Creative Progress

Hammers, chisels, and saws, oh my! Every time I step outside, the sound of a growing village greets me in the form of a nail rhythmically joining wood, or a hand-saw cutting through the umpteenth 2x4 of the day. Despite it being 98 degrees this week, the pressure of the end of this year's building season is heavy in the air. With the lack of 4-season housing being the most significant factor in limiting the growth of our population here, witnessing this incredible motivation driving gutsy residents and members is something to behold. Hassan, one of our new residents, is…read more >

It’s Dry, So Dry: July 24, 2012

With high temperatures hanging around 100 again at the moment, and much of my life and work based outdoors, I am finding acceptance within me: discomfort is transitory. I can always take comfort from the trees that stay green around us, despite baking in the heat day after day with extended periods of no rain. Like a tree with deep roots to find the moisture below, I have now been here long enough to remember previous hot, dry spells. We survived those. Wetter, cooler times return sooner or later; meanwhile there is still plenty of work to be done. Ted…read more >

Chasing Dreams, Tomatoes, and Skirts – June 11, 2012

Part of our mission says that we want to grow to be the size of a small town, and which is usually spoken of as being 500-1000 people. (Our current population is approximately 70.) Population growth has been a hot topic off and on at DR. Folks discuss, how much, how fast, and in what ways we should grow. I think we all agree that if we grow too quickly we run the risk of losing our unique culture and possibly even experiencing the dreaded "mission drift." What we differ on is exactly how fast is too more >