Friday, March 15, 2019


Trade books clamor for attention in unwelcome ways once they get home. It's a small matter to cover an intrusive volume with the same kraft paper that school kids use to protect texts. Properly folded, a  cover needs no adhesive. Burnish the creases of folded paper with a bone folder or the handle of a table knife handle. Refold and burnish from the other side for the cleanest effect.

A full sheet from an artist's drawing pad is more elegant than a grocery bag and is faster to execute. Scissors are not necessary: just fold and tear. I prefer the toothy "Faux" paper that is nearly the same color as a kraft bag. Higher end printmaking papers are worth using to protect better quality books from ordinary wear and tear. Once the cover is in place, remove it, note the author and title on the spine, and replace -30-
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

It's helpful to define standard formats when designing life support systems. Doing so fosters focus. Any amenity that offers multiple consumer options is ripe for editing.

At the moment, I'm evaluating note-making systems. A paper to-do list keeps the day simple, handwriting being a consciously low-tech choice. It's been gratifying to cut standard business-sized cards out of sweet-writing cover stock. The format is so easy to pocket and sort that I have recategorized sticky notes as social writing paper.

In my world, white linens rule. Bedding, table cloths, wipers, and napkins are all the same size. It's time and cost effective to buy in bulk. All food storage containers are the same size. Wardrobe is uniform or closely co-ordinated. Closely defined basics provide a neutral background that sets off exceptional artifacts or events to best effect -30-

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Poverty Is Your Jewel

Francis of Assisi assigned that valueto a minimal burn rate. Recently a minor hitch in options for arranging furniture in the keeping room sent me on line in search of castors. I wanted to raise the legs of a bench by a quarter of an inch. More than an hour later, I concluded that the number of times I was likely to want to slide a foot locker under the bench did not warrant the hassle of refitting the thing -30-

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019


The house is a keyboard. It's useful to set aside everything that is not relevant to the current mission. It's even more useful to set extras ever-closer to an exit rather than keep them in dead storage -30-
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Monday, March 11, 2019


It's convenient to use things as cues to behavior. An empty wrapper says shopping list. A vacuum cleaner says clean. The practice clears the mind -30-
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