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SunRay Kelley's Temple at Harbin Hot Springs

This unique building is weathering the years beautifully. It's a masterpiece of building with natural materials. It's documented on pages 66-69 of Builders of the Pacific Coast.

Friday Fish Fry

I did an an interview last night with Kevin Kelly on the Google+ “hang out” feature. I used my MacAir laptop with the camera and was a little nervous, but it went OK. Kevin, whose latest book is the sensational Cool Tools, guided the conversation. We talked about tiny homes, owner building, gardening, chickens, the myth of self-sufficiency, what you can do in cities, the Whole Earth Catalog, what I would do if I were building a new house now, the fact that I don't like shipping containers or Earth Ships or domes or A-frames as homes, and the virtues of self-publishing. The video of it is here…Next week I'm flying to Charlotte, NC, to talk about tiny homes at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show. Deek Diedrickson from Relaxshacks will be there as well, and we'll talk to people about the subject out in front of a tiny home he designed; if you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello. I'll be handing out mini Tiny Homes books (2" by 2", 64 pages) and have proofs of our latest book, Tiny Homes on the MoveIn praise of real books and bookstores: I've read a few books on my IPad, and it's fine for reading on airplanes or trips, but in my reading for an hour or so every night before going to sleep, I don't want the electrons; I spend enough time at a computer screen as it is. The publishing business is obviously in turmoil, but books like our building books, although we've done digital editions, work best as hold-in-your-hands physical objects. And there's nothing like a physical bookstore. Sure, Amazon is cheaper, but money ain't everything. One of my very favorites is Bookshop Santa Cruz; it makes me happy to be there…Tiny Homes On The Move: Just about there. Yesterday Rick, Lew and I sewed up a lot of loose ends. About 3 knotty problems in design worked out. Often we'll start working on something with no idea how to fix it, and as we go along, things fall into place. Like I told this guy in the interview yesterday about building house: just START. You'll never get anywhere if you wait for everything to be perfect. Get going, and things will work out as momentum carries you along. When I was about to start building my first house in 1961, I asked my friend Bob what to do, and he said "This," and picked up a shovel and started digging the foundation trench…Spectacular sunsets of late, this shot with iPhone last night; tonight's the full moon, ow-wooo!

Old Building in Sonoma

Road Trip to Sonoma, Napa Valley, Harbin Hot Springs

Last week I went to Sonoma to visit Tumbleweed Tiny Houses, then to my brother's farm in the Napa Valley, then to Harbin Hot Springs. I'll post some photos from the trip as I get time. This is one of those farm buildings that's been added on to many times. The central part was obviously the water tower, with a room added at the top to replace the tank.

Lloyd, Kevin Kelly in Google Hangout Conversation Tonight


5 PM western, 8 PM eastern

I Wish It Would Rain

We had a glorious storm, about 5-1/2" rain in our yard, almost as much as all the rain so far this year. About 13" total. We still need a lot more, but this was a good omen. The ground out in the woods is finally soaked. Don't know if the chanterelles have given up for the year, but we'll see.
A couple of rain songs:

I Wish It Would Rain by The Temptations on Grooveshark Love the Rain by Toots Hibbert on Grooveshark

The Tiny Homes on the Move Production Crew

Taken during the last days of production, outside our studio. L-R, Lew Lewandowski, David Wills, Rick Gordon, moi, Evan Kahn. It's been a long haul!

Piece of Old Brick Wall From Beach

Dissing Authoritarianism

A friend of mine, an older runner, told me this story. He was heading south up into the coastal trail from the new Muir Beach parking lot last week. It was dark. He was heading on a route that he and his friends have been running for decades. There was a  new sign posted saying "No Entry After 6PM." He saw a ranger's SUV parked in the lot. Uh-oh.
   As he crossed the bridge, 2 rangers were approaching him with flashlights. As he got closer to them, one said, "Hey you can't go out here." He kept running. They probably expected him to stop, but as he pulled up abreast of them, he sprinted. "Hey, you, STOP!" -- shining their lights in his eyes. He flew past them and kept running. He felt good, like he was a kid again, as their shouts receded in the distance.
   He says he's tired of the increasingly intrusive and aggressive attempts at control by rangers. Sure, there are things you shouldn't do in a national park, like chain sawing or dirt bike riding or disturbing seals during mating season, but a solo runner leaves no trace, bothers no one.
   He says he's not going to submit to rangers' questions or follow their orders anymore. He's gonna run.

Beach Graffiti January 30, 2014

Funky But Chic by David Johansen

Funky But Chic by David Johansen on Grooveshark

A Homesteader's Philosophical Dilemma

"Interesting article:
'I wanted to physically make the world a better place,' Janes said. With his family's help, he bought 40 acres of forested land on Denman Island. It came with two trailers. Janes and a girlfriend he's no longer with moved into one, and promptly sold the other -- 'a big, ugly, white vinyl doublewide,' he said. They planted a vegetable garden and got some chickens. Self-sufficiency 'was definitely an ideal,' Janes explained, 'but we were doing everything we could' to achieve it.
-Mike W"

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I realized in the ''60s and 70s that self-sufficiency is a DIRECTION. You never will get there, even remotely. In those years we were raising a lot of our own food, and when I planted some wheat and went through all the steps to get it from the field to flour for bread (unlike potatoes or corn, which you eat just the way it comes out of the ground), I saw that self sufficiency is a myth. BUT that's no reason to give up. The idea is to become as self-sufficient as possible. AND, we weren't really doing it to make the world a better place. We did it because whatever we could produce was better and cheaper and more tuned in than what we could buy.  Like building one's own house. AND in doing that, it turns out that it IS better for the world.

3 Girls Rip It Up On Loaded Skateboards in LA

Rolling With Simplicity in a Tiny House on Wheels

"In 2012 Alek Lisefski wasn’t sure where he would end up living, but he was certain that he didn’t want to pay a high rent. So the then-29-year-old freelance web designer took matters into his own hands and built a tiny house on an 8-by-20 flatbed trailer. In doing so he joined the tiny house movement — a growing group of people who live in houses around 200 square feet or less..."
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