About Sara

In the early 1970s, my parents were part of the ‘Back to the Land’ movement and built a geodesic dome – without electricity or running water –  in rural Nevada County, California.  That’s where I grew up, climbing trees, riding my pony, eating from the garden and wearing (painfully unfashionable) hand-sewn clothes.  Eventually I went away to college…and to Ireland… then to New York City…and to San Francisco…and to law school…and to Oakland.  In fact, the whole family moved away, and the house was empty for years, serving mainly as a gathering place for Thanksgivings and (epic) summer parties.  Then in 2011 I realized I’d had enough of law firms and skyscrapers, and 18 years after moving out, I moved back to the dome with my rescue-mutt Lola.  Although over the years it was upgraded with running water, electricity, irrigation, and even a beautiful gourmet gas range in the kitchen, it was also dusty, cluttered, forgotten, and infested with mice.  This blog is the story of transformation, reclamation, and imagination here at the ranch – for the house, for me, Lola, and all the other creatures joining the story as we go.  Life couldn’t be better.  Turns out this was the right place all along!

10 thoughts on “About Sara

  1. This is such a great and hopeful blog. I lived much of my youth under the mantra that “you can’t go back”. There was always a voice in me that responded, “why the hell not?” Anyway you are leading the way back and it looks to be just in time to rescue this old house from its entropic demise. Go on you!

    • “Then in 2011 I realized I’d had enough of law firms and skyscrapers, and 18 years after moving out, I moved back to the dome with my rescue-mutt Lola” –completely and most excellent. And it reminds me of this line by Annie Dillard: “How we spend our hours is, of course, how we spend our lives.” you go, girl. like it a lot.

  2. Sara! This is awesome and so inspiring. Thanks for sharing your adventures and pics. So happy for you…..such a blessing for you to be back at El Rancho:) HUGS see you sooooon!

  3. I too am Sarah C – though with an H. I am currently in Los Angeles, hoping to get back to Indiana (where I earned a masters degree, met andmarried my husband, and bought 1/4 n acre) so I can start honing my homesteading skills. I am so glad I found your blog!

  4. Sara, pretty cool. I bought 4 acreas in Loma Rica with a house that was foreclosed. The journey of rebuilding a sad, damaged, dirty house into a warm home has been an adventure that continues. It is great to hear of other women independent (stubborn!) and adventureous striving to make life their own. Hats off to you.

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