Monday, November 25, 2013
“Every new farmers’ market is a small step in [the right] direction. It requires new connections between the people who came together to found it, the farmers who come in from the country to meet their suburban and urban customers, the customers who emerge from the supermarket trance to meet their neighbors. The market begins to build a different reality, one that uses less oil and is therefore less vulnerable to the end of cheap energy. But, more important, the new reality responds to all the parts of who we are, including the parts that crave connection. One-tenth the energy; ten times the conversations — that’s an equation worth contemplating.”
Dude is on to something…
Bill McKibben (via sheddenm)
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Friday, November 22, 2013
Pretty proud of this recent project in which I learned about biscuit joining and filling in beetle bored wood with resin. Table top: birch, everything else: old growth fir.
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Friday, November 15, 2013
“I would like to speak of gratitude as a labor undertaken by the soul to effect the transformation after a gift has been received. Between the time a gift comes to us and the time we pass it along, we suffer gratitude. Moreover, with gifts that are agents of change, it is only when the gift has worked in us, only when we have come up to its level, as it were, that we can give it away again. Passing the gift along is the act of gratitude that finishes the labor. The transformation is not accomplished until we have the power to give the gift on our own terms. Therefore, the end of the labor of gratitude is similarity with the gift or with its donor. Once this similarity has been achieved we may feel a lingering and generalized gratitude, but we won’t feel it with the urgency of true indebtedness.”Lewis Hyde, The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property
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Thursday, October 17, 2013
“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion is to look out to the world; yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good; yours are the hands with which God is to bless people now.”St. Teresa of Avila
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
“The great obstacle is simply this: the conviction that we cannot change because we are dependent upon what is wrong. But that is the addict’s excuse, and we know that it will not do.”Wendell Berry in his essay “Word and Flesh”, from What are People For?, Counterpoint Press, 2010. pg 201.
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