Well, it seems that the daffodils are blooming and, likewise, the calendar is growing thick and leafy with events.
The relationship between art and mental illness is maybe too well documented. A much less-traveled topic is how artists might continue working despite a physical ailment. What happens to inspiration when the body is rebelling? Can art actually provide a rope to hang onto when someone is hobbling through the task of staying alive? Russell […]
A good paintbrush really is a good friend—if you treat it right, that is. Here’s what you need to know to care for your brushes as the long-term assets they are, and not as disposables. You get what you pay for. After some use, a cheaper brush will have you picking stray bristles out […]
In a 61-year career practicing traditional building trades (like hewn-log cabins, blacksmithing and stonework) —and teaching workshops to keep those skills alive—Charles “Mac” McRaven has seen lots of long workdays. But the day when he and his wife, Linda, hosted a stonewalling competition seems to stand out for both of them. The occasion: the […]
We have such tender bums that we are willing to sacrifice 200-year-old trees to avoid irritation.
You don’t have to show any body parts at all to read these stories.
Earthy stories from around the Web, all in one energy-efficient location.
A joyous event happened at our house this week: We got a letter from our CSA announcing the start of the new season!
Ross McDermott is traveling the U.S. in a vehicle powered by veggie oil, taking photos of wacky festivals.
Bush’s people, especially Cheney, made a deliberate point of ignoring climate change during the eight years they were in power.
It’s what any artist or writer would kill for: a separate space in which to work, but one that requires no commute at all. A space that’s convenient, but allows no distraction. “I wanted it to be comfortable but not too comfortable,” says Sharon Shapiro about her painting studio. In other words, the perfect balance. […]
It took about 18 months for the dream house of Geri Schirmer to become a reality, but the project had its roots in a much longer period of, well, dreaming. “It was the culmination of 30 years of planning in my head,” Schirmer says. “I did the Parade of Homes constantly. I’d walk in and […]
If Punxsutawney Phil, now that his big day is over, were settling in for some Internet reading, here’s what I’d recommend he check out first.
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I do not normally hawk artworks in reviews, but buying something from the current show at The Bridge would be a very good deed.
Call this a tale of two public designs. They’re both local, but they’re very different from each other. One is a system of signs that points visitors toward the Downtown Mall. You’ve seen them: They’re in primary colors, enclosed in black metal frames, and they bear the silhouettes of the three presidents we claim as […]
When I asked Mark and Cynthia Lorenzoni, who have owned and operated Ragged Mountain Running Shop since 1982, to talk about the most important room in their Albemarle house, they named the kitchen—because, as Mark says, “This is where we get all our gear together to go out running.” They and their friends, they explained, […]
You might touch a light switch several times every day, but how often do you look at it? Spruce up a room by adding some interest to that little rectangle of plastic, and make it personal—no need to pay for a store-bought novelty. Materials: Book cover or page, glue or tape Tools: Screwdriver, pencil, razor, […]
“Sometimes I think it was a sly architectural joke on Jim’s part,” says Mark Schuyler of his house, designed by Jim Rounsevell. “It’s a chicken shack with a dogtrot: It’s the Virginia vernacular to the extreme.” “I liked the idea of corrugated steel,” says Karen Schuyler, “because on our trips to the Outer Banks […]
Wildlife watching is fun, but you don’t have to head to the wilderness. Sometimes you can spot animals in the hardware department.
I haven’t decided on any New Year’s resolutions yet, but I’m more excited to think about big sweeping ideas than about small tweaks. How about…
We’re coming up on the longest night of the year. As to whether these are dark days, as in bad times, read and judge for thyself.
Chris Schooley, a leader in the Belvedere project, now says LEED is not a good program for developers to sign onto.
So a couple of major news outlets are reporting on this wee ray of sunshine: More people are getting out of their cars and onto transit! Here’s the source: a report from the American Public Transportation Association stating that crazy gas prices have compelled Americans to ride transit 6.5 percent more frequently in the third quarter of this year than we did in the third quarter of 2007. That’s the biggest quarterly increase in 25 years.