Lloyd Kahn's Tiny Homes on the Move (Shelter Publications) chronicles 21st-century nomads — people who inhabit homes that are compact and mobile, either on wheels or in the water. Kahn's fascinating book explores modern travelers who live in vans, pickup trucks, buses, trailers, sailboats, and houseboats that combine the comforts of home with the convenience of being able to pick up and go at any time. The stories and descriptions of these moveable sanctuaries will be valuable and inspirational for anyone thinking outside the box about shelter.
This isn't a book to immediately dash from cover to cover, or at least I haven't found that so. In fact, I can only take in a couple of subjects at a time before my brain starts spinning out in a race with emotions - I'm pretty sure emotions don't come from the brain, at least mine don't seem to, but I forgot to go to brain surgeon school so that might be wrong.
|Maybe this is one of my favorites because of inspiring many possibilities for my own tiny houseboat|
|If you haven't heard of Sisters on the Fly, you should check them out.|
This is barely a scraping of the content in the book, something to get your mind engaged with all of the potential out there to live the life you choose, in the manner of your own choosing. You can get a copy in a few places, but I prefer buying it directly from Shelter Publications, where you can also find more books along these lines.
As one of our own gets ready to move on down the road in her mobile home, this work from Dr. Seuss plays over and over in my thoughts. Well, okay, not all of it, but I'm including all of it because it deserves it.
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.
in the wide open air.
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.
THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Because, sometimes, you won't.
but, sadly, it's true
can happen to you.
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.
you're not in for much fun.
is not easily done.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both you elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.
That's not for you!
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!
There are points to be scored. there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Because, sometimes, they won't.
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.
and I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!
~ Dr. Seuss