

Several other buildings and the big house are great buys.  The house which would rent for rooms at nearly $500 each, is 2,300 sf and has a two car garage.  Nice property moved there minus the second floor in the 1960′s I think.  Center of block property with a second 3 bedroom 1 bath on separate lot that shares easement for driveway is also available.  Great investor props with fixup margins built in for the buyer.
Commercial properties for sale
No Frills, no financing offer to close quick gets 25% discount on first contract to show up only.

 

418 St Andrew 5,200 sf with front and rear drive out entries 14’ to rafters and lots of windows. $95,000

512 Jones st. 26,000 sf light Industrial or commercial. ¼ city block. 3 phase electric in massive quantity available, 7,900 sf of concrete parking., just two blocks from downtown squares. Only property like it in downtown Gonzales area. $250,000

513 St. George 3,200 sf Office and retail space w 2,200 sf storage and extra areas, CACH, 10 office areas besides front lobby. $125,000 ½ blk off main square

715 St. Paul 5,000 sf retail/commercial with large warehouse area behind retail and office space in front. CACH, plenty of parking and rear access, was Gordons Auto parts for decades. $95,000

717 St. Paul 2200 sf retail space linked to 715 St. Paul. Front and rear full open doors with alley access and parking. Best suited to be sold with 715 st. Paul $35,000 firm

428 St. Andrew 2,300 sf apx of office space on prime high traffic corner of St. Paul and St. Andrew across from city hall. Great location for a tax service to replace H&R Block after being tax business for over 10 years. Has massive water supply from dialysis center once there. CACH, handicapped baths, ready to roll, lease in place through January, just in time for next years tax season.
Residential

. 609 Wallace, Gonzales 3-4 bedroom 2 bath 2,300 sf house, cira 1915 with tall ceilings, big living, dining, kitchen. Wood floors, 2 car garage, washer dryer room, giant private lot, 2 blks to elem. School, 4 blks to downtown. $89,000 as is or add your repair allowance to price No owner financing. No Lease
Shared drive easement with separate property and 2nd house in rear.

Living room looking at front door with sidelights.

phone 830-875-4800 and leave message with property of interest and phone number if interested

Buyers agents Invited to submit offers too.

Additional maps showing locations of property for sale in Gonzales, Texas.

 

The Limited Series of 100 Tiny Texas Houses

It is true, you are reading the Epitaph for Tiny Texas Houses in advance of its planned funeral and wake.  Twas a fine idea expressed in the most exotic of ways at a time when the world was not quite ready for what these were meant to portend.  The future could be build with the parts and pieces that we have, and the children would have all they need, grow up in toxin free houses, and pass along the home to the next generation rather than throw it in the trash when you are through with it.

1880′s windows coming back to life with a flare they never had before.

Life would be boring to repeat one thing a hundred times. That is for those that want to copy, not create. I think they call them subdivision developers, trac house builders, and other such gentrified names. I am just an artist creating functional House Art and trying to offer what I feel are valid solutions to the society I live in that seems to feel that what we are doing to our children’s future and this country is Okay.

My simplest houses did not seem to get the attention around the globe quite as well as the exotic houses and the point is to get everyone to understand the value. When trying to get that across to a materialistic society, one must prove they are valuable in the currency of the day to seem to get it to register that they are valuable enough to go out and gather the materials to build them rather than try to come up with the money to buy one.

If everyone wants one, more people will start building Tiny Houses.  If there is enough profit to make a living from it, more will do it and more will buy. If there is a demand for the materials, more houses, buildings, and barns will be torn down to supply that ergo more work for the public to do instead of gripe or stand in unemployment lines where no opportunity exists, just handouts that make one weaker for lack of using their own skills to thrive.

This collection I have successfully created thus far are unique in every way possible and designed to catch the eye of people around the world who like many different styles.  What is appealing to one is not to another so I am crossing all lanes on the highway and getting targeted by many who do not like my path.  This series of over 70 houses thus fare is supposed to be a set of Lifeware Skills inspiring examples for you and others to be able to use to dream with and thus take action to make this Pure Salvage Living Renaissance part of your life.

A few of our houses under way

YOU can join with others to make this possible in your community and build the exact house you like based on those I have created to inspire you with and spur you into action. Now you know you can get others with trucks, trailers, young backs, power tools, skills but retired, young and willing but no skills. YOU can make this happen with YOUR friends and relatives. No matter where You are, YOU will be the one to make a difference if it going to happen because the government and the global corporations will not help you become independent and free, self sufficient and capable of living without either of them in your local towns.

There you go, another long response to a simple statement. Thank you for helping me clarify some things.  I am getting disheartened by the lack of response given there are 250,000,000 people in this country alone, and then a few billion on the sidelines watching what we will do to save or destroy the world from our all too powerful position.  As the next month unrolls, we will see what comes of the seeds already planted.  If this has not been enough to get the concept rolling and more to come on board, then the door to much of what could happen will close.

We have announced what I want to do, how I plan to do it, what I have to do it with, and that no other chance for anything like this has ever been done before and put on the table to give this society a chance to help themselves crawl out of a hole we created for the rest of the world.  As it stands, our off spring to pay for when we are gone, though the debt is greater than they have any hope to pay,

Since that is not possible, we need alternatives for the kids of tomorrow.  I had hoped to see everyone adopt a new set of principles to build on and to dispose of the past without filling up our landfills and throwing away our heritage.   I imagined people would jump on the opportunity to build houses practically for free.  I may have been ahead of my time again, a problem with past business ventures once or twice, but it took 30 years to open this door to creating the Territories and Villages but it will take more than what I have available to prove we can do this.  I obviously opened the door too early because I cannot afford to keep it open any longer.

Here is a tiny shot of the thousands of doors and windows that will be on sale starting in March at TTH.

I am initiating liquidating the buildings and land that have been assembled for the Tiny Texas Houses Gonzales operations, and will begin selling off the buildings and land in Gonzales that still house the inventory saved for the 250 houses that were intended to be built in the villages.   So there will be a big sale coming in June.  This will be a great opportunity for those who are looking to build regular sized houses as I have lots of giant doors, windows, and much more that will get liquidated at 30=50% discounts starting in March as I clear out 80,000 sf of warehouse space in Gonzales and sell off the buildings that housed that portion.  See Buildings for Sale in Gonzales for more information if you are interested in some great real estate in a town that is booming due to the Fracing Methane boom going on from there to the Coast.   I will post a page to follow in the next day or two with a video too most likely.

Finally I am going to migrate back to writing and drawing, finishing some books and working with Mackey and others to create the books and programs to teach this concept if I can fund it.  If we can hold out and stabilize my financials,  Hopefully I will still be able to effectively create the web site to share the information, but also the hard copy books to take it with you in the field.  The videos would be nice too but the funding and time may not be there due to the lack of support financially through out this social experiment.  I plan on simply enjoying writing the final chapters of this fictional novel existence that I have been so blessed to live.  Regardless of the outcome of the business ventures that I have spent the last 30 years going through to get here, I have learned so much and I am thankful to have the opportunity to make the mistakes I get to make today, and the lessons I still learn from breaking new ground, and failing to meet the goals I had set for myself.

We have house orders in place to work on through early summer, and I will take orders that will fill out  the rest of the year but unless the houses are going into the villages, I will be done at that point with building for other people or clients.  I will simply be using up and selling the inventory I had on hand for this vision to manifest.  While I have the most incredible hope and desire, the passion to have given all I can seem to muster, I do not desire to be a business man and build a thousand houses for people.  I am 57 years old and can live as comfortably as I need by myself in my Tiny Texas Temple and find peace while enjoying creating houses on my little patch of Earth for as long as I can.

This 12′x28′ is one of the best Victorians I have ever created.

I have heard the talk but seen that the action gets left out, and the efforts and calling seem to fall on deaf ears for the most part it appears.  I am thankful for those who are open to the ideas I have proposed.  I have no desire to push this on people and cannot afford to create the villages and Territories by myself so it appears like they will not happen as soon as I desired, if at all.  Most of the people who said they might like to change have chained themselves to their circumstances and things, to homes, families, and careers such that we can barely break away to make a sacrifice without jeopardizing the reserves that we believe will give us comfort and security.  There is nothing right or wrong with that, it is what it is, for each of us must go through, whatever stage we must to get to our own place in the end.  While I have judged many in my life for not choosing to help save the world or their children’s world, I do not now, but I will not ignore our problems and remain silent so I shall choose a different venue to speak out about my perception of what is going on as a fiction instead.

We, as a generation, have condoned the worst death and destruction in the history of the world for sake of our greed and desire to have it all.  I am not proud of that as an American and had hoped that others would choose a different path for those that follow during my lifetime.  We are at the worst point of chaos and war in history as our weapons are the biggest threat to the world.  We Americans have been and the cause of most of it.  This is my tiny part of the answer, if there is one to be composed by the masses if they care to act soon enough.  I can only ask…. what are you doing to this world?  I know there are others who are helping to change this, but it will take many more so please don’t think that your participation does not count.  It does, now more than ever, but no one will really be sure until it is too late to have acted and stopped the results of neglecting responsibility for the survival of our planet and species as a whole.  I do not believe that the elite will survive the hell they are creating with their greed and gluttony, their desire for power and control.

Let us please wake up, join together on some common ground, and implement the simple solutions at our fingertips that we personally can take action to make happen.  This is our reality don’t give it away to the government or bigger forces to control.  Self-sufficiency means thinking for your self.  Try it if you have not.  It is an amazing feeling to know that you can break free and be who you want to be instead of what you hate turning into every morning as you go to work in order to survive.

This life for me has been an incredible experience and exercise in manifesting an image, a story, a concept, and a love out of what others considered dead houses, trash, and war  zone neighborhoods.  I have a compassion and sympathy for the kids who see nothing to hope for and remember the times in my life, my attempts to leave life as a teenager who saw no future for me in this angry threatening world I grew up in.  While I admit I have never fit into society well for my lack of common sense and social indoctrination, I have shared a long and fruitful relationship with our species as a whole in my 45+ moves around the world before reaching this place where I dropped the roots of my Tiny Texas Houses and Territories.  I have more things to be thankful for, both the trauma’s and the triumphs, than most ever get to dream of, and adventures that few ever dare to believe they could go on, let alone survive.  Now I watch the end of the last phase of my life as I seal it off from my future due to the forces at work and the decisions I have made to move forward,  I can finally understand so much that made less sense when viewed at an Ego based level.  Decades later, looking back at the same words 40 years later, the spiritual meaning is clear, the meaning is deeper, the answers irrefutable.  A time for everything, and everything in its time, for me, this season is changing once more.

I had hoped we would see many people join us to create the SalvageFaire and villages around the core that will feed it with barter, trade, and income opportunity.  Not?  After several weeks of waiting to see people sign up we now that will not happen and we recognize what the response means.  No one really wants to participates in the next steps.  So far, since we announced what we would like to do, there was not enough of a splash to know we even posted a video so it may be an indication that we have about as much fizz as the Kickstarter program.

So, we will revamp again and keep on cooking with a new plan to survive and evolve so as to move forward with completing the orders in place, the books, the design program, and perhaps some design seminars.  We will definitely be selling tons and tons of windows, sashes, doors, flooring, metal roofing, and parts and pieces beyond your wildest dreams.  I am selling all of the inventory I have saved for a day when the people who would come could create a fantasy land for creative minds to bloom in, for flowers of God’s creative power to ignite and release fireballs of energy into our society to ignite the people’s inner passion to survive instead of sink into drone hood without resistance.

Thank you for following these posts and being a part of the dialogue about saving our planet and species through respecting our ancestors work, their creations, their house, and using the parts to rebuild this broken world into a place you can be proud to leave behind.  I still have faith that the people can pull this out of the hat and save this planet from ourselves but as we give in further to the darker sides of our greed, fear, anger, and hate, rather than the love that it will take to fix this planet, I wonder at the darkness as I call out into it attempting to get this message heard.  Instead of the success I dreamed of, I finally have to face the fact that I may not have a bright enough candle to light the vast room of darkness that we have all crowded into at this point of our species evolution on this planet.

11′x19′ of Pure Charm

I see people awaken every day and believe we have a chance, then watch as talk leads to action for some and gain great strength from that, but it will take more to have an impact and that appears to be more than I can do.  I may be at the end of my role in this movement, if it ever becomes that, though I had intended for this to be more successful in generating a change in perspectives.  I will be focusing more time on this website and my book on Wibblry and Wub.  The Facebook site will suffer and decline as I move the 3400 pictures off there over the next couple months.  The manipulations of traffic flow by Facebook, censoring, and cutting off peoples service over what they post is evidence of foul play and the move toward monetizing it to get the word out to people with status updates and such is continuing to reduce the number of people they issue posts to without charging to promote them.  So I refuse to be played much more.  Everyone that follows on Facebook can come to the other site with the click of a button as well so it should not hinder anyone from getting updated pictures, if they are allowed on the site.  I have come to like the “Ban” option on the Facebook site and I AM SURE it will still be possible on the Puresalvageliving.com site as we grow into members only.

Thanks again for reading these long installments.   The 100 House cap on orders is now in place and there are less than 20 slots left.  Since announcing I have had commitments for 3 more and their deposits to lock those slots in will be in this week.  Once the deposits are in for the remaining orders we will stop taking new orders and cease marketing as we will have no more need to sell houses.  If you are interested in reserving one of the last slots, please email or get in touch.  For those of you who thought they were expensive before, you have not seen anything yet.  As I get near the last orders, the price is going up and will blow some peoples minds when I finish with the last ones.  While someone else may come along to build houses from Salvage when I am done, it will surely take them a few years to reach the proficiency with building with salvage and designing for Tiny Houses will develop and others will be created to match my series.  I hope to see some incredible tiny houses be created from Salvage by others as time goes by, but after 8 years of waiting for others to jump on board, there is no apparent rush to do so and thus I am rather convinced that people just don’t want to do the real hard work or pay for it to be done.  It is clear that the bulk of America has sold out to the built in obsolescence concept and buying cheap rather than the quality we were once known for as a nation.

Thank you for following Tiny Texas Houses as we have grown and hopefully through to the end when I will complete this collection of 100 Tiny Texas Houses that I hope will act as beacons and seeds to let the rest of the world know what is possible if they want to give it a chance.

With the best of intentions,

Brad

My Zebu Vicky “House of the Rising Sun” comes to life.

This will surely rate right up there in my top 20 when I am done with the 100.  At this rate, I may just sell of all of my buildings as I empty them of inventory and keep the last ten houses for myself.  No reason to have cash in the bank or buildings, land, or houses in other places so that means 10 houses left up for grabs to fill out the orders for 2013 and the rest after that stay with me.  I am tired of seeing such beautiful children of my imagination leave so I will reserve the last ten for me as I think I will be able to afford it after selling off assets that were previously reserved for the villages.

One of the Fans recommended calling these the Flying Nun Tops. I like it.

The Pure Life Living Retreat near the warehouses in Gonzales where I had proposed to teach people at will not be needed either.  We have had no one come this year that it was available to stay and do any apprenticeships, internships, or volunteers to speak of, and I can not afford to pay people to live in it as I have in the past year several times.  Pictures will be posted for that property for those interested in a great Victorian house in Gonzales, Texas.

I think you will love the porch posts that will be going with this house.  The whole composition will be fairy tale like when it is done.

Thanks for peeking in at the sister set of windows.  Oh yes, the windows and door on this house actually come from 8 different houses so they are not just from one prior house.  The door set was not originally together, just like with the Monty Grand Victorian, I simply composed this ensemble for your enjoyment.  Hope it works.