Posted on Jul 27, 2015
The first time I saw bamboo in the form of a stickball bat, I thought to myself, ‘Wow, this is cool, it’s hollow and hard at the same time. I can hit a home run with this thing’. Many years later, when I realized how incredibly flexible bamboo was, I saw that each shoot was full of air. I saw that each shoot grew beyond anything I had ever seen. I then realized that bamboo was an eternal paradox. I began to see that, as a result of its complex nature, you could harvest bamboo and craft it into a myriad of things, from dressers, flooring, flutes, night-stands, coffee-tables, dining-room tables, bed-frames, talking-sticks, walking-sticks, stick-ball bats and beyond.
Posted on Jul 15, 2015
When I look at the visual diagram above, I almost want to jump out the nearest window and sleep on the roof. On the other hand, when I look at the image below, I almost want to crawl inside a basement closet and scream for help. It is a clear fact that many sleeping environments, beds, and mattress tend to harbor dust mites, molds, and bacteria that can compromise our immune system as well as contributing to all sorts of health problems. For instance, dust mites are found in most sleeping environments and feed on human dander or dead skin.
Posted on Jun 30, 2015
This is the first of two postings that compares silk to wool, beginning with the silkworm, as seen above. The silkworm is the larva or caterpillar of the domesticated silkmoth, Bombyx mori (Latin: "silkworm of the mulberry tree"). Although silkworms are domesticated, they’re not household pets; they serve human beings in a few different ways—economically, practically and aesthetically. As such, they depend on human beings to reproduce their unnatural species and to produce a constant supply of silk to meet the global economic demand Silk may seem like a luxury for most people, but it’s actually a wise long-term investment, since it’s one of the strongest natural fibers. An example of the durable and long lasting quality of silk over other fabrics is illustrated by the recovery and recorded in 1840 of silk garments from the shipwreck of 1782: “The most durable article found has been silk; for besides pieces of cloaks and lace, a pair of black satin breeches, and a large satin waistcoat with flaps, were got up, of which the silk was perfect, but the lining entirely gone . . . from the thread giving way. . . No articles of dress of woolen cloth have yet been found.”
Posted on Jun 12, 2015
Until the Industrial Revolution began around 1760, humanity made things by hand. Once machines took over, everything changed . . ….. Some inventions, like the steam-engine and the cotton gin, served humanity well, but other subsequent inventions—like extracting flammable petroleum from the ground to feed the automobile, and weapons of destruction —caused a lot of suffering. U2 has just released a new album called Songs of Innocence, the title of which they borrowed from William Blake’s book of poems, entitled Songs of Innocence and Experience. Blake had serious concerns about the systematic mechanization of society, and Charlie Chaplin echoed this in his satirical motion picture Modern Times.
Posted on Apr 20, 2015
Milieu therapy is clinical term for how one’s physical and social environment can increase one’s wellbeing. Traditionally, Milieu therapy is applied to people who suffer from some kind of serious mental-illness, but its principles can be applied to anyone who wants to live a healthier and more gratifying life. For example, reorganizing a cluttered space can not only free you of unnecessary possessions but it also creates the space you need for new things to enter your life, and it makes it easier to move around your house without bumping into something. On a social level, using preventive medicine and being proactive by asking those you live with what they need each day and honoring their boundaries goes a long way towards maintaining a peaceful home. And if they irritate you later on, then you can always apply Milieu therapy by demolishing a roll of toilet-paper with a baseball bat in your backyard when no one’s looking.