windblown. I am blown away by this woman’s work…check it out.
Raising three sons with a similar commitment to attachment style parenting, which means a lot of close physical touch through kangaroo carrying packs, extended breastfeeding, eye-contact, family beds, large extended circles of adults, close community bonding, homeschooling, unschooling…there is a lot to see in evidence.
This is a story of family and ideas…of a dad, Alan Kingstone, who was researching how humans related to the eyes/faces of others….when his son suggested that by putting the eyes OFF the face, he could better judge if it was the face or the eyes attracting us to shift our gaze. How so? Well, […]
I attended my first American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention in 1976, the bicentennial year, set in Philadelphia.
The true highlight of the meeting was the opportunity to hear R. Buckminster Fuller speak.
His lecture was held in the historic Furness Building of the Philadelphia Fine Arts Academy (a work of art itself), full of patterning in the same way Bucky’s Geodesic Domes repeated a sense of order greater than itself.===
There’s something renegade-like about choosing to forgo instructions, isn’t there? A secret pleasure that comes from winging it. (Admittedly, knowing the instructions are ‘there’ helps too.)
Israeli Invents Cardboard Bike! Creativity counts! It’s exciting when you see someone take a resource such as recycled corrugated cardboard and create bikes out of it. Folding the board in a particular way gives it great strength and then a coating (resin?) makes it waterproof. A final coat of paint makes it spiffy… He plans […]
In local issues related to new sewers, river restoration projects, road design, bridges and dams, we turn to the engineering consultants with that same unquestionable focus we used to bestow upon doctors. “Well, that’s what the engineer says”, becomes the standard answer when you challenge a civic decision, even when so-called common sense lights the warning lights.
Last night I attended a talk by economist Michael Shuman in Traverse City. His latest book is Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. (These are my notes and reflections from his presentation 02OCT12 at the Haggerty Center on beautiful Grand Traverse Bay.) […]
Cob wall defines a small garden for the strawbale and timberframe guesthouse. The garden wall will eventually have a green growing roof to shed water. You see the wood supports for that roof. Living small in a big way — We hear sustainability preached far and wide these days….but how much does it really mean […]
As I write this I am sitting on a lovely covered porch perched over the Boardman River in Traverse City, Michigan. It is my home of the moment. It’s actually a coffee shop/cafe called Morsels. I recommend it for the atmosphere alone…. A home of the moment. This speaks of many things– place making at […]