Quietwater Symposium: Video of 2013
April 10, 2013 - Drew Mason created this nice video showing the diverse flavors of Michigan's only motorless outdoor trade show. (OYB cameo early on! :) ) > Read
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"Get a Season"
January 17, 2013 - My pal Dave mentioned this the other day. People need to "get a season." It's kinda like "get a life."
People shouldn't just be bikers or skiers or paddlers or fishermen or hunters or runners. We're people first. Then comes life. And in Michigan life has 4 seasons.
Activities, and those who sell them, try to make them life-... > Read
Boatbuilding Apprenticeshop: Education and *EDUCATION*
January 11, 2013 - In the new issue of "Messing About in Boats," there's an overview of the Maine Maritime Museum's Apprenticeshop boat-building program, with some blurbs from folks who'd attended. (MAIB is the world's best boat magazine, http://messingaboutinboats.com, black'n'white, edited by a near-90-year-old rockstar of the mail.)
Now, alt... > Read
Martha Launches "LazyGal" Etsy Shop!
September 21, 2012 - Martha has gone global. Her art used to be only available at a dozen seasonal fairs, at a few shops and by custom request at her website. Now she's launched and loaded at her new "LazyGal" Etsy Shop. Anyone anywhere can order dozens of specific items pictured there.
Check it out! http://lazygal.etsy.com.
I also note that ... > Read
FYI: Michigan doesn't have a hope until Health breaks thru
July 19, 2012 - I suppose it's obvious but there's not going to be a recovery for Michigan until we get enough common sense to realize that we as the people of the state must recover our own health all by ourselves. No amount of money can fix a buncha fat slobs. It's a broke thing. A no hoper. No way that it works. For anyone.
Thankfully with ju... > Read
Hillbilly Heaven: a Backyard "Cement Pond"
July 14, 2012 - Last week had a record-breaking 103F day. Our 15 x 36 backyard pool saved our butts. It stayed cool in the shade during the whole heat wave.
Now, our yard gets a bit out of hand, what with wood piles getting depleted over the winter and left to ruin in the summer. And the pool itself collapsed over winter. Nobody believed I'd ge... > Read
Team OYB visits World Steam Expo 2012
May 26, 2012 - I woke up this morning after a voyage to another planet and another time.
I attended my first Steampunk Con yesterday -- World Steam Expo 2012 in Dearborn, MI.
It's at the spiffy, modern Hyatt near Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum.
I arrived and walked into a scene to boggle the imagination. I suppose it was som... > Read
Summer is Here! --A Couple Tips to Make it Great!
May 20, 2012 - It was HOT today -- 93F. And we decided to prep our front yard to be a garden. Ha! But it was nice that all four of us were out there working for awhile. I didn't realize it was so hot.
OK, here's my annual reminder about great ideas for turning humid weather into great fun:
*If you have a yard and don't have a pool yet, just g... > Read
Dave Kober: Michigan's Master Carver
May 20, 2012 - I finally was able to stop by Dave Kober's shop last summer with the whole family. Only Lucy and I had seen it before. So I took some more pics. Martha was impressed.
He's located a few miles south of Cadillac on the south side of M-115. Worth a visit! Very friendly.
We've bought some small things. I think he's the only Master... > Read
Pondering Steampunk... (The Expo is coming!)
May 08, 2012 - I've been pondering Steampunk of late. I checked out the book "Steampunk Bible." It's really good. It's helping clarify my hunches, but, wonderfully, I'm still way back in the jungle. It's good to add yet another long exploration into the mix. OK, I can see it's re-enacting for DIYers. It's role-playing that can be used toward unders... > Read
Why Things Stay Bad in the Hinterlands
May 05, 2012 - Here's a thought: Culture in the hinterlands stays bad because people of means isolate themselves.
My hunch is that many of the well-to-do around here enjoy the quiet small town settings and a fairly open-ended, highly-compensated worklife connected to the local university and capitol (where they can teach and run research facili... > Read
World Steam Expo: Detroit, Memorial Weekend
March 28, 2012 - It'll be hugest. The biggest thing the world has never seen. Of a past future that never was. It's a blending of all sorts of things that I think are pretty neat. Tweed, pirates, brass.
So there will be thousands of dress-up folks along these lines down in Detroit come Memorial Day.
What's also supercool is that they'll be i... > Read
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Visit to Another World: Balcony Row Antiques (Holly, MI)
March 19, 2012 - Let's start with the town itself. Holly, Michigan, has several distinct features, some of which mesh together nicely, others take more of a leap.
Let's restart by casting the widest net: Holly is home to a huge month-long Renaissance Festival held nearby close to the State Park. This is a high-level production with daily true-to... > Read
Community Development ...the CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens Way
August 25, 2011 - I'm just about fed up with what's happening to our town.
We've had a fair bit of new construction lately. --It has all been teardowns followed by new RiteAids, Walgreens and CVS's. Sometimes within a half mile of each other. A quarter mile. We now probably have a dozen pharmacies within a mile. Other fr... > Read
Team LazyGal does the Art Fair Tour
July 22, 2011 - It's summertime and Team OYB turns into Team LazyGal. If you're up north and in the area, stop by and say Hi. Martha will be at the following shows. (And the rest of us will be there to help set-up and take-down, plus other visits.) She's done several shows already, but here's the rest of the line-up:
•CSA Frankfort, July 27
•... > Read