The other day, it occurred to me that this book directly addresses the overblown wasteful indulgent home building industry. I've been saying to people, "No, you don't have to live in such a small space, but it's the direction that counts. How can we do things better? How can we use materials that do the least damage to the planet? How can we heat water and living space most efficiently?" That's in addition to all the poetry of building in the book.
I took off from the madness yesterday and went up to my brother's farm in the Napa Valley to split (oak) firewood. A chance to do something physical. Exciting to get on the road with camera (yesterday only the Canon Powershot G-95). Afterwards I went over to Harbin Hot Springs to take a look at SunRay Kelley's temple (pp. 65-71, Builders of the Pacific Coast), and it looked in great shape, cob and all. It's a beautiful building, and it should have a little brass plaque on it saying : "Designed and built by SunRay Kelley," but the Harbin management is a weird bunch, and they give no credit to SR. There were about a dozen people inside doing yoga, and it was a lovely atmosphere, the wood and the cob and the lighting all in a soft glow.