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Building the Pink House

The Pink House house is made of rammed earth, and heated by geothermal energy – through in-floor water pipes. The floor is concrete, which is the best conductor for in-floor. The heating is supplemented by a Tempcast masonry stove, the latter the greenest cheapest way to heat a house, its radiant heat used in pre-electricity Europe. For the first year, we only used the masonry stove, and it kept us warm, despite the 12 foot walls, and massive central hall.

The cost savings of geo-thermal were substantially less than advertised.

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Gwyneth and Samin Nozrat will save us

January 14, 2019
It occurred to me last night, as I was assembling the thirty ingredients for a recipe from a cookbook received for Christmas, that cookery and the pursuit of beauty will integrate us far faster than hate speech laws, sensitivity training and the hectoring of our superiors.  Our senses are ravenous for novelty and where is it easily acquired?  The culture of the mysterious other.  Two of the three cookbooks I recently acquired focus intensively on Middle-Eastern ...
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Heart Berries, Land Rights and Reconciliation

January 12, 2019
I am reading happily along in a memoir I have just discovered, published last year to near-universal acclaim by a young indigenous woman from Sea-bird band, when I lose my way and it takes some time to find it again.  Heart Berries is by  Terese Marie Maillot,35, from the Interior Salish tribe, the ancestral range of which stretches through British Columbia, Washington state and Oregon.   I was excited that there was a literary voice from a nearby ...
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New Year’s Resolve

January 2, 2019
Plain words on plain paper. Remember what Orwell says, that good prose is like a windowpane. Cut every page you write by at least a third. Stop constructing those piffling little similes of yours. Work out what you want to say. Then say it in the most direct and vigorous way you can. Eat meat. Drink blood. Give up your social life and don’t think you can have friends. Rise in the quiet hours of the ...
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Macron’s Globalist Bosses are Making a Major Move

December 11, 2018
The Images out of Paris are astounding.   Listen to a translation of  General’s letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, dated December 7, 2018, charging treason.  
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“I’m not for everyone”.

December 10, 2018
I read with no little fascination the New York Magazine profile of Lena Dunham, the 33 year old, relentless over-sharer who was famously on the cover of Vogue looking cute as a button, quite contrary to her public persona which is of that bloated freak of a gal who resides in the heart of all of us from the age of 16 on. Dunham has annoyed me ever since Girls, and as she says, she’s “not ...
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It’s Not Us, It’s You

November 30, 2018
Ben Sasse and Max Boot recently published books about the current division in the body politic. Sasse is a Republican senator in the wannabe Kennedy mold, tall, clean-cut, handsome, extremely literate, from a small town he idolizes and dreams about, while hunting power in the biggest of big towns, Washington, DC. I know little about Max Boot other than his sourness about those 63 million people out there in the great beyond who voted in Trump, and ...
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In which I forgive Prince Charles because of his Highgrove garden

November 15, 2018
  Charles, the future sovereign of the English-speaking peoples, turned 70 yesterday.  He sails into this stature trailing an almost unimaginable privilege and wealth, well-deserved mockery from every segment of the polite and impolite worlds, and a spectacularly dead wife, for which most hold him responsible. Over the past weeks, we have been blessed with a tsunami of PR, a masterfully conceived and executed campaign to burnish his image including a trip to colorful Ghana and two ...
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from Kabir

November 2, 2018
I’m not sure this is right in its entirety, because my afterlife includes everybody, but this is an extract from my favorite poem.  Jamie and I were discussing last night the forms of religious experience and I was arguing for the intensely personal, direct and vivid-to-the-point of invasion communication and he was arguing for the rationality (the emptiness) of eastern faiths. “What you call ‘salvation’ belongs to the time before death. If you don’t break your ropes while ...
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Elizabeth Warren, the Cherokee Nation and Me

October 15, 2018
So Fauxahontas wasn’t lying (much) after all, she is .1-1.56% Native American. The issue with Ms. Warren remains that she used this minuscule connection to claim oppressed status at one or more of her university jobs. Harvard itself used her tenuous heritage to trumpet that they had a law professor with native blood.  Bless their hearts for elevating that claim to a virtue, but if all of the men and women who live in North ...
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The Full Catastrophe

October 9, 2018
Over the weekend, Lena Dunham announced that Christine Blasey-Ford’s testimony triggered her fibromyalgia. This illness, which Lady Gaga also carries, along with millions of others, is barely understood. It is a kind of rheumatism, a disease of the nervous system, muscles, tendons and sinew that bears some resemblance to depression, and is often treated by anti-depressants. It is perhaps a somatization of depression, along with a maladjustment to massive structural change. Equally, as Dr. Sarah ...
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