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Bring It On Home To Me

If I had to pick my favorite record, it'd have to be "Live At Harlem Square" with Sam Cooke. (I know I've said this before, but hey, I'm an old guy…) This is the raw Sam, without the violins, in 1963,in front of a mostly black audience in the Overtown neighborhood in Miami. This morning I went into Grooveshark and did a search for the song and found such a wealth of good versions. Otis Redding and Carla Thomas from their great "King and Queen" collaboration, Wilson Pickett, Rod Stewart, the Animals (yes!), James Cotton, Aretha…
Bring It On Home To Me by Sam Cooke on Grooveshark

Otis and Carla
Bring It On Home To Me by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas on Grooveshark

I think there could be great programs on the radio of different musicians doing a great song. (I don't say "covers" because these are all like original interpretations.)

Driftwood Architecture

Nicely Designed Tiny Home

In doing an article for Mother Earth News on "Tools for the half-Acre Homestead," I've been searching through my old photos and this little place just popped out (sic). The pop-out windows are a brilliant way to expand the actual and physical space. By Bodega Portable Buildings. They make sound, well-designed portable tiny homes.

Citizenfour - Stunning Documentary About Edward Snowden

I am often struck by the fact that I don't get a clear picture of what's going on via the media. Even reading the New York Times every morning didn't give me an idea of just what went on with Edward Snowden and what he did. The documentary Citizenfour clarifies this wonderful man and his courageous act. I won't go on about it here, but urge you to see this Academy-award winning film and judge for yourself.

 Here is a quote from Wikipedia: 
"…Ronnie Scheib of Variety wrote 'No amount of familiarity with whistleblower Edward Snowden and his shocking revelations of the U.S. government’s wholesale spying on its own citizens can prepare one for the impact of Laura Poitras’s extraordinary documentary Citizenfour... far from reconstructing or analyzing a fait accompli, the film tersely records the deed in real time, as Poitras and fellow journalist Glenn Greenwald meet Snowden over an eight-day period in a Hong Kong hotel room to plot how and when they will unleash the bombshell that shook the world. Adapting the cold language of data encryption to recount a dramatic saga of abuse of power and justified paranoia, Poitras brilliantly demonstrates that information is a weapon that cuts both ways.…'"

Vintage Hawaiian Photos

I bought these at the Hanalei Coffee Roasters on the island of Kauai. They are published by Cool Breeze Productions, PO Box 11421, Honolulu, HI, 96828.

The Barefoot Farmer grows more than food

"Take a trip to Jeff Poppen’s Long Hungry Creek Farm and you’ll find a year-round farm. You’re also likely to stumble across some agricultural teaching moments or discover yourself in the middle of a 1,000-person celebration. And it's possible you’ll find all of that occurring simultaneously.
 Poppen, known to many as the Barefoot Farmer, uses his land to grow and raise food like plenty of other farmers do. But much more happens around his 250 acres in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, and most of it centers around Poppen’s many passions — a passion for small family farms, for community, for getting young people back on the land, and for healing the environment.…"
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Exploring the World on Motorcycles

bayrider has left a new comment on your post "84-Year-Old Sailed Across Atlantic in Homemade Raft...":
"What a guy, what a life! Reminds me of Ted Simon who rode an old Brit motorcycle around the world for four years when he was 40, then did the same trip again at age 70. His books are classics for all bikers. He has lived for years on his homestead in Covelo CA.
Check it out. You have to poke around on the website a bit: 
"We are a family of 3 (Terry, son, Jack and Sandy) that travel on 2 BMW motorcycles. Terry and Jack ride on an 1150 GSA and I ride a 650 GS. We've been traveling by moto since Jack was 4, riding the dirt trails of Mt. Shasta forest, with Jack securely tucked in front with Terry. It was so comfortable for Jack that he would eventually fall asleep on the tank bag! Once Jack fit into the proper gear, we started heading out on long distance treks. Every year, we find ourselves wanting more and more, extending the time away by days and sometimes weeks. There is such joy in traveling together, in watching Jack learn more than a classroom could ever teach. From Canada to Iowa, Spain to Colombia, Jack is fortunate to have such experiences at the ripe old age of 10. Our goal is not only to show Jack the world, but to reinstill our faith in humanity, to go beyond the tragedies shown in the media and share our positive experiences with the world. Jack's only going to be young for so long, and it is our job as parents to give him the proper tools to succeed in whatever path he chooses. Sometimes it's hard, sometimes it's demanding, but it is all wonderful and would not be changed for anything. Cheers!"