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This is a list of all entries in chronological order, starting with my first night in the car.

As of mid-July I am still catching up with posting my previously written entries. So, there are gaps date-wise. Please subscribe to the RSS feed to read "new" entries.

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First Night In Car
04-24-2013
Categories: BACKGROUND
Tags: home
Excerpt:
I'm delaying as long as possible the inevitable "OH MY GOD I'M HOMELESS!" moment, when my new status fully sinks in. I know I am homeless, of course, but most of me wants to deny it. And I want to avoid whatever strong emotion will likely accompany t...


First Week Planning: Showers
04-25-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: body care, expenses
Excerpt:
  My options: 1. Drive 40 minutes to the closest truck stop and pay $9 for a shower, plus get some eggs and hash brow...


Pets as Family
04-26-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, BACKGROUND
Tags: dogs, family, home
Excerpt:
I had looked for homes for my dogs on and off for three years, seeing this coming. Although I never thought "this" would include living in my car. I figured I'd end up in a low-rent studio, hopefully one that would take dogs. Short of finding my dogs...


The House
04-27-2013
Categories: BACKGROUND, HEALTH
Tags: home, level of functioning (decline), work
Excerpt:
Since September 2011 I knew I was going to lose my house. The bank gave me a long time. Why, I can't say for sure. I told them about my declining health, my at-that-time new claim for Social Security disability (declined), and the marketing skills I ...


Cow Pies
04-29-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, POLITICS, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: body care, cattle, cow pies, dogs, public lands management
Excerpt:
When I was staying with my friend, my last residence before the car, my dogs had a relatively small fenced yard, so I took them out running every day or two. I discovered a US Forest Service dirt road with plentiful side roads. Signs of old campfire...


Wild Places
04-29-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, BACKGROUND, HEALTH, MEXICAN BORDER
Tags: adventures, coyotes, drug runners, emotional health (fear), home, level of functioning (improvement), migration, other critters, poisonous creatures, safety
Excerpt:
Much to my bemusement, this week I have seen more of the the public lands surrounding this small rural community than in all the years since moving here in 2004. I mean, all this accessible beauty has surrounded me all this time, beginning just a mil...


Location, Location, Location
04-30-2013
Categories: ENVIRONMENT, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: plants, shade, trees
Excerpt:
April 30 , 2013 The next day I drove a little farther up the main road and found another rough dirt road that winds through trees and meadows. Taking it to the e...


Will I be Ready for the Monsoons?
05-01-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, PRACTICALITIES, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: dogs, equipment, expenses, heat, rain, shade
Excerpt:
I arch my back and raise my arms, inviting the breeze to dry my sweat. It’s well before noon and the temperature is rising fast. Hot wet weather is coming. I’m not ready: I need a wind-resistant screen house to escape the monsoon bugfest fitte...


Trees, Water, Life, Death
05-02-2013
Categories: BACKGROUND, ENVIRONMENT, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: home, trees, water, wind
Excerpt:
We have two kinds of trees in southeastern Arizona, above the desert and below the higher altitude pines. Well, really three kinds: Scrub oak, juniper, and dead. There’s a lot of the latter after … how long has this drought gone on? A couple deca...


There’s homeless and there’s homeless, Part I
05-03-2013
Categories: POLITICS, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: class, cooking, equipment, food, social services
Excerpt:
(Day 8 in car) Shari and Paul loaned me a handheld propane bottle with a contraption that goes on top to hold a pot. (Turns out they didn’t match, but I didn’t know that yet.) So I wanted to get a pot and a skillet. I figured I could at least...


Why I don't have a pot or skillet
05-03-2013
Categories: BACKGROUND, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: cooking, equipment, home, water
Excerpt:
Before moving out of my old house, the kitchen was among the last room I packed. I had a sinkful of dirty dishes I was going to wash. But I forgot that someone had already bought the outdoor grill and was coming to pick it up. I didn’t heat jug wat...


Serious Reading
05-03-2013
Categories: BACKGROUND, HEALTH
Tags: emotional health (suicide), home
Excerpt:
I moved to this rural community in 2004, bought the house in 2005 and foreclosed in 2012, but I never fully unpacked. It never felt like home because I never nested. I had furniture in stora...


There’s homeless and there’s homeless, Part II
05-04-2013
Categories: BACKGROUND, POLITICS
Tags: class, finances
Excerpt:
What about the homeless who don’t look homeless? "Class ...


Machine Guns?
05-05-2013
Categories: MEXICAN BORDER
Tags: gunfire, safety
Excerpt:
Semi-automatic gunfire (is that the same as machine gunfire?) first pop. Then pop pop pop pop. Then faster than my tongue can demonstrate. And coming closer. This was no target practice. Who the hell has semiautomatic guns in southern Arizona 20 mile...


Hunger, Chapter One:<br>Hunger is No Longer Just a Political Issue for Me
05-06-2013
Categories: HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: digestion (misc food sensitivities), expenses, food, hunger
Excerpt:
There were times during my last months in my house when I had no money and went without meals for a day or part of a day, or skipped a meal to conserve supplies. More often than not I at least had snacks like rice cakes and almond butter on hand, and...


More gunfire
05-06-2013
Categories: MEXICAN BORDER, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: Border Patrol, border violence, drug runners, safety
Excerpt:
It's not hunting season, so what is that gunfire? It moves around, so it's not target practice.


These Bees Don't Play Nice
05-07-2013
Categories: ENVIRONMENT
Tags: grasslands, other critters
Excerpt:
Bee swarms. I hear them sometimes out here in the meadow grasslands. They are not something I want to go look for. "Africanized bees" have taken over the previous domestic wild honey bee strains in Arizona. They set up colonies in trees. If you he...


TMI: Too Much Information
05-08-2013
Categories: HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: body care, chemical sensitivities (brain fog), chemical sensitivities (headache)
Excerpt:
A couple notes without context, to try to keep it tasteful: I discovered this book many many years ago, although I’d already learned most of it as a regular camper during my childhood. How to Shit in the Woods is now in its third edition. Someti...


OMG! CHIGGERS!
05-10-2013
Categories: ANIMALS
Tags: bugs
Excerpt:
I’d forgotten about these nasty biting bugs. Damn. Chiggers love the grasslands. The higher the grass the better. And I’m living in a meadow full of high grass. Bleached dead grass, albeit, but high nevertheless. My first bites of the seas...


Rain clouds! Two months early!
05-10-2013
Categories: THE ELEMENTS
Tags: rain
Excerpt:
afternoon: Dark gray streaks fall out of the clouds over the mountains to the west. The wind brings the smell of rain! A rare sensory input during any time of year but the dead of winter and the summer monsoons, which used to officially start afte...


Bushwhackers or Drug Runners?
05-11-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, ENVIRONMENT, MEXICAN BORDER, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: dogs, fire, fire prevention, safety, shade
Excerpt:
early morning: Damn. Company. And not just horses, cows and dogs. I heard a large vehicle approaching from the meadow side, too close to be on the “main” dirt road. Shortly after, I started hearing knocking sounds in a steady slow rhythm, a coup...


The Search for the Perfect Car Campsite
05-11-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags:
Excerpt:
Between the mystery pounding noises and the regular arrival of people on horseback (with their dogs), it was time to look for another site. Finding a good car camping spot is not that different from finding a good tent spot: Level ground, not too ...


Propane and Camp Cooking Supplies
05-12-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: cooking, equipment, laundry
Excerpt:
After a load of laundry at the local “laundrette” (two washers and a dryer on the end of a four-plex) I met Shari who came up from the city to see my new digs. I felt a little manic giving her the tour. As I drove her through the meadow, I joked ...


The Bowl Bath Perfected
05-13-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: body care
Excerpt:
The propane burner kit that Shari gave me came with a round scrubber that is perfect for washing my armpits. Sometimes even after a shower using a loofa or natural fiber brush doesn’t get all the underarm smell away if I haven’t showered for a fe...


Instant Response? Creating My Reality?
05-13-2013
Categories: HEALTH, SPIRITUALITY
Tags: emotional health (mood swings), mystical experiences
Excerpt:
I tell you what, I am not sure life gets much better than this: Sitting outside, topless in the waning light, unde...


Gunfire and a Hidden Vehicle
05-13-2013
Categories: HEALTH, MEXICAN BORDER
Tags: border violence, drug runners, emotional health (fear), gunfire
Excerpt:
Gunfire! I hear a vehicle drive into the meadow and stop. This is too close for comfort. But yet I have to do what I have to do. I cook dinner as light fades. I am careful not to slam car doors. I keep my dogs quiet, and I stay as quiet as poss...


The buzz of flies and drones
05-14-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, HEALTH, MEXICAN BORDER, PRACTICALITIES, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: dogs, drones, equipment, other critters, poisonous creatures, sun
Excerpt:
8:30 a.m. Current auditory data: Flies buzz. One or two drones patrol high up, unseen. Wind flows around the back of...


Dead Battery #1
05-14-2013
Categories: HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: car, cognitive functioning (halting speech)
Excerpt:
11 am Deciding to go into town, I turn the key to start the car. Nothing. Shit. Already it's happened: As much as I love my new adapter that charges my laptop from the car battery, already I have drained the battery with it. I'm outsi...


Here is the Moment I've Been Avoiding
05-15-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, HEALTH, POLITICS, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: cooking, cow pies, emotional health (irritability), equipment, fatigue (tired), homelessness, site
Excerpt:
2:00 pm 81 degrees in the shade. Oh my God. I'm homeless. Oh my God! I have no house to go to to cool down right now. I'm hot despite cowering in slivers of shade, I feel crappy, and I want to sleep. But it is TOO hot to sleep! Reviewing tr...


Is Tanning Healthy? Are Sunscreens Toxic? Can I Do This?
05-15-2013
Categories: HEALTH, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: chemical sensitivities, cooking, food, heat, sun
Excerpt:
Oh my god. Can I live all summer out here, in this heat and sun? I just broke off the dead branches from the shade side of two trees near the campsite. The site has no shade in the middle of the day; currently that means maybe 10:30 am until arou...


Sun Hats and Arm Sleeves
05-15-2013
Categories: HEALTH, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: emotional health (suicide), sun
Excerpt:
Today for the first time I tied bandanas around my forearms, each with a hole cut in a corner for my middle finger. The back of my hands are covered along with the lower arms. Another bandana shades my upper chest, which is as red as my face. I we...


Hunger, Chapter Two:<br>Food Bank Giveaways
05-20-2013
Categories: POLITICS, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: class, expenses, food, hunger
Excerpt:
Going to the local weekly (now twice a week) Food Bank for the first time was one of a series of steps in letting go of pride. This is a small town. The Food Bank is a pickup truck that parks next to the main road with a sign. Anyone could see me. Ma...


Smoke Relocation Unearths Cow Pies and Ashy Dirt; I Yell and Dance for "Bear"
05-21-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: allergies, bears, bugs, cow pies, dogs, emotional health (fear), fire, mountain lions, site, skunks, smoke
Excerpt:
Someone at the store suggested yesterday that I relocate to a canyon south of here and at a higher elevation. I wish I had thought of it when I drove into town Sunday night and saw the smoke layer covering much of the valley. Now it's pack and unpack...


SKUNK!
05-21-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, HEALTH
Tags: cattle, cognitive functioning (confusion), dogs, donkeys, horses, skunks
Excerpt:
I woke up at 4 a.m. to the barking of Carlos, the larger dog who sleeps outside. Next thing I knew the car was saturated with skunk smell. I burrowed my nose and mouth in my pajama shirt, crawled into the well behind the driver's seat, put up the bac...


Colorful Veggies
05-23-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: cooking, equipment, food, hunger
Excerpt:
Thursday is Food Bank morning and I picked up zucchini and Roma tomatoes. Returning to the campsite before going into the city, I cooked them up. My body felt great having vegetables again. That's my cocoa jar on the left. I make up cocoa when I co...


Moonbow and Purple Light
05-23-2013
Categories: HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES, SPIRITUALITY
Tags: income, light, limbs), multiple sclerosis? (trembling, mystical experiences
Excerpt:
I have never caught a spiritual artifact on film until tonight. I have told few people this: After I first started doing psychic readings in early 2009, I started seeing roundish purple dots at night. I noticed it first when my eyes were closed ...


Fire Restrictions Limit Camping Options
05-24-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: fire, fire prevention, site
Excerpt:
I've assumed that once the wildfire smoke clears, I would return to the meadow spot on which I've spent most of my time since embarking on this adventure -- my favorite site, it almost feels like "home." Not possible, at least until the rains...


Escaping the Smoke of Wildfires
05-25-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: fire, hunger, income, site
Excerpt:
Since Tuesday I have been in search of campsites which are free of smoke and within cell phone range. Without the latter, I can not take calls for psychic readings. Without calls, I have no money. They are my only source of income and I have no sav...


Failing to Find a Feasible Campsite, I Camp Amongst the Masses
05-25-2013
Categories: ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, POLITICS, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: cow pies, emotional health (discouragement), equipment, food, public lands management, site
Excerpt:
I am more discouraged today than since I started living in my car. I no longer know where to look for camp sites that meet all my criteria: a) cell phone coverage b) a low frequency of fresh cow pies c) not near a horse trail so my dogs don't haras...


Hunger Chapter Three:<br>Famine Bingeing
05-27-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: food, hunger
Excerpt:
I have been so hungry so often since beginning this car-living adventure. In the past I have struggled with a sugar addiction and sugar binges. But when it came to sitting down for a healthy meal, I stopped when I was full. I'm noticing a fam...


THE HEAT IS HERE!
06-02-2013
Categories: THE ELEMENTS
Tags: heat, sun
Excerpt:



Hunger Chapter Four:<br>Cooling (Non-)Options
06-04-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: equipment, expenses, food, hunger
Excerpt:
At times I have had a supply of canned or bottled food and/or produce stored in my plastic cooking bin or canvas zip bag. I dutifully cook and very much enjoy the results. But cooling the leftovers is a problem. I'm on my third Styrofoam cooler. O...


Categories and Tags
06-08-2013
Categories:
Tags:
Excerpt:
This taxonomy reveals the topics I visit and revisit in this blog. It also candidly reveals all the health symptoms I experience currently. I avoid labels and diagnoses where possible, for three reasons. First, many of them are "negative diagnoses"...


Hunger Chapter Five:<br>Typical Hungry Day;<br>Generous Offer of Food
06-10-2013
Categories: HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: digestion (corn sensitivity), digestion (gluten sensitivity), digestion (misc food sensitivities), food, hunger
Excerpt:
5:45 p.m. So far today I have eaten a few "servings" of roasted almonds. I fasted in the morning, had the first almonds mid-day, and a few more now and then after that. So when an angel offered me potato salad, I accepted. "Macaroni has glu...


Hunger Chapter Six:<br>Hungry, Broke and Thankful
06-11-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: dog, food, hunger
Excerpt:
10 a.m. Yesterday another angel bought me two large bags of dog food. He said he was buying for his dog and decided to get me some, too. TWO big bags. Thank you angel! I keep them in the garbage can designated for dog food that I keep in storag...


Thank you, Governor Brewer
06-15-2013
Categories: POLITICS
Tags: health insurance
Excerpt:
As a left-leaning Democrat, I never thought I'd say those words about Arizona's conservative and sometimes flamboyantly whacky (remember her wagging her finger at President Obama?) governor. But to say she went out on a limb to pass the federal-e...


My Appeal for Health Insurance
06-16-2013
Categories: BACKGROUND, HEALTH, POLITICS
Tags: digestion, disability, emotional health (mood swings), emotional health (suicide), fatigue, finances, health insurance, home, level of functioning, multiple sclerosis?, pain
Excerpt:
Here is a lightly edited version of a letter I wrote in April, two days before the first night in my car, and almost two months before passage of the referenced act. TO: Senator Griffin, Representative Gowan, Representative Stevens and Governor B...


Lap of Luxury
06-16-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags:
Excerpt:
May I never rail against desert sprawl development again. Central air conditioning (no moldy swamp cooler!), refrigerators, freezers...


And still ...
06-17-2013
Categories: HEALTH
Tags: digestion (corn sensitivity), digestion (gluten sensitivity), digestion (stomach pain), fatigue (sluggish), pain (soft tissue inflammation)
Excerpt:
Despite sleeping well in a real bed, I woke up hurting, and four hours later I am exhausted. This time, it is easier to guess the pain's source: there might have been corn starch in that delicious chocolate cream pie I discovered at a local restauran...


Home Again
06-18-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: dogs, shade
Excerpt:



Kicked Out of a Thrift Store
06-18-2013
Categories: HEALTH
Tags: cognitive functioning (memory), cognitive functioning (spacey), emotional health (anxious), emotional health (crying), emotional health (mood swings)
Excerpt:
I woke up feeling SO GOOD! Better than I have, it seemed, in years! It lasted about four hours. I was going to go to camping stores to research equipment options for surviving the heavy summer rains, to then put on my wish list. On the way to R...


13 Painless Ways to Help Someone Living in Their Car
06-18-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: body care, food, heat, laundry, rain, shade, water
Excerpt:
You find out an acquaintance or friend is homeless. You want to help but don’t know how. And, admit it, you don’t really want to get involved. People’s strong emotions make you uncomfortable. You do not want to get mixed up with someone who m...


It's A Howl!
06-19-2013
Categories: ANIMALS
Tags: dogs
Excerpt:
I think dogs howl together and with other nearby dogs (or sirens) as a way to express and even vent their exuberance for life. When I had a third dog, Thor, and lived in the house, for a year or so all the dogs in the neighborhood would join in an am...


It Was Not My Imagination
07-01-2013
Categories: THE ELEMENTS
Tags: heat
Excerpt:
Front page news; photo taken through the newspaper sales box.


Temperature Outside My Car
07-02-2013
Categories: THE ELEMENTS
Tags: heat
Excerpt:



"What happened to all that money you had?"
07-05-2013
Categories: BACKGROUND
Tags: finances
Excerpt:
It stands to reason that that question, although unasked, is likely in the minds of people out here who have known me a few years. I never hid, although I did not often mention, that I came into money when my parents died in 2002 and 2003. Three ...


Resources
07-05-2013
Categories:
Tags:
Excerpt:
Class Stratification in America I found many good current resources on income, wealth and class in America. Remember that income is not the only important factor; wealth/ownership of assets is also important. The social aspects of class full und...


Bad health trumps another offer of help
07-10-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: allergies (mold), cooking, dogs, laundry
Excerpt:
On Monday, an acquaintance from the years I was on the board of the fire station heard about my situation and invited me over to the tiny 1940s one-bedroom settlement house she recently started renting. Also in dire straits, she generously offered me...


I'm close to falling apart
07-11-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, HEALTH, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: allergies (mold), bugs, emotional health (depressed), fatigue (exhausted), rain
Excerpt:
AGAIN it rained last night. Two people have stated their assumption that that is good for me. Lower temperatures, they n...


Losing Everything?
07-11-2013
Categories: BACKGROUND, HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: emotional health (fear), emotional health (irritability), emotional health (mood swings), emotional health (suicide), expenses, income
Excerpt:
I have nine days to get everything out of storage or lose it. Lose it all. Lose my life's mission: 40+ years of journals, which until recently I'd believed were my life mission. Such an egotistical fantasy, that anything I write could help anybod...


$20 Through the Window
07-11-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: dogs, income
Excerpt:
I'm parked at one of the wifi spots, which is also a bar/pub I frequent. My laptop on my lap, working. One of the folks I hang out with here arrived, leaned on the car window to chat. "Are you coming or going?" he asked. "I'm broke, so I'm staying,...


Greatest Needs
07-11-2013
Categories:
Tags:
Excerpt:
My current greatest need: PSYCHIC READING CALLERS Go ahead, give it a try. It's not a scam. Suspend your disbelief enough to "open" to me. I am best at reading the emotions, intentions and character of people with whom you have a connection. I do ...


A Break from the Rain
07-12-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, PRACTICALITIES, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: cows, equipment, rain
Excerpt:
It didn't rain last night, or this morning, thank God! I thought it was going to rain this morning when I awoke to thunder, blustery winds and dark clouds moving closer. That motivated me to organize and pack the clutter around the site before it...


There's Homeless and There's Homeless, Part III
07-14-2013
Categories: POLITICS
Tags: class, homelessness, social services
Excerpt:
Until I lost my house, I had thought of homeless peo...


Contact Deborah (a.k.a. Jamalia)
07-14-2013
Categories:
Tags:
Excerpt:
Contact options (in code to discourage spam harvesters): 1. Call her cell 5 2 0 - six zero three - 9 1 3 six 2. Email her psychic reading business: Deborah at PsychicEmpathJamalia dot com 3. Enter a public comment on any post on this website. 4. ...


CHEDDAR CHEESE! CHEDDAR cheese. Cheddar CHEESE!
07-15-2013
Categories: HEALTH, SPIRITUALITY
Tags: digestion (dairy sensitivity), digestion (misc. food sensitivites), meditation, pain (edema)
Excerpt:
Yesterday morning, after a good sleep in a real bed with clean sheets in a room by myself, I rummaged through S's fridge for breakfast. Much to my great temptation, I discovered a bin of cheese. I love cheese. That and yoghurt were staples in my ...


The Wonders of Search Engines
07-15-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: blogging
Excerpt:
Ooh ooh, today I had my first (as far as I can tell) blog visit from someone who found me through Google. They typed in "how to tell if someone is living in a car," and I was the 29th listing. And voila! Someone from Fort Myers, Florida was readi...


Houses = Exhaustion?
07-16-2013
Categories: HEALTH
Tags: chemical sensitivities (brain fog), cognitive function (lack of concentration, cognitive functioning (spacey), fatigue (exhausted), focus)
Excerpt:
After two years of living in the city and renting my home to tenants, I came home to discover this major mess. Since I was broke, I lived with this exposed mold for about two years.[/caption]I was going to drive back to my home town today. But as usu...


About the Writer
07-16-2013
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Excerpt:
Deborah is a former white collar professional whose health has limited her ability to work. Turned down for disability and ineligible for other public benefits due to an IRA, she lives in her car with two dogs whom she refuses to abandon.*When her un...


Even Plan Z Not Working
07-18-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: food, gas, hunger, income
Excerpt:
I've called or emailed furniture stores and auctioneers, although I'm too frazzled to have covered anywhere near the whole list. Nothing. The auctioneer who would take my furniture charges $40 an hour for pickup, and I have nothing to pay up front. ...


My Journals are Saved!
07-20-2013
Categories: BACKGROUND
Tags:
Excerpt:
If you've read the "Greatest Needs" column on the left, or my recent post 'Losing Everything?' you know that I was to be locked out of my storage unit on Saturday July 20. What I've considered "my life's work" is now packed safely away in a dry, ...


Mosquito vs. Human Female
07-21-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, HEALTH
Tags: digestion (diarrhea), fatigue (sleepy), mountain lions, other critters
Excerpt:
After our mountain lion/bobcat scare, I kick Carlos out of the car at midnight and put down the back seat. Stretching out, I fall asleep. At 2:30 a.m. Carlos barks alert, staring at the same spot from which we heard the ominous feline noises at du...


Chemical Sensitivities: Bleach
07-23-2013
Categories: HEALTH
Tags: chemical sensitivities (brain fog)
Excerpt:
A couple weeks ago I had two Lysol exposures in as many days. Today, it's that American standby: bleach. I found a wonderful chicken and vegetables dish in the next town over. I'd been craving vegetables -- not just a salad, but green beans and as...


Dwyn Meets a Skunk
07-23-2013
Categories: ANIMALS
Tags: dogs, skunks
Excerpt:
I've just pulled into the new campsite, having let the dogs out a few minutes ago to chase the car and stretch their legs. The pleasant 70-degree breeze comes through the windows. Then sudden and strong: skunk! Jumping out of the car I am assau...


Carlos Brings Home Fly Nectar
07-24-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, ENVIRONMENT
Tags: cattle, cow pies, dogs
Excerpt:
Take a look at the pic: Carlos' hair is brown on the neck and chest, not the back. The brown wet crap on the back is just that: cow crap. The two dogs came back from a morning romp wet. It's possible the "swimming hole" they discovered is the catt...


There Be Angels Here
07-25-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: expenses, income
Excerpt:
Last Friday, the day before the storage facility was going to lock me out of my unit and claim ownership of all my belongings (including my journals), I was parked at a wifi spot. A woman I've known casually for years drove up and asked if I'd ever f...


Out of Food: My Snack Bag is Empty
07-25-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: food, hunger
Excerpt:
On those days when I have no food to cook or money to buy a meal, I rely on the contents of my snack bag. Usually I have some combination of rice cakes, alm...


Mosquitos, Chiggers and Flies, Oh My!
07-27-2013
Categories: ANIMALS
Tags: bugs
Excerpt:
I'm sitting in the car, trying to work, but in between every few words I type I stop to smack a mosquito or fly. It's a little before before sunset, my favorite time of the day. But during the monsoons, which have been in full swing for a couple week...


The "F" Word -- With Many More than Four Letters
07-27-2013
Categories: HEALTH
Tags: pain (soft tissue inflammation)
Excerpt:
I hurt everywhere. For weeks, every time some body part bumped against something, it hurt way more than usual. The smallest thump and I yell, "OW!" I recognize this kind of whole-body soft-tissue inflammation as a condition that I have denied hav...


Things I've Heard People Say About My Health -- and How I Wish I Responded #1
07-28-2013
Categories: HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: chemical sensitivities, fatigue (exhaustion), income, mold sensitivity
Excerpt:
The room in which I am selling furniture is an empty office in a small office complex. While I was waiting for customers, the woman who cleans the restrooms on the weekends came in. She'd heard of my situation and was ready to let go of this cleaning...


As the Blog Takes Off, I Get Shy
07-30-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: blogging
Excerpt:
I started writing this blog in late April or early May, but could not purchase the template and set up the blog's design and structure until recently. Even then, I had no real readership until I announced it via email on Friday, July 19. Since then I...


I Miss My Chiropractor
07-30-2013
Categories: HEALTH
Tags: pain (acute)
Excerpt:
I hurt. Saturday later afternoon K and I were getting something out of her car and the hatch fell on my head. Sunday night trying to sleep, the pain announced itself. And again Monday night. Both nights I took a muscle relaxant, which let me sleep bu...


Out of Gas on a Country Road
07-31-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: expenses, gas
Excerpt:
I knew I was cutting it close. The gas tank had been below empty for a few days. I was feeding it $3 to $5 at a time, which was not enough to raise the needle to empty but was keeping me going. Last night I put in $5 and based on experience I tho...


I Haven't Found My Rhythm At This New Campsite
08-01-2013
Categories: HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: emotional health (fear), fatigue (tired), mold sensitivity, site
Excerpt:
It's been two or three weeks since I set up a new camp north of town. I haven't had any drug runner or Border Patrol scares -- except last night when I heard a car approach and stop, but the dogs didn't notice it so I was able to get to sleep. ...


My History of Fatigue
08-01-2013
Categories: HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: chemical sensitivities, fatigue, mold sensitivity, work
Excerpt:
Prior to 1995 I had boundless energy. I was a go-getter, constantly thinking, and in motion every day. I loved life and I worked hard, whether as a student or in my journalism jobs and internships. I sang and played guitar and occasionally performed....


SCRATCH!
08-01-2013
Categories: ANIMALS
Tags: bugs
Excerpt:
I woke up with a whole new crop of itchy welts on my hands, forearms and one ankle. I don't know if these bites are from chiggers, ants or mosquitos. I have to presume these happened overnight in the car while I slept.


Discouraged
08-03-2013
Categories: HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES, SPIRITUALITY
Tags: emotional health (discouragement), income
Excerpt:
I've been sitting in this room full of my furniture for 3-1/2 hours waiting for customers. One came in but won't have cash until Monday (and I can only take cash or Paypal). Three cars came into the small plaza's parking lot, slowly turned around a...


A Night-Walking Conservationist?
08-04-2013
Categories: HEALTH, MEXICAN BORDER, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: body care, emotional health (fear), laundry, safety
Excerpt:
The headlights came from a direction I had not yet explored, through a gate I've not opened. The vehicle circled around, doubled back, passed close to me and then stopped where it had started. I whisper-shout: "Carlos!" No response. "Carlos!" ...


I'm in a Mold-Induced Downswing OR Why Life In My Body is Hard
08-04-2013
Categories: BACKGROUND, HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: chemical sensitivities (brain fog), chemical sensitivities (cognitive impairment), chemical sensitivities (headache), cognitive function (lack of concentration, cognitive functioning (confusion), cognitivie functioning (halting speech), cooking, digestion (intestinal cramping), emotional health (depressed), emotional health (despair), emotional health (irritable), emotional health (mood swings), falls), fatigue (can not move), fatigue (exhausted), food, home, level of functioning (decline), multiple sclerosis? (leg pains), multiple sclerosis? (mobility, pain (muscle cramps), pain (soft tissue inflammation)
Excerpt:
The first month living in my car was fun. The fresh air and sunshine did me good. The second month was tolerable. The strain of the new lifestyle started getting to me, but I was still functioning pretty well. The third month was hard. Staying dry, m...


A Cleansing Rain
08-05-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: flies, rain
Excerpt:
This morning I awoke late to the mild nuisance of only one fly, instead of the hordes that have attended me since Carlos rolled in cow shit. (See "Carlos Brings Home Fly Nectar.") A light rain accompanied by the promise of harder rain -- i.e. wit...


"But you don't seem sick!"
08-06-2013
Categories: HEALTH
Tags: chemical sensitivities (cognitive impairment), chemical sensitivities (headache), cognitive functioning (confusion), cognitive functioning (spacey), fatigue (tired), pain (acute), pain (soft tissue inflammation)
Excerpt:
I know I don't. I am intelligent, articulate and looking better now that I am losing weight and tanned (thanks to living in my car). I find enough time and focus to do this blog most days, even when (like today) my upper body hurts so much I s...


Long Term Care Insurance and the Single Gal
08-07-2013
Categories: BACKGROUND, POLITICS
Tags: class, finances, home
Excerpt:
It's circa 2007. I'm 47. I've completed one major round of renovations on the house. I'm awaiting the final payout of my parents' estate to put in wood floors. (I had the top layer of the old subfloor stripped out, because when we removed the ...


Do NOT Crawl Through That Open Window!
08-08-2013
Categories: ANIMALS
Tags: other critters
Excerpt:
The car window above was open, and my bed was still in the full open position. I respect spiders and even loved Daddy Long Legs when I was a girl. I love seeing tarantulas crossing the ro...


A Senior Moment?
08-08-2013
Categories: HEALTH
Tags: cognitive functioning (confusion)
Excerpt:
A customer at the weekend furniture sale dropped off two $20 bills at K2's office for items she had purchased. When I picked it up, I needed to give K2 $10 for sold items that belonged to another person. Holding the $40, I asked K2 for $10 in change....


What kind of skeleton is this?
08-09-2013
Categories: ANIMALS
Tags: other critters
Excerpt:
If you know, please tell me in the comments. Dwyn happily trotted home with this spinal cord and attachments a couple weeks ago. It has rib-like spines that grow straight up off the back, as well as the presumed ribs below. He and Carlos have chewe...


Arizona Monsoon Sunsets
08-10-2013
Categories: THE ELEMENTS
Tags: sun
Excerpt:
A couple people have asked why I don't relocate. Here is one small part of the answer.


Homeless with Health Problems: Data
08-13-2013
Categories: HEALTH
Tags: allergies (mold), chemical sensitivities, emotional health (mood swings), fatigue, pain (soft tissue inflammation)
Excerpt:
This chart is from a three-year survey of homeless adults in Minnesota, found at TCDailyPlanet.net. The report also states: "Three out of four homeles...


Homelessness Among the Chemically Sensitive
08-14-2013
Categories: HEALTH, POLITICS
Tags: allergies (mold), chemical sensitivities, homelessness
Excerpt:
Chemical sensitivity is likely among the many "chronic health conditions" that homeless Minnesotans endure (see yesterday's blog post). People like me with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) are at great risk of homelessness because so many houses...


Displaced by Cattle AGAIN
08-15-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, POLITICS, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: cattle, cow pies, dogs, emotional health (depression), public lands management, ranching, site
Excerpt:
Cattle are EVERYWHERE. I saw them in the area (i.e. between cattle guards) driving to the site two nights ago. The next ...


Confirmed: Cows ARE Everywhere
08-16-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, ENVIRONMENT, POLITICS, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: cattle, cow pies, dogs, public lands management, ranching, site
Excerpt:
Last night a young man employed by a large local ranch and a woman equally informed about ...


Day Trip: Campsite Search in the Mountains
08-16-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: site, work
Excerpt:
Here are photos from my drive yesterday looking for a new site. Farther south than my previous site searches, I passed a Border Patrol truck. (I camped south of town for weeks and saw only one Border Patrol agent.) I did not find the hunting cabin I ...


Tales from the Sales
08-17-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: income
Excerpt:
A local property manager has generously given me use of an empty office space to sell my furniture every Saturday and Sunday through the end of September. It's in the L-shaped plaza across from the storage place, at the sharp turn in the highway. H...


Feeling (Falsely) Rich
08-18-2013
Categories: POLITICS, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: class, income
Excerpt:
In addition to my furniture, a couple cool la...


Carlos Finds a Snake Skin
08-19-2013
Categories: ANIMALS
Tags: dogs, other critters
Excerpt:



Sleeping With Carlos
08-19-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, MEXICAN BORDER, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: dogs, rain, safety
Excerpt:
Normally my big dog, Carlos, sleeps outside and the smaller terrier, Dwyn, sleeps in the front seat. That gives me the full back of the wagon for my bed, with both back seats pulled down. On occasion a reason presents itself that merits Carlos sle...


My Car, a Spider's Lair?
08-21-2013
Categories: ANIMALS
Tags: other critters
Excerpt:
Leaning into the car I saw it. Perched at the intersection of windshield and dashboard. The hugest spider I've ever seen within three feet of my bed. I did not stop to take a picture this time. (See "Do NOT Crawl Through That Open Window!.") A whi...


Ranchers Not the Problem: Public Lands Management Is
08-22-2013
Categories: ENVIRONMENT, POLITICS
Tags: cow pies, public lands management, ranching
Excerpt:
Now that I've been better educated about ranching in a recent educational conversation with a management-track cowboy and a woman equally informed about ranching, I am going to venture some conclusions about cow pies, cattle and public lands manageme...


Flat Tire Number...Three?
08-26-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: car, expenses
Excerpt:
Do NOT buy Fisk tires. Do NOT buy Fisk tires, at least not their Classic line. If they even make them any more. Last March I blew out a tire; it was a sidewall rip. I was overdue for new tires and had money from the bank relocation check. So I bou...


The Price of Popcorn and a Donut
08-30-2013
Categories: HEALTH
Tags: allergies (mold), digestion (all), fatigue (exhausted), pain (joint pain), pain (soft tissue inflammation)
Excerpt:
I'm sweating and its only 77 degrees out. My back against the car seat feels like I'm standing in front of a furnace or like my body is the furnace. My eyes kept closing for a second too long on blinks during the drive back from the city today. My up...


There but for the Grace of God ("On Gratitude and Suffering," Part I)
09-02-2013
Categories: ESSAYS, HEALTH, POLITICS, SPIRITUALITY
Tags: "On Gratitude and Suffering", emotional health, empath sensing, homelessness
Excerpt:
I wrote this essay in 1999 while living in upstate New York. These reflections, from a time in my life that many things were working well, seem relevant to “Living in My Car, With Dogs.” I have broken the essay into four parts. PART I: There...


"Stop Whining!" ("On Gratitude and Suffering," Part II)
09-03-2013
Categories: ESSAYS, SPIRITUALITY
Tags: "On Gratitude and Suffering", empath sensing
Excerpt:
Are you charitable? PART II: “Stop Whining” I feel gratitude because I have suffered. The greater my suffering, the greater my ability to appreciate that which I have. I am keenly aware of those factors in my life that have held me separ...


Is Suffering Contagious? ("On Gratitude and Suffering," Part III)
09-04-2013
Categories: ESSAYS, SPIRITUALITY
Tags: "On Gratitude and Suffering", empath sensing
Excerpt:
Avoid suffering, avoid life. PART III: Is Suffering Contagious? It is possible to literally feel other people's emotions. Sometimes vicariously, through mental anguish. Other times we literally feel people's emotions in our bodies; as an emp...


Conclusion: Are You Immune? ("On Gratitude and Suffering," Part IV)
09-05-2013
Categories: ESSAYS, SPIRITUALITY
Tags: "On Gratitude and, empath sensing
Excerpt:
Every human might suffer more in the future than they have in the past. If it happens to you, be compassionate with yourself. PART IV: Are You Immune? Empathy is born of suffering. Political activism can be born of suffering (and of guilt and ...


Computer Down
09-11-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: blogging, expenses
Excerpt:
Me, too. But that's a different post. My laptop stopped charging consistently a couple weeks ago, and then stopped charging completely. A computer technician ordered me a $30 battery; I was to pick that up Monday. But a dead-beat customer has yet t...


Mired in Depression
09-11-2013
Categories: HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: blogging, cognitive functioning (lack of concentration, emotional health (depressed), fatigue, focus)
Excerpt:
Despite a long history of depression, it usually takes a lot to get me down. By the time I feel crushed with despair and crashed with the physical manifestations of depression (especially fatigue), I have a list of things going wrong. Here's the cu...


A Chemically Sensitive Day: Knocked Out
09-16-2013
Categories: HEALTH
Tags: chemical sensititivies (brain fog), chemical sensitivities (headache), fatigue
Excerpt:
Saturday at the furniture sale I'm having on weekends I had four chemical exposures. By 2 p.m. I was knocked out, closed the sale early and had to rest. I woke up before the alarm feeling well. I bathed, dressed and cooked a couple eggs on the p...


Hairspray and Chemical Sensitivities
09-17-2013
Categories: HEALTH
Tags: chemical sensitivities (headache)
Excerpt:
I came into the library to work on a modest writing job, but there are three people talking and I can't focus. So I checked email and did a couple easy things. Then a woman walked in saying she had just come from the beauty salon. She smelled only ...


Archives, email signup fixed
09-18-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: blogging
Excerpt:
You can now see the type when you fill in your email address to receive my blog entries in your email box as soon as they are published. You can also see the archive months and article counts per month in the archive drop-down menu. (I still h...


Computer Down Update: It's the Motherboard
09-18-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: blogging, expenses
Excerpt:
As the techie suspected, replacing my laptop's battery did not fix the charging problems. A new motherboard will let the battery and power source receive the proper signals to charge. So it looks like I am without my beloved computer for another ...


50% Off at Furniture+ Sale: Last 2 Weekends
09-18-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: income
Excerpt:
Thanks to K2's generosity and belief in me, I have sold about $1,000 worth of furniture and more in her vacant office space over the past seven weekends. We are now down to the last two weekends, and I have slashed prices of the remaining items by 50...


The New Camp Site
09-20-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: cooking, site
Excerpt:
When it rains every day, there is not enough time for things to dry out before the next downpour.[/captio...


Arizona is Fourth Poorest State in Nation
09-23-2013
Categories: POLITICS
Tags: class
Excerpt:
From http://azcaa.org/the-growing-economic-gap/: In a new report released by the Working Poor Families Project, a dismal picture is painted of the struggles working families face paying for basic necessities. Arizona ranks 47th nationally wi...


COMPUTER UP! And online anywhere!
10-02-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: blogging, expenses, income
Excerpt:
With a new battery, motherboard and power cord, my computer is finally charging properly. (The keyboard locates keys differently than my old one, so expect typos!) Tomorrow morning will be the real test, though. If it charges then, I am back in busi...


Dwyn Gets a Haircut
10-04-2013
Categories: ANIMALS
Tags: dogs
Excerpt:
Even after eight years of living with Dwyn (which is the name of the Celtic god of love and mischief), I still can not look at him without thinking how CUTE he is! He was overdue for a haircut. He doesn't like me trimming his facial hair, but the re...


Carlos Says: Gotta Gotta Gotta GET IT!
10-04-2013
Categories: ANIMALS
Tags: dogs
Excerpt:
This is Carlos up to his ears digging after some critter he spied and smelled.


I Do a Car Full of Laundry
10-04-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags:
Excerpt:
My friend S and her husband went out of town for her daughter's wedding, and I stayed at their empty house for three nights. I've been doing laundry at a friend's house, but her outside washing machine has only cold water. The dog bedding especially ...


September Critter Parade
10-05-2013
Categories: ANIMALS
Tags: bugs, other critters
Excerpt:



Still A Woman
10-06-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: body care
Excerpt:
I once heard a local woman say, "I might be a rancher, but I'm still a woman." Likewise. I might be homeless, but I still like to look good. By the way: I am hungry and broke. Again.


The last of the summer rain
10-07-2013
Categories: ANIMALS, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: dogs, rain
Excerpt:
I took this a couple weeks ago (or whatever, sometime in later September). It had just stopped raining, I'd put the window down, and Dwyn was ready to go. In the last week of the monsoons the sky cleared of clouds but it stayed humid a few days. I r...


International Visitors to this Blog
10-07-2013
Categories: POLITICS, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: blogging, homelessness
Excerpt:
From the start I have wondered how people in other countries find this blog, but the answer is the same as anyone in this country: Search engines like Google. One visitor stood out today. My readership dropped after recent computer problems prevent...


Thanks to All Shoppers
10-13-2013
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags: income
Excerpt:
Since a fair number of local people read this blog, I want to express my gratitude to all who made purchases and the weekend sales I had in August and September. I raised more than $1,100 selling furniture, lamps, jewelry and other items, and also de...


Poor Memory for Names AND Faces: Please Re-introduce Yourself
10-13-2013
Categories: HEALTH
Tags: memory
Excerpt:
Declining memory is a function of middle age, but one of the features of my odd mix of health problems is what feels to me to be a severe decline in memory. I have always been bad with both names and faces, and now it is worse than ever. I'll never ...


Dumpster Diving with Paddlewheel Alliance Friends
10-27-2013
Categories: BACKGROUND, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: food, hunger
Excerpt:
Thank you to my old hippie friends for helping me avoid hunger today. I went to college in Bloomington Indiana, which remained beloved in my memory and imagination for many years after finally graduating. Just like in my college prep high school, m...


Research Links Mold with Cognitive Function Decline
01-14-2014
Categories: HEALTH
Tags: allergies (mold), chemical sensitivities, cognitive functioning, digestion, emotional health, fatigue, multiple sclerosis?
Excerpt:
I knew mold was bad for me. I knew it was responsible for a large part of my fatigue. I did not know it could explain all the cognitive problems I've developed in the last few years. I also did not know until recently that one of the country's leadi...


December 2013: I Move from my Car to a Tent
01-20-2014
Categories: PRACTICALITIES, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: cooking, heat, site
Excerpt:
It's early August and I'm catching up blog entries by posting monthly summaries: *December: A landowner invited me to move onto about 15 acres of his land, at the base of a cliff below his house. It's private: Only two neighbors drive by...


January 2014: Mold Slows Me Down
01-30-2014
Categories: ANIMALS, ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES
Tags: allergies (mold), body care, mold sensitivity, other critters, site
Excerpt:
It's early August and I'm catching up blog entries by posting monthly summaries: * January: I've been here close to two months when I notice my health starts declining. As wonderful as this camp site is, it is close to a creek, full of dyi...


Dating as a Homeless Woman
04-10-2014
Categories: PRACTICALITIES
Tags:
Excerpt:
I've re-entered the world of Internet dating, something I did a bit of 12 years ago and really enjoyed. Living in a tent complicates those early communications, when you want to share honestly but without divulging too much. Here's an excerpt today f...


Drones Banned from National Parks
06-20-2014
Categories: MEXICAN BORDER, POLITICS
Tags:
Excerpt:
Expand this to National Forests, and my summer and fall last year would have been more peaceful: Park Service Bans Drones


Tent Living: Spiders, Ants and Snakes - Oh My!
08-05-2014
Categories: ANIMALS, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: other critters, site
Excerpt:
Psh psh psh. The dogs jump up and bark. At my command they sit and listen as I sit up from the cot and strain my ears. The soft but distinct noise was paced like footsteps, nearby. I zip open the tent window and look. Carlos looks. Dwyn peers throug...


The Finnish Word for Grit, Determination, Unending Patience
08-15-2014
Categories: MEXICAN BORDER, SPIRITUALITY
Tags: faith, violence
Excerpt:
I found the word reading Philip Caputo's early novel, Indian Country. Sisu. The story is set in Upper Peninsula Michigan, whose longer term residents include Indians and Scandinavians. It's the story of a Vietnam vet who begins reliving key moments...


Living Outdoors with Chiggers, Season Two
08-18-2014
Categories: ANIMALS, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: bugs, chiggers, rain
Excerpt:
It started with ant bites swelling into red bumps on my foot and thigh. As if they sensed that a party had started, the chiggers joined in the next day. First my left arm, which I scratched raw a few times before buying Calamine lotion, which only ...


Food Politics and Hunger in Borderlands Arizona
02-20-2015
Categories: ENVIRONMENT, MEXICAN BORDER, POLITICS
Tags: food, hunger
Excerpt:
This short film was one of five picked from 1,300 entries that won this year's Sundance Institute's Short Film Challenge. Native Seeds is right here in Patagonia. Avalon Gardens has outstanding sustainable farming practices (despite un...


Gunshots in the night, very close
03-14-2015
Categories: MEXICAN BORDER
Tags:
Excerpt:
(Note: This incident happened just before Thanksgiving 2014. I wrote the first draft November 21 and just rescued it from my pile of unpublished drafts.) The bullets' rhythms were similar each time: three or four shots closely but not evenly space...


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04-20-2015
Categories:
Tags:
Excerpt:
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Tent not so waterproof in hard rain storm
07-22-2015
Categories: PRACTICALITIES, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: monsoons, rain, tent
Excerpt:
I just ripped a 2-1/2 foot slit in my tent's roof while using a former shovel handle to push up and out the pools of water accumulating in the latest heavy rain storm. Duct tape doesn't adhere well to wet nylon. So I have a fast leak filling up th...


My 3rd Monsoons: Kissing Bugs, Ticks and Pack Rats oh my!
07-27-2015
Categories: ANIMALS, HEALTH, THE ELEMENTS
Tags: chiggers, fatigue, kissing bugs, mental health, mold, pack rats, rain, ticks
Excerpt:
Where pack rats go, so go bugs that bite and suck around the nose and mouth - or anywhere - at night. Big nasty kissing bugs. I found one IN my bed when I shook out my blanket this week. I killed it. It was so full of bright red blood (human? cani...


Inanna and Gilgamesh: Me and My Lover
10-16-2015
Categories: ESSAYS, PRACTICALITIES, SPIRITUALITY
Tags: tent
Excerpt:
Inanna, the goddess who survived many ordeals, knelt by a tree longing for a bed. It was her spirit-friend tree, her solace, the sanctuary to which she escaped when life was too much. Yet the Queen of the Underworld (her dark sister) had taken ove...


Check out my campaign to buy healthy building materials!
03-02-2016
Categories: HEALTH, PRACTICALITIES
Tags:
Excerpt:



Before Dumping Your Pets in an Animal Shelter, View This
10-27-2016
Categories: ANIMALS
Tags:
Excerpt:
If you think homeless people should give up their pets, please read this: Why Homeless People 'Deserve' Pets If you have ever surrendered an animal to a shelter (kill or no-kill, quality of life is more important than life) then watch this and ide...


 
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