Blog layout/Water on Tamalpa

I’ve been laying out book pages for over 40 years, and although I’m madly in love with digital communication and thrilled with phenomenal access to info on the internet, I’m continually frustrated by layout constraints. I don’t know html, don’t have time to learn, so I just shovel my photos and daily observations out here in blogger canned format. Can’t use my layout skills. (Anyone know of a drag-and-drop blog template for the technologically-challenged?)

On the way home yesterday afternoon, it was raining. I bought a bottle of Allain-Robin alamic brandy at Vintage Wines and Spirits (great liquor store w/knowledgeable staff) in Mill Valley, and headed over the mountain. Stopped at my creekside place of power. Took a big hit of brandy, didn’t swallow. Climbed up canyon, down to pool, stripped, stepped into water, and swallowed brandy just before ducking under waterfall. Yahoo! Creek pulsatingly alive from recent rains, water hitting body a tune-in to holy mountain spirit…

On the way home after creekside dip, via back road. The earth feels and smells good after the 3″ of rain last week. Mushrooms getting activated.

You know, there is actually a lot of GOOD stuff going on in the world right now.

As I sign off this Sunday (got up early, so excited about my day yesterday), just heard an incredible white gospel song sung by 12-year old Mallory Ledford. I can’t figure why gospel (black & white) is so good, and religion so rotten. It’s occurred to me that black gospel artists have got it right. THIS is the true spirit of Jesus, thank you. Joy and rythym and compassion.

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:

4 Responses to Blog layout/Water on Tamalpa

  1. The "creekside place of power sounds" inspiring. Its wonderful to know that despite all of builders and craftsmens fine achievements, a simple aspect of nature still holds a powerful draw and a rejuvenating place for body and soul.

  2. Nice ritual, Lloyd! You're right, a lot of good stuff IS going on. A lot of spirit flowing . . . But there's a lot of fear, too, and fear generates psychic chaos, I think. I'll stick with spirit and hope religion learns how to be positive, joyous, and grateful. If we keep the focus on sharing the good stuff, we build alliances with all we come into contact with. I suddenly think of Nanao Sakaki; may we all walk in the footsteps of Nanao.

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