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  • C.S. Lewis: "The Weight of Glory"

    C.S. Lewis: "The Weight of Glory"
    "I am trying to rip open THE INCONSOLABLE SECRET in each one of you -- the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence."

  • -- Unknown: "God does not require you to have a great faith. You simply need to have faith in a great God."
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    Great photos and stories about San Francisco: its arts, politics and characters (the author among them). It makes me homesick.
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    Best blog I read.
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    Artists in the heartland building sustainable living space. DIY with a vengance, and a conscience.
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The Fragile Industries Manifesto

  • Hammers
    Why the hammer logo? "Hammers" was my maternal grandmother's maiden name, and I like the matrilineal symbolism. My great-grandfather was a blacksmith, so there's that family history as well. I consider myself ready to undertake the Fragile Industry of rebuilding my life with that hammer. Rebuilding the Insconsolable Secret “that hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence.” (C.S. Lewis.) In taking up this blog I raise the powerful tool of language, of exchanged ideas, of humor. I am readying other devices from my toolbox, rusty, disused. The hammer is an ironic symbol of freedom and new life, of encouragement to me. Take it up if you dare.

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whats wrong with thrift stores!? :-p I have dear memories of going on Saturday and scouting for the 30% off Sundays! I was just at the thrift store today! But then there is my brother and his "I told mom not to shop at the thrift store because OTHER people need it more..." he didn't learn...

I am going to try and use miles to come down in the spring. I just haven't have a chance to really look at it yet. The plan would be to see Laura and Christine (friends who live in LA) You guys and then drive up and visit Jeff at college! Thankfully with my AK air credit card I just have to pay my bills and watch the miles build until I have enough!


P.S. is me and I've been getting around to blogging more these days!

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Thrift stores are WONDERFUL! Don't take me wrong! 90% of my STUFF (clothes, furnishings, dishes, art and art supplies)came from thrift stores, eBay, estate sales, hand-me-down and so on. Other people's stuff is always more interesting, it comes to me with a patina of history. I wouldn't trade my 1954 Wedgewood stove for the fanciest Wolfe range a yuppie could buy.

But every baby needs a new dress from Bloomingdales. Just one. So you know what to look for when you get to the thrift store.

I'll check your blog and hold you to your promise to visit!


hahahah yeah you're right! I am finding every way to get more miles! signing up for the newsletter... checking in on the web... everything. I am not too far off from being able to get 2 tickets! Then I'll be stuck in AK again! hahahah! Its so freaking expensive to fly out of here! You would think I am 3,000 miles from the lower 48 or something!

You might have to come visit too! The mountains and the fireweed alone will make you fall in love with the place! Not to mention sunsets at 11:30 at night, 24 hrs of light in the summer, the aurora in the winter, and Moose and Bears, and... wolves.... and reindeer and muskox!

But also on the used thing... I am thankful I dont have my Nana Janye's antiquing problem! That woman would go crazy in any antique store! She had SO much furniture every time they moved we got a truck! hahah! But I do love the pieces she sent us... but secretly I really wanted the grandfather clock! Brian is also thankful I dont have the Jayne antique obsession... its an expensive habit! But if the time comes and the clock is right... I am getting me a grandfather clock!


Thrift stores are expensive! Why Buy clothes when you can make them out of scraps of curtain samples left over from your days as an interior designer? Well now Kate's creations (still worn, nearly two decades later) earn compliments. Speaking of those dresses, there's a story I need to tell you, Auntie Mame...

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