And a review of the Coleman stovetop-oven
I used to bake bread often, but then again I used to have an oven.
For a while, that was one of the biggest things "missing" in living off the grid. I experimented with building a brick oven, but never really took to using it. I experimented with flat breads, but it just wasn't the same. And so for the past couple of years I largely stopped baking. ... [continues]
On Happiness (hypothetically) ...
I've been thinking a lot lately about life and what it means to be happy and find peace. ... it seems to me that in order to move through this world in any sane kind of way, you must be able to accept contradictory ideas.
This world is not real. It is an illusion. You and I and everyone and everything are the same energy and there is nothing to do or be done, that's just the way it is. We are all the same.
We also live in this world, where gravity means things fall and there is suffering and joy and many of us slog through days and struggle and are forced to deal with tragedy.
The fact that all of this is unreal, does not change the fact that we are here and this is happening and the pain and joy is real. ... [continues]
Conspiratorial has been available for a while, but I'm excited for people to read Involved. Noir--both reading and writing it--is a lot of fun. I've been writing about Max Steel for years now, but this is the first time it's turned into anything more serious or finished.
Making Something Useful
I've been working on "correspondence rolls"--basically, a little kit for your pencils and postcards and a notebook, for when you're out traveling or people watching. A lot of what I make and sell, I assume it gets read and then discarded. In some ways, it makes me more focused on how it will be received. Will they like it?!?
But with something like this, it has a purpose as well as an aesthetic. I really enjoyed making this. I used a hammer and nail to score the leather and canvas [continues] ...
(... or buy it here.)
This whole trek towards minimalism and tiny home living began two years ago when I left D.C. and traveled around the United States. I spent six months living out of a minivan, ultimately reconnecting with the outdoors and realizing I didn't need a whole lot of stuff to actually be happy.
These are some of the photos from that amazing 15,000-mile adventure.
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