Gravel and Gold, Cassie McGettigan, Stewart Brand, and 24-Hour Donuts in San Francisco

Yesterday I met Cassie McGettigan, who happens to live in my home town, and is one of the owners of Gravel and Gold in San Francisco, of which a fan writes: I really couldn’t love this tiny shop more–every time I walk in, I find something that makes me look over my shoulder to make sure I don’t have to fight someone else off for it. It’s the perfect place to find an unusual gift for someone or, say, yourself…I love the mix of perfectly chosen antiques and vintage clothes, and great stuff by local designers, some of it commissioned by the owners. These ladies have great, great, great taste. -By Arwen O., on Yelp

Not only did Cassie turn me on to a 24-hour donut shop in SF (Bob’s Donuts at 1621 Polk) as well as other cool places for food, coffee and wi-fi access (and I’m an SF native!), but her blog turned out to be SO in tune with my sensibilities.

Among items: a link to an article on Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalog founder in the NY Times by Edward Lewine, with Stewart’s typically spare, haiku answers to questions. Photo: Jason Madara for The New York Times

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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