The Cadillac of Plaster

by hoof (they/them) To master tadelakt the Cadillac of plaster first the first task is fast… much faster than the last Choose your hue with which to imbue inorganic goo ochre? maroon? blue? You cruise through a few layers laid down under wood peel yields a toothy feel preened in steel for a creamy seal…

Didar, Anthony, and Winter Charles’ Success Story

Six years ago, Anthony and I met in Moab. He was born and raised here—a real local. We married in Turkey and stay there over a year. While we were in Istanbul, Anthony told me how much he missed the sky of Moab. We missed Moab, the nature and outdoors. That is why we decided…

Earth Science

By Eilise Gancarz-Davies, Fall 2020 intern. I came to Moab expecting something incredible and have been riding that wave since I got here. My curiosity about Community Rebuilds was peaked a few years ago while my close friend was thriving in the internship. She spent hours on the phone gushing to me about the stimulating…

Sun Baked Ramblings

Moab welcomed me home again in August. This is my second go as an intern, having been here in January for two months until the pandemic hit. Fast forward a few months later and I’ve found myself back in the fray. Somehow another week has slipped by and we’re rolling into early autumn. I still…

A Week at Community Rebuilds

Monday             Today, I woke up and outside, the rocks surrounding Moab had already started glowing yellow and red. Sunflowers were twisting their heliotropic heads to the sky. I got on my bicycle: a temperamental cruiser that I had borrowed from the Community Rebuilds bicycle library and headed off to work.             I got to the build…

“Getting My Hands Dirty”

I came to Moab in August of 2013 to take a job guiding rock climbing – my passion since high school. I had been living out of a minivan, travelling, climbing, and working for months, a handful of dollars to my name, and it seemed like an exciting next step: my dream job, in a…

We Came to Build a House

We shifted our lives, moved continents, moved emotional mountains to be here in Moab 2020, to be under the gaze of the La Sals and the beautiful valleys she fosters. We came tied by believing in a better future for ourselves. We wanted to be part of at least building one house (on the cusp between…

Taz’s Community Rebuilds Success

I accidentally discovered Moab about 7 years ago and immediately fell in love with this magical place. I knew this is where I wanted to build a house one day. This was obviously just a really distant dream and I had no idea this would actually become true. Moab has been growing a lot and…

The Dusty Dance of Belonging

 “Ground into your roots and stand in your truth, you are safe here.” Words I continually told myself at the beginning of my 5 month journey at CR. I felt like a stranger in a strange land, on a new planet far from my own. As fear fueled questions dictated by self criticism threatened my sense of belonging, I…