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Yestermorrow’s Tiny House 227 Documentary on Small, Sustainable Homes

While on YouTube the other day I ran into Yestermorrow’s tiny house 227 documentary thanks to Eric who commented and informed me about it.

Quite a while back, I put a post together on this sustainable building school. You can get all of the details on how to get involved there.

This is part of Yestermorrow’s semester in sustainable design and building course. The school teachers over 150 hands on workshops every year.

They cover design, construction, woodworking, and concentrations in sustainability. This particular project consists of a 227 square foot house on a trailer.

In the film, one of the student builders, Ben Berton says, “I think tiny houses are relevant, especially for the younger generation because, I feel like the younger generation tends to be more of a transient generation. And if you have a tiny house, especially if it’s on a trailer, your house can move with you.”

Yestermorrow's Tiny House 227 Documentary on Small Sustainable Homes

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Jose Galarza, the Directory of this semester program, says, “This kind of education would be really great if it happened in the college atmosphere.”

That’s something I’d really love to see, and I’m sure you agree with that statement as well. Teaching students not only to live more consciously but to show them how to design and build, too.

I encourage you to watch the video yourself, share it if you like it, and talk about it in the comments: So go ahead, click the play button on the video below when you have 35 minutes because chances are, if you’ve reading this right now that you’ll really enjoy it.

If you want to learn more about Yestermorrow, check out our post on them from last year.

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  • Rickles January 15, 2012, 11:35 am

    I’m not one for modern styling in architecture, but I’m here to tell you, the inside of this house is fantastic!

    Outside I would exchange the standing seem wall covering with western red cedar. That would be stunning!

  • sesameB January 18, 2012, 4:46 pm

    Excellent. Just Excellent. This website deserves The World 4 star ranking.
    “A ship ought not to be held by a single anchor, nor life by a single hope.” Epictetus

    It was Plato who once said: “We are trying our whole lives long to find that other half of ourselves.” And that’s okay, if you know where to look!
    Barefootin in rural south central Arkansas, living tiny & drinking lots of spring water

  • sesameB January 18, 2012, 4:49 pm

    Materialism is everywhere and we need tiny homes. From my files, this is another “greedy couple” Wallie Amos Criswell, Ph.D. and his wife (December 19, 1909 – January 10, 2002), was an American pastor, author. Pastor and wife had an eye for antiques, renowned pieces of 19th century porcelain, furniture was sold off. Strikingly, the Criswell estates had his-and-her auctions in 2007. (Did you readers know this?) Also, Through most of his several decades on staff, the church paid Dr. Criswell relatively modestly but provided him and Mrs. Criswell the Swiss Avenue home—a mansion—rent free. Church members and other friends gave them clothes, cars and trips abroad, I learned in reading about this pastor and his wife. The Criswell home was filled with European furniture and Persian rugs from the 19th century. Dt. Criswell also made money on the side through stock investments and through real estate deals with Mr. Pogue, said Mr. Pogue, who was Dr. Criswell’s primary caregiver in his infirm later years. Mrs. Criswell’s will reflected tensions between the estates, specified that nothing of hers was to go to the W.A. Criswell Foundation. The Criswells’ main source of wealth cane from their hobby of collecting antiques. The began to make yearly trips to Europe almost as soon as they came to First Baptist Dallas in 1944. Mrs. Criswell’s estate, a 24-piece Meissen set depicting a musical band of monkeys fetched $25,000! They also collected porcelain birds made by Dorothy Doughty. A Hitler set in Criswell collection? Among the oddest parts of the vast collection of antiques owned by W.A. Criswell and his wife, Betty, was a set of German dishes that Adolf Hitler purportedly gave to a top Nazi military official. One irony is that Fred Florence, the late Jewish president of a bank in Dallas gave the Criswells the money they used to buy the Meissen purportedly commissioned by Hitler. Mr. Florence always gave us our vacation, “Mrs. Criswell says on the anniversary tap. Every time that we would go, he would give us a vary large check and he would say, ‘I want you to buy something that you will treasure.’ So that Meissen set was a gift from Mr. Florence.” (April, 2007)
    Barefootin’ in Arkansas

  • sesameB January 18, 2012, 4:57 pm

    Readers, here is another real live story from my files of long ago, about gross materialsm, living large in the USA:
    White Plains — When Frederick P. Lenz III swallowed 150 tablets of Valium and stepped off a dock into the bay behind his Long Island home last year, he left behind a collection of mansions, private jets and luxury cars valued at $18 million, and a will that practically invited a lawsuit.
    Mr. Lenz, who called himself Rama and was frequently referred to as the Yuppie Guru, made his fortune through lectures on meditation and computer science that drew hundreds of fee-paying followers, but he was best known for his two spiritual novels, “Surfing the Himalayas” and “Snowboarding to Nirvana” (St. Martin’s Press, 1995 and 1997). In his will, he was clear on two points: His family should be disinherited and all of his pets should be killed. His plans for his riches, however, were much more ambiguous. The will says his entire estate should go to a foundation to promote his ideas, unless he had failed to take “significant steps” to establish the foundation before his death. In that case, all his money was to go to the National Audubon Society.
    By the time he died, in an apparent suicide pact with a female devotee (who survived) last April 13, Mr. Lenz, 48, had not formed a foundation.
    Barefootin’ in Arkansas

  • sesameB January 18, 2012, 5:06 pm

    This film should be shown to this woman, and this is another timely exmample of greed and living beyond one’s means: Swindler or businesswoman? St. Augustine’s Lydia Cladek goes to trial
    | Updated: January 18, 2012 – 7:42am
    Opening arguments in the trial of a St. Augustine Beach woman accused of running a $100 million Ponzi scheme started Tuesday in Jacksonville with one side describing a selfless swindler and the other a practical businesswoman. Lydia Cladek, 67, has been indicted on four counts of wire fraud, nine counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy in relation with an investment company she ran. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Taylor painted a picture of a ruthless woman. He told the jury about some investors who had their entire retirement accounts wiped out by Cladek’s actions. He said that while Cladek was known around the St. Augustine Beach community as a “successful businesswoman, a philanthropist, a church-going member of the community,” it was all a facade hiding a much more sinister reality.Cladek’s attorney, federal public defender Maurice Grant II, did not directly refute many of the prosecution’s points but rather tried to downplay the depiction of Lydia Cladek Inc. as a shell company.
    He argued that as a licensed Florida corporation, Lydia Cladek Inc. was free to engage in whatever lawful business practices it wished. He pointed out that none of the extravagant purchases that Cladek was said to have made by the prosecution were illegal.
    Donna Berardo, one of Cladek’s investors, testified that she had recovered “not one penny” from the company’s bankruptcy proceedings out of hundreds of thousands of dollars she invested. Lydia Cladek Inc., of which Cladek was president and sole owner, bought subprime automobile finance contracts from dealers at discounted prices. Cladek promised investors a sizable chunk of the income and to secure their investments with these car notes as collateral. According to the indictment, none of that was true.Prosecutors say the amount of investment money the company brought in far exceeded the value of any car notes held by the company as early as 2003. They also believe Cladek used older investment money to pay interest on newer investment money. Lydia Cladek Inc. eventually grew to nearly 100 employees.
    The setup came to a halt in early 2010 after the FBI searched her offices. By this time she had fled to her husband’s residence in the Fort Myers area and was arrested Dec. 7.The trial is expected to last up to two weeks.

  • sesameB January 18, 2012, 5:12 pm

    Well, she will be learning to live tiny herself after the forthcoming sentencing: Judge: Hoax mom swindled $1M from boss, relative
    By MARYCLAIRE DALE | Associated Press – 28 mins ago
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has found that a Philadelphia-area woman stole more than $1 million before she called in a hoax carjacking and fled to Disney World with her child. The fraud total and the use of “sophisticated means” increases Bonnie Sweeten’s sentencing range to 8 1/2 to 10 years in prison. The sentencing hearing has inched along over several days. It will resume Jan. 26. Her father, William Siner of Milton, Del., testified Wednesday that Sweeten made a big mistake and knows it. The 40-year-old Feasterville paralegal triggered a nationwide search in 2009 when she told a 911 operator she and her 9-year-old daughter had been kidnapped.Authorities say she fled before an arrest for swindling her boss and an elderly relative. Sweeten spent a year in prison for the fake 911 call.

  • sesameB January 18, 2012, 5:32 pm

    Alex, I would certainly hope this film could be viewed by all prisoners and become a part of prison libraries inthe USA. Are there any plans to take this film to prisoners for viewing? Prisoners have books behind bars, and they should have documentary films, too. This one would be excellent to show newly released felons, and others.
    Glennor Shirley, head librarian for Md. prisons, believes in books behind bars
    By Michael S. Rosenwald, Published: March 25, 2011
    CUMBERLAND, Md. — The library is quiet. At the front counter, workers shuffle papers, sort books and peck at computers. A woman walks in. “Oh, Miss Shirley is here,” says the man behind the reference desk, peeking over the top of his reading glasses. He is a convicted murderer. Miss Shirley is Glennor Shirley, head librarian for Maryland prisons, responsible for the rows of books behind the barbed-wire fences here at Western Correctional Institution and 16 other state prison libraries. The inmate behind the desk and the librarian’s relationship dates back to a Commodore 64.“Remember, when you locked me in a room until I learned how to use that computer?” says the inmate, who wasn’t authorized by the prison to be quoted by name. Miss Shirley laughs, changes the subject, deflecting attention from herself, and then the inmate whispers: “Don’t let her be too modest. She is an amazing teacher. A lot of us have relied on her.” Murderers, rapists, thieves and drug dealers have been relying on Miss Shirley, as she is always called by library visitors, for more than two decades to get them Jackie Collins novels, Westerns, biographies of Henry Ford, the latest James Patterson page-turner, poetry, Entrepreneur magazine, math textbooks, resume guides and illustrated books about snakes. But with state budget shortfalls, Miss Shirley is no longer allocated money for new books. Her already tiny slice of the $13.9 million prison education budget was whittled back even further after the department took a $2.1 million hit last year. Staffing is down. Funds for programs letting prisoners read books to their children — also gone.
    These days, her stories about library science behind bars often begin with this phrase, “When I had money. . . ”Changing lives
    Miss Shirley has weathered deficits during previous recessions as lawmakers diverted money away from prisoners toward law-abiding citizens — a constituency, she knows, that is prone to ask, “Why give money to murderers to read when people can’t get jobs?”The pendulum between punishment and rehabilitation behind bars always swings toward punishment during tough fiscal times, prisoner advocates say. But they also argue the swing is shortsighted, pointing to studies showing education programs can reduce recidivism by 29 percent. “Libraries in prisons changes lives,” says Diana Reese, president of the American Library Association’s division for specialized libraries.
    Prisoners acknowledge the difficult decisions lawmakers face. “Here are these men locked up, promised three meals a day, and we can read at our leisure without paying the rent,” says Wayde Heslop, 38, of Silver Spring, who is serving a life sentence at North Branch Correctional for the murder of a 23-year-old Hyattsville man. (Heslop loved “The Count of Monte Cristo.”) “But some of these men are coming back home. If they come back into society, at least they should come back educated.” Miss Shirley is not complaining. Rather, she has won plaudits from her prison librarian peers for pushing ahead despite setbacks facing the entire prison reading community. “Her libraries have been devastated in the last few years,” says Diane Walden, Miss Shirley’s counterpart for Colorado prisons. “She doesn’t complain or vent or whine. She is very focused on what she can do. She’s an amazing person and advocate.”
    Miss Shirley, 67, immigrated to Maryland in the 1980s from Jamaica, where she was a librarian. She has a gentle voice, inflected with an island accent, and she’s a talker. While working low-level jobs in public libraries during the day, she worked nights in a prison library to pay her bills. “I was just being practical,” she says. “I needed the money.” She remembers the first time the gate clanged behind her. “I had hundreds of inmates in my face. It was a strange feeling, these dozens of eyes looking at you and assessing you.”The part-time job turned full time, and Miss Shirley rose to become a nationally known advocate for prison reading, telling tales of life behind bars in her popular blog, Prison Librarian. About a program she organized for prisoners to read to their children, she quotes an inmate saying, “It couldn’t get any righter than this.”
    “I am basically a person who believes in justice and what is right,” Miss Shirley says. “I saw these needs behind bars.” Mining connections
    With the state facing a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, her job has become stressful and more complex. Miss Shirley relies on donations to line the shelves, but many books are several years out of date or the pages are too weathered and brown to be used.
    Miss Shirley, whose official title is library coordinator, is not above mining connections to score good books for her staff of librarians. She is president of the Maryland Library Association, and she seeks appointments to organizations that she can lean on for help. “I run my mouth a lot,” she says. She ran it last year with the One Maryland One Book program, landing copies of “Outcasts United” for prisoners, who then discussed the book at a meeting with author Warren St. John. “I didn’t get down on my hands and knees and beg,” Miss Shirley says, “but I did charm them.” Roughly 7,000 new prisoners sign up for library privileges every year, according to state statistics. There are about 199,000 items in monthly circulation. The libraries look little different than an elementary school’s facility. The shelves are low. The Dewey Decimal System is in operation. Posters for the National Book Festival hang on the wall, even though these library patrons won’t attend. Miss Shirley has found that leisure reading among prisoners — when they aren’t doing legal research — has held relatively steady. Urban novels are popular. So are romance novels by Jackie Collins and Eric Jerome Dickey. “A lot of guys in relationships, they read that stuff to tap their sensitive aspects,” says Heslop, the inmate from Silver Spring. Westerns are popular for their depiction of old-time lawlessness. Thrillers are also in high demand. “It’s like people reading Dean Koontz on a plane,” says Larry Sullivan, a John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor and expert on prison reading. “It’s easy. It’s like candy. But reading almost anything is better than reading nothing. You’d rather have someone reading a novel than hanging around the yard stabbing someone.”Miss Shirley says library users tend to be better behaved and more focused on their future, even if, like Heslop, they will likely spend the rest of their lives behind bars. His favorite magazine: Entrepreneur. “You might read a story in there of a person being poor, sleeping on the street, but they had an education and they knew where to go to elevate themselves,” he says. “It’s very encouraging.” Prisoners, he says, look forward to library visits. If a guard yells “library day” in the cellblocks, he says, inmates pipe up and bang on their doors: “Cell 45! Cell 42! Everyone wants to come. It’s like you are not even in prison anymore. You feel like you are uptown in the library. There are no bars in here.”

  • sesameB January 18, 2012, 5:53 pm

    These professionals also lived in a large home and busy lifestyles, (see below the book. All professors in the USA could learn by watching this timely film about living with less.
    Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders –Dick Lehr (Author), Mitchell Zuckoff (2004), I read while in college, and learned the following: “When Christmas was over, the approach of 2001 marked a return to their hectic lives. But they were considering a dramatic change. Susanne and Half had begun to mull retirement and had discussed whether Susanne, at 55, seven years younger than her husband, should retire early. They were looking forward to more time for favored pursuits, like sailing in Maine and visits to their Berlin apartment. Mostly, friends said, they wanted more time together knowing that Half’s heart ailment might separate them too soon. Susanne had taken a first step toward scaling back her work by stepping down as chairwoman of the German studies department, a job that required her to attend numerous meetings every week. Kacades recalled how Susanne was once so busy and stressed out she developed stomach cramps so painful she could not straighten up. The way she pushed herself all the time was very had on a lot of us, including Half, Kacades said. She was tired and she was aware she needed a better quality of life. As for Half, there was only one dream he had yet to fulfill: becoming a pilot. Susanne and Half’s green thumbs were more prominently on display in the lavishly filled greenhouse, where they grew exotic plants, with a special fondness for orchids. Until then, the present was defined by their demanding careers. To celebrate the New Year, the Zantops hosted a party at their home that included their two closest friends. In the weeks that followed, there were papers to write, speeches to prepare, classes to each, and conference to organize. As a salve for their hectic lives, the Zantops (both were feminists, humanists, environmentalists)were always trying to squeeze in time for exercise. In winter, cross country skis were usually resting by their front door. (Pg. 53-54)
    Barefootin’ in Arkansas

  • Mariah Pastell January 19, 2012, 8:32 am

    This video is fantastic! I am a student at Yestermorrow, focusing on Tiny Houses of course, and didn’t know about this video until I saw it here! Thanks Alex!!! (BTW, we met at Deek’s workshop last summer – are you planning on going to the next one he has in MA? Any other Tiny House workshops in FL I should know about? I know Deek and Jay Schafer have one coming up in Miami…)

  • Alex January 19, 2012, 8:55 am

    What’s up, Mariah! I’m jealous that you get to be a student over there haha. Would love to be doing that. Fortunately someone from your school gave me a heads up on YouTube on the video so then I put it up here to spread the word a bit more, glad you found it. I’m going to be in the workshop in Miami for sure, can’t wait. And yes I intend on making it to Deek’s next MA one too. Good to hear from you! Hows your camper project going? Alex

    • Mariah Pastell January 19, 2012, 11:52 pm

      Hmmm…well I may have to come down to Miami for the workshop then!! My family has a house down there, and Tumbleweed isn’t doing any workshops in New England any time soon 🙁 Yeah, Yestermorrow is SUPER! I start classes soon. I have a couple of different camper projects in the works right now because vintage campers kept falling into my lap and I can’t say no 🙂 Check out my newest (most ambitious and most exciting) project at CometCamper.wordpress.com! When I get farther along with it I’ll probably ask you to write a post about it…but not until I’ve written more than 5 posts haha!
      Glad you are doing well!

      • Alex January 20, 2012, 11:02 am

        Would be fun to get to put a post together on what you’re doing, just let me know/send me pictures/info. You can get my email through the contact page.

        http://www.tinyhousetalk.com/contact/

        And yes- come to the Miami workshop if you can. Checking out your blog now, I looked yesterday but you have new posts now, sweet!

        Great to hear from you and glad you’re doing well too.

  • jet charters January 20, 2012, 7:59 pm

    excellent points altogether, you just received a new reader. What may you recommend about your post that you made a few days ago? Any positive?

  • tortugabob January 21, 2012, 9:53 pm

    No shower or tub in the bathroom? Maybe I missed it but if it wasn’t there then they didn’t build a home that anyone I know would want to live in.

  • Tom January 22, 2012, 11:15 pm

    When I was teaching, the advice I gave my seniors was to either buy or build a small trailer-able house. It was cheaper than a dorm, you never had to worry about getting kicked out during the summer, and when you graduated college you could just take your house with you until you settled in your new home. This also applies for single military types. When I was in the Navy, my down time was spent in a little Airstream right off the beach.

    • Alex January 23, 2012, 9:02 am

      That’s awesome Tom. A trailer-able camper is a great alternative as well. Especially if you do plan on moving around more often. I like Airstreams a lot.

  • sesameB January 23, 2012, 2:48 pm

    Hi Alex, year 2011 was a banner year for tiny house enthusiasts!

    This was one of my favorite posts (and I have others)- How to get around Building Codes and Zoning for Tiny House Living and, yes of course, this post, Yestermorrow’s Tiny House 227 Documentary on Small, Sustainable Homes. The work crews for this film came together and flowed like members of The Berlin Philharmonic, which is one of the world’s premier orchestras. I give this film 4 stars!!!

    All of your posts this past year, brings to mind the following: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl Timothy Egan Pg. 37: “The slogan was ‘Health, Wealth, and Opportunity’ Hazel’s father, William Caryle, known as Carlie, built a dugout in 1935 for his family and started plowing the grass on his half=section, a patch of sandy loam. The home was twenty-two feet long by fourteen feet wide – 308 square feet for a family of seven.
    Pg. 135: “The drought did not take a holiday. Weather forecasts took on a dreary similarity: dry, with dusters. The wind rumbled through and tore off great sheets of prairie soil. As storms darkened the skis, people started to believe they were being punished for something awful.
    Pg. 200: “ In Baca County, Ike Osteen did extra chores around the dugout. After being cooped up so long in the pocket of home, Ike had a burst of energy. The garden space, where the Osteen’s had grown lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and corn for popping, was under a drift grave. With the windows open on a windless day of perfect clarity everyone in the dugout could bet a good soak without worrying about the water going brown. After it cooled, the bathwater was not wasted. It was used to nurture an elm tree, just about the only thing still alive on the Osteen homestead. The outhouse was a roof above the sand.
    Black Sunday, Pg. 199: “Nesters crawled out of their dugouts and shanties, their two-room frame houses and mud-packed brick abodes, like soldiers after a long battle. For once, they did not have to put on goggles or attach the sponge masks or lubricate their nostrils before going outside. Still the day had enough promise to remind people why they had dug homes into the skin of the southern plains, and some dared to entertain a thought on this morning: perhaps the worst was over.”

    In this book, Women and the Making of the Modern House by Alice T Friedman, I readeon Pg. 163, the author writes: “ Perkins made a choice of career over marriage, her preference for having her own space, rather than sharing life with others, her desire to give herself over completely to her art, to her books and to the Southern California landscape. In 1959, Perkins wrote: ‘It happens that I sleep in my studio—the bedroom is for guests. Perhaps my studio is the most used part of my home. The drafting table area serves me in all my projects and studies. I can work, read, sleep—and still keep an eye on the mountains and the skis.’ She had grown up in a ‘little bungalow’ in Denver in which…..”

  • sesameB January 23, 2012, 2:49 pm

    Also, I wanted to include this — Home Security for Single People: A Basic Guide to Secure Living – by L. Davis Almand – I still have my very own copy!! Remember Altrusa International Inc. of Dallas, Texas launched a series of crime seminars in 2003 designed to teach people about crime prevention and personal safety, where Ms. Behrens was present. Ms. Behrens was single, and child free, and still active in the group in 1972, when she fell victim to a shocking crime. She was murdered in her home by an intruder. She arrived home from work and went outside to put the trash out and when she went back in her home, someone had gotten in. The man stole her jewelry and later tried to sell it, and that’s how the police eventually caught him. is an international association of business executives and professionals who volunteer their energies and expertise in projects dedicated to community betterment. As a community service organization, Altrusa espouses volunteerism and service, fights for literacy, and helps combat AIDS, and the club established the Ruth Behrens Foundation for crime prevention in the mid-80s.. Ms. Behrens was an only child of John Edward Behrens, Sudie Belle Bean.
    Dr. Howard Markel writes in his new book, “An Anatomy of Addiction” that the USA is the number one user of illicit drugs in the world. Now we have a rising prescription drug use among our senior citizens and others, he also said on an interview with BooTV.org, Nov, 2011). Alex, we all should not for get this. Dr. Markel also said we should life each other up, because society does not do this. Saying all of this, I want to continue to life Alex and its readers up on this wonderful blog about tiny living. Dr. Markel is a professor of medical history at the University of Michigan.
    As of November 2011, 46 million Americans are now receiving food stamps. However on balck Friday, 2011, consumers spent $11.5 billion! On C-span – urban Institute Conference, Oct. 2011) Ray Scheppach is the former executive director of the National Governors Association (NGA), serving from January 1983 – January 2011 said . “The USA has a primitive tax system. Money is tough now at the Federal and state level. This country lacks an investment in human capital, sadly. The country of France gets it right and is a model for the world in investing in its citizens. Student loans are about to hit credit card debt.

    Yes, and many senior citizens in this country needs to learn how to live tiny and simple. Here is a real life case: International Jewel Thief, 80, Sentenced to Five Years By LEE FERRAN Feb. 10, 2011 —
    International jewel thief Doris Payne, 80, was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for her latest caper in a criminal career that stretches back more than half a century. In court, Payne told the judge she didn’t think he should “be harsh with [her]” after she was convicted of swiping a nearly $9,000 diamond ring from Macy’s in San Diego on Jan. 1, 2010. “I am truly sorry that this went on as long as it did,” she said according to a report by ABC News’ San Diego affiliate KGTV. But Judge Frank Brown gave her five years, the upper end of the possible sentence. “You won’t stop,” Judge Frank Brown said. “That’s the problem here… She’s a thief. She’s charming. Santa Claus’ wife, that’s who she is.” Traveling the World, Stealing on Charm
    Payne has been, by her own admission, a career thief and traveled the world plying her craft. She has never used a gun or lifted a finger in violence, but still slips out of jewelry stores with her loot, according to her lawyer Gretchen von Helms, who described her modus operandi to ABC News. Dressed to the nines, she waltzes into a high-end jewelry store in Monte Carlo — or Paris or Las Vegas — and smiles at the clerk.
    And here is an elderly Canadian’s story — Vancouver Canada, 2005 – George Winchcombe, 80, received $337,000 for the sale of his family home in the 800-block Dunlevy in Vancouver. I am really angry said George, who now lives in a residence for seniors. I have lived there all my life. I am 90 now and I could not keep up with it. So Winchcombe hired Davis to sell his property at 842-844 Dunlevy Avenue in Strathcona. Six weeks later it was resold as two properties for a total of $491,000. JON MURRAY — THE PROVINCE — Realtor fined for giving bad advice to elderly vendor. The elderly man who watched the profit slip out of his hands said yesterday the realtor, Geoffrey Reginald Davis of Sutton Group-West Coast Realty, should have received a heftier penalty. Davis, a realtor for 20 years, was ordered to pay $1,355 and retake the ethics portion of his real-estate course, which will cost him $150.
    And, this was the house of the late professors, Half Zantop, 63, and his wife, Susanne Zantop, 55. This is a Single-Family Home located at 115 Trescott Road, Etna NH. 115 Trescott Rd has 3 beds, 2 ½ baths, and approximately 2,669 square feet. The property was built in 1985. 115 Trescott Rd is in the 03750 ZIP code in Etna, NH. The average list price for ZIP code 03750 is $446,829. Also, check Crooked Creek Apiaries – Marvell, Arkansas, raw wildflower honey, and it is delicious, if you come to visit the natural state Arkansas
    My personal identity is not tied up in owning a car and nor living in a big house.
    This was a nice read today in the NYT.’A Manhattan Eden, for $331.76 a Month’- A rent-controlled apartment at 38-42 Commerce Street in the West Village. Arnold Warwick, seated, pays $331.76 a month for 1,200 square feet. Sorry,but I will keep living in my Arkansas made tiny home (paid off), located in a meadow with views and sounds of the woods, and the smells in rural sunny south central Arkansas.

    In November, 2011, J. Chong wrote: 30 Car-Free Years: Cycling Pumps Money into My Wallet – Cost of Car Ownership and Driving —For major Canadian cities, a parking spot for a residential building costs approximately $30,000 – $50,000 with Vancouver at the higher range. In 2010 the Canadian Automobile Association estimated cost for a small car at $18.00 daily which includes owning and driving a car (based on 18,000 km. mileage annually or 49 km. daily). Add on parking and now total costs could be easily be $30.00 daily. Thanks to 30 years of car abstinence, I have $328,000 to spend on other things. If you still don’t believe this money-saving wizardy, check out your car credit bills.An elderberry not looking for a boysenberry! (smile) Beating the winter blues, Dr. Kaplaw said on CNN just last night to get rest, get moving and get real. I agree with him. I walk everywhere here during the winter in south central sunny Arkansas, I never get depressed. My adopted home state of Arkansas has a $94 million budget surplus, and the Governor recently said the reason we have done much better than other states is that the citizens work together. I agree with the Governor. I love rural south central sunny Arkansas. I would NOT trade living in Arkansas for the state of Florida for NOTHING. Foraging The Weeds For Wild, Healthy Greens in Arkansas — In Caribou, Maine, January 2012 was in a deep freeze, 3 degrees! Ouch!!!

  • sesameB January 23, 2012, 2:51 pm

    Read on……. Backyard at heart of HS couple’s lawsuit – the potting shed nicknamed The Opera House is located on Forest Hill Trail
    The Sentinel-Record/Mara Kuhn PROPERTY DISPUTE: Juliann Williams stands in front of the potting shed nicknamed The Opera House at her family’s home on Forest Hill Trail. Williams and her husband, James, have filed a lawsuit to prevent Hot Springs National Park from taking the land on which the shed…A Hot Springs couple is suing the U.S. Department of the Interior in federal court here to keep part of its backyard from being taken into Hot Springs National Park. Published: 12/30/2011

    Enjoying laying in my oversized hammock outside, barefootin’ near my tiny home in the winter in sunny Arkansas – I also watched again over the holiday this film, Russian Film: Akira Kurosawa: Dersu Uzala – Дерсу Узала (1975)
    – Based on the journals of Russian explorer Vladimir Arseniev. “Initially viewed as an uneducated, eccentric old man, solo, Dersu earns the respect of the soldiers through his great intelligence, accurate instincts, keen powers of observation, and deep compassion. He repairs an abandoned hut and leaves provisions in a birch container so that a future traveler would survived in the wilderness. Readers, ya’ll got to see this film!!

    PS: I certainly hoped all of you watched: In Depth with Author and Journalist Chris Hedges | C-SPAN — Jan 1, 2012 – On Book TV’s. Mr. Hedges said that the “PR” industry in this country manipulates our emotions. I agree with him 100% on this statement. The real estate industry is any example — build big homes, sell big homes and live large here in America! And, RE: Osama Bin Laden, by Michael Scheuer — From a short interview of Michael Scheuer on Book TV: Michael Scheuer was head of the CIA’s Osama bin Laden desk for years before his retirement. His biography of bin Laden is due out in February, and it promises to be a most revealing read. Mr. Scheuer also said that the American educational system is a crime as to how it teaches the way the world really works. The education system has left us in a bind. (2011) I can agree with this author about our education system in this country!!
    The Isley Brothers: A Night Of Romance Roses, I do not listen to this nonsense! Instead, I will be attending this month, 2012, another storm spotting class on Location: Apostolic Faith Tabernacle 3217 Airport Rd. Pearcy AR. And, I look forward to see this film , Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: The Marsha Coleman-Adebayo Story
    Yes, this is the end of my long message for 2012 and the praises of your wonderful blog.
    Barefootin’ in rural south central sunny Arkansas, drinking spring water

  • sesameB January 23, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Evicted 101-year-old Detroit woman can’t go home
    January 22, 2012 The federal government now says a 101-year-old Detroit woman it promised could move back into her foreclosed home four months ago can’t return because the building’s unsanitary and unsafe. Texana Hollis was evicted Sept. 12 and her belongings placed outside after her 65-year-old son failed to pay property taxes linked to a reverse mortgage and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development foreclosed on the home. Two days later, the department said she could return. But now, HUD said it won’t let Hollis move back in because of the house’s condition. She had lived there about 60 years. “Here I am, 100 years old, and don’t have a home,’’ Hollis said, rounding off her age. “Oh Lord, help me.’’ Department spokesman Brian Sullivan told The Detroit News ( http://bit.ly/yoTW9X) that an inspection determined the house “was completely unsuitable for a person to live in.’’“We can’t allow someone to live in that (atmosphere) now that we are essentially the owners of the property,’’ Sullivan said. “The home isn’t safe; it’s not sanitary. It’s certainly not suitable for anyone to live in, especially not a 101-year-old mother.’’HUD doesn’t want to pay to fix up the house, but Sullivan said the department’s seeking other agencies that might help with the work and get Hollis back into her home. “We’re not giving up,’’ Sullivan said. “We’re talking with anybody and everybody about solutions to this situation, but the condition of the property is a challenge.’’After hearing about her longtime friend’s eviction, Pollian Cheeks, 68, offered Hollis a room at her home within a mile of Hollis’ house. Hollis, who once taught Cheeks in Sunday school at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, agreed to the invitation and has been staying at Cheeks’ house in the meantime. “Polly’s just as nice to me as anybody could be. She goes out of her way to help me,’’ Hollis said, holding back tears. “It’s just like living at home, but it’s not my home.’’ Hollis’s son took out the reverse mortgage for the $32,000 assessed value of the property, an option that HUD permits for the elderly. HUD took control of the mortgage after the amount paid to the family exceeded the value of the house in 2006.
    All senior citizens need life alert, NO, I have always said all senior citizens need to live in a tiny home, one space living for life.
    An Elderberry living tiny in rural Arkansas, barefootin’

  • sesameB January 23, 2012, 4:31 pm

    Fires are a danger to everyone in this country, especially those living in mobile homes — Couple suffers burns in fire in White County Woman taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital burn unit
    By Gavin Lesnick This article was published January 19, 2012 at 10:56 a.m.
    LITTLE ROCK — Authorities in White County say a woman and her husband both suffered burns in a fire Thursday morning that started in their mobile home in the Kensett area. Darlene Ritter, 42, was taken to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital burn unit with first-, second- and third-degree burns to multiple locations on her body as well as smoke inhalation, the White County Sheriff’s Office said. Ritter’s husband, Donnie Mulherin, 46, reportedly suffered first-degree burns to his hands, arms, neck and back. Mulherin escaped the home on his own, but crews had to cut a hole in the side of the residence, 1241 North St., to pull Ritter out. Both residents were asleep when the fire started around 8 a.m., White County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Steve Hernandez said. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but Hernandez said the preliminary indication is an electric heater may have sparked it.
    And, security is a very big issue for all of us living in the USA. A recen case in point here in Arkansas: Amy Huckabee of Arkadelphia was found dead Sunday night. Huckabee was presumed kidnapped by her ex-husband, Donnie Hux of El Dorado, who was killed in a gunbattle west of El Dorado about 9 p.m. Sunday. Huckabee’s husband, Sandy Huckabee, was found slain at the couple’s Arkadelphia residence on Sunday morning. Murder suspect Donnie Hux dies in U.S. 82 gunfight with lawmen, ex-wife found dead
    Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012 2:20 pm
    Donald “Donnie” Hux has died after a Sunday night gun battle with Union County authorities on U.S. 82 west of El Dorado. His ex-wife, whom Hux had kidnapped earlier in the day, was also found deceased. Details are sketchy, but reports say that Hux was killed after he was seen fleeing his parents’ home in the Parkers Chapel community. Police pursued Hux, which led to an exchange of gunfire in which Hux was killed about 9 p.m. The body of his ex-wife, Amy Huckabee of Arkadelphia, was also found. No officers were reported injured. Authorities were expected to release more details on Monday. Mrs. Huckabee, of Arkadelphia, was kidnapped early Sunday after Hux broke into her home and shot and killed her husband, Sandy Carl Huckabee. Sandy Huckabee’s father was the first cousin of former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s father, according to press reports. Sandy Huckabee was killed at the couple’s residence at 2304 Forrest Park Drive on the north side of Arkadelphia about 4 a.m. Sunday, said Amy Huckabee’s cousin, Alicia Hunter of Magnolia. Huckabee was shot while he slept, Hunter said. Amy Huckabee and her three children were taken from the home but the children were dropped off at the home of Hux’s parents, she said. The parents live on Murray Lane off Arkansas 15 southwest of El Dorado.

  • Eric Stumpf March 23, 2015, 3:19 pm

    Haven’t been back to this posting in a very long time, but it was very exciting for me to see how many people enjoyed the film. Thanks for all your support and positive feedback!

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