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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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Billy Graham is dead. Or is he?

February 21, 2018
Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” Billy Graham
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The snack bar that sold the bodies of young women to powerful men is closing in every industry.

February 19, 2018
Adrienne Miller got the dream job of literary editor of Esquire Mag, for decades the gold coast where great writers lounged and toyed with their prey.  Much envied she was because, for other women, a job like hers was so far out of reach to be in an alternate universe.  For most women in the 80’s and 90’s, as Miller cites Henry James saying, “Everything had something behind it: life was like a long, long corridor ...
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Crazy Days and Nights: Today’s Blind Items – That Secret Movie – A Himmmm Blind

February 19, 2018
I cannot WAIT for this: Crazy Days and Nights: Today’s Blind Items – That Secret Movie – A Himmmm Blind — Read on www.crazydaysandnights.net/2018/01/todays-blind-items-that-secret-movie.html
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Wish I could go to bed like this

February 19, 2018
https://twitter.com/SuffolkSi/status/964959133526044677
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How Writing Works – The Writer Magazine – Jennie Vanasco

February 19, 2018
“For a good two months or so after finishing The Glass Eye, I sank into a mopey I’ll-never-write-another-book-again mode, which made me horrible to be around. So, I set a schedule for myself: between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., I’d write aimlessly, no project in mind. But unlike in the past, the rule was: only one mug of black coffee. The refill was the thing I had to look forward to when I was done. The ...
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Diana’s photographer accused of sexual abuse

February 18, 2018
Fifty models clubbed together this week to accuse 25 of the world’s most storied photographers of systematic sexual abuse.  Take a look at Kate Moss walking with Diana’s photographer, Patrick Demarchelier. This girl is ridiculously beautiful, how could any man keep his hands off her?  Answer.  They didn’t.  Assistants were not out of bounds either.  One of Patrick’s wrote Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, saying she “gave in to (Patrick’s) sexual demands out of ...
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Recovering

January 21, 2018
Depending entirely on Tara Brach these days.  Tara is a fairly famous insight meditation teacher and psychologist who works out of the Insight Meditation Centre in Washington, D.C.. I just recently found her, and she shot to the top of my list. Reason is I woke up the last three mornings with the sword of depression lodged deep into my chest. I could feel the edges and heft of its path, the ache it left behind.  Depression, accompanied by ...
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Milk and Honey

January 20, 2018
Under the category ‘freaky things about publishing’ Rupi Kaur, an Indian (dot not feather) poet from Toronto, is out-selling Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury-inside-the-White House-hysteria-tome.  Poetry.  Four lines on every page – maybe a few more.  Line drawings. A young woman, immigrant, poet, from the obscure country, which is to say, Canada, outselling the biggest book in the US market right now. Words fail.  Except to say that the heart of the world is in the right ...
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Shadow Banned

January 15, 2018
Just found out I am shadow-banned on Twitter, which is shocking, since I a) rarely tweet b) have 250 followers which is nothing and c) consider myself the very soul of reason, with a side of fiscal responsibility and d) am, in person, the mildest of mild-mannered people, with little but a sense of humor and astonishing good looks to recommend me. That’s some awesome censorship, guys, getting down to the short strokes.
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Pervnado Not Stopping Anytime Soon

January 15, 2018
The torrent called Pervnado continues with Bruce Weber and Mario Testino accused of sexual harassment by male models.  This ought to surprise no one.  Weber and Testino sell high-end titillation and are very good at it. Their sets stink of sex and ambition and hysteria, and like everyone else in that industry, they follow the custom of droit-de-seigneur.  Both of them were brought to prominence by Anna Wintour, easily the wickedest woman in fashion, of the ...
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