Handmade Tales – Automation has made it possible to produce so many objects — from bread to shoes — without the intervention of human hands (assuming that pressing a button doesn’t count). What things do you still prefer in their traditional, handmade version?

Most things we use in the course of regular life are not handmade. Many were not handmade, even a couple of hundred years ago. Factories have been around a long time. The industrial revolution started in England in 1688. By the mid 1800s, most ordinary household items were and still are, made in factories.

Bedroom door

What is still made by loving hands? Art. Any form of art. Painting, sculpture, pottery … all unique. Photography is finished on computers, but it originates with a single artist’s vision. Despite electronic tools, the output remains part of the artist’s creativity.

I will never buy a mass-produced “art print” if I have any chance of buying an artist’s original. Even people who have little or no money can find original art at flea markets and yard sales. You never need to buy a factory reproduction when there is real art to be found.

In this house, all the painting and pottery are original, some new, most old, handmade, and one of a kind. Each piece has its own story to tell. I, in turn, have stories to tell about them.

By far the most unique, completely individual things of all, are the people in our lives, each of whom can never to be duplicated or replaced.

As long as that remains true, there is hope for this old world!



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Flowers from a local garden built to resemble a medieval garden, divided into sections by gravel pathways. It has a stone wall around it, low enough to easily step over or sit on it, like a bench. It has a small stone fountain in the … Continue reading


Share Your World – 2014 Week 30

List 2 things you have to be happy about.

Against all odds and despite one of the world’s epic runs of bad luck, we’re still here. And we look pretty good. I wouldn’t have put money on it, but so far, so good.

Friends. We have friends, alive and about as well as anyone is at this age and stage of life. Who’d’ve thunk it?

List at least 2 things in nature do you find most beautiful.

Water flowing over a dam or waterfall.

Manchaug dam

The glory of a New England autumn.

Autumn gold


Show us a 2 of your favorites photographs. Explain why they are your favorite.   If you are not a photographer (serious or otherwise), think of a two favorite scenes in your life and tell us about them.


The heavy rolling mist coming in from the ocean while the pre-dawn sky shows the most delicate pink, like the inside of a shell. The runners and walkers on the beach. The seagulls, the sand. This shot captures a time and place so ephemeral, if it weren’t for the pictures I would not be sure it really occurred.


I saw the moment coming. I knew the rising sun would be bisected by that slender bit of cloud. I stood there, trying not to move despite at least a million mosquitoes chomping on me. It was just before 5 in the morning on the 4th of July. Garry was sound asleep and other than the few fisherman beginning readying their nets, I was the only person awake and upright inj Rockport Harbor.

Then, it happened. The rising sun met the cloud. Click, click, click. A perfect moment captured, never to be repeated.

List 2 of your best personality traits.

I almost never lose my sense of humor, no matter how awful things get or how terrible I feel.

I’m smart enough to know what I don’t know and am never afraid (or embarrassed) to admit it. Because my education will never be over.