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.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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