Here you will find some occasional thoughts and comments and a list of links to some websites of interest to me.
My short list
- John Farr
- Dave Pollard
- Melissa Holbrook Pierson
- the Contrary Goddess
- the Contrary Goddess take II
- Little Blog in the Big Woods
- TBN Power Trac forum
From the road
- Rich Luhr
- Tioga George
- Goin' RV Boondocking
- Notes From the Road
- Travels with Miranda
- Travels in Cholula Red
- Bob Skelding - Wagonteamster
- Escapees discussion forum
A few odds & ends
- Possum Living
- Desert Exposure
- Sam Smith / Undernews
- Paul Graham
- Joe Bageant
- TED: Ideas worth spreading
- Big Picture
Art & artists & design
- Sharon Lips
- Tom Curran
- Ian Mack
- Diane Louise Paul
- Katinka Matson
- Rory Block
- Bobby Sweet
- Bill Bell
- Willard Wigan
- Bookmans - AZ used book stores
- AddALL - book search & pricing
- Internet Archive
- Paul Hawken's 2009 Commencement address at the University of Portland
- Grunch of Giants by R. Buckminster Fuller
- Dave Pollard on Natural Learning
- Bourgeoisie: word for the year, the Contrary Goddess, January 28, 2010
- Project Gutenberg
- Google books
- Books On Board
- All Romance eBooks
- Journey through the Negev by Dr. Herschel Shosteck
- Arts & Letters Daily
Computing & the Mac
Of local interest
On November 15th, 2007 I left Red Rock in LD, my 1992 Lazy Daze Class C motorhome, to begin my first winter sojourn to the southwest. A journal of my travels begins at: Travels With LD.
This is a brief journal of the fourth week of my 2007 road trip to the southwest. I'm dividing this journal into separate pages for each week to keep them more manageable.
Day 22 - Monday, March 5, 2007 - Santa Fe NM to Socorro NM
Via US 285 south to US 60 west - 206 miles
The day dawned bright and sunny and in the 20's I would guess. I had breakfast in a restaurant on the square and spent most of the morning poking in and out of the many galleries in the area before deciding to head back to Wickenburg AZ to take in the annual Southwest Leather Workers Trade Show held this year on March 8th through the 10th. This show has been a tentative stop on my trip all along but I decided earlier to skip it. This morning I changed my mind.
This afternoon I took a walk around the Abo Pueblo ruins just west of Mountainair NM. Abo Pueblo was for 50 years or so an important mission and trading post on the El Camino Real before both the pueblo and mission were abandoned in the late 1670s. Much of the Spanish mission church still stands amid the un-excavated pueblo town site.
This is a brief journal of the third week of my 2007 road trip to the southwest. I'm dividing this journal into separate pages for each week to keep them more manageable.
Day 15 - Monday, February 26, 2007 - Henderson NV to Montclair CA to Henderson NV
Via I-15 to and fro - 461 miles round trip.
Cousin Ken and I took day trip to the Lazy Daze RV factory, known to enthusiasts as "the Mother Ship," to get a look at the current Lazy Daze Class C lineup, ask a few questions regarding the one I've purchased in Memphis TN, and hopefully get a tour of the factory. No luck on the tour which is reserved for purchasers but we did get a tour of their showroom and demonstrators with Ed Newton, patriarch of the firm, who answered a few of my questions about my 1992 MB as well.
Day 16 - Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - Henderson NV
This is a brief journal of the second week of my 2007 road trip to the southwest. I'm dividing this journal into separate pages for each week to keep them more manageable.
Day 8 - Monday, February 19, 2007 - Ft Stockton TX to Alamogordo NM
Via US 285 north to US 82 west - 286 miles.
Heading north from Ft Stockton most of the taller scrub is left behind and the landscape is looking less scruffy. Up the road a piece is Pecos TX, a neat old town going about it's business (oil mostly these days I think) completely untouched by modern commerce. That's all clustered around the I-20 interchange south of town.
I should have taken a couple of pictures. But didn't. Darn. Next time.
You've got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might end up someplace else.
This is a brief journal of my winter 2007 road trip. I greatly enjoyed my motorcycling adventures traveling the US and Canada 10-15 years ago and My 2006 Road Trip to the southwest last winter was meant to be the beginning of a long series of adventures. This is the second trip in that series.
I'm dividing this journal into separate pages for each week to keep them more manageable.
My motorcycling about the country was done traveling light and off the beaten path with a tent and sleeping bag strapped on the back. That works beautifully for a month or so at a time in the summer. Now I'd like to stay on the road for several months at a time, for now mostly in the fall, winter, and early spring. A small RV seems to be the way to go and the focus of this road trip is about learning what I can of the RVing world and hopefully finding the right RV for a whole series of adventures. Who knows, maybe I could even try full-time RVing in a few years.
I offer this here without comment; it speaks so eloquently for itself.
Ironically I had tried these very boots on at least twice before. And rejected them. They weren’t exactly what I had in mind. And in that I reminded myself of a story a Chi Gong/Tai Chi teacher once told - how he’d gone to pick up some Buddhist monks who were to visit his ranch, on the way his truck had broken down, he was despondent that he had to have a new truck and could not by any means afford such. The monks had said to him, “JL, when you discover what it is you really need, you will have it.” It took him awhile to come to it, but what he needed was a truck that worked, not a new truck, and when he came to that, he got a call from someone wanting to sell their truck at a reasonable price.
Excerpted from the Contrary Goddess: Sixty Cents A Toe, December 25, 2006
Posted January 1, 2007