• Archive | Pursuits & Passions

    The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond

    Many people fantasize about a world long gone, where life was less complicated by modern day complexities and technology. Diamond has set out to clarify just what we gave up by moving out of hunter-gatherer bands and into high rises. His latest book compares traditional societies with modern lifestyles without glorifying or vilifying either. Diamond explores […]

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    George the Third Dining Table

    Well, ok.  I’ve been putting this one off for a while, I’ve been kind of taking a little blog vacation for a week or so while trevor moved this project along.  It’s a new version of the table above that we built back in 1991. This is a close up of the original edge inlay […]

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    Concrete Comes Inside

    I grew up in the ‘concrete jungle’ of New York City, where my experience with concrete was the bruises it caused on contact with the neighborhood kids’ knees.  Not an endearing history with the material. Fast forward to now, where concrete has made its’ way inside, paving the way (sorry) for a trendy, industrial style […]

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    Vermont: A Love Story

    The Vermont Book Shelf promotes Vermont authors. Recently some have written “a love story” to Vermont.But each has their own reason for loving Vermont. My love of Vermont comes from many factors: such as being born and raised here; most of my family is here; the state is a wonderful collection of people, places and things […]

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    Quirky Collections

    I like short story collections. It is a great way to be introduced to a number of authors all at once. Plus, no handshaking involved! You just have to turn a page. Two new collections that are great page-turners and are as unique as they powerful areLetter Q by Sarah Moon and James Lecesne and […]

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    All the Pretty Pool Tables

    I’ve been making pool tables now since about 1989 …. hmmm almost 25 years?  Seems like a blink.  I was first captivated by pool in high school, at the bowling alley, at Fry’s, the luncheonette with two pool tables ‘in the back’, one for an open 9 ball game (50 cents and a dollar) and […]

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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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