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During the shortest days of winter, I don’t want to do much but huddle, but it doesn’t take long for things to look brighter. A light west wind on Wednesday brought a unique and evocative scent: that of lively woods after a brief, wet snow. All that was lacking was a hint of smoke.
One might not think that Gen. Charles E. Yeager, Mr. Right Stuff, would inspire interior design, but the last volume of his autobiography, Press On, has interesting material. He grew up during the Great Depression in the poorest county in the poorest state in the country. Yeager’s tiny home town was laid out in lots generous enough for each family to be self-sufficient, and he mourns the social changes that accompanied smaller plots. The book’s most vivid passages focus on his family’s collection of patchwork quilts.
Gen. Yeager describes building a garage for his RV, ordering a load of lumber and laying out the structure the old way, according to its contents and site rather than from an abstract plan. The process sounds very much like the local tribes’ way of setting up four posts and fixing platform, sides and top to them.
By the way, Gen. Yeager established a scholarship program at Marshall University in West Virginia. A brief surf this morning mentioned that Marshall is very good value.
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