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Timber (Mis) Management

November 10, 2010

These trees are a representative sample of what remains in an area which was clear-cut about five years ago. A man named Mark McBroom bought this property, logged it, and then left. Turn 180° from looking at this clear-cut stand and this is what you will see: These acres were selectively harvested, using practices for [...]

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Obviously I Am Not in Charge

September 20, 2010

Things are not going according to plan. Not that there was much of a plan, but there were some overarching goals. And so far I am far from them. In fact, I just might be falling backwards. One main point of this whole move to the middle of nowhere was to regain my connection to [...]

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Why Would I Make Up Anything?

September 18, 2010

Sometimes people don’t believe what I say. I don’t know why people don’t believe me always; it’s not like I’m a poker player or running for political office, but sometimes I’ll say something and folks are all, “Nah. That’s not true.” For instance, when I listed “octopus wrestling” as a sport during a game of [...]

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As Seen in Los Angeles

September 10, 2010

Perhaps it’s the associations I hold from my childhood that make me find mid-century California architecture so charming. Even the empty auto lots seem special somehow. In the 1960s my father was building concrete warehouses, using a construction technique that at the time was quite new: tilt-up. Dad and his brother were in high demand [...]

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The Blue Room

September 1, 2010

I don’t know that we’ll really call this space “The Blue Room” but it does have one blue wall. The space is a little “shop” that my brother built on his property many years ago. It’s small, about 250 sq. ft. altogether, and cleverly built from old truck boxes (but you wouldn’t know that just [...]

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Move Along Now

August 28, 2010

I covet my brother’s windmill. It’s all romantic looking, and reminds me of my grandparents’ farm in Redstone, Montana. The tower is very tall and sturdy, and if I was really an aerialist I could hang from it and do tricks. I stood under the windmill today, and wondered how in the world did my [...]

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The Next Day of the Rest of My Life

August 27, 2010

This was pretty much the start of my day today. And it’s not even my truck that lost the muffler. So much for my Girl Scout training about leaving things better than I found them. (And by the way, those are my trees reflected on the side of the truck.) Most of the rest of [...]

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Fertrue

August 24, 2010

Can’t sleep. Head and heart spinning. So, I am tapping out this post on my phone while my family sleeps elsewhere in my apartment. At least I hope they are sleeping … Tomorrow we load my belongings into the horse trailer that they have towed here, 300 miles. I am not fully prepared, even though [...]

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Family Traditions

August 22, 2010

This one is for my sister. The Dreaded Candlestick is moving back to your neighborhood. Hahahahahahahahahaha.

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Moving On

August 21, 2010

The short answer is: I am moving. The question being: Where have you been, Leila? The actual decision to move was quite sudden, but the underlying reasons have been simmering for quite awhile−frequently causing me to be absent from my usual haunts. For awhile I entertained the hope that I could contact each of my [...]

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