This phenomenal Tiny Modular Pod Home is the most incredible I've seen. It was built by one man in 6 weeks and you will be amazed, trust me: To see pictures of it's development, interior and exterior, from cinder blocks, a little mortar, clay and stone, CLICK HERE.
Wow, Folks ! Has it really been this long since I've posted ? Ever since the April 6 Co-Creator's Event in St. Pete. It's all been a blur of trying to keep ahead of the surge of interest and support for my developing proposal On the New Village Vision which breaks down the expensive and unmanageable, not to mention, often heartless, city government, into manageable nurturing Villages that can, through volunteerism and donations, quickly and efficiently facilitate the needs of both the homeless community and their neighborhoods. Over this time I have met with movers and shakers and developed a very comprehensive proposal that recreates the homeless into evolving participants in the enrichment of the community that is nurturing their safety, security and education. Since I have not had time to develop my new site for Bay to Bay Services, which includes the proposal on Healing Homelessness, I would like to share that proposal with you, here, now.
Donna Gould, Owner of Village Voices in the Village of the Arts and Owner at Author (click on any of these titles to link you to more info on Donna's many enterprises ) interviewed me as a former member and resident of the Village of the Arts, with my Body and Soul Wellness Center, contributing the Healing Arts to the Village. She wanted to share my story of how I overcame the loss of my home, business and income, to foreclosure, to go on to reinvent my life, first, through the discovery of Tiny Houses on Wheels. I could travel, see grandchildren and have adventures, and always be home in a "Sanctuary" that I designed and built myself, with my handyman and help from friends. Then the disaster when the building was delayed and I was to be evicted, and homeless, with only the framework of a house on a trailer bed completed. Through the intervention of strangers-- friends of a friend, I was taken in, sheltered and given a place to complete the building of my home. As the founder of 'Authors helping Authors' in Florida, she was interested in the evolution of my "retirement plan" to include the promotion of the many "Alternatives" to people that the Tiny House movement offered for Designing your own Mortgage Free Home and Life-Style, which resulted in my blog and intentions to write a book. But before I could get a start on the book, my posting of how Tiny Homes were providing shelter and future for the Homeless, propelled me into a whole other direction for my life's path of Service. I now was developing a comprehensive plan to "Repurpose" the Homeless, working WITH them, and their towns, to recreate their lives and end up with a blossom of benefits to both. "Repurposing" is a term that is very familiar with artists, but not the general public, and it refers to when the artist takes something that is cast off as no longer being useful and creating something new from it, often a beautiful piece of art. With the huge response to my program, I am, now, creating my new non-profit, Bay to Bay Services.org. As I travel Coast to Coast (from Tampa Bay to San Francisco Bay) I will provide my plan to "Heal Homelessness" along with other services to "Grow Community." TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW, at 2:00pm TODAY, CLICK HERE to go to Radio Ear Network. If you miss the interview live, CLICK HERE to go to Donna's Culture Coast Facebook site for a written summary of, and link to, the recorded interview.
I had my phone "Pre-interview" with co-founders of Tiny House Dating, Erica and Kai, and we had a very lively conversation. Apparently the plan is, CNN wants to video interview 2 new members of the site, a man and a woman, IN their home, regardless of location. A man they just interviewed lives in a remote area of the Rockies...I guess CNN will go where the most compelling stories are. So, it seems I made the cut, for many of my views on my approach to life, thriving, and dating, resonated with them. They may have me as a "third party" interviewee because of the unique perspective they felt I gave on my motivations and experiences as a retiree. I should be hearing from CNN, soon for Their telephone "pre-interview" before investing in the trip to my home to videotape me from my Tiny House.
"New Village Vision: Transforming Cities-Healing Homelessness" Launches at St. Pete Co-Creator's Event, 4/6/14
First of all Hat's Off and a double Thumbs Up to Shelly Darling who conceived of the Evolving Tampa Bay vision and put together a most inspirational C0-Creator's Event. I highly recommend that you CLICK HERE to find out more and sign up to become a part of her collaborative efforts. And most hearty thanks to Jan, the homeless architect who was the spark that set my New Village Vision: Transforming Cities-Healing Homelessness ON FIRE !
The post that started it all:
Tiny Homes, Dignity and Productivity for the Homeless.
There, but for the Grace of God, go I.
This featured how Tiny Houses, "pods," and aPODments were housing the homeless and formed foundations for more. CLICK HERE for the story and pictures.
AND NOW FOR THE BIG DAY , and some of the people who made this miracle happen: First of all Shelly and Jan. I couldn't get pictures of them. They were like phantoms...
I have, as have been all new members of this site, been invited to submit my reason for wanting an interview with CNN re: why I have enrolled in this dating site.
This is my response:
Yes! I'd love to be considered for the Tiny House Dating CNN interview, because: …
I have been single for years, but dated, happily in the hope of finding my last soulmate. Then, I was suddenly homeless and retired after loosing both my home & establishment to foreclosure. There had only been enough time to begin building my Tiny House on Wheels, my “Gypsy Island Sanctuary,” in pursuit of my vision; an elegant life on the road, spending time with grand-children, adventures and community service. Since my last soulmate had, thus far, alluded me, I learned to not make my dreams contingent upon him. So I did not give up. Some friends of a friend offered me a safe-haven, and a place to finish building my marvelous “split level, cathedral ceiling” Tiny House to be. I have been building it on my social security income for 3 years and living in it for 2 of those.
Since adding my Tiny House Travel Plans to my traditional internet dating site, I have gotten some curious responses, but no real contenders. In just the few days that the Tiny House
Only 2 DAYS left to Enroll in a "Brilliant" E-Course on Transitioning to Tiny House Living, by Mariah. As participants from previous courses say, it's not just about having "too much stuff," but finding a path to "renew my soul and reclaim that generous, happy, creative person I left behind, somewhere." It's about "life and survival skills." What could be better than a course that helps you down-size your "stuff," while upscaling your life-style. Review the enthusiasm of previous participants and the 6 point program for simplifying and unloading physical and emotional baggage. Go to the bottom of the conversation, above the picture you see, now, for the link to sign up for this course. CLICK HERE to read more about this unique opportunity.
Do you ever wonder if you will ever find a partner that "gets" how "Large" and "Liberating" Tiny House Living can be? Especially on wheels ?? I sure do. Now, there's a better chance of finding someone with whom you can find at least this common life-style foundation. A new Internet Dating Site for Tiny House Enthusiasts. And you don't have to have a Tiny House, you just have to "get" it and "dig it!" Brilliant.
Well, Kai announced this concept to Tiny House Blogs, just a few days ago, and WHAM !!!
There was a tsunami of responses, including mine. So much so, that it kept shutting down on you while you were trying to upload your information. Very frustrating, but also, as Kai said, via video of John Melloncamp, it "Hurts so Good." The got on top of it, with good humor earnest dedication to serve. The site is up and moving pretty fluidly, now. I was able to upload my profile picture, and 6 others. Had about 20 men in the age range of my search to peruse, wrote a few, and am already hearing back. How Hopeful is That ! The least you could get is a friend you can talk with. Just CLICK HERE to register with the coupon code "free2join" for a complementary 6 month membership.
When the economy crashed and Jaclyn was being forced from her home due to foreclosure, she knew she wanted more than just a roof over her head. She wanted to travel, and have adventures, but didn't want to live in an RV. She wanted her home to be soul inspiring and nurturing, but needed to create it on a shoe-string budget. So, with minimal funds and a little help from her friends, she built her tiny traveling sanctuary.
In this blog, you'll find the story of Jaclyn's journey from foreclosure to Living Large, Tiny in her Gypsy Island Sanctuary.
Go here for her story.
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