Apr 182015

Well folks, just a short note here as I still can’t see very well to type, but I wanted to let the folks that are waiting for the yurt book know what is going on and when to expect it. My eye surgeries are done, and I’m in recovery mode now.  My doctor says it will be about a month before everything has settled down in my eyes and I can expect to be able to see well again.  He says I may…or may not…be able to see well enough before then to get back to my finishing up the

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Mar 052015

Hi folks…I just wanted to write y’all a short note about the book The Yurt: From Dreaming ABOUT It to Dreaming IN it.  Due to some eyesight related health issues the book has been delayed. As I had told you in my last post, the book’s release was planned on March 1st, which obviously has passed.  Shortly after announcing that release date I discovered it was getting increasingly difficult to see things like a computer screen and keyboard (no, I never learned to touch type…I have to watch my fingers and the keys). While the book was nearing completion when

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Dec 112014

Its been long promised, but its FINALLY (almost) here…my complete, everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink, guide to deciding-on-preparing-to-build-building-finishing-the-interior-and-ENJOYING book about yurts. I give you other alternative housing ideas, just so you consider ALL your options when looking for “something different” in the style of your anticipated home.  We discuss all the legal issues surrounding yurts, from zoning to financing to insurance and more.  We cover site planning, foundation, and construction, with a special section on

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Sep 112014
Batten down the hatches, a (solar) storm is coming!

Hi folks… As some of you know, I am a Ham radio operator, KM4DEO. As such, I keep up with some things that most would find odd, like sun spots, CME’s (Coronal Mass Ejections) and other things collectively known as “space weather”. Knowing this helps Hams know when the ionosphere has good conditions for radio contacts and on what frequencies radio contacts can most easily be made. Now, this means nothing to most of you most of the time. However, on rare occasions this kind of info can help everyone, not just Hams and other space weather geeks, and this

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Feb 262014
The Baker's Green Acres story, and a threat of violence by the DNR

I’m guessing at this since JuicyMaters covers cooking and yurts and homesteading, but I think most of my visitors here have at least a passing interest in all three. If you think about it, they are all related. People with a real interest in food usually have an interest in where it comes from, which leads to an interest in homesteading and producing your own food. People who are homesteaders generally have an affinity for a simple, frugal lifestyle, and yurts fits that perfectly. With that in mind, I’d like to tell all of my visitors, yurt types, homesteaders, and

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