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Another from Thoreau

Part of a beautiful essay by Henry David Thoreau Nowadays almost all man’s improvements, so called, as the building of houses, and the cutting down of the forest and of all large trees, simply deform the landscape, and make it … Continue reading

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Excerpt from “Walking”

Part of a beautiful essay by Henry David Thoreau Living much out of doors, in the sun and wind, will no doubt produce a certain roughness of character—will cause a thicker cuticle to grow over some of the finer qualities … Continue reading

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Looking Inward

“And men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, yet pass over the mystery of themselves without … Continue reading

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“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful,”  William Morris.

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Henry Miller, a fine young man

Definitely watch this if you believe in a real handcrafted lifestyle.  He has obviously been given the right encouragement and access to knowledge.  Many parents would scoff at these things or actively discourage some of these activities.  I’m glad to … Continue reading

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by J.R.R Tolkien, an important and deep poem: To one [C.S. Lewis] who said that myths were lies and therefore worthless, even though ‘breathed through silver’. Philomythus to Misomythus You look at trees and label them just so, (for trees … Continue reading

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21st Century Sea Chest

This is not furniture worthy of the great builders like Peter Follansbee, Chris Schwartz, or Chris Hall.  However, it is a piece of functional furniture created from nearly all recycled materials and will hopefully be with me for the rest … Continue reading

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The Evolution of the Vardo and where did it begin? I think it’s time for a response to some of the correspondence generated from the Vardo known as the Snail that is chronicled on this blog.  It’s my home on … Continue reading

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Ultra Minimalists, Part 3

For the Ultra Minimalists, Part 1, click here. More Historic Minimalists – religious wanderers Wandering Monks part 1 – The Buddhist monks that travel much of the year throughout Asia are about as minimal as one can reasonably get.  Early … Continue reading

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