Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Terrible Twos are Terminated

Even at the lightning speed of a child’s growth you sometimes miss the transitions from one stage to another.  It’s not as if they are mute one day then say, “More milk please,” the next and you stare gape-mouth at

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Body of Movement

I used to think dance was a learned skill, a mental and physical process of beat into movement.  But I’ve been wrong all these years.  Dance is hard-wired into the human brain, perhaps for hundreds of thousands of years, when

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Handmade Return

Aaaaand we’re back.  A lovely hiatus up in Lake Tahoe where many lovely things happened in a lovely way, but let’s get to the handmade stuff.  Today we’ll look at Vikingsholm, a magnificent work of craftsmanship poised at the head

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What, No Picture?!

Imagine that!  A blog post with no accompanying eye candy!  Today we look at the written (or more accurately, typeset) word.  I’ve said the blog is all about writing practice, and I’m coming up on my 500th post.  I’ve noticed

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Are Humans Driving Themselves to Extinction?

My interest in the environment began in 10th grade with an environmental science class.  Our teacher had us planting trees in the park, brought in guest speakers from the local power plant and county waste plant, and taught us that

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Handmade Dinner in the Trash

Let’s start with the punchline and work backwards. Oh look!  I see someone’s healthy spaghetti dinner in the trash!  My wife made spaghetti with grilled eggplant and spinach last night and, expecting some pushback from Child Harbat, spaghetti and meatballs

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What’s Handmade These Days?

Have I made anything by hand recently?  Why yes, thanks for asking.  I made a repair.  Plumbing, to be precise.  After a day at work where our office toilets stopped flushing down and began flushing up, causing our alley and

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Add Some Fat

The left side of my jaw is still sore from a bread-related incident two weeks ago.  Maybe it was because I was in a bad mood.  Maybe it was because I chomped down on a piece of sourdough bread with

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