Ground Control to Major Tom

by Wenty Hill

During the month, while waiting for inspiration to hit me on what to write for The Bellingham Muse article next month, a line from David Bowie’s Ground Control to Major Tom song caught my mind; “Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do.”

Hearing this song over and over in my head, realization hit: most people believe that “Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I (they) can do” to help the Earth. People think that there’s nothing they can do to help planet Earth.

I really got it. Though I’ve been into recycling for about 25 years, most people feel hopeless to make a difference with the environmental challenges happening on Earth. So I asked myself, “What can I do to help the Earth?” Then it occurred to me. Though I can do more, I’ve already done one very BIG thing that does make a difference with the Earth but I haven’t talked about it. So, here goes!

My ex-husband, Tim, a wonderful man, and I built a 2,500 foot round straw bale home in Sedona County, AZ.  Believe me it was a very big deal. One day Tim came to me and said, “I want us to own our own home.” I said back to him, “I’ve had my own home, it’s a lot of work and takes a lot of money constantly.  I don’t wanna!

Tim, being tenacious, said to me, “I want us to have our own house, how can we do it?” He used the magic words “How CAN we?” and I heard them. Well, after making the commitment to build the house and a huge amount of research, the least expensive way, for us, was to build a straw bale house (that’s straw –it isn’t hay).

We then attended the workshop on “How to Build a Straw Bale House” (at “Out on Bale” in Tucson), read articles, and asked advice from those in the know on straw bale building and on possible features of a sustainable house (you can’t build it in the Northwest due to the rain, by the way).

One of my major conditions in building the house was that I don’t care for the “funky” look.  I wanted a house that could possibly be in House Beautiful Magazine (a throwback from my prior Boston “looking good” upbringing). Another condition was that it also had to be charming like a Victorian home. Then, obviously, we were not yet wealthy folk and the house needed to be affordable, to be built as we had the money. On the shape, we decided on a round house that had an inner round atrium open to the sky (it looked like a large donut in an aerial view). It turned out to be the first round straw bale house of its kind in the US.

When we began to plan the building of our home, we both wanted to have it be a type of “barn raising” – a community building event. We are both big on global community on both the micro and macro levels (i.e., think global, act local). On the Bale Raising Day people came to help raise the walls, both the inside circle and the outer circle. Amazingly, people arrived from all over the world, from so many different countries!  How did they hear of us?  The walls were up in 8 hours!

Let me tell you that on a good day, building a house is tough, but put on top of that the phenomenal amount of uniqueness in building a straw bale house? Oh my goodness! Tim had never been mechanically inclined before and we knew NOTHING about building a house.

Along the way, miraculously, people would arrive at the RV we lived in on our 3 acres of land, with 2 lay lines I’ll have you know, and offered to help us build the house all the time! They came from everywhere, and out of nowhere, but how did they hear of us? (That was our constant question and no answer ever made sense. They kept coming to help…and coming to help…and coming to help.

Three years later we built an elegant 2,500 square foot home for $50,000 that was appraised at $250,000 with no mortgage. It had every sustainable option possible, at that time, using mostly recycled materials. It has also appeared on TV and been written up in a magazine.

The moral of this story is: there is no “ground control” and each and every one of us CAN make a difference in benefitting Mother Earth. We only need to think outside the box and have a commitment to “Get ‘er Done.” Try it, you’ll like it! J

Wenty Hill has had 30 years’ experience on TV, Radio and News teaching 100’s of workshops on Success, Manifestation, Business, Relationship, Matchmaking, Quantum Physics, etc. focused on her worldwide client’s needs. Her clients call her their “Professional Fairy Godmother”, for their “Dreams Come True” both Personally and Professionally. Contact Wenty Today at:

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