The second blog is an account of my adventures in California and Oregon as a wwoofer, volunteering on a number of organic farms, homesteads etc. The blog ended up becoming a personal review/critique of each host farm, either recommending the place to other wwoofers, or discouraging them from visiting. Basically, the majority of my experiences weren't very good and I had a lot to complain about, though it was partly my fault for I only communicated ahead of my visits by email, never actually speaking to the hosts by phone. You can learn a lot about a person just from speaking to them for only a few minutes. That blog still exists, though I stopped writing when I stopped being proud of my life and my experiences. After volunteering for many years both in Israel and in the states, I decided I wanted to have my own garden, my own sustainable life, something I could call my own. Maybe even call a Home. But it didn't work out like that for me. And so I stopped sharing my thoughts and goings-on.
It's been almost three years since I left Oregon, and I still have no place to call Home. It's been ten years since I stayed in one place for more than six months, and the thought of Home is just as heavy on my mind as ever. When I was 18, I dreamed of artificial islands, a Permaculture paradise. After living and working on an organic farm in Israel, I realized how important community is, and how I can't do everything I want by myself. Unfortunately, though I like the idea of asking for help, actually asking for it does not come easy to me. So I am still dreaming of my Home. The dream has gotten a lot smaller than the artificial islands, the Earthships, and the Cob Cottages I thought so much about before. Nowadays, the idea that takes up most of my brain power is the Tiny House.
If you don't know what I mean by Tiny House; a house less than 300 or 400 square feet, sometimes built on utility trailers for mobility and beating zoning issues. Personally, I want to live in a community and stay in one place forever, but I want to give myself the ability to take my home with me if I ever have to move so I can have some sense of permanence in my life. I probably first got excited about this concept when I saw the now famous youtube clip of a 16 year old kid building his own Tiny House.
I have since been Binge Surfing, Googling and Googling, bookmarking everything site I find. A sophisticated way of saying that could be Data Gathering. This blog may one day tell the story of my future home. For now though it will have to suffice as a way of sharing my thoughts and hopefully a way to get other peoples opinions and perspectives.