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About pioneeringthesimplelife

Filmmaker, Mother, Educator, Dreamer

Ode to Tall Trees And The Sticks They Produce

Tall Trees, Photo © Liesl Clark We live out in the sticks — literally.  All around us, sticks tend to abound. Our land is a thin strip of a clearing in a second growth fir and cedar forest punctuated by … Continue reading

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The Last Plastic-Free Place on Earth. Well, Almost.

Riding into the Village of Samdzong, Upper Mustang, Nepal, Photo: Liesl Clark It was a plastic bag, of all things, that spooked the young Tibetan horse into a bucking frenzy. We had just saddled him up and tied some snacks … Continue reading

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Ancient Himalayan Trade Route Choked With Modern Plastic

By Liesl Clark as part of the series: The Last Plastic-Free Places on Earth Plastics are ubiquitous along the river, often found in drifts We spent the better part of the day bumping around in a jeep on a dirt … Continue reading

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The Last Plastic-Free Places on Earth: The Land of Reuse

Sometimes you have to travel to the other side of the planet to find reuse inspirations you had never considered before. Following the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, we’ve finally entered the land of reuse, one of the most … Continue reading

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The Last Plastic-Free Places on Earth: Zero Waste Traveling

Packed to the Gills, Ready for Zero Waste Travel by Liesl Clark “Our flying time today will be 10 hours 41 minutes.” We were mentally prepared for the demands on our time for the flight from Seattle to Seoul, but … Continue reading

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First Chapter in Our Book of Reuse

Chapter 1: An On-going Photo Essay of the Things We’ve Upcycled or Repurposed into New Iterations for Family Reuse 1) The old window turned mirror. This 6-pane window was found inside our 200-year-old barn and looked about the same vintage. … Continue reading

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Angels While Gathering Wood

One of our greatest joys, lately, has been foraging for wood in our forest to augment the dry-split wood we have stacked for winter use. We heat our home entirely with the wood from our land and a new pastime … Continue reading

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Thank You, Tree

Five dollars and some good footwear will get you on the slopes of the Olympics undertaking an adventure that’s guaranteed to tighten bonds in your family and connect you to a Christmas tree you can “weed” from the forest. This … Continue reading

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Power Sabbath

Sundays, for us, are power sabbath days. If you’ve never tried a power sabbath, it’s well worth it to ease the burden of everyday assaults on the senses from computers, lights, appliances for even a few hours. Have you ever … Continue reading

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Life Less Laundry: In Praise of Dirt Bags

How often do you do your laundry? Americans launder clothes way too often. And we use too much detergent, according to the Wall Street Journal. We’ve started re-thinking our laundry scene here at home. After spending much time living in … Continue reading

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