adventures in Pepperness

Children and Electronic Devices

A teenager captured in the wild, bathed in the blue glow of an unseen screen.

A teenager captured in the wild, bathed in the blue glow of an unseen screen.

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…Continue Reading

Terry Crews Fights Toxic Masculinity

Terry Crews Portrait by Gage Skidmore

Terry Crews Portrait by Gage Skidmore

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”1_3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.3.1″] 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…Continue Reading

The Ocean of Our Inner Selves

Storm clouds and shimmering rays of light over the San Francisco Bay, photo by Paprika Clark, 2018.

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

Core Wisdom for Effective Action

Eight men pushing the Towhee tiny house on wheels into place on a residential plot in Malibu California. Photo by Paprika Clark, 2011.

Eight men pushing the Towhee tiny house on wheels into place on a residential plot in Malibu California. Photo by Paprika Clark, 2011.

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…Continue Reading

Our Tiny Home on CBS Sacramento

Our three tiny houses on CBS News Sacramento segment "Tiny Houses Face Big Challenges from Municipal Codes"

Our three tiny houses on CBS News Sacramento segment "Tiny Houses Face Big Challenges from Municipal Codes"

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

Ivory Roses in April, photo by Paprika Clark, 2016.

Ivory Roses in April, photo by Paprika Clark, 2016.

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.

Tumbling Tiny: First Trip to Seattle

Seattle skyline By Wenkan Zhu from Chicago, IL, United States (Seattle Skyline) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

[box type=”shadow”]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…Continue Reading

Write Now

white marble lion statue with open snarling mouth

This is me, fighting depression. Just kidding, it's actually a picture I took of a lion statue in The Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina.

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

A sunset sky over Simi Valley California with shades of peach and midnight plum and a slender silver horned moon. Photo by Paprika Clark, 2015.

A sunset sky over Simi Valley California with shades of peach and midnight plum and a sliver of a horned moon. Photo by Paprika Clark, 2015.

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…Continue Reading