In March of 2018, Simplicity and I bought three small former haying fields overrun with pine trees in southern New Hampshire, just outside a historic…
There are in this world certain lonely places: The mountaintop when a storm begins, a long drive under the obscurity of night, the unfinished attic of…
“Each one of us has, somewhere in his heart, the dream to make a living world, a universe.” —Christopher Alexander One must encourage some level of…
Dear friends, there is a tale, A little frog, after some adventures landward, came hopping back to the pond in great haste. “Oh my brothers,” the frog…
[subscribers only] Ask Me AnythingFeel free to ask about house design, New Hampshire, philosophy, parenting, or anything else you want to discuss. The painting is Rembrant, 1638,…
Dear friends, there is a tale: A monk took up residence in a forest hut to lead a quiet life of prayer. He rarely went hungry, for a hunter who lived…
The knowledge of a carpenter is in his hands. The apprentice must work with his own to discover it. Here is some terrible advice: “If you can't explain…
Once an austere philosopher left his home in search of the path to a sweeter life. He traveled through lands of great antiquity, and before long was…
There is a saying from Plutarch, “Where the lion’s skin will not reach, you must patch it out with the fox’s.” It is good advice: strength and courage…
There is no clever formula for photo editing. Like most things in life, the harder you look for absolutes, the less likely you are to find them…
My father grew up in the slums of Boston in the 1940’s. When he was seven, my grandmother kicked my grandfather out, on account of too much drinking…
The world is a very malleable place. When I read biographies, early lives leap out the most. Leonardo da Vinci was a studio apprentice to Verrocchio at…