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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,151

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

SF is the Holy City to me.

A place where dreams come true, and you can be happy even if they don't.

Next, down with the entire rotten GOP!

I'll have to get out a magnifying glass and examine that picture to see if there might be a tiny bit of canary feather in at least one corner of his mouth. As intelligent observers have remarked lately, the GOP has succeeded in putting President Obama exactly where he wants to be.

Quothe Joe Biden: "NEVER play chess with that man."

I've always found a little shin kicking makes my day go better.

Thank you for such a wonderful and insightful piece.

May I add that in times of stress and exhaustion myself, I've quoted those favorite Robert Frost verses to myself to keep going. Inspirational, but one of the most beautiful of poems on its own. The woods are lovely, dark and deep.... Who sets up a scene better than that?!

And I truly believe President Obama is one of the strongest persons I've ever known of - partly because he knows the source of that strength.

Well, obviously some jerkheads need to be reminded that we are dealing with

PEOPLE. Denying the humanity of prisoners is a first step in being able to excuse torturing them. And for those of you who still don't give a damn, let me remind you that torture creates even fiercer hate in one's enemies. How is that good for our overall benefit?

Count yourself lucky it's so late at night that I'm well aware my self control isn't at top form, so this is all I'm going to say for now.

I rec'd even though that article bears re-reading in the morning when I'm

more fully awake. But it looks pretty good for now. Thanks for the OP, btw.

Don't you absolutely love how some cities are starting to set up Tiny House villages

for the homeless, either temp or permanent? Turns out it's even cheaper to house and feed the needy than to deal with attendant problems otherwise. Of course that shouldn't be our only or even main purpose - to save $ - but I thought any potential Republican lurkers out there should be exposed to the truth. They won't accept it, but they can't claim nobody ever told them, either. And since this is not a political debate forum, I'll invite any challengers to look it up for themselves. Easy enough to find if they avoid wingnut sites.

Same difference, just about. Tiny is tiny. I still love my rambling old Vic and will never

leave voluntarily. But life doesn't always give us a choice, does it? Potential horrors no longer haunted me once I realized how comfortable I could make myself on that little dab of insurance $ if I had to. Started thinking back to my NYC and L.A. days and the tiny apartments there. One of my techniques had been to stack a chest of drawers on one end of a triple dresser, then fill in the remaining top space with a bookcase. Looked like a single huge wall set if you didn't mind a little whiff of Bohemia in the air!

Anyone interested can also subscribe to apartmenttherapy.com and tinyhouseblog.com. Besides googling, that's where I find a lot of the samples offered. Since my FB page serves more as a news feed, I enjoy a little break now and then from all the political stuff.

Might take me a few days because I'm old and slow,

but I'll get there. I had allowed my favorites list to become a tangled rat's nest from too often forgetting to be sure a bookmark went to the right folder. So I had a ton of sorting to do and I'm still not entirely done. I did notice a couple places that offered free plans for the true DIY-ers. If you have the time and manpower, a basic concrete dome home is not that hard to accomplish. Lots of rebar, chicken wire and then troweled on slurry in several well-cured layers. That is, if you don't have too many regs to worry about. Some people blow up a huge bladder like a balloon and spray/trowel crete over that. I've also read arguments in favor of fly ash over portland cement, too.

If I had all the $ in the world, I'd go for a Dome King with 2 or 3 interconnected bubbles around a semi-enclosed courtyard. They can be designed for the convenience of elders as well, with sloped foundations, wide doors, and even built-in flowerbeds all around. That really appeals to me.

Anyway, look for a third OP within the week more or less. It should be titled 'Even More Tiny House Urls' although of course most are not technically the Tiny House brand, just the general style.

Sorry I'm late offering the links to my favorite tiny home/deployable permanent/temporary


Here's a list of my 4 favorites. I think the first one can be set up by a couple people in a very few hours and either left temporary or continued to a permanent phase.

The second appeals to me most of all. I'd want 2 larger arched cabins or at least a smaller and a larger together. Might not want to heat the entire area all winter. The extra insulation and prefab end caps are economical too. Looks like they can take on an eco village charm of their own.


There are plenty of others; if you don't see something you like, let me know and I'll share more urls.
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