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    Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill

    Eating Dirt is not at all what I was expecting.  Tree planters are not the kind of people I was expecting either. Tree planters are down and dirty. They are not flowery people and Gill makes no attempt to hide all of the nitty gritty details of their working lives. She also makes no secret […]

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    Ringing in the New Year

    If you say it Gong Xi Fa Cai; Gong Hey Fat Choy or even Kung-Hsi Fa-Ts’ai! they all say Happy New Year! On February 10, 2013 the Year of the Snake starts. Those born under the Snake can appear slippery and secretive, but they can also are good with money, smart, hard working, intelligent and […]

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    Shackled by Faith

    “Probably no other member of the church derives as much material benefit from his religion as (Tom) Cruise does, and consequently none bears a greater moral responsibility for the indignities inflicted on members, sometimes directly because of his membership.” – Lawrence Wright Religions are not so different from people. If you don’t look too deeply, […]

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    Antique Table Repair

    It didn’t take too long to go from the basket case above to the reenergized table below.  Good for another 100 years if my clients can keep the movers away from it. It was hard for us to imagine quite how it ended up in the shape above, but it looks good now.  We can’t […]

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    More Pluck – Jake and Lily

    Last week I wrote about plucky girls, but what about plucky boys?  There are many of those, too. Here are a few of my favorites: Starting with an author also mentioned last week, Cornelia Funke, we find a plucky hero in Jon Whitcroft in Ghost Knight. Take one 11-year old boy; one 11-year-old girl, and […]

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    Cherry Side Tables

    Here’s a quick little project—a pair of cherry side tables. A little trickier than it looked at first, but happy in it’s new home now.  The challenge was to make a pair of tables for either end of a couch in a 30 degree bump out in a client’s home.  We made a quick, screwed together […]

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    A Really Old Friend

    Now this piece is what you would call a REALLY old friend.  I actually made this cherry and ash piece, according to the client, in 1980, my first full year in the custom furniture business.  The client was a friend who started and owned a successful art gallery and custom framing business at the time.  […]

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    Cold but Plucky!

    It’s cold outside. But I’m a plucky Vermont girl and I know the cure to cold days: curl up under a blanket and read about plucky girls! The first plucky girl is Clara Dooley in The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell. Twelve years old and smack dab in the middle of a mystery! The exotic birds […]

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