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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Feb 162014

The author, Paul Franklin, is a sort of friend…meaning he and I knew the same people while growing up without knowing each other.  He kept up with old friends, and I managed to reconnect with a few, and we have become friends because of one of those people. I count that as a good thing, as Paul’s attitude towards life and “things” give me an example of how I might tweak my way of thinking.  Every time I read something he’s written I am forced to stop and think, and usually wind up noting to myself that that is an

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