Category Archives: Woodworking

Quiet

While on a visit in Minnesota with my daughter Elaine’s family, I spied a book on her dining room sideboard. It was Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. I started paging … Continue reading

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A Southwestern Turning

When we were visiting in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in February, I got to know Rich Spellenberg, who is a fine woodturner as well as renowned botanist. Indeed, if I may put in a plug for his latest book, his … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Imbongi?

I have long been interested in the South African tradition of the imbongi. The figure of this classic Xhosa “praise singer” accompanied my thoughts as Nelson Mandela returned to his people in Qunu and has continued to run through my … Continue reading

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Hjemkomst

Along with the terrible and gruesome loss of life we are witnessing in the Syrian civil war, nothing is more wrenching than people’s loss of home. The land of Syria has been home for people for many thousands of years. … Continue reading

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