Hello, I'm Paprika Clark.

I’m a lifelong student of language, art, and human nature: an Independent ENFP Sex Positive Intersectional Feminist Aries Fire Dragon.

Join me as I feel my way through this.

Tiny House Resume

Paprika Clark Tiny House Instructor Bungalow to Go | August 2010 to November 2016 | proprietor with partner D. Pankow designing and building tiny homes on wheels, consulting on tiny house projects, drafting and 3D modeling, conducting regulatory research, touring...

Elderberry Adventures

The elderberry is an arching deciduous shrub I've long associated with fancy lady beverages, overblown cottage gardens, elaborate hats, and other rare and beautiful relics of bygone days - but it's back now and all the rage. Copious anecdotal evidence and some...

Children and Electronic Devices

In this time of predominance of electronic devices, parents and caregivers must be mindful about our screen time decisions for children. Studies have already shown effects from copious access to on-screen entertainment that give reason to ponder at what age children...

Terry Crews Fights Toxic Masculinity

I am thrilled by what Terry Crews does as a famous and manly man to bring awareness to misogyny and encourage mutual respect. On The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he made some beautifully direct statements defining toxic masculinity, owning his own history...

The Ocean of Our Inner Selves

Naomi Epel refers to herself as a "literary escort" as she shares virtually verbatim conversations with writers about their dreams and how they affect the creative process in her book Writers Dreaming (3). I confess, I can't imagine a more perfect occupation. In her...

Core Wisdom for Effective Action

This is a round up of several of the most pithy but powerful bits of guidance I use as touchstones when I'm feeling stuck, gathered from many sources. Be meticulous with your word. Don't take anything personally. Never make assumptions. Always do your best. -from The...

Time for Tiny House Influence in Windsor

Windsor California is now laying the groundwork for the next major revision to the General Plan - Windsor 2040. Kudos to what looks to have been an advanced approach to getting feedback from the community, but unfortunately I didn't see anything announcing it or...

Our Tiny Home on CBS Sacramento

The level headed tone of this segment signals a long overdue decline in the shock value of tiny homes in the news media, one I’ve been hoping to see for a while. The perspective in this discussion is “This has potential. What are the obstacles?”

Looking Forward to Forty

I’ve wanted to be a wise old woman since I was a child. You can tell because I’m turning 39 in a couple weeks, and I’ve been claiming I’m 40 in conversation for at least 18 months.

No Excuses: All Compassion

There are times when the message I get from others sounds a bit like: "Wow Pepper, you're talented in many ways. I'm puzzled by the dislocation between your potential and appearance of intelligence and ability contrasted with the strangely chaotic and limited life...

Tumbling Tiny: First Trip to Seattle

In which I visit Seattle for the first time in February of 2012, bond with some of my favorite tiny house heroes, and enjoy a simply superb weekend. These are the experiences and impressions that poured out when I sat down to write the day after I...

Write Now

I’ve said more than once I don’t have any trouble writing, in fact if anything I write too many words. What I only say to a select few is… what I write usually (almost always) diverges from what I’m “supposed to” be working on.

One Thousand Words On Perspective

Our perspective arises from within, so we can see things and people out in the world all around us yet are nearly blind to ourselves. Sounds simple, but this is one of the most interesting and agonizing aspects of being human, and insights around it have shifted my...

Why My Tiny House Adventures

People have asked many times why we decided to build tiny houses, how we persisted and finished our first one in spite of the challenges, and why we keep at it even though it's much harder then it looks. In real life off the cuff answers have worked, yet somehow...

Sonoma County; Evolving Adaptable Housing

Potential Portland of the Redwood Empire We're growing in Sonoma County; the population increased 7.6% from 2000-2010, about 2% per year. We have great weather, resources, entrepreneurial spirit, and abundant culture rich in art, wine, and local food. There are...

Working Under Stress

A little about me and my life as it is now: I have ADHD - not hyper, just the absent minded professor type. I manage myself in many ways (currently without meds, though I have had doctors try me on a few prescriptions) to stay productive. Fortunately I'm pretty smart...

Fighting Work at Home Isolation

Working from home can isolate me if I get no outside input. Without others to interact with, my perceptions of quality become distorted over time. It sometimes feels like everything gets wrapped in batting, making it hard to judge my ideas with any accuracy or...

Bursting

I love to stuff my senses slightly over capacity, be stimulated just beyond bearable range, stumble startled outside the familiar. I long to find my limits, flow through my entire range of motion and emotion, and observe closely the features and details at my peaks...

Weird Morning Star

I am weird. There's been no doubt in my mind since my earliest memories that people find me unusual rather quickly after meeting me. I'm cluttered with guesses as to why, but I don't truly know of course. We can't really see ourselves at all, so how could I?...

A Few FAQs

What is this tiny house thing all about? That's a big question - in short it's about freedom. People come to the tiny house concept for all kinds of reasons, but usually the core has to do with achieving freedom to do what we want most with our time; things that don't...