An Observer in Present-day Palestine

A house built on stilts in the Palestinian village Bruqin to avoid paying taxes (Palestinians pay according to square footage on the ground!). This is from,which I just ran across today: Anna Baltzer’s observations in Palestine. The blog’s subtitle: Anna’s Eyewitness Reports from Palestine: Stories & photographs from a Jewish American’s peacework documenting human rights abuses & supporting nonviolent direct action in the West Bank with the Int’l Women’s Peace Service

I got into blogging with mixed feelings a few years ago. I didn’t want yet another electronic obligation, but I keep running across wonderful and/or interesting stuff in the world and want to pass it along. I started out doing long blogs, once or twice a month, and have evolved into every few days. I’m into it. So if you check me out once a week, you’ll see what I’m running across in this new and changing year. In February I’m heading to Costa Rica to live in a surfer’s shack on a beach near the Pacific Ocean border with Panama. for a few weeks, then to Panama City on a bus and then get a flight to Brazil, in part to visit Johan van Lengen and see his wonderful school for ecological building in the Atlantic rainforest, where he says there are “…no lack of birds and butterflies, not to mention monkeys and all kinds of snakes…” I’ll be blogging when I can.

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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