Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ancient history, in the moment, for the future

Some other American commenting on some other history, and present moment.

Schuyler found this link and brought it to Always Learning for a reason unrelated to my blog, which is always cool.

It is possible this guy knows something about "bellfry" I don't, and it's as or more likely he just has never heard it pronounced. Still, nice ideas and images.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Logic and Literature (or something)

I lifted this from Gina Trujillo's facebook wall. There's a lot to think about here (but it won't take long).

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mismatched assortment of images

These are Edinburgh bits, from Sunday/yesterday. More and other images collected on my out-and-about adventure are here:

Car boot (flea market) juxtaposition of something from Colorado with something very local:

The biggest billboard I have ever seen, and the small on on TOP of the biggest is huge, too:

A pretty door outside St. Mary's. We had gone to hear music in a beautiful huge cathedral. The choir was perfect. Unfortunately, the music was Benjamin Britten, and not a match for the building or the formal, historical outfits of the choir.

Sunday I spoke in a Buddhist center. The day before had been in a church with a big cross behind me.

Monday, May 16, 2011

A beautiful stile

Here is one of the most elegant things I've ever seen—a stone stile, over a low stone wall, from a churchyard to a lower-level meadow or field.

Today we were in West Wittering, to go to the beach.  On the way, we went to the Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul.  It was built in the 12th century, but the sign said "worship has been offered to God on this site for about 1,300 years."

Other things I'm seeing and doing in England are being collected here (, and I'll add some more tomorrow.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The tile job is finished.

I wanted to announce this a day and a half ago, but blogger wasn't working. My plane to London is boarding but I figured if I didn't do this, I might not remember.

I have a video of a closeup of it all before the grout:

Click here to see the design in progress.

Monday, May 09, 2011


I have a #4 for my collections of unschoolers' milestones. Kelli Traaseth, here:
And I'm mere days from leaving for England, where I love seeing real milestones.

The insurance company (one of them; it quit mattering which one after a while, as they'll tussle it out without us) will give us $3000 for a signed title to our sadly totalled ten-year-old Ford Taurus. That will go in on a sedan Keith and Holly will choose before long, while I'm gone.

This afternoon we are signing many papers, for a re-finance on the mortgage. I'm glad Keith understands and pays attention to these things. He's a good house-provider.

Then, related to his house-providing ways, he's going to Phoenix for three days, on Honeywell business. He'll arrive home Thursday night, and I leave for my Big UK/France adventure the next day.

The tile will be finished before Keith gets back (meaning grouted and aged enough for installation of the fixtures). Here are some older in-process photos, not in order, probably. (or click for a gallery of those photos—the one that doesn't show is a video that's at The tile job is finished)


I double checked, and yes—hippie-art IS required to have a sunburst.

The scanner and copy machine both helped in various ways in getting that design from the table to the wall. Masking tape wasn't really strong enough. Box tape stuck to the latex gloves. and then for a reason I can't figure out, the designs on the paper were bigger than the space on the wall. So I put in my favorite bits, the corners, the edges, and sometimes made custom pieces to fill in odd gaps, and kept messing with honest scraps from other cuttings to go in where they could.

I think I'll be happy with it, but right now I'm kinda tired of looking at it. AND it will match the brown-with-white-details shower right above it in Holly's (Kirby's-old) room. But nobody can see them both at the same time. :-)

CLICK HERE to see the finished strip of tile.