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13 February 2009

Seven Things You May Not Know About Me

I have been "tagged" by Beholden to Nature to share seven things you may not know about me. So here we go.

1) For the last ten years I have lived in an off-the-grid home. We have our own solar power system, a deep rock well (literally) with water that tastes like snow, and no utilities except propane for hot water and back up heating. Our main heating is with wood from our 40 acres of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir trees. We are official forest stewards through the Colorado State Forest Division and manage our thinning of the forest with moderation and care. Contradictory to popular impressions of this lifestyle, we do not lack any modern conveniences nor do we use kerosene lamps.

2) I actually grew up in Ohio. But my love for the West goes way back!

3) My photo of our golden retriever, Champ, was featured in the Sierra Club's Daily Ray of Hope.

4) I lived in a van by choice for three months with my husband and three year old daughter in the summer of 1980. We traveled over 3,000 miles.

5) From 2000 to 2007 my husband, Ric, and I collaborated on the first blog to ever appear on We called it "The Colorado Journal" and it documented our daily life living off-the-grid.

6) I am a voracious reader. I love award winning literature, pulpy genre fiction, and nonfiction equally depending on my mood.

7) The best friend I ever had was a dog. My forever girl, Keota.


  1. I'm tagging you again, this time for 6th of the 6th. Come and see how to be part of the fun:

  2. Julie, thanks for featuring my photo in your "Few of my favorites" spot. It gave me the pleasure of viewing your own great works and your super fantastic blog, which i am now following. I particularly love your Shambhala series. Extraordinary. I'll be checking in and especially on sunday mornings :)

  3. julie, you are such an incredible person!
    what a beautiful way to live! if my hubby sees this he will be knocking on your door to move in!
    and what an adorable picture of you with your cowboy hat! :)

  4. Wish you still had that horse.

  5. Wow-- I knew there was a reason we "clicked" well-- I love your story Julie, and admire the life you've built. And I dream of my own off-the-grid home one day too. :)

  6. Fantastic facts about you. :) Thank you for sharing.
    I lived in a van for 3 months once too... Well a VW bus. :) My friend and I drove to Alaska and back.
    I respect you so much for the way you are living your life, thanks for making our world a better place. :)

  7. lol... love the pic of you as a little girl :)


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