One of the stories I’m writing these days is set outside Taos, New Mexico, in the Greater Earth Community where one can find Earthships, structures made of repurposed materials like tires, soda cans, and bottles. But this post isn’t about Earthships (but I did write a poem about it here) although they are pretty cool. It’s about New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment and its beautiful skies.

It’s one of the things I miss about the state; that, and the wonderful people. It’s where a Taos elder, after asking me if I was of this tribe or that tribe, and by the fourth guess when I still said no, told me that it didn’t matter what tribe I belonged, that from that moment on, I was one of them and he gave me a smudge stick to keep.  It’s where friends I never knew stepped in to give a heartbroken girl support and made me laugh and remember how it felt to be happy.  And I remember telling myself then, that one day, when I’d start writing stories again, I’d write one that was set in New Mexico. And now I am.

It’s like being somewhere you’ve never physically been, but the moment your plane lands and you step out, your heart just knows…you’re home.

via Sky — The Daily Post

Daily Prompt: A Plot of Earth

You’re given a plot of land and have the financial resources to do what you please. What’s the plan?

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There’s something about an earthship that just speaks to my soul, tugs at it and begs me to leave everything behind and live in one.  Earthship biotecture salvages items you’d never think of using in building a home like used tires and bottles, and even coke cans.

It uses solar heating and collects rainwater where it’s purified in some built in cistern inside the home and also utilizes a graywater system wherein water from your sink and your washing machine goes to water your indoor plants (which provide the interior with oxygen and cleans up carbon dioxide) before finally filling up your toilet bowl and that way every time you flush that toilet, you’re not throwing away up to five gallons of clean water per pee-pee.

I always thought that if I had endless amount of money, I’d buy one of these earthships, especially the one I got to stay in years ago, called the Phoenix, and make it my little hideaway in Taos (now you know where to find me), surrounded my miles and miles of wild lavender and coyotes howling in the distance (at night) where the only lights you see are the stars up in the sky and the giant moon that seems to be communing directly with your soul.  It’s a place I would write a million stories and dream endless dreams in.

It’s a place where my soul can find some peace and where my spirit can soar.

And where everyone is welcome.

Just make sure there’s wifi though…

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phoca_thumb_l_living_phoenix_plants_web-625x416 earthship11If you ever want to learn about earthships, here are a few links to check out:

Earthship Biotecture

High Existence: 10 Reasons Why Earthships are Fing Awesome