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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

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?”

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

A Few FAQs

Photo by Paprika Clark 2014.

Photo by Paprika Clark 2014.

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…Continue Reading

Feeling Make-y: BuggOff Blend No1

The ingredients I used in my first experimental batch of natural homemade bug repellent: almond oil, neem oil, cinnamon leaf oil, clove bud oil, tea tree oil, and lemongrass oil.

When it smelled lovely and the concentrated oils filled up one third of the bottle, I filled the remainder with almond oil, secured the lid, and shook it all up.

Sparks May Fly

Sparklebomb, photo by Dylan Pankow 2015.

Sparklebomb, photo by Dylan Pankow 2015.

Don’t tell me to get a job. Define job anyway. Monotonous tasks, subordination to those of rank in the hierarchy regardless of their talent or wisdom, the dread of awakening to alarms dragging you unwillingly…Continue Reading

12 Steps to Freeing Yourself From Stuff

Paprika Clark sits on the battery storage bench on the front porch of the first tiny house built by her company, Bungalow to Go. Photo by Dylan Pankow.

Paprika Clark sits on the battery storage bench on the front porch of the first tiny house built by her company, Bungalow to Go. Photo by Dylan Pankow.

1 Figure out what really makes you happy. Be specific, and forget about realistic for now. If you don’t know, gather information. Become a happiness detective. Think back over your history and reflect on times…Continue Reading