If you had all the parts and Pieces to create a fantasy town, the windows the doors to opportunity in a warehouse where you could go? What if the land was there to play, to create the solutions you dream of one day? What day are you looking for that will Awaken the acts that make such a future come true? What are you thinking as time passes by, and the future you think of is not gonna fly as the landscape is changing, your life thus renewed, a chance to become what you will be if True.
Tell me the problem you think is to big and I offer solutions that you to can live. Nothing but action will thus make it so, but if you believe you can do more than grow… bloom and become the Light, then let go. Fly like a lightning bug shining at night. While looking like nothing by day you’re so bright if you just learn to shine with the Light in your sight.
Awake to the sunlight with new dreams to fill. Build your small castle to learn how and then, build them for others and create a new life from the dreams you did not know could come from your Light. Believe in your purpose to share and to grow, not the past that you learned from to be strong here Now! Be thankful for challenges that we have seen, but do not take it with you where you can now see… a future of wonder that will let you Thrive. Believe in the future that you can create and don’t blame the world until you Awake and know that your power is that you decide what each day is part of your life and your Pride.
Remove the old garbage so you can then leap cross the chasm between you last past and what’s You! Leap over all that you once held so dear and you will reach a new level that lets you see clear. Above and beyond, I so hope you will see, enlightenment simply means seeing what’s True. Viewing the world so you can then see the doors that will open with Your Opportunity.
The chance is free, the loss is passing it up because you were not ready, could not decide, and missed the synchronicity of life that offers you all you need, if you will just heed the omens, pay attention, and be willing to change. Grow to be all you can be, Free, and capable of doing miracles if you will do the work it takes to get what you can… if you do the work.
I have eaten out of dumpsters to survive at 25.
I have feasted at the 5 star restaurants and known the finest foods.
I have struggled with great pain and been so crippled, bound to bed.
I have climbed back with a body that I never dreamt I’d have.
I have seen the miracles I need to believe in more than most.
I have lived a life with lessons that few wish they had lived instead.
I have walked away from millions and careers most seek to have.
I have been a father, lost a son, and thus been forced to start again.
I have mastered all the work I sought, left it all to see it rot.
I have lived and thus I thought,
In every moment I have caught new lessons to be learned,
The Reality of size is not based on its true size but how the eyes interpret the lines, colors, and shapes in a scene, real or painted, video or picture, each offering different perspectives. In real life, the mind can also be tricked into thinking spaces are bigger or smaller than they really are through the use of techniques that take advantage of what the brain expects normally before analyzing what is really before you to decipher the reality of the moment instead of the past memories you are building upon as you gaze on new scenes.
Paisley or light colored, the difference is interesting in the study of Space Magic Design. One can feel smaller or bigger, feel softer to look at or more balanced and thus fit in differently.
Just a view or two of how the Kidd and Blue Moon look after a cleaning in preparation for new guests escaping the reality of the city to hear the birds, frogs, and other critters of the country… yes others too. Don’t expect to not see bees, bugs, birds, spiders, ants, scorpions, turtles, fish, chickens, ducks, Loons, Cardinals, and so much more, hopefully no fear in case one gets in here… you will be fine.
Live a life of adventure… not fear. Darby in Salvage, Texas
I love the intent of the Core Principles of giant corporations, especially with advertising and slogans, core missions and such. It is what is said, how, and what is not said in that same pitch that can get you in trouble. I suspect they are the well thought out and crafted words of the lawyers and others for the safety of the employer… liability.
From an outside view of the world I create with my life hours, some of the principles and perspectives may seem odd or different.
Hopefully, on an even deeper level, You as you have treasure in children to care for and grow, as people with a future society to form better than the last few generations have done… your job is huge as you attempt to downsize your living quarters in order to escape the debt trap and savour your life with family, friends, and your passions. To teach your children at home perhaps instead of letting their brains be trashed at public schools, for the most part, you are the pioneers of the future who chose to break out of the box of the Great American Dream and slip into the foggy wilderness of self-sustainable lifestyles. We can live a life in Earth consciousness, and with a Spiritual Awakening that you prefer over consumerism, TV, and the Movie theatre to call your life.
It turns out there are many variables to what makes a great place to live, the people you share it with being one of the most important I have found. I plan to pick carefully, if ever more should choose to call Salvage, Texas home, and the limitations have turned out to be many, but foremost the honesty and honour that must be had by all involved before any Love, God, or Community can have any chance of a faithful following that will grow into a positive outcome for all the effort we put into manifesting our dreams as the journey of our lifetime. Who wants a job when we can live our passions instead?
Many people who are considering going to tiny digs for a home are looking for where to go that they will allow you to live in such a home. Few such towns have evolved over the boom of this new industry as the codes, deed restrictions, or the local resistance has made this style of homesteading hard to find a home for. Amongst the startups to solve that: there is a town and I will note it as the question that inspired this essay came from one considering moving there. You can choose as you will, investigate and report back your opinion, but a Google street view will sober you up before the trip to paradise is unleashed on you in real-time. Guess why they were desperate for anyone who would move there and live, pay taxes, and contribute to saving it from blowing away in a storm once fully abandoned? There are some success stories, but the charm is limited.
I am not a big fan of Spur, Tx., which requires the integration of the very old locals and not interested in change crowd no-rules anarchists, the old school genetically connected hold power, own the critical infrastructures, businesses, and given the limited resources available for the locals, thus control development while the appearance of forwarding movement develops. The Lubbock area is appealing for the gas and oil, but little more for me and I started Salvage, Texas where I have for that reason. One needs sources of water, soil, and in my mind, less wind than they will get there, and the society pre-existent will be slow to change I suspect. I spent 12 years in Gonzales, Texas with that same approach to upgrading a community but the forces in place to maintain economic oppression continue as the school system is Common Core for brains no more based as are other Corporate rich prison counties in Texas.
Beginning without Corporate code to build by, the Home Depot approved methods of building with formaldehyde, EDCs, and other products that cost the owners and children their health will not reflect for a few years. Pity, it lasts lifelong but in this day and age of advertising and sales without fact or conscience, it becomes the Buyer who must beware rather than depend on a reasonable effort by the producer to make your home safe from invisible toxins and a short built-in-obsolescence.
I am not building houses to ship around Texas anymore, in fact not really out to build them to ship anywhere but here in Salvage, Texas. My goals achieved for proving we could build without imports or toxins, I have moved on to creating the examples of permaculture, societally driven homeschooling that takes kids to new levels of empowerment thus upwards instead of breaking their thinking capacity, questioning and thriving on learning in trade for conformity… I am not a fan of limitation education. Docile prisoners is not a goal of mine but our Texas School systems seem to be in lockstep with the corporate prisons housing 50% kids who used pot… for $50,000 a year each. We can do better.
Oh yes… had to modify to Salvage, Tx. Standards.
I love the intent of the Core Principles of a company I reviewed, and suspect they are those of the global corporate employer crafted by a giant agency to look goo. I was never a giant employer… nor will I ever be but hopefully for the ethos on an even deeper level that takes into consideration the living treasure in children we must as a society, care for and grow better than we are in America with our school systems today. I am opposed to the Common Core Curricula being pushed on schools, the corporate for-profit “Dumbing Down Kids” program offered these days around the world. Instead, I offer up a different set of core principles for business.
1. Safety Will Not Be Compromised thus simplicity first, reduction of the risk factors to near zero… but how far into the future do most entities go when they let the real story of the product life go. From its birth to its passage, the truth is what I want to know. Like Methanes ugly secret it the losses on the way to the final user… it will go on for the volcano does not care or have such limits or testing and in one blast… dwarf the annual output of any city on the planet. Still, I would not add to any problem but make life better if my product and my ideas are sound for the planet and mankind.
2. Environmentally Compliant & Responsible Operator… not just compliant… be a leader in the idea that a house can cost less than living in it as the energy to create a Salvage built home can be as little as 20 gallons of diesel fuel, imagination and ingenuity… (energy from Spirit), human action for energy to assemble, and if designed right, very little energy to heat or cool for the life of the house, longer than your own if done right. Why do people prefer the alternative Walmart mentality for housing? The use of substandard health factor materials in building today Baffles me… sheetrock, vinyl, plastic, particleboard, latex paints, EMF fields blasting from every wall at the level of your head at the wall when asleep, your gut when sitting… when it does not even have to be there if you build knowing it is a hazard to your health.
3. Ethics and Integrity Why do people ignore the new science that says a cell phone, a router, a wireless house phone, and the electric in appliances, LED lighting, and more can affect health. As you downsize, this is even more significant yet no one talks seriously about these things in the industry that builds them for a profit. Why would they admit to knowing what they are doing to the buyers of their products? I respectfully ask the manufacturers to consider the health of the children and elderly who do not understand the differences in their constitution and why they are more susceptible to these agents than 20-40-year-olds… though the effects on both are indubitable.
4. Commitment to Employees and Resources Supporting the tax system by making people employees instead of teaching them to form tiny businesses taking down trash/salvage for example, to create millions of jobs, houses, and careers is one way to look at that. They could write off the tools, trucks, education, and much more to pay instead for the kids to have all that and learn how to build homes from salvage, thus always have an occupation and home. People will always need new housing after catastrophic events, floods, storms, etc… and knowing how to build with salvage makes one the best builder on the scene when needed most.
5. Customer Service & Fiscal Responsibility What would happen if all this occurred at local levels? The Pure Salvage Outposts set up with the tools, elders to teach, the space to build, the warehouses in the old now-vacant buildings that is pulled from the old houses and structures that need to be taken down. Indeed, the solutions for small downs are there, the need for a great transition from devastation to thriving locally, not dependent on big corporation is vital. The more skills that are added for the people who live there, the re-utilization of resources that do not have to be imported thus local dollar leaving. Education of locals to salvage mine and build is vital to creating jobs for the many in houses showing economic disparity that must have jobs to cure, but more than jobs, vested players in the revitalization of the community. If you focus on the manifestation of new communities created from the treasures of the old that could not survive then you can turn around rural areas by creating local jobs, networks, ways to downsize for the elders, stay in the town as the kids build a new less utility and import-dependent businesses, permaculture to support local food needs instead of depending on transport from far away places. Teaching and empowering customers to become stronger better people is the best we can hope to do in life as a business.
6. Quality Focus: 4 decades of Research and models, examples of what does and does not work. The transition from building to modern code for America has led to corporations selling their products through force rather than product efficiency, lifespan, or environmental merits from birth to death, disposal, and the health of those exposed from its manufacturing to its demise. These are quality issues that get ignored as they are out of the view of the study the producers and government wish to have examined thus the conclusions that your health is violated by the toxins you breath remains obscured, though available. The RV classification of houses on wheels by the Feds is to limit them to 48 hours of living in them for your health… yes. More is bad for most people, especially once they contaminate them with the mold and cleaners, cats, etc. that eventually become part of the mix inside the Tiny Boxes on Wheels. Finally, the issue of air quality must be considered and given few understand you breath 500 gallons of air per hour each, just sitting calmly talking, more if excited, and the limits of a tiny house that is airtight and heated for the winter is called Hypoxia… the lack of air, in this case caused by being in such a box. You will need 4,000 gallons of fresh air per calm person per night with only about 6,500 gallons available in a tiny house on wheels that is 8x12x20 inside with stuff taking up airspace. Make love at 2,000 gallons in an hour (Nice memory) and you will exhaust the air supply faster, add a second person, two of you (even better, hehe), but you will use up so much air in an hour that your morning will be a groggy one rather than an energetic celebration unless you open the door and windows to get some fresh air. Oh yes, 2 yr old jr. sleeping downstairs, well, yucky heavy air hangs near the floor where the kids and pets get cancer faster than adults. Wonder Why?
Nuff said… the article of the day inspired by a single letter referring to a town that has a great advertising video or two but a poor track record for integrating happy families into the new world of tiny houses. I can not say I would build one to send there, that they would even allow it to happen, as they got code, and an inspector to enforce it. So it goes.
I do hope that you will get a chance to visit, to consider buying the materials it would take to build your tiny home where every you may choose to settle. I would even love to sponsor the right people to open Pure Salvage Outposts with inventory to build houses closer to where they need to be put… but only to honest impassioned people. Such are few and hard to find, but if they show, I will know and help them on their way to becoming as rich in salvage, friends who want to know and grow with this industry rather than perpetuate the consumerism of imports alone.
Thank you for taking the time to consider these many facets of thinking of living tiny in a day of focusing on the important part, the journey and the people we share it with, the quality of the life, not the goal… for it is what we need for the future to grow bright again.
Add to this the avoidance of paid advertising so that industry develops on its merits, not its legal lies, few would use this for a business model.
After decades in Pure Salvage Living Designs for houses, offices, and Tiny Texas Houses, I have taken to writing and hoping others will be inspired by what can be done without imports, toxic manufacturing of new materials to build with, as well as conserving space, energy, and yet having our personal spaces seem luxurious. I suppose the idea is to go with the Dollhouse, Jewelry Box Cottage plans that captured the world’s eyes.
Tiny Texas Houses was a research and development cycle of intent to prove out the concept of building with 95% Pure Salvage, no imports, toxins, or built-in-obsolescence that would be energy efficient too. The houses were eventually designed to allow airflow to reduce the heat using the Venturi Principle, the lofts that have lots of headroom but are considered storage for property tax purposes. Space is a perception of ours that is influenced by lines, colors, and details. At some point the view alters the reality and the feeling becomes more important than the actual sizing.
You don’t have to be trapped into the bigger is better or newer is nicer traps.
This unique ethos in construction that gives extra value to the many items created long ago by our ancestors at a time when they were off-grid all the time… as in no electricity. The resources like trees were virgin and of incredible quality not to be found in newer building supply stores.
SalvageFaire is the land of imagination in a box, created from the parts and pieces of a past few know existed when 12 year olds pulled coal from the mines to run the forges, sharpened the blades of giant saws, and all for tokens, never cash or real money. Once upon a time in the not so rosy past, a story that could have been lost, but now perhaps could last. 30 houses gave their parts to build this stair so fine, yet it would not pass code today so it is Art Devine, a standing installation like few others of its kind.
This is the tribute to M. C. Escher who drew the many stairwells that led to where they started from but always appearing to never end… like my imagination as it rises up and bends.
Thanks for joining me in this Sunday message to share the great wonders of Salvage, Texas manifesting day by day now that I have again, found my way.
Ghostwriter and Chick Magnet
OH YES… and occasional promotional guy…. Check this OUT!!!!!
We have had this house in our BnB selection for several years, but out on the highway. Time to move her back into the woods, perhaps in the shadow of Miracle Mountain.
This is a decorated interior version, as each person puts a personality to a house to make it a home. So many things to see, to feel, to touch and take away. Dreams manifest easier once you see it can be done and how your success will feel when you manifest your version of a Salvaged Icon you can live in for the rest of your life too.
It is not just the investment in a Tiny Texas Art House Icon, for the value is in being able to come play, to be a part of the manifestation of many more houses for those who want to take them away, to display their talent, have a getaway, or just a place to stay. Many reasons to be a part of a permaculture manifestation created out of pure salvage… on or off the grid a great way to live. NO new construction outgassing but the goal is to show what we can do with our imagination and the past in the form of what think is trash. Fewer imports, more sustainable and energy-efficient than any other way to build from scratch using mostly human energy, not fossil fuels to ship, stock, or support global corporations… just local benefits, and the world.
Only your imagination can define what could become of these treasures on the shore, hidden in the woods and from the view of common men… or women. Come see, take away, and create if you wish. By the pound take away and you get to stay in the Tiny Texas Houses at Salvage, Texas.
Creating a sustainable future from an incredible past full of treasures we can never replace. So let us re-use them with respect so they will be here for generations to come.
I can offer my dreams manifested, not a perfect person, life, or plan, but a path that has led me to great satisfaction and hope that others will benefit from my exploration outside of the box.
Imagine if you can, exploring in the shade, extracting colorful bits of jewels from the past industrial works from decades ago. Stainless Steel #3, Cobalt 5, Cobalt 7, slags, iridescent glass, and sand casting rocks that all have to be handled carefully for sharp objects and dangers abound. A Salvage Safari, on Kayaks, if you like, or by foot too… whichever works best for you.
Treasures by the pound to be found and taken away to form into art, as well as to return to sell in the only Pure Salvage Living Market in the USA. Truly a step in the directions no one would think in order to find out where the top of the box is, the Loophology of how to get out, and WOW… what is on the other side once the imagination is Freed.
Once an empty grotto that led to the river, then the interstate highway crossed its path and killed the land… with the help of man and a foundry, but let’s make Lemonade out of lemons. Loophology is how to have fun with your passion and get out of the Matrix doing it. Live life fully, and Love without measure. Darby Lettick
For more information contact us 830-875-2500 or by email through Darby@puresalvageliving.com
While floating on top of the world at Salvage, Texas, with the sun setting we are glowing!
Manifest by visualizing what you can do with your imagination and a bit of human energy. I did… well actually a lot of imagination and human energy since the start of the book 40 years ago that led to this so that I can finish the book now. Whew. Building the stage for a book to be completed is a bunch of work… 4o years worth. Come see what it looks like?
All sorts of things hidden in the Grotto at Kayak Bayou, and you could mine your share of the booty by the pound and then create the talisman for them followers of your crafts.
Come see, come stay for a night and dream, or even come for a longer visit and help create the permaculture, a house to come back and visit through the years, or just to be a part of the Salvage Artists Market known as Salvagefaire. Join us in Salvage Texas at the Air BnB soon and let us show you how to live a healthier simpler lifestyle through the Salvage Living ethos.
For now though, if you are staying at the Salvage, Texas BnB then you can try out the new Kayaks and pond areas and hopefully, with some rain soon, we will be having the Kayak Tag, Races, and Hide and Seek as we have so many islands created to paddle around, and best of all for the competitively minded, Kayak blowgun Paintball contests… (Only ones in the world). Race up through the vine-filled grotto, out amongst the isles, with the underground market next to the water Yup really underground vendors using the ground and shade to stay cool under the shade.
Yup, imagination gone wild out-of-the-box ways to create the solutions of the future out of the treasures of our past, the ingenuity of our brains, and the human energy we have in our control. Join me for a quick look at the progress as my mind and body form this new attraction to the many who want to do things that make them stronger, younger and growing the future for those who follow us for generations to come.
We must do the things that will change the options available if those that are being born are to have full access to their potential capacity to create solutions, to alter the course of our society toward helplessness, dependency, and the destruction of the community and family units.
Digging for a few days to create a venue that will pay for us to do more with less, to create a way to get in better condition, but also to show others how to have fun doing it. Planting seeds… expanding the vision of all those who come and giving them the passion and hope it takes to show up and act… to do the things that we must to create more than a daydream with the hours we are alive and healthy. I am having fun.
Hope you can get here soon and have fun too. The world won’t cooperate, so I am going to do what I can in my tiny paradise and stay always ready to keep morphing and getting better and better. God I love this life, finally, it became nearly all I ever hoped it would, though the reality is not what I still dream it can be, the past is already so great that I can leave with a smile on my face at any moment. I can’t imagine how it could have turned out better in spite of how hard the difficult times were.
If not for this perspective, I would have killed myself decades ago as a child, at 15, born to be a lone wolf, but honoring the value of that versus being a sheep in the herd that can not even see the path, let alone the goal, but only the assholes ahead of, beside, and behind you walking through the shit left by all those who are filing down the same path. My paradise found after struggling along through many failures, losses, and challenges that made me stronger, and thus have I become me through my way, life has been full of adventure. It is one of many scars, bruises, and broken bones within, but always with the attitude that I would survive… seeking the impossible goals, the imagination that was unlimited in youth, flows without constraint as an elder. I finally have the freedom that I never had in youth while learning the lessons, chasing the illusions of what would bring me what I have found.
The Freedom is a change of perspective, of Perspicuity, that now makes the Synchronicity meaningful and thus empowering at last. Please, Consider breaking away from the pack and becoming a lone wolf for a while… it may last a lifetime. Free yourself from the Fear of Failure and embrace success before it happens based on the commitment and work you are willing to dedicate to the new you that is possible if you break away from the herd mentality that is holding you back.
Break free, but know you will feel alone for a bit, even be homesick and backslide to the comfort of nothingness. You will not be happy though if you decide to break free and feel the success that such thoughts bring, for your perspective is what will determine your future. Believe it and make your life what you want it to be, not what others expect.
Yes, given the history of attempting to grow a community of full-time people living in a Pure Salvage Living Ethos is not going to come about on the level I had hoped once upon a naive night. If you build “IT” they will come! What is “IT”? Then “Who” will come? Remember the movie? Great line but no more than that for the most part if one were to use the plans for Salvage, Texas as an example. I did not understand many things about the phrase, people, and the possibility of completing it before people would even begin to see the potential of such a model for others to come to learn from… but that is the dream, not reality.
Instead though, thousands say and support the concept of downsizing in a responsible sustainable building format. Unfortunately most tiny houses, especially now that they are fadish RV’s, that will simply create more toxic boxes, but with the public accepting a smaller version of trash built housing, thus the populace can be put into large apartments, condos, and other toxic boxes that will provide them with basics, but no style or flavor, like living in a factory so you can be close to work and putting all the things you want in a mall next door so you don’t have to use a car. Of course there will be a great deal of restrictions on the colors, noise levels, and all other things creative that you will not be able to apply to your home as it would offend others if you picked hot pink for your door or other such violations to the community standards rules which seem to be needed for such habitats.
I prefer the simple life of having a tiny master suite and sharing the shower, kitchen, and most other parts of the home village that I might need from time to time but not want to own or maintain on an individual basis. In theory, many people tilling the gardens allows for many to flourish and be fed, perhaps by just a couple who love to cook while another takes care of the cars, tool, and other maintenance. It is possible as we age to grow kinder, friendlier, and smarter as well as have more fun if we take care of our bodies while we are younger. If we do, and can flourish after 60, why not create environs where we can share our talents, wisdom, and perhaps if some kids under 50 want to learn, we could share the valuable life skills and knowledge with some of the coming generations who sincerely wish to break away from the societal and social decay that appears to be crippling the minds and future of our children as the experiment with digital mindset shows its toxic effects on our children of the present generations.
We can alter the course of things that are becoming apparent consequences that have been said to be 1,000 times worse than asbestos or tobacco to the health of humans, bees, and many other things affected by high frequency. From the brain tumours, inflammation of the brains of kids under 7, the loss of short term memory showing up in kids who depend on computers and smartphones for their database of facts, calculating, and spellchecking all words. Thus the brain without exercise is becoming weak when it should be getting trained for a life of abstract thinking, visualization, calculations, and manifesting thus with a well-tooled imagination that can use ingenuity to figure things out instead of the phone. How do we transform this poorly planned transition into the high tech age if we dumb down the populace in the process while the AI computing is growing in capacity and ability? Soon it will not be as hard for a computer to “Outthink and out-create the human being if they continue down the hill of intellectual decline.
I believe that much of this loss of brainpower is due to the addiction to cloud storage off-human in a computer hard drive, smartphone, or other devices instead of doing the work inside their heads to store and retrieve, calculate and formulate conclusions based on deduction, induction, or simply the synthesis of solutions with the variety of options available but not sequenced or assembled so that the public can understand what their potential is, let alone figure out how to tap into that, maximize the impact in a positive way on our world, and thus move humanity toward cooperation and peaceful solutions to upcoming issues that normally foretell of world war.
The keys to our success are the children we teach today, give the keys to, and open the doors to what is possible instead of convincing the kids there is no hope for success as defined in a way that benefits consumerism, division in society, poverty/riches chasms that bring about violent rebellions and wars over the basic necessities when hoarded by the rich instead of used to better life for all species.
I pray as we look for solutions that our country remembers how it takes the freedom to create, to solve the local problems with locals and not think the global governments or corporations are going to be looking out for the best interests of the masses, given the profit motive for stockholders is written into law, protecting them from the masses rather than uniting them with the people as if they are one, not opposed instead due to the rich running the corps and government and the poor being the ones to pay for and suffer bad administration of the assets of the people, the decisions to go to war, and the continuation of the Federal Reserve which is able to move the economy up or down with a single meeting and decisions made by the banks, the rich, and the masses be damned.
If we take the treasured materials used by our ancestors and use it to build a nation of downsized organic hOMes that people could move into as the economy faces the food shortages on the horizon even if we do not go to war as the leaders of so many countries seem to be threatening. The weather will determine if the farmers get to produce food and the flooding has stopped that for millions upon millions of acres, not even over for the season as we enter the hurricane season now. Where is the preparation and warning, the measures being taken to get the kids ready to thrive, survive, or at least help the elders stay alive so as to capture the wisdom, knowledge, and life skills that will slip away as the elders pass. We can do better.
Let us unite behind the idea of empowering the masses to take the treasure and convert it to houses as we salvage the flooded homes, businesses, barns, and use it to build with rather than toss it away as if there is an unlimited supply of new materials to build with and the bigger is better policy of homebuilding in America must be put to death. Please start considering the cost of a new house of massive square footage to be a sore on the Earth rather than a toxic Dream House that will be worth your debt enslavement for 30 years of your life… or more. Now that the real estate bubble is bursting and the elders can not liquidate their prized savings account, their house, due to the issues or the damage from the weather.
The bell tolls for thee… sooner or later we all have to face the loss of income to savings from inflation, the taking by the banks, or simply the many scams and theft now possible in the cyber world where your identity can be stolen and your credit lost, your life ruined by an anonymous person on the far side of the world. How do you protect yourself and are you constantly afraid of losing all things tangible and digital, like your phone, bank accounts, credit cards, home, car, and other financed luxuries you are enjoying without concern for now?
Imagine that EMP the government warns of or the internet going down for a month. Could you survive emotionally and for some, physically due to prescription needs thus unfilled, and the social platform shock of loss when millions lose their friends, lovers, and family who were only linked by a phone with all the contact information stored digitally, thus no way to retrieve it unless there is a hard copy. I remember when there was no digital and all hard copies for all things, some I still have in boxes from 4 decades back unlike the many crashed hard drives, virus infected or simply age, once gone, all the pictures, data, and thus life stored on a disk is gone too. Ouch.1
So the theme of this essay is simply one of waking up to the need to downsize before the rest of the Baby Boomers jump off the Dream Home Boat too. With the average person at 55 years old only having $25,000 of savings in the bank, needing Social Security for any hope of surviving at today’s food and energy costs, the future for the Baby Boomers who lived high on the luxury and debt train for this generation, the future looks bleak. If they do not own a house, rents keep going up. If they do not have a garden, food costs are skyrocketing. If they are sickly and do not have insurance or a doctor in the family, they are in trouble for care after 60 unless the public coffers are opened to take care of the many who are out of shape and in need of constant care, drugs, or other addictive measures just to stay alive, not depressed, or out of pain. Sad times for the populace that is supposed to be the leading society in the world, in their own minds at least. Why are 50% of the people on anti-depressants, alcoholic thriving, drug addiction unhampered in its growth as new forms of chemicals that destroy the human minds are handed out as if to tempt them to destroy their own bodies, lives, and perhaps even souls during this lifetime.1
We can give kids the gifts of a great mind, body, and perspectives that they are able to do so much, fix what is broken in our society, and perhaps create a new millennium of peace and prosperity if we can get the greedy leaders out of the way and find some that will focus on the preservation of the world, quality of life for the masses as opposed to opulence for few who seem to deem themselves equal to kings and gods without regard for the suffering of the animals, people, or planet.
Indeed the imbalance will inevitably be altered but not necessarily balanced as the two sides come to clash when the resources decline, people starve, get desperate, and drop all formalities of morals, respect, truth, or honor to survive, feed their children, family, and take from any who have what they need to make that possible. If it were not a repeated cycle in history as such weather changes happen and droughts, suffering, and migrations of people fleeing chaos alter the societies in all countries… for none are spared in such global events. Please consider downsizing and altering our course by changing how you live now, preparing for a time when abundance is not the norm, thus you will thrive when others do not want to be alive.
Salvage your life, your house, your town, your world instead of destroying what is left of the planet to repeat by committing the same mistakes we just spent a century learning the consequences of, and unable to fix most of the problems we as humans have caused that all living being suffer from, pollution, poisons, and people included. I hope you will join me in sharing the Pure Salvage Living Renaissance with others who want to abandon our modern consumerism society and return to a more life-skilled organic and simpler life that is free from the high-frequency chaos from too much electromagnetic stimulation. If people learn that the alternative is possible, how well we can thrive by taking this path, then change will happen naturally as more humans choose a path that will help salvage our world and create a paradise for the kids who will steward our planet next.
Savor your day, your treasures, and your knowledge so that you may be the gift we need to make the planet a better place to live.
When it comes to the idea of targeting minimal energy consumption from beginning to end, it is critical that the resources used to build the houses be of foremost importance. With that in mind, I contend that Salvage Mining and Salvage Building are the best paths to take toward the future of an energy-conscious evolution for housing in America in particular.
First there is the simple consideration of transforming the way we live in this country to bring us back in line with the rest of the world when it comes to the amount of space we use for housing. The most sobering of facts is that 76,000,000 people are reaching retirement age and 50,000,000 are finding it to be a rude awakening. The economic reality facing them is bleak as they realize that they will no longer be able to afford, nor desire to afford, to live in large energy-hungry houses. This Baby Boomer generation is realizing that having “things” is no longer as important as they once were. Downsizing is becoming the new mantra as they face the next few decades of their life and what it will cost to survive.
The Pure Salvage Living Movement is based on the pioneering work done by Tiny Texas Houses in the field of Tiny Portable and Healthy housing built from 99% Pure Salvage. The movement is founded on the idea that we can build energy efficient houses from the best of materials ever produced in America over the last couple centuries when quality resources were easily tapped and manpower was cheap. It results in a Sub Zero Carbon Footprint when the Tiny House is finished.
The 500-year-old trees that were once abundant became houses and buildings across the country and after one use is being thrown into landfills that are now composed of 51% building materials. Why waste all of that energy and landfill space when those irreplaceable resources can be reused in their present form as lumber, windows, doors, flooring, siding, and trim for the next generation of housing? Likewise, the best of all cast iron, brass, and bronze hardware for doors and windows are still functional after a hundred years of use and will continue to work well for the next century while also being repairable instead of disposable.
The carbon savings from a single cast iron sink or tub more than pays for the construction and new life energy requirements for this house for years. This means a gigantic saving in energy and resources from the standpoint of mining, manufacturing, distribution to the market place and the end users. It adds value based on the threefold longevity of the materials and compared with new hardware with built-in obsolescence as a marketing strategy. We will never grow the 300+-year-old trees to cut down again, nor have the access to the skilled artisans and materials that our ancestors had to work with when the built this country the first time.
With modern insulation like Icynene, it is possible to move away from fractured logic technologies like double paned glass that fogs up after 12 years, which is the time it takes for the payback on the more expensive product. Using old glass also means that we do not crank up furnaces to create new glass every 12 years, fuel to carry it out to the houses and replace the glass, and the oil-based vinyl used to hold the glass in place until it fails again 12 years later. Storm windows for colder climates and window films to block harmful sunlight allow people in Tiny Houses to have utility bills in the summer of less than $50 per month with the AC blaring in the South, thus dramatically reducing the need for disposable windows.
Furthermore, going back to designs where natural ventilation of the heat out of the house, natural cooling through air flow and placement of the houses to minimize heat gain all come together to reduce the energy needs of each person over their remaining life. This makes it viable for people to be able to afford to stay in their tiny house until the end of their lives because they can pay the utilities, taxes, maintenance, and share a smaller footprint on the ground thus freeing up land to grow their garden on. The concept of Tiny Texas Villages means people can live in groups with other like-minded people on land that would normally be consumed by a single larger Mac Mansion.
Pure Salvage Villages envision 10-15 Tiny Houses of up to 300 square feet on the main floor, plus lofts and porches. This could fit on an acre of land with 10,000 square feet of gardens for food, green space for trees and decorative plants. It would include a common meeting and eating-house in the middle for a large kitchen, some group meals, and entertainment. Wind generators and solar panels could power the whole village, which would have a minimal power consumption footprint because of good uses of shade, insulation, and planning. Water consumption could be minimized through grey water separation and filtration for reuse in greenery as well as operating toilets, and non-potable functions. Shared talents in each village would provide opportunities for ageing people or young people to grow food, do upkeep and maintenance, drive to the stores in groups to shop, cook together to minimize food waste, and to enjoy companionship with a like mind group that shares the village grounds.
Tiny Texas houses are built from the best materials and designed to last for centuries rather than decades as has become the norm. They use quality wood unlike most new housing built from trees grown in 19 years that are mostly soft cellulose and destined to decay quickly or be great candy for termites and bugs to eat. Using salvaged wood that has already cured and paints that do not outgas means providing a toxic-free environment without plasticizers, VOC’s, sheetrock, or glues that outgas to add to the toxin load that the Baby Boomer generation has already absorbed and can interfere with good health and our immune systems. For young families, it means a clean environment for children to grow up in and stay healthy.
By using LED lighting, low energy consuming appliances like induction cooktops and minimizing the size of the houses, it will be possible for people to live longer healthier lives. Lowering stress levels by reducing the financial burdens that come with maintaining more house than they need and having a community to share the challenges of ageing together with will also be healthier and delay or eliminate the need for moving into assisted care or worse, old folks homes. For the young, it means never becoming a slave to the burdens of owning big homes and expensive depreciating non-performing toys.
These are the principles that are going to be important to the Baby Boomers and the planet as a whole if we are to preserve the future for the next generation. If we lead by example, then perhaps the younger generations and the rest of the world that seeks to follow our lead will also see the logic, and the change in behavior, and likewise settle with being happy in their tinier houses, targeting a 0 carbon footprint instead of demanding giant houses that exemplify the excesses Americans have mastered more than any other nation in the world.
This is not a figment of the imagination because the proof that it can be done is before anyone who chooses to look and see we can build this way.
(For proof, www.tinytexashouses.com or Facebook . There are enough Salvageable Building materials sitting on the ground in this country right now to build the next generation of housing without ever needing to cut down another tree to build a house with, mine new ore for making hardware for doors and windows, glass, or mining copper for more wiring. All it will take is human energy, which given the high unemployment rates we are experiencing, means that jobs can be created at all levels, from Salvage Mining to Salvage Building, that cannot be exported but rather used to teach skills to our youth and provide a future for the masses.
This Pure Salvage Living solution unleashes a trillion dollars, possibly much more once the true value is recognized.
The impact to our local economies will be multi-tiered as employment is created from salvaging the old and the new houses that will be built will last for a century to insure the fabric of the community, the people that live and work locally, will always have energy efficient affordable, off-grid potential houses that they will be able to live in for the rest of their lives.
It is a treasure trove of invisible wealth in-the-form-of a commodity viewed as trash. This vast reserve of sequestered carbon is preformed, cut, baked, smelted, mined, and transported to the local area already. These troves of building materials can be tapped to create work and housing without using carbon or energy that is being wasted for construction now. We can make the new technologies blend with the best materials and products we ever created during the industrial revolution in the last century when we were known for making great products and re-task, reutilize, and revitalize our country at the same time. Best of all, we can build healthy houses for our families without imports that send the future they should have abroad. Individual choices change what happens every day.
If it works like I expect, we can reignite a pride in craftsmanship, simplicity, conservation, ingenuity, and preservation that once made us a country that was proud of what it created. I am afraid for what will happen if we waste what is left when there is nothing left to replace it and don’t pass on the knowledge or the tools to the generation that will inherit what we are leaving behind.
I hope this inspires people to think about the possibilities of changing their worlds in a new way they had not thought of before. Please ask questions, get involved, and stop the waste before it is too late. Let us start building our future out of it now, while we are still able, individually, physically, and joining together.
Better still, in the growing of this new paradigm, we may enable people to survive on the little savings that most of Americans now have to live out the rest of their lives with as they face retirement. Bartering, local shared resources programs, education about life skills and the incentivized opportunities that are a natural means of maximizing productivity and yield at any Salvage Mining site. I believe this has the potential to provide hope for the younger generation that will have to pay for the excess and taxes from wars and bailouts that have brought this country to its knees economically.
This is not just about saving electricity or fuels. it is about saving resources, tapping and maximizing the potential of human energy and imagination, and reigniting an American pride that is going to be lost if we do not pass along the knowledge of the baby boomers to the young as to how to build with our hands, create housing that will last for our grandchildren, and save what we have before it is all gone to rot in the landfills, never to be seen again.
My vision includes the bonuses of not just American profits, as in giant American companies, it means on a local level across the country where all the resources lay in open sight available for all to use. It is the treasure trove of resources our ancestors left to their children, not to be squandered, but saved and used to house the generations that would follow.
Pure Salvage Living is a natural non-violent way of revolutionizing the way we live in America that promotes individual choice as a solution. This is not a radical right wing or left wing idea. This movement is a local community solution that works to save the country from the bottom up by helping to rekindle and reknit small communities by joining to save not only the houses, barns, and trees, but the knowledge from the elders who built, lived in, and loved the many houses and buildings we are taking apart to reuse. We are promoting the simplest of solutions at the most local level to teach the kids the life skills they would need to survive if the 100-year reign of electricity should suddenly end modern society as we know it today.
Tiny Houses are not new in the rest of the world. The energy efficiency and use of small spaces have been mastered elsewhere but not in America for the most part. It needs to change right now. Tiny Houses can be built from salvaged materials and designed to last and to be energy efficient by combining the best of the past and present to create a home that everyone can enjoy. It means saving more energy and resources than most people presently imagine exist. When we wake up and see what we can do to teach the young kids how to build this sort of solution out of the strong bones of the industrial age of abundance. They have a future of Salvage Mining and stashing it away in community warehouses, Salvage Outposts I call them, to open the pipeline and meeting place with Salvage Builders, Salvage Hunters, and Salvage Miners. We should take the many abandoned global corporations buildings where the jobs have been moved overseas. Then we should use them to warehouse the resources we could tap to help keep us from needing any of the stuff those corporations will build in those factories the build overseas. No more IMPORTS than absolutely needed.
It is hard to believe that it could take so little carbon and money from the world to make it all happen. Working together to share knowledge, tools, trucks, trailers, and all the resources sitting around underused, going to waste when they could be facilitating the transformation of our country. How many giant empty abandoned global corporate buildings lie vacant that could be used for storing the treasure left to salvage and save for the next three generations to build. Taking what is wasted and using it rather than tearing it down unnecessarily or wasting what we could retrieve.
This manifestation of a solution that benefits so many will need donors and mentors who are not doing it for the 501c3 tax deduction but because they want to help make change happen, not just talk about it. Passing along the assets and knowledge it will take to the new generation that needs them is wonderful. But with the incredible hand tools and possibilities we give, more essential is the knowledge of how to use them. This is part of what the mentors will do in the big picture. They, with the donors, will help us pass along to the next generation the tools and knowledge, as well as the materials it will take to rebuild this country from the bottom up.
We have so much to pass ton the next generation before it is lost, especially about how to farm the land organically again, living together to use that on a local level and share when in abundance. Our generation that has seen the old homesteads deteriorate into obsolescence. Please don’t let them be wasted when they meant so much to so many for so long. They made this country possible by housing our forefathers from the weather so they could settle here.
We have the same forests around us now, except they are already cut up and ready to use. Bricks are formed, beams, windows, doors, and so much more, passed to us with the best of dreams and hopes that we would use them and appreciate the hard work and human energy it took to make them.
Nearly everything is here. Please join me in trying to save as much of it as possible and transform it into one of the many solutions needed by the people on the planet, the people of this country, an those immediately around us, locally first. It is something we can act on in the morning and start changing it in a positive way rather than dread the worst and not take action. Please join me in thinking and being part of the dialogue about a possible solution in a world of many different problems. Each idea here in covers many needs and is more credible because it does not use methods, resources, or regulatory linked subsidies like those proposed by government and big corporations that just make us more dependent on them and coming back for more. It does the opposite, it empowers people, incentivizes their work, and frees them to make the decisions about the future of their homes and community rather than waiting for someone else to come save the day.
Awake to the world of Pure Salvage Living my friends and fellow Earthlings. There is an incredible future at your front door. This is but one step of many ahead if we are going to prepare for the next stage of evolution in our species, the evolution of our psyche, our universal consciousness and the retooling of how our society lives. This is a natural friendly path to that end. Thank you for thinking about it.