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Grampa Walton -- Will Geer: a Radical with Woody Guthrie, et al
May 08, 2014 - The things you learn from a cartoon. I watched the intentionally obnoxious "American Dad" last nite, the "gay episode" and the dad mention "Grampa Walton" in a rant. That caught my ear since I grew up watching that show and I liked that actor. He reminded me of my grampa, who often watched it with us and who would remark on the rural...
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Events: Classy vs. Competitive
April 18, 2014 - How to make an event stand out as special? It seems often these days that we choose to set up a Race as a way to get or express interest in the coolness of an activity. But does a race really bring out the best? It seems like often it brings out a narrowing and a silencing. Everybody blasts off with total focus and doesn't ch...
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Uncle Tim, RIP
April 11, 2014 - My uncle Tim died today. His like will not be seen again. He was the last of the 50's style of swanky jazz dude. Plus hippy Keith Richards. Plus some Elvis, in a way. (Oh, they're still out there. But he was a special case. Yeah, so is everyone. For sure, though, his generation won't be seen again. Older than the boomers...
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George Herter: a biography would be nice...
December 27, 2013 - I'm thinking that it would be neat to see a biography of George Herter, the founder of the mega mail order outdoor sports catalog. I wonder if any of his relatives are alive and might be interested in such a project. The story of his company and his work would be fascinating, I would think. He -- or his designers -- designed...
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Selling Seneca: a Wild Ride with a Ghost-town, Craigslist ...and World Media
December 11, 2013 - Whew. Here's my 15 minutes, it looks like. Indirectly. Here's the story... My uncle Tim and his pal Jerry own an old gold mining ghost town called Seneca. It's in the heart of the Sierras, in a National Forest. It has a bar. And beautiful river runs right thru the property. If you think about it, it has to be one-of-a-kind i...
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RIP Uncle Les -- a Real Ripsnorter
October 21, 2013 - I grew up around wild uncles on both my mom's and my dad's sides. My mom's side was wild in a westcoast jazz Citroen kinda way. My dad had 6 brothers and a sister. They were, and still are, a high-energy country kind of wild. Untame-able. I grew up around hunting and fishing and wild-rumpus stories from them. And they grew up in ...
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Mustaches & Beards: Runnin' Wild...
August 15, 2013 - I don't pretend to understand fashion. But maybe nobody does. Maybe it's all pretense ... and that's fine. Fashion is where we get to pretend. What about the idea of leaders and followers in fashion? It seems like everyone poaches, everyone gets their ideas from somewhere. They see something then get inspired by it or get insp...
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DIY Scouting... Dads 'n' Boys
July 09, 2013 - A friend from across the country recently told me about a great thing. He said it was the best thing he'd ever done. I think that's what he said, maybe he added "with his son," but I think he just said "best thing ever." ...I wish he'd told me years ago! His son is in Boy Scouts. He and his dad noticed that there were fairly sign...
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Cheap backyard pools are GREAT
June 22, 2013 - [Update from 6/13/2008!] Run don't walk...and get yerself a 15-foot kiddy swimming pool for your yard. If you don't have one and it's hot where you live and you can possibly wedge one in. Man, they're great! In the spring they're about $300 for a 15-footer, but in late summer they're $75. They come complete with pump-filter. Mich...
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Unique OYB Trifecta in National Media
April 10, 2013 - I think I pulled off a unique stunt in the past year. OYB often pushes for fresh outdoor innovation of the thrifty, sensible variety which doesn't get much play elsewhere. So last year I thought it would be neat to see if I could spread the word through various other outdoor magazines. I ended up writing articles about un...
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Fur Catching on Again?
March 20, 2013 - I've seen notices about how fur is now part of hipster culture. How is that? Is it coming from vintage, re-use? I've also seen mention of roadkill fur. Maybe those vectors put fur into an affordable class. ? Fur = monster no longer seems the trendy equation. Folks might even come around again to the idea that fur-trapping is ...
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Boatbuilding Apprenticeshop: Education and *EDUCATION*
January 11, 2013 - In the new issue of "Messing About in Boats," there's an overview of the Maine Maritime Museum's Apprenticeshop boat-building program, with some blurbs from folks who'd attended. (MAIB is the world's best boat magazine, messingaboutinboats.com, black'n'white, edited by ...
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Weather & the Nordic Spirit
December 15, 2012 - Last year's low-snow winter has nothing to do with the static state of XC. XC doesn't stand alone -- it doesn't even need snow to be full-on! The Nordic mindset is holistic. It easily endures cycles of lo-sno/mo-sno by hopping over to any available fresh air fun with friends, solitude, picnics, what have you. The crisis is t...
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Paralympics: True Meaning of Sport?
September 04, 2012 - How much money is in paralympics? How much distortion from professionalization, from gambling. Do these athletes tend much to go to extremes for victory? Does their livelihood depend on success? Yet they're not necessarily elitist as in the past world of amateurism, where only the rich could afford to take the time to play....
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Hillbilly Heaven: a Backyard "Cement Pond"
July 14, 2012 - Last week had a record-breaking 103F day. Our 15 x 36 backyard pool saved our butts. It stayed cool in the shade during the whole heat wave. Now, our yard gets a bit out of hand, what with wood piles getting depleted over the winter and left to ruin in the summer. And the pool itself collapsed over winter. Nobody believed I'd ge...
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Team OYB visits World Steam Expo 2012
May 26, 2012 - I woke up this morning after a voyage to another planet and another time. I attended my first Steampunk Con yesterday -- World Steam Expo 2012 in Dearborn, MI. It's at the spiffy, modern Hyatt near Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. I arrived and walked into a scene to boggle the imagination. I suppose it was som...
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Summer is Here! --A Couple Tips to Make it Great!
May 20, 2012 - It was HOT today -- 93F. And we decided to prep our front yard to be a garden. Ha! But it was nice that all four of us were out there working for awhile. I didn't realize it was so hot. OK, here's my annual reminder about great ideas for turning humid weather into great fun: *If you have a yard and don't have a pool yet, just g...
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Pondering Steampunk... (The Expo is coming!)
May 08, 2012 - I've been pondering Steampunk of late. I checked out the book "Steampunk Bible." It's really good. It's helping clarify my hunches, but, wonderfully, I'm still way back in the jungle. It's good to add yet another long exploration into the mix. OK, I can see it's re-enacting for DIYers. It's role-playing that can be used toward unders...
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Old Gear Historian -- A Treasure Trove!
May 08, 2012 - SCORE! ...One for the oldtimers. This is what we grew up with! Read it and revel. Read it and imagine what it was like... Our inspiration... Coming at us, nonstop, from the innovators and garages... So here's a guy who sees the forest for the trees. I was just noticing my old Kelty pack the other day in the garage. Junk, righ...
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Why Things Stay Bad in the Hinterlands
May 05, 2012 - Here's a thought: Culture in the hinterlands stays bad because people of means isolate themselves. My hunch is that many of the well-to-do around here enjoy the quiet small town settings and a fairly open-ended, highly-compensated worklife connected to the local university and capitol (where they can teach and run research facili...
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Team OYB: Ohio Roadtrip Early Report
April 10, 2012 - Hey, we're back. We drove 1000 miles around Ohio for our Spring Break, tenting at barely-opened parks along the way. I'll post a report soon. Right now I have to catch up on shipping and do our taxes. (Whew!) But here's a brief comment: I have to say that the hinterlands of America are scary. They're basically like our rural...
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World Steam Expo: Detroit, Memorial Weekend
March 28, 2012 - It'll be hugest. The biggest thing the world has never seen. Of a past future that never was. It's a blending of all sorts of things that I think are pretty neat. Tweed, pirates, brass. So there will be thousands of dress-up folks along these lines down in Detroit come Memorial Day. What's also supercool is that they'll be i...
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Visit to Another World: Balcony Row Antiques (Holly, MI)
March 19, 2012 - Let's start with the town itself. Holly, Michigan, has several distinct features, some of which mesh together nicely, others take more of a leap. Let's restart by casting the widest net: Holly is home to a huge month-long Renaissance Festival held nearby close to the State Park. This is a high-level production with daily true-to...
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Why Not Give Star Students the Star Athlete Treatment?
January 28, 2012 - Every newspaper contains action-packed accounts of young student athletes -- many in grade school -- and the explanations their eager coaches have for their latest exploits. They also interview the kids as to what recently went down. Now there are also a lot of other action-packed kids and students out there who interact with ...
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Carolyn Chute & No-Wing Militia
December 17, 2011 - Carolyn Chute is peeking out of the forest. Probably because her huge new book just came out. (She says the manuscript was 2600 pages.) Here are links to stories from the reporters she let in the house and yard. They have different angles and all are worth reading. Catch that her hubby is illiterate. Whoa, is right! In t...
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Our National Music? Song? Dance?
December 14, 2011 - What's a good national song and dance? ...I watched "Long Way Round" the other day, about the two movie stars riding their enduro motorcycles around the world. Good buddy flick. As they visited countries the locals would show them hospitality and, in the case of the Ukraine in particular, during the resulting party their host...
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Lucius Beebe: Foppishly Refined Foodie
November 25, 2011 - Anyone know who Lucius Beebe was? My uncle Kent mentioned him so I looked him up. He was considered the best-dressed man back in the 30's-40's. He was a sassy dapper dan, a top food and culture writer, with several long-lasting columns spanning decades in newspapers and magazines like Gourmet. As a young newsreporter he would co...
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JP's 50th B-day & Halloween Shindig
November 01, 2011 - It started out as a small mtbike ride. (Including 2 MB1s & an MBZip!) With a bonfire, guitars, and potluck. But it grew into a feast with: smoked venison, roasted venison, squirrel stew, grouse, pickled pike, fried green tomatos, two kinds of homebrew from our yard hops, yard raspberry trifle (with double-boiler sabayon ...
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Salon and I rant about the Avoidance of Culture
October 14, 2011 - After reading the following Salon post, I continue to be intrigued by the dominance these days of art which seems proud of having no content. The stifling cool of irony keeps clinging. Clever style, atmosphere and pose STILL seem to be the main values. What's there to actually INSPIRE anyone? I feel sorry for kids today. Kids nee...
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Global is Local: Bringing the Wars Home
October 12, 2011 - I usually only cover local topics here and basically only have a local knowledge of what's going on, partial at that. But I'm curious about the wars. It seems like they're the biggest deal in our lives since Vietnam. It's hard to imagine that the combination of their cost and the cost of homeland security aren't what's really ...
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Top Indie Heroes?
October 01, 2011 - Martha and I were googling around (oooh!) and found many lists of Top 100 Americans or Top 25 Most Influential People, but no lists of Top Indie Heroes. I thought if there were such lists they'd be mostly indie music band people or comics characters, and there are a couple lists that come close to that. But, really, there...
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The Smell of Mildew in the Morning
July 19, 2011 - I like the smell of mildew. (Henry does, too. --Likes our basement smell.) It reminds me of favorite things: *Opening up a cabin. *Opening the hatch of my big old wooden sailboat in LA Harbor after not being there a half year. *The little side-rooms where I stayed at my uncle's bungalow in the Hollywood Hills before they...
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Classics Club
July 15, 2011 - Have a weekly meet-up picnic somewhere near E. Lansing. Bring cool stuff to show'n'tell with activity before or after. Like a bike ride followed by picnic. Or overland croquet. Show up with vintage bike, car or motorcycle, say. Fancy attire. Smoking allowed. Poetry recitation. Mixology. If location is near water then folks could bri...
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Open Letter to Editor of Outdoor Athlete Magazine...
June 25, 2011 - [cc of email sent 5/24, no reply] Hi, Rachel! I picked up your May issue and notice that in your editorial you twice refer to Michigan in, I have to say, an unenthusiastic way. I think we need to sign you up for a "love your state" clinic! It's just what the doctor ordered and would do you a world of good. But don't f...
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Clubbing It: Networking for DIYers?
June 14, 2011 - I don't get to clubs very often. I mean social clubs. I mean business-advancement, social-advancement clubs. In the past week our kids have made school and Scout visits to two of them -- the local athletic club and the local university club. I didn't see anything but small portions of their facilities, but of course just the fact of...
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Steampunk View of Greenfield Village
June 02, 2011 - I missed the World Steam Expo over this recently past Memorial Day Weekend in Dearborn. Rats, I love that stuff, but I've never seen much of it in the flesh. Oh well, fingers crossed for next year! Instead, I helped chaperone Lucy's 5th grade Field Trip to Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. What a wonderful place! It ...
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Lakes of Fire: Michigan's Big Hippie Event
May 27, 2011 - June 11, 2011 -- North of Grand Rapids a ways at the Circle JJ Ranch. A weekend of friendly, inclusive, participatory fun, music, art and such. Pre-purchase of tickets required.
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In Defense of Socks 'n' Sandals
May 23, 2011 - Socks'n'sandals for men? I googled it and saw endless attacks. But I'm a defender, willing to go against the Lightweights. But I'm also willing to listen. Sometimes fashion makes sense, after all. Again, I'm thinking of the menfolk here, but maybe some angles include the ladies. I say that when a shoe gets a hole in it by desig...
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MDNR Planning Unusual "Test Damage" of Soft Hiking Trail This Weekend
April 25, 2011 - [I just got this. The DNR is planning to "test damage" a vital, soft trail this weekend. Crazy! A major horse event is being planned for the Waterloo trail. It's hard to walk or ski where a lot of horses have passed if the ground or snow is soft. It might wreck this trail for a LONG time. But they might cancel it if noise is made. ...
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Real World Book Ideas: Trailers, Cottages, Treeforts
April 12, 2011 - There are quite a few books out there about trailers, cottages and treeforts. They're all done from the millionaire/designer/architect/folly point of view. Ornate, big-budget, decorated. I'd love to publish (or reprint, or resell -- know of any?) books about REAL WORLD versions of all these things. I want to show what actual ...
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Movie Idea: Life, With and Without
April 10, 2011 - Movie idea. Two scenes. 1: People doing folk music and dancing under parking lot awning at a Freewayexitminimall. 2: People slumped in couches, texting, indoors, in AC, while thru dead windows we see the life of a Mexican village-square swirling around.
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Idea: Film Fest based on *LOCAL* Culture, Adventure?
March 22, 2011 - What about a Great Lakes Outdoor Film Fest? -- With films about our region's outdoor culture. But I'm flexible: a fest with *any* kind of films about this region would be dandy. I'm *cranky* because from what I can tell "adventure" film-fests are about mountains, big-air, and exotica. We need to push everything to GO LOC...
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How Old is Too Old?
February 08, 2011 - Verlen Kruger started his first big-publicity super-huge paddling expedition when he was 66, as I recall. His partner, Steve Landick was maybe 40 at the time. (VK had done another ridiculous trip maybe a decade earlier, but it was more low-key. In a way. If insane can be low-key. That one was "Never Before, Never Again" -- p...
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Roadkill Fur Fashion...
December 16, 2010 - I like fur. It's gorgeous, highly functional, lasts decades (far longer than a meal, to be sure), accepts top spot on the eco-chain, and is sustainable (unlike plastic) and humane in multiple respects, including when harvested in the wild (and possibly when farmed animals are kept in good conditions). But it seems like th...
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A Wall of Outdoor Sports
November 24, 2010 - I've long wanted to put up an outdoor sports tool display. Why keep all that beautiful stuff hidden away? I only get to enjoy it, visually, when in the workshop, in the garage... C'mon! I made one years ago, before kids, out of 2x4's and nails and Martha said she liked the concept -- except for the execution. So I finally STO...
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Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum -- Detroit
October 06, 2010 - Yesterday was Henry's birthday (13) so we pulled him outta school and he got to play hooky. We all went and visited Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Farmington Hills. What a riot! This guy has a shop in the back of a minimall complex. It's full of amusement arcade games, displays and machines from the past 100 years. The c...
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Dwellable...
August 08, 2010 - This house along Co Rd 204 north of Leland (I think) has to have made it into "Dwell," doncha think? I could party there.
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Harbor Sights & Farther North
August 04, 2010 - Here are a couple points of interest regarding Harbor Springs and Pellston, with a sprinkling of Cross Village on the side (when I can get more pics). It's worth appreciating and looking into some of the key history of Harbor Springs at the Andrew Blackbird Museum. Blackbird was an Indian chief in the region and was the firs...
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"Do What Ya Can with What Ya Got" vs. "All Work and No Play"
June 10, 2010 - What can ya do with all these big long daylight hours? I'll tell ya! You can keep going and going. Pile it on! ...Even during the work week! **** I don't want to jinx anything, but I had to laugh at an email I got today. And I have to share it with you. To set the stage, I haven't gone on a Fun Ride yet this season....
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Port Huron Re-Enactor Fest: Pics & Report
May 31, 2010 - We visited the "Feast of Ste. Claire" Re-enactor Encampment yesterday, Sunday. It's near downtown Port Huron right on the gorgeous blue St. Clair River. (Guys were fishing along it under sun umbrellas -- one guy had 3 big walleye. I wanted to dive in for a swim. So blue!) This is a fest for the 1740-1840 period, basically. It's th...
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Cool Cheap Houses to Live In
May 30, 2010 - Cheap housing gets ignored in the media and by the cultural side of life in this country. Yet millions search it out and create it and solve the puzzle on their own and elaborate its possibilities for good living. And their solutions are by and large ignored or snubbed. $200k new homes are considered a kind of norm while a whole i...
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Michigan's Burning Man: June 24-27
May 28, 2010 - Didja hear there's going to be a Burning Man event in Michigan this June. I guess it's our first. Burning Man is a big "participation art festival" that's held in the Nevada desert. Thousands attend and make stuff, share it, and party. Maybe it's a bit like a Rainbow Gathering only for art. I haven't attended, but it seems...
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Grandville: Where my Gramma Lived and Dad Grew Up
May 27, 2010 - Here are a couple pics of old-time locations for my family. My gramma lived her last few decades in this little house on Burton in Grandville, MI, near Grand Rapids, a mile up the hill from the big Grand River. I stayed a few days and overnights with her there. I think that dozens of the grandkids did. But one at a time. There's a...
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Old Timers Keep up the Outdoor Action
May 24, 2010 - Let's get this list populated: *Local bike commuting hero, Bob Gibbs, is 93 and bike tours frequently and does daily bike errands. *Al Widing, Sr., is 84 and races at the elite pro level in the Au Sable Canoe Marathon, a 120-mile, 17-hr all-night event. He often races with younger family. Tough as nails. *I saw an 85-yr-old ...
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Huge Re-enactor Camp: Port Huron, Memorial Weekend
May 21, 2010 - Memorial Day weekend is the 30th annual "Feast of Ste. Claire" -- a Revolutionary-era re-enactor encampment in Port Huron. 600 buffs in 100 camps show off Indian, French, British and US lifestyles of the 1750-1840 period. It's a BIG deal, if you like seeing the old stuff brought to life. We're going for the 1st time. (Warning: plinky...
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If You Must... Some Fun TV
April 11, 2010 - It's not indie or outdoor culture; it's just some TV. If you like to watch the occasional wacky-edge comedy, check out these DVD's. I always think I'm the last to find out about gems like these but, who knows, maybe you haven't seen them either yet... *The Chappelle Show -- crazy creative with plenty of vulgarity and spoofery of...
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"No Child Left Inside": seems like a good idea!
February 23, 2010 - I guess this quickly gets into nasty politics, unlike anything on OYB (true...and intentionally so, eh?). They say that the No Child Left Behind campaign has resulted in the slashing of Enviro Ed which in turn has created a huge enviro awareness gap between rich and poor schools. Or something like that. The Michigan DNR is...
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Personalizing Our Stuff: Folk Art
January 29, 2010 - Some people personalize their stuff. The old-time people did it a lot, but modern people do, too. When, who, why? I suppose it's often people who have crafty skills who do this. Or who have a need to express themselves. Hence, folk art. People don't modify their stuff when it's a commodity: when it's not really their...
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Outfits in Motion: Blazers and Such with Pivots and Such
January 28, 2010 - If Edmund Hillary climbed Mt. Everest in a sport coat, you should be able to ride a bike wearing one. All you need is a pivot in the shoulder. Or a gusset in the back seam. Something, anything! Without something built into a dressier garment to give it range of motion, you're bound up tight. I was shooting pistols and ri...
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Wild Old Guy: Lloyd Kahn, publisher, skater
January 28, 2010 - Lloyd Kahn wrote "Home Work," a big, famous book of pics and info about unusually creative homebuilt houses back in the 1970's that provoked a lot of folks into building things like geodesic domes. Quite a few of the houses he features are traditional to their culture or part of the world -- or they at least include a sense of ro...
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Stuck in the Middle Again! Twixt & Tween Weather Blues
January 28, 2010 - Ugh! This is when winter is wretched. When it's cold out but not enough snow to ski. But wait a minute... it'd probably be good for ice fishing, right? And...maybe even ice skating! OK, I'll go over and check out the swamp behind my brother's house...maybe there's good ice there. ...Maybe even it's good out on Lake Lansing...
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The Migration Scrolls of the Ojibwa...and More
January 27, 2010 - A Wiigwaasabak is a birch scroll that the Ojibwa medicine men, the Midewiwin, use in ceremonies. They use geometric diagrams to explain many complex things and have been handed down for generations. A couple are in the Smithsonian. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiigwaasabak) The Anishinaabe people are involved in this, too -- ...
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The Codex Canadiensis: groovy art from 1700...
January 27, 2010 - A missionary named Louis Nicolas lived awhile in Canada then in 1700 he supposedly made a book of sketches. At any rate, they're a Canadian national treasure. Scans of his work are online at the following link, where you can also read more about his interesting and mysterious life: Read Article

The New Homeless: "Urban Outdoorsman"
January 27, 2010 - A park nomad reported on in this link has a new term for his homelessness: "I prefer to be called an urban outdoorsman." He's different from some "bums": he lives in a tent deep in Golden Gate Park...and keeps his stuff in his car and has a full-time job and a laptop and cellphone with headset which he uses for his internet jo...
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Wanna know my scene? Here's what it's all about...
January 26, 2010 - As Lord Whimsy says at his blog, whenever anyone asks me what I'm all about, I show them this... www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8bqVL0VXrE ...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Nausicaa: low budget live version of classic anime?
January 26, 2010 - I really like all the Miyazaki movies (Studio Ghibli). They show cool young people on amazing adventures. The adventures always include the quiet places in neighborhoods and include folks of all ages and often feature a hero girl. Great art. Lots of bikes and a melange of futuristic and classic/vintage-type fashion and architectu...
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The Films of Bill Mason: online, free
January 26, 2010 - Bill Mason was a stalwart Canadian filmmaker who featured heritage-baed canoeing in many of his films. His other films were mostly about nature in one way or another. He was also a painter. And a canoeing educator and writer. He had great acclaim for his work. I sell DVDs of his classic movie, "Waterwalker," which has a sound...
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Native American Subsistence: food for thought
January 26, 2010 - As I've posted and hinted here many times, NA subsistence practices and theory are a fascinating topic to me. Here's a rare link to an NA report on the topic. This has been a subject cloaked in secrecy and contentiousness. I tend to take a bit of a postmodern anthropology angle about it. Here's how the report starts: ...
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Project Kid Fun: Possible?
January 24, 2010 - I've had good luck with enticing our kids into doing things like bike, boat, ski, hike, even a bit of jogging. Marksmanship and archery has been less engaging. Henry is liking the gun notion, but he's not into shooting the bb-gun's in our backyard and working on skills. He wants explosions. He likes working on accuracy a little b...
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Layer Cake
January 06, 2010 - Sometimes I like some layering. I just noticed this view while driving so took a quick snap. Top down: overcoat, sportcoat, shirt, tee. *** Post or send your layering pics! Chris had on FIVE layers the other day...
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Hope for a Tween
January 03, 2010 - A cute thing happened today with our monster child. (I'm calling him that here because in the past few months he's piled on several inches and morphed into a super-tall, gangly, rubbery, energetic, sassy, 12-year-old.) He's not a teen but... He's already somewhat not wanting to be seen doing anything with his parents. Yeah,...
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Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
January 03, 2010 - For the past 2 years we've gone as a family to the Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford complex in Dearborn. It's a wonderful way to spend a Christmas-season evening. Can't be beat. It's about $15 per adult, $6 a kid, or so, and this special event lasts for just the Twelve Days of Christmas. The whole vil...
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Our Manger Scene
December 25, 2009 - Here's our Christmas Manger scene. I've always liked the baby riding the moose and the sheep that says "thrill." The kids love crowding any little small characters into the Viewing. Feel free to attach or send a pic of yours.
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I do love staring into the Xmas tree...
December 08, 2009 - [Bump from 12/05.../07...] I like the depth effect. With the lights and ornaments stuck into deep into the interior as well as everywhere else. Our friends do a spacious tree, with lots of open areas, and their ornaments hang on long strings---really pretty. It goes well with their old farm house's 9 foot ceilings and har...
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What Do They Have in Common?
December 04, 2009 - The Duck Commander and Tweed Rides... What do they have in common? --They're both into outfits and are into going gungho for what they're into. I know it's a stretch, but the theater of both scenes struck me, so I had to post about it. More at: www.duckcomma...
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My Steampunk Halloween!
November 02, 2009 - OK, I went nuts for Halloween this year. I've been learning about the steampunk thing. It ties together a bunch of nifty threads for me, so I went for it and spent a few hours on Halloween day building up this costume. Henry approves! But he says he's making his OWN next year. That's cool -- coz steampunk is all about DIY. ...
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Your Favorite Trailerpark?
October 28, 2009 - I grew up delivering newspapers to Winslow's Trailerpark in Okemos, MI. It was a tidy place back in the 1970's, full of retiree's plus a few low-income folks. It's the prettiest trailerpark I can imagine. It has little winding roads and hundreds of mature trees of a dozen kinds. They also have a dozen little one-room ca...
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A Cure for Performance-itis
October 03, 2009 - If you find yourself taking "going hard" and efficiency and performance too seriously, then on any outing you make, take along a little stove, a little cup, kettle and leaf, a briar pipe and what ya like, a book of verse, and a watercolor set. And use em. No matter if you're blasting along, at some point, make yourself stop...
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Steampunk: Baroque Fashion...and Outdoor Sport
October 01, 2009 - I've covered the Steampunk movement here a bit already, but darn it's a neat thing so I'm going to mention it again and add more to it. (My old item: www.outyourbackdoor.com/article.php?id=983.) In a nutshell, my take on it is that Steampunk is...
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An All-rounder Blog: "Day in the Good Life"
October 01, 2009 - I like scenes that cover all the bases, or, the more the merrier. Here's a blog by a guy who gives it a good try. From a guy who's a... "happily devoted husband; homesteader; environmental scientist; backyard farmer..." Bikes, farming, communes, music, movies... gotcha! Oh, and it looks like he likes his OYB Bag...
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