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Red-Shouldered Hawk in Tree This Morning

It was giving the evil eye to the chickens. (They're safely enclosed by aviary wire.)

I think this is a young hawk. I climbed up a ladder with my telephoto lens, was maybe 10' away from him — he wasn't alarmed. Come to think of it, maybe predators are more in attack than flight mode.

Last night I saw 2 different coyotes on the highway. One is there pretty much all the time; I hope it's not due to people feeding him.

The Washtub Bass Persuasion and Irene Tukuafu

A few days ago, I got an email from Irene Tukuafu, artist, musician, musical instrument maker, and kindred spirit, now living in Illinois. Here's her email and my reply:

On 12/23/16 at 9:15 PM -0600, Irene Tukuafu wrote in a message entitled
Fwd: Washtub bass:

Dear Lloyd, I just finished this last night.  Well, I have some more fun painting I'm going to do on this, but thought you'd like to see it.  I did some research on the different kinds of washtub bass's and when a gal let me play her one that had the handle of an axe....that worked better and can control the sound pitch better.  At least it did when I played her one.

Sooooooooo I'm in the market to find a better string.  Living is just wonderful when filled with fun stuffs to do.  My next musical instrument will be a TENNESSEE MUSIC BOX.  It's a dulcimer that was used more for the dance hall, so had to be bigger.  Not much to look at...........soooooo I'm making mine to Look at too. ha.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THE MAX to you and all.

aloha, irene

Irene online:
http://irenetukuafu.blogspot.com/
http://harp4you.blogspot.com/

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Johnny Ratcliffe, age 11-1/2, and his Dad Steve are surf buddies.


I'm Off To Minneapolis January 27th

I'm doing an author appearance at the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute on January 29, 2017. It's a reception at 5PM that day, where authors meet booksellers. I'll be talking about our forthcoming book, Small Homes: The Right Size, and handing out copies of Tiny Homes.  http://www.bookweb.org/wi2017/winter-institute

I'm going there a few days early to explore around the Twin Cities. Any advice on things to do there?

And, as of about a half hour ago, it looks like after the event, I'll drive the next day to Grand Marais and visit folks at the North House Folk School, and do some kind of presentation there.

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I'm gonna get together a state of the state at our publishing company and of what I've been doing lately, now that the book is off to the printers. I've cut down a lot on my posts in the last year, what with now using Instagram, and finishing my 1st book in 3 years, but I have a bit of posting to do soon. Stay tuned.

Chris Thile and Mark O'Connor Play the Blues

#sunset in the #woods #wintersolstice shortest day of year, 4:58 PM



For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

"The Lykovs lived in this hand-built log cabin, lit by a single window “the size of a backpack pocket” and warmed by a smoky wood-fired stove." 

"As the intruders scrambled up the mountain, heading for the spot pinpointed by their pilots, they began to come across signs of human activity: a rough path, a staff, a log laid across a stream, and finally a small shed filled with birch-bark containers of cut-up dried potatoes. Then, Pismenskaya said:
Beside a stream there was a dwelling. Blackened by time and rain, the hut was piled up on all sides with taiga rubbish—bark, poles, planks. If it hadn’t been for a window the size of my backpack pocket, it would have been hard to believe that people lived there. But they did, no doubt about it…. Our arrival had been noticed, as we could see.
The low door creaked, and the figure of a very old man emerged into the light of day, straight out of a fairy tale. Barefoot. Wearing a patched and repatched shirt made of sacking. He wore trousers of the same material, also in patches, and had an uncombed beard. His hair was disheveled. He looked frightened and was very attentive…. We had to say something, so I began: ‘Greetings, grandfather! We’ve come to visit!’
The old man did not reply immediately…. Finally, we heard a soft, uncertain voice: ‘Well, since you have traveled this far, you might as well come in.’"
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/for-40-years-this-russian-family-was-cut-off-from-all-human-contact-unaware-of-world-war-ii-7354256/?utm_source=keywee-facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_campaign=keywee&kwp_0=277985&kwp_4=1099726&kwp_1=510127
From Rick Gordon

SMALL HOMES Book is off to Printers

We got the proofs back last week, and I almost cried when I went through it page by page. Sounds dumb, I know, but it was overwhelming to see all the pages, in collated order, full size, 4-color for the first time -- after a couple of years working on it. I'd only seen rather low-quality, reduced size printouts up until now. And you know what, it's ahem, a beautiful book.

People, home builders from all walks of life, a great variety of designs, materials, locales. It may very well be the most useful book we've ever done. Tiny homes are great for some people, but too small for most. Here are 65 or so homes in all, a cornucopia of ideas for people who can't afford high rents and bank mortgages, and want to build or remodel (or contract out) their own homes.

Check out the "sneak previews" on TheShelterBlog:
http://www.theshelterblog.com/?s=sneak+preview

Book due out April, 2017. More details to follow here.

I Really Love the Rain

We've had 1-1/4" already today. We're way beyond the last few years for this date. Everyone is worried that it could be like a few years ago, when we had a lot of rain through December, then practically nil the rest of the rainy season. But it feels like the low pressure systems are moving in regularly, not getting blocked by high pressure. May it continue. The soil in the woods is soaked, the fungi are lovin it.

I always think of this song when it's really raining: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u7YY-jQ0XU//

Another Toots song (look at these guys!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnGyU6y46VE

Bernie Harberts and His Lost Sea Expedition Series

Bernie Harberts and his mule Polly were featured in the "On the Road" section of our book Tiny Homes.

"I’ve sailed alone around the world, traveled across America by mule (twice), pedaled a ten dollar bike around Tasmania and walked across Newfoundland with a mule. Most recently, I sailed a wood ketch from the Falkland Islands to South Georgia Island, off Antarctica. From there, we sailed 3 weeks across the iceberg laced Southern Ocean to South Africa.…

For the Lost Sea Expedition series, I traveled 14 months across America in a wagon. Just as I did in North Carolina, I explored things that are particular to an area. This time around, it was horse breakers, Lakota elders, sod hut dwellers, ghost towns and a vanished sea that caught my eye. I filmed the whole voyage myself – a first ever for a cross-country wagon voyage.…"
lostseaexpedition.com/

Dwight Yoakam - Little Sister


Now check Elvis' version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSGGmOf_zdU

I'm sitting at Cafe Roma in North Beach right now. Here's Elvis with the same song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj0Rz-uP4Mk What a voice!

La La Blues -- Pokey LaFarge

Miracle in the Garden This Morning


Lesley's been watching the chrysalis every day. She just came in to tell me it had emerged when I was on an important phone call so I handed Evan my iPhone and he shot the pic. Note the shell of the chrysalis at right; how did the butterfly ever fit in that small enclosure? Stunning, and it's the kind of thing that's going on in the natural world every moment. As Leonard Cohen says, halleluja!

#monarch #butterfly #chrysalis yesterday. Note faint outline of wing.


San Francisco Bay Area Weather Forecast

This is the most informative I've found, a text report by the National Weather Service:

http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=MTR&product=AFD&