A Box in the Woods – materials acquisition, continued

August 27, 2012

Look what my brother brought home for me today! 7/8″ corrugated steel which I will use to clad the exterior of my little box in the woods. And it’s 16 feet long, baby! This is perfect. And this. This is the window that I found at ReStore and for which I had no particular spot [...]

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A Box in the Woods – Acquistion and design

August 26, 2012

Well we rustled up some big old beams, and these will be the things that hold up my little building. These are ginormous hunks of wood, 6″ x 17″ x 12 feet long. You wouldn’t find timbers like this today, not new. These are recycled road barrier wood, replete with 60 penny nails bent over [...]

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Finding the Stuff of Wings

July 23, 2012

Early this spring, just after the swallows and western bluebirds started returning, I got busy cleaning out and repairing our birdhouses, making ready for nesting season. This hadn’t been done for many years, if ever, and I don’t know a lot about bird life, but what I’d read recommended an annual clean-out … Additionally, there [...]

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A Box in the Woods – Book learnin’

April 20, 2012

Hellbent on coming up with a plan for my little building in the woods, I ordered up some library books for inspiration. Unfortunately—at least that’s how it seems at this point—the books were not only more disappointing than I anticipated, but the ideas I did glean have spoiled what bit of a plan I did [...]

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In love with trees (etc.)

April 17, 2012

I am so in love with my 30-acre Wood. I’ve always adored this particular piece of land, always found it to touch me somehow. But the more time I spend on it, the more I never want to leave it. I am a little confused and baffled by how good I feel just being on [...]

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A journey.

March 22, 2012

Two and a half years ago my marriage imploded. Little by little I move toward a new life, a life which once again fits me and incorporates my dreams. Two and a half years ago, I had my dream life. I had found a partner who shared some of my most important dreams, and we [...]

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Road Trip – Malo > Wilbur > Coulee Dam and back

March 19, 2012

Took a road trip today. My brother drove, and I took photographs. Lots. First we stopped and looked at old beaters. And then we drove to the Keller Ferry and rode across Lake Roosevelt. The ferry captain even backed up the ferry to load us on, even though he’d already left the dock. After we [...]

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49 Days – Days 37 – 43, Cali

February 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012. 9:11 p.m. landing in LAX for the third leg of my 49 Days of adventure. Meeting up with the lovely Olivia to spend some time sharing in her college-life, and running in the 5K portion of Tinkerbell Half-Marathon Weekend. Good times. Good times. (Did I really just say that?) First stop [...]

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Could We Please Stop the War on Addicts?

February 17, 2012

Remember the campaign, “Just Say No”? It’s a simplistic assertion, but a worthwhile attempt—give children and teens some tools for asserting themselves and staying true to their values. In the 198s0s, First Lady Nancy Reagan, promoted the concept in an attempt to keep children from drug abuse. A premise of the campaign was that even [...]

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I made valentines

February 13, 2012

Typically I make an annual edition of a valentine and distribute it to (a rather large) list of friends and dear hearts. This year I was traveling during the time when I would usually be manufacturing my valentines, so … instead I hosted a little valentine-making gathering, inviting people to come make use of my [...]

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