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I'm Off to NYC Saturday, May 22, 2015

For a week, staying in a small, built-in-1841 hotel in the Village. I'm going to Book Expo America and while I'm there, exploring this most fabulous of all cities. I'm really excited. Got a first class ticket with Visa/frequent flyer awards; my MO is to take the red eye, arrive at JFK around 7AM Sunday, stay up all day (no naps), go to bed by midnight, which eases me into eastern time. I usually go to Washington Square on Sunday afternoon to see the acrobats, music groups, skateboarders, then wander the streets, gawking and shooting photos.

Any tips on cafes, restaurants, venues, unique places to visit?

Ground Control to Major Tom,

Commencing countdown, engines on...

Sun Setting at Seal Rocks, San Francisco, Last Friday


Family makes last-ditch appeal to save Welsh 'hobbit house' from demolition

Dear Mr Kahn,
This house is going to be bulldozed because it "does not fit in with the surrounding Pembrokeshire countryside" which has to be the most ridiculous reason there is.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/19/family-makes-last-ditch-appeal-to-save-welsh-hobbit-house-from-demolition

If you had the time to say a word or raise your hand in their favor it might help.  I live in the west of Ireland. I don't know the people at all and have no interest in the matter other than that I feel their pain and if they lived somewhere else they would have gotten away with it.

Thank you for your time,
best regards,
Conor

New Video of Our Homestead by Kirsten Dirksen, Fair Companies

Kirsten Dirksen is a filmmaker with Fair Companies, a bi-lingual media operation that she and her husband Nicolás Boullosa run out of Barcelona. Kirsten is a former TV producer for MTV and the Travel Channel who now focusses on "…community and access to tools on sustainable culture." She has produced almost 600 videos, an amazing body of work when you consider that it's the editing, not the shooting, that is so time-consuming. I don't know how she does it.

We've had a bunch of people shoot film (OK, OK, video) around here and they generally take a long time to get set up, then follow a pre-conceived series of shots and questions.

Kirsten walked in the first time and within 5 minutes, was shooting. We were comfortable with her. She winged it, seeing what we were doing, following us around. On one of her visits, her two little long-haired girls explored the garden and chickens and Nicolás shot photos.

One thing I love about this video is that she recognized what Lesley is doing in her life and with her garden, her art, and her attitude towards a home. Often that gets missed in people coming here to see me.

The last part of this cracked me up.

Kirsten posted it earlier today.

http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/lloyd-kahn-on-his-norcal-self-reliant-half-acre-homestead/

Check through the other films at Fair Companies.

Photo of Kirsten by Nicolás Boullosa 

Watch this lion feel earth and grass beneath his feet for the first time in 13 years

"…This lion, after being imprisoned in a circus for 13 years in a tiny, fetid cage where he could barely move, had the opportunity to touch the earth and the grass for the first time when he arrived at the Ranch of the Gnomes. The video captures this first contact at the time of his release to his new home.…"
//boingboing.net/2015/05/16/watch-this-lion-feel-earth-and.html

GoPro Camera Film of Baby Blackbirds in Nest