The SaltHouse Blog

streams in the air: a poem by Evans
April 30, 2011, 8:03 pm
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streams in the air


falling sideways

in rhythmic pattern

rivers of thought

going where



with purpose


in togetherness

close overlapping

distant journeying

already there

a lone figure

walking in the night

a beautiful landscape

encroached by a car

ripples in the water

streams in the air

where am I going

where have I traveled

where am I now


Sushi Night! by lilemily
May 14, 2010, 8:15 am
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Emily made sushi for the first time a couple weeks ago. Thanks to Molly and her sushi-rolling expertise it turned out alright! Summary: we love good, healthy food.

Why Salt House? by Evans
April 19, 2010, 9:57 pm
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So why do we call ourselves Salt House?  Well…

  • Jesus encourages his followers to be the ‘salt’ of the Earth… we’re still figuring out what that means, but at least we’d like to be tasty
  • SALT can stand for Six Adults Living Together
  • or Sustainable Agriculture makes Locals Tight
  • or Some Acronym Like This…
  • or… YOU come up with an acronym for Salt!

House Meeting by Evans
April 19, 2010, 9:50 pm
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Every Monday night we gather together for a community dinner, worship and meeting.  The moderator of the week (one of our six chore positions, so his/her Sabbath) plans the worship time and moderates the meeting afterward.  We’ve had a variety of worship styles and all have been quite interesting and brought us closer together as a community.

Tonight’s agenda was particularly amusing:

  • May 8th BBQ
  • Gardening Update (aka Slug Warfare)
  • Wells Fargo Action
  • Conspire BBQ
  • Bulk Reminder
  • Purple Food Book

Not all can be translated with out a really long post… so we’ll leave the rest to your imagination (or guess with a comment below!)

Urban Gardening/Farming by Evans
February 22, 2010, 2:53 pm
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We’ve begun our own little plot in the front yard for gardening.  At present, it means that half our yard has been turned over in dirt and half the barrier walls to hold it in have been erected.  Yet the plan is not for flowers but for vegetables, so does that make our project a garden or urban farm?  I suppose it’s just a matter of scale.

There are many of us in Salthouse who care deeply about sustainable, nutritious, organic living, and urban gardening/farming is just one way to make our communities more sustainable, local, nutritious and organic.  A few of us dream of moving to Detriot and being part of the urban revolution there in urban redevelopment and farming, though less on the big scale and more on the small scale.

Our hope is that the garden/farm, especially being in the front yard, will help bring us into closer contact with our neighbors.  I ran across on an interesting article about farms in Europe called Care Farms that offer small-scale farming opportunities as a form of rehabilitation to addicts and work opportunity for those impoverished.  It’s a very interesting and creative idea, and I hope that the dream continues to fruition: that of community & connection, sustainbility & nutrition.

SaltHouse in the SNOW by Robin
January 31, 2010, 10:03 pm
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At last… we share a picture of who currently lives in the SaltHouse. This taken last weekend at our house retreat in Yosemite National Park.

Grant, Robin, Emily, Evans, Ryan, and Molly

The Lonely American by Evans
January 1, 2010, 12:13 pm
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On our bookshelf is Robert Putnam’s “Bowling Alone,” an interesting if not indicting account of our individualistic culture here in America.  We long for community, but oftentimes do not take the necessary steps to get out of our homes, our work, our personal time, our routines to engage with others.   More often than not simply socializing is “unproductive”” if not “wasted” time.

One of the reasons we’ve decided to live together is to help counteract this overall trend.  We value our time spent together, much like a family.  Whether it’s going to a brunch together (where 3 of us are now) or our weekly gatherings to pray, eat and listen to one another, we intentionally make time to be together.  The “doing” is less important than the “being.”

To read more about our individualism as a society and how it affects our mindset as a people, I highly recommend this article from, “The Lonely American.”

– Evans