Gloria Steinem came to town this weekend. She is awesome. Her advocacy for equality among all genders, races and socioeconomic classes is inspiring. She is 85 years old, brilliant, calm and quick-witted. When she greeted the audience at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium, only to realize that her microphone wasn't working, she quipped without skipping a … Continue reading Ms. Steinem and the Cable Girl
Julia Wilk, founder of Lovewood Custom Home Furnishings, is stronger with a chainsaw than she is with Instagram. That's probably because she's too busy in her workshop, shaping, sanding and otherwise coaxing the natural beauty out of ragged tree trunks to spend much time on social media. Plus, her work gloves make it hard to … Continue reading Who Wouldn’t Love a Gift from Lovewood?
We recently got some new (old) equipment in the Building Construction Technology workshop at Tennessee College of Applied Technology, and suddenly I am reminded of the children's book If You Give a Mouse Cookie. If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask you for a glass of milk. Today, someone showed me … Continue reading If You Give a Fox a Sander
An incredibly thoughtful friend just gave me a band saw salvaged from the garage of "an ancestor." All signs point to the fact that it was never used, but my band-saw inexperience and general blade anxiety led me to call in quasi-professonal help before plugging in my new toy. Enter my neighbor, who so often … Continue reading I’m with the Band Saw