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“The Saints” in La Sout’

Brought to you by the 5th annual “Journée Estivale du Washboard” in La Souterraine… Who knew one could feel so close to home, so far away?

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Le Poil et la Plume

Inspiration of the Day:

A friend, inspired by my new feathered companions, recently loaned me a book written by Annie Dupery- a Parisian actress relocated to la Creuse… In Le Poil et la Plume she describes eloquently her reasons for relocating to this ‘forgotten’ part of the country, and her endeavors raising both chickens and cats (Fur and Feathers) in her rural garden… The opening text of her book puts it perfectly, (in words better than I can conjure) so I have left them in the original French (rough English translation follows). (more…)

Chris Farmer

Inspiration of the Day:

When Chris was 20 years old, he realized that he had never eaten a single thing that he knew where it came from. At 22, he helped start an organic vegetable farm outside of Olympia, WA. Three years later, for family reasons, he moved back to the Carolinas, and soon thereafter, moved to Earthaven Ecovillage, a 320 acre intentional community outside of Black Mountain, NC, with a dream of one day clearing his own farm field. He will be sharing a presentation about a small 12 x12 Microhut that he designed and built of the wood that came from the field he helped to clear.

This Must Be The Place

Inspiration of the Day:

There’s no place like home. It’s where we live, work and dream. It’s our sanctuary and our refuge. We can love them or hate them. It can be just for the night or for the rest of our lives. But whoever we may be, we all have a place we call home.

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is a series of short films that explore the idea of home; what makes them, how they represent us, why we need them.

Produced and directed by Ben Wu and David Usui,
of Lost & Found Films (lostfoundfilms.com).

Handmade Houses

Inspiration of the day:

outsider architecture

In 1967, on the Esalen Institute's property in Big Sur, California, jewelry designer Goph Albitz was mining the possibilities of outsider architecture for himself and drawing inspiration from old Esalen buildings such as the Waterfall House and Selig Morgenrath's design of the Fritz Perls House.