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The Wal-Mart Man/Woman
Most people today prefer a Wal-Mart Man/Woman. He/she is easily and locally found; abundant in quantity, and lacking in quality. They are available at nominal cost and like Wal-Mart's short-lived, disposable, veneer-paper furniture, these people bring little long-term value. Over time they are discarded, forgotten and replaced.
Disappointed men and women placate themselves by rationalizing their tolerance of such poor quality (in people as well as furniture). It is the rare person who appreciates the pleasures of finely crafted self-made men/women. Like furniture made of oak, without nails and glue but with fine joinery- oak pegs and dove-tailed joints, they exist and they endure. Like the mighty oaks, they stand strong in all weather. They may move to the rhythm of the planet, like the branches and leaves of walnut trees- but they never bend. There is no thin veneer that will scratch and peel revealing flake board, or some plastic knob to pop loose. Fine people and furniture are not cheap. They take a long time to be made and often hours to maintain. They best be placed among other fine pieces of art in your life, that become more valuable over time.
This is how I feel when I spend months making a rocking chair or years developing a friendship.
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COLOR KEY TO BLOG TOPICS . THEY ARE ORGANIZED BELOW BY MONTH AS WELL: Red=Woodworking and/or Science
Green=Meaning of Life
Purple- Art and Romance
Black = Other topics including bad government and world gone mad..
The Master Ship Wright
Meaning of life: Sections 52 and 53 of the Tao Te Ching
Because it never gets old!
Spirit Bird. Words and Music By Xavier Rudd. A song for our time.
Meaning of Life. First Two Sections of The Tao Te Ching
The cycle of life and death.
Man's eternal quest for truth and meaning.
The last lesson of a good life.
Today's Deep Thought
A powerful and timely poem shared with me by a friend/neighbor.
My go to composer when my heart or mind is troubled and the hour is late.
Reflections on my birthday.
Money and Gossip
-Grandchildren and the week of Memorial Day
More facts culled from scholarly papers.
If you are not terrified, you are misinformed.
Brain waves that compose human consciousness.
Wyoming and South Dakota
The Effect of Venom on Children and Men
Understanding the adjacent worlds of isolation, contemplation and solitude.
Black Hills and the Badlands, SD and Devil's Tower, WY
-War & Conflict
-The Working Man
-Are you Depressed? Sad? Can't Sleep?
- Next Generation Woodworkers
-People in healthy cultures embrace redemption.
-Regrets. Part Two
-More Neuroscience.. because it's what I do
-What happens to our consciousness after death?
-What does science say every person should strive for to ensure a healthy and joyful life?
-Gossisms #1 Secret to Life
-Is mother nature turning on humans?
-The meaning of life, as told by a dog and a tree.
-How to use words to deceive (and not get caught) in a world gone mad. Part Three
-How to use words to deceive (and not get caught) in a world gone mad. Part Two
-How to use words to deceive (and not get caught) in a world gone mad. Part One of Three.
-The Forest (what you did not know)
-Blessings from the wood's spirit.
-A day in the woods, among the live trees, harvesting those who have fallen.
-A lie is a lie. Part two. This is a very indepth essay. Whether you agree or not, I would love to know.
-Are we the only form of intelligent life in the universe? An essay on Human Consciousness.
-Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. - Lincoln
-What are the dangers of shutting down the EPA and departments of labor and education?
-Fairy Doors, portals to the Imagin-nation.
-Gossisms # 12 Healthy people and communities
-Gossism #22. A lie is a lie. Part One
-Populism and the necessary Gossimarys.
-Keys to a hot relationship. The electrical effects of making coffee.
-Love, Sex, and Intimacy. A poem for anyone who has ever been hurt.
-The poem that became a painting, then a companion. A Romantic Story of a Different Kind
.-Erotica and Sensuality, the role of our imagination.
-ESP or Neuroscience? Part Two. Human Intution
-The Divided States of America and The World. Part Two, a powerful conclusion.
-The Divided States of America and The World. Part One
-How is it we know that someone to our back is staring at us? ESP or Neuroscience? Part One.
-Hand Carving A Canoe Paddle Part 3
-The Vibrato of a Jazz Saxophone,
-The Meaning of Life for a 7 year-old and a 70 year-old. A new scientific study plus some Gossisms
.-A Day Alone In A World Gone Mad
-Meaning of Life: Lessons from a 150 year-old maple tree.
=The Sum of a Man A Poem by Norah Pollard
-Men at Forty A Poem by Donald Justice
-The Woodspirit Speaks
-Boat building, Zen and Neuroscience
-There are none so blind, as those that will not see.
-Quality friends, quality furniture, made from the same stock.
-Oil or poly when finishing wood?
-A message in a bottle.
-When the host dies, the children die.
-Hand carving a canoe paddle
.-The Hourglass, a not so happy story.
-History Repeats Itself. The events of 1903 are repeating themselves in 2017.
-Building a boat is like no other human endeavor. The smell, touch and beauty of the wood fills a shared longing, between the human and the tree, to return home.
-HOW SHOULD ONE LIVE?
-Why good people do bad things, even on Valentine's Day
-Human Excellence. One of my favorite essays.
-Reader's Request: Here is a poem I wrote. [Thank you for encouraging me to post a poem]
.-Venice, Love, and the Eclipsed Moon Coming Tonight
-The Question of Evil. My most powerful essay ever.
-The Power and Lessons of Time. Part Two
-Bonsai Trees. Gossism #623.
.-Spirit Bird by Xavier Rudd. A call to each of us!
-The Power and Lessons of Time. Part One
-Meaning of Life. First Two Sections of The Tao Te Ching
-Reader's Request: Explain Quantum Entanglement
-My chair and coffee table. More essays and video coming soon!
-The Goss Family Rock Climbers 2010-13
-Philosophical Gossisms Part Two
-War & Conflict
-Aristotle and Woodworking
-Reader participation time. This means you there, with the great smile!
-A life changing video. Change your life in 8 minutes.
-The meaning of life is personal for each of us.
-Philosophical Gossisms Part One
-Respect for our elder trees.
-Letter to the editor
-Earth, Wind, Fire and Water- a journey.
Are you Depressed? Sad? Can't Sleep? As my readers know, I lecture extensively. Here is an excerpt from one of my upcoming lectures.
-What is normal?
-More fun that the human body can possibly be conditioned to withstand.
-Wanted: Paul Revere
-Inventory list for meaning of life. Parts 6 & 7 (the conclusion).
-Inventory list for meaning of life. Part 5 of 7.
-Inventory for a meaningful life. Part 4 of 7.
-Inventory list for meaningful life. Part Three
-Inventory for a meaningful life. Part Two.
-Inventory list for a meaningful life. Part One.
-We are more fathers than sons now, both the trees and me. A thought before going to sleep.
-Satisfaction and Personal Growth vs' Joy and Peace ... (and little old ladies)
-Mental and emotional stillness in wild places.
-The Inner and Outer Paths (a personal lesson).
-Gossism # 1041 History, is indeed, written by the victors.
-A realistic (non 1960's) call to action.
-Earthquakes and Little Boys
-Gossism #221 Essentials of Leadership
-Gossism #374 How to live in harmony with others.
-Identical/fraternal twins with ESP/ telepathy
-Gossisms #1 Secret to Life
-Gossism #2 How to live a joyful life.
-The Forest (what you did not know).
-Simple living: Food and Grocery Facts
-A piece I did on NPR about 9 years ago.
Question to you- is it better now?
-Don't Tread On Me (Master-Slave)
-Thomas Paine (a favorite quote)
-Neuroscience... (because it's what I do )
-As if your life depended on it.(what you dont know)
-Hopewell, the Woodshop ::: Hopewell, the Indians (natural history and a warning)
-Boats, Furniture and Magic Wands? (fun with wood)
-TheWoodwright (about wood)
-The Dunning–Kruger effect (about human bias)
-Is mother nature turning on humans? (A sci-fi movie comes true?)
-Working During A Blizzard (musings)
-Life at Sea 1974 (My life at sea)
-Thoughts In A Wooden Kayak from 2011 (Philosophy)
-The Elements of Living from 1972 (Thoughts from my youth)
Musings from Hopewell Woodshop, located deep among the trees at The WoodSpirit's Lodge.