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Weeping Cedar Woman

Today I got an email from my long-time friend, artist, magical carver, Northwest Coast spirit Godfrey Stephens (http://www.godfreystephens.com/). There'd been a snowstorm and it had cast a mantle of snow on Godfrey's giant carving "Weeping Cedar Woman," which now sits in the back yard of his home in Victoria, B.C. It was carved in 1984 out of a 300-year old wind-fallen red cedar, its symbolism being a protest against logging the ancient rain forests of Clayoquot Sound (on the west coast of Vancouver Island).:

Looks like a goddess warrior moving through the woods on a snowy night. "Save these trees!"

Godfrey has played a huge role in helping me find people for my next book, Builders of the Pacific Coast and his life and art will be a part of this book (which I've just started laying out).

The Occasional Incredible Deliriousness of Being

It started to rain last night and I stepped outside and tilted my head back so the raindrops were hitting my face. It made me almost joyously happy. The soft rain, the smell of fresh earth, the negative ions. Last week I'd read an interview with author Jim Harrison in Publishers Weekly, which referred to his "…passionate, continuous obsession with the natural world…" That hit home, since in recent years I've got more and more involved with the natural world. The woods, ocean, beaches, creeks, rivers, waterfalls, the animals and birds and fish and insects of the planet. I found some incredibly beautiful owl feathers (looked like he'd been a meal for a coyote) recently. The time I came across o bobcat pretty close up and he looked at me for a few seconds before he bounced off on his big wide feet with feline grace. Pelicans flying single file just a few inches above swells in the ocean, not flapping their wings, coasting on low ocean updrafts. Dragonflies flitting with blue flashing shiny wings. You get the idea.

I've been watching BBC news lately, and the world is so messed up and violent and painful right now, I almost feel guilty to be so (occasionally) happy.

I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee 2 weeks ago and lord, is it hard to hold still all day long. It's getting better daily and I'm getting intimations of how wonderful it'll be to start running in the woods again.

We just finished a revised version of our Septic Systems Owner's Manual, and in it we have
finally blown the whistle on the self-serving engineers and overzealous regulators that are ripping off homeowners on septic systems all over the country. We're talking billions of dollars here. In a week or so we'll have The Septic System Bulletin Board up with a lot of new info, plus the many emails we're getting from all over the country on draconian septic system requirements.

Green Festival in San Francisco

My cohort Lew and I set up a booth to sell our books at this year's San Francisco Green Festival. It was the first "green" festival we'd been to (other than the SolFest solar energy festival), and it was an amazing event. Huge! The hall was packed. This has become a powerful movement. You could hardly walk through the aisles.

The vibes were fabulous. What struck me most was the quality of the goods and services on exhibit. It looks like all these green concepts that've been floating around for the last 30 years, have jelled. A lot of the green stuff is working. There was hardly any crap, in contrast to any other event I've been to. The natural fabrics and clothing were beautiful. Hemp clothing has come a long way from the early crude products. Elegant hemp shirts, all natural fibers, organic everything from coffee to cotton. Solar power, green building materials, socially conscious investing, tons of great food, 100s of exhibitors, the unifying theme being treating the earth with respect and living in harmony with the living planet. Amen!

Organic cotton clothing

Booth of A Hard Day's Knight, a group of volunteers who conduct summer camps for teenagers, teaching them about life in medieval times, recreating different eras, wearing authentic clothes of the times, etc.

Beautiful healthy family stopping at our booth. A lot of people like this stopped by to say hello and thank us for inspiration from our building books.

Homemade bamboo baby stroller by Hunter Wallof of Pt. Reyes Station

It's now a few days later and in retrospect what happened was that the green-conscious people have discovered our building books. We were mobbed. We sold almost 150 copies of Home Work. It was great to watch all these young people pouring over our books. A new audience.