Bill on March 6th, 2015

Hi, Most of you reading this did not know me in my younger days. More specifically, you did not know me during my houseplant years. Yes, I once grew houseplants. Lots and lots of houseplants. At one point I had nearly 300 houseplants. Perhaps that the number is excessive doesn’t surprise you, whenever it was […]

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Bill on July 17th, 2014

Are you familiar with bottle trees? In parts of the American South–places like Mississippi, Alabama, and Takoma Park, Maryland, there is a tradition of stringing empty glass bottles from the branches of trees, or inverting them over twig ends on the trees. The result can be quite lovely and, seemingly, effective. The tradition holds that […]

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Bill on April 24th, 2013

Hi, It’s difficult for me to write about the labor movement without coming off like some sort of supercilious asshole. So generally I don’t write about the movement at all. Too bad. I suppose that we all realize that every new day presents the opportunity to reshape the world around us and to redefine that […]

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Bill on December 23rd, 2012

For a kid who grew up in Pittsburgh or in Seattle, or in the “other” Washington for that matter, thatched roofs have seemed somewhat exotic. For me, a thatch roof brought to mind not a musty damp hovel on a rain-swept heath in medieval England–you know: the place with cats and dogs slipping from the […]

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Bill on November 4th, 2011

Hi, Perhaps you’ve had the opportunity to go to the Circus of the Sun. I sure hope so. I go every chance that I get and over the last 20 years I’ve had a fair number of opportunities. The Cirque de Soliel was formed in Montreal a number of years ago with the happy joining […]

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