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Trump Approval Rating Sliding Per Fox News Poll

I couldn't believe this was Fox and not the New York Times or some other liberal media outlet. You can bet this will have Trumpsters scrambling. Read through the whole poll, including Obamacare, building the wall, the presidency coming apart…

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2017/05/24/fox-news-poll-may-24-2017.html

Brewski, Hockey & $10 Steak in Winnipeg

After my presentation at McNally Robinson, a fantastic bookstore in Winnipeg tonight, I went wandering the windy streets in search of food, went down stairs to Johnny G's Pub, looked a bit sketchy but I was hungry. I ended up with local pilsner on tap plus Thursday night special, steak and fettuccine for 10 I-kid-you-not bucks, and it's fantastic, perfectly cooked medium rare small  steak and very good lightly garlic-flavored pasta and I sit here with one other customer and 2 bartenders watching the Stanley Cup hockey playoff between Ottawa and Pittsburgh which is tied up and now in overtime and there are now 8 more people here plus a guy with guitar singing, talking to friendly locals, reflecting on the richness of serendipity...

Weirdly painted house in #winnipeg


Bentwood cedar box by #Haida artist Reg Davidson at #Vancouver airport

About to do radio interview at #CBC radio in #vancouver (in 15 minutes). I love the #newsroom here.

#kwakwakwakwa masks at #museumofanthropologyvancouver.

Design in Vancouver Coffee Shop


Stainless lettering, mortised into flooring, attached with stainless steel phillips head screws, Milano Coffee Roasters, Gastown, Vancouver. There are also interesting tables and benches of poured concrete. Innovative architecture/design.

Godfrey at Work on a Mermaid

This was after about half an hour with his tiny electric Stihl chain saw and Bruno's large chisel and small adze. Wonderful art -- carvings and paintings -- have flowed from him all his life. I met him on the beach in Yelapa (south of Puerto Vallarta) in 1963, and he came back with us to Mill Valley in my 1960 VW bus (see a full account of him in Builders of the Pacific Coast). Ironic that the world does not know of him. I saw a painting of a sort of skull-like head by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat that was bought by a Japanese internet billionaire for over 100 million $ last week. Godfrey's art is better than this. Go figure.
Paintings: http://www.godfreysart.com/godfreysart/Welcome/Pages/Paintings_%26_Drawings.html
Carvings: http://www.godfreysart.com/godfreysart/Welcome/Pages/Carvings_and_Sculpture.html#grid

Lloyd and Bruno

Godfrey and I drove out to visit and spend the night with Bruno and Mecea. I hadn't seen Bruno for 3 years. We had a shot of homemade calvados, then red wine with dinner of barbecued salmon with rice, yams, salad, piece of chocolate for desert. I slept on Bruno's boat, Godfrey slept in the van. The next morning Godfrey took his mini Stihl electric chainsaw and Bruno's small adze and large chisel and roughed out a mermaid on a log.

Bruno's wheelbarrow barbecue. Filets of salmon on grill, alder wood for flavor

One of Bruno' raised beds, made out of shakes, driven into ground and capped with piece of rope

This Blog, My "Tour," My Next Book, Blah Blah Blah…

I don't spend nearly as much time on this blog as I used to, because:
-I need to devote time to books
-I'm doing Instagram, which I like a lot, and each Instagram post gets put on the blog (and Twitter) automatically. The trouble is they look a bit weird, with hash tags, and too-large type. For which I apologize.
-I wish I had the time to do blog posts like I did a few years ago, but I need to focus on projects that bring in income. I told Stewart Brand a few months ago that I'd done over 5,000 posts, with no corresponding income and he said, what took you so long to figure that out?

Guess what just came on the radio (playing at this moment)? "I'm so tired, Lord, of bein broke all the time," by Canned Heat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU209vIy0KI  Cosmic timing, eh?

My "Tour" I'm writing this from Courtenay, a (real) town I like a lot on Vancouver Island. I'm in the early stages of a tour of bookstore appearances with my new book. I just did the Community Hall on Hornby Island; the place was packed -- young and old kindred spirits. Before I left, I did Mollusk Surf Shop in San Francisco and started by showing a few old scratchy B&W photos from surfing in Santa Cruz in the'50s, before wet suits and polyurethane foam, it was so much fun! Beer, cider, great music. Standing room only, some people couldn't get in. A couple of angels made it possible.

Dates:
-Thursday (tomorrow): Russell Books, 734 Fort St, Victoria, 7 PM
-Tuesday, May 23, 7PM, Vancouver Public Library, Main Branch, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver
-Thursday, May 25, 7:30 PM, McNally Robinson Books, 1120 Grant Ave, Winnipeg
-Saturday, May 27, Toronto: 11 AM, the Public Library at Parkdale; 2 PM, The Public Library, Danforth/Coxwell
-Thursday,June 1, Spoonbill and Sugartown in Brooklyn, 7PM

I've booked 6 flights for this sojourn. Sheesh! Booked into AirBnB places in Vancouver and Toronto to avoid high hotel bills.

New book: I'm working on a book on the '60s. Someone told me a few weeks ago that it's been 50 years since the "Summer of Love," and there are a bunch of exhibits, articles, a lot of attention on the era, and most all that I read or see about it doesn't correlate with what I saw happen. So I'm writing about  it from my own perspective, with my own photos. I grew up in San Francisco, went to high school in the Haight Ashbury district, and was 10 years older than the group (baby boomers) that caused it all to happen. I dropped out of the insurance business in 1965, partly because I felt I had more in common with young people than I did with my own generation. I'm not sure if it will come together as a book, but I'm following my modus operandi of: If you don't know what to do -- start. We'll see.

Other books "The Half Acre Homestead," a scrapbook on barns, a book on Baja, possibly a wild book on building by a French friend of mine…
Print-on-demand or short run books  A lot of things that don't require a major book. The first one will be a 48-page book: Driftwood Shacks: Anonymous Architecture of the California Coast. In past years I  put together a bunch of handmade, hand-lettered sort of scrapbooks on trips: roaming through the southwest deserts, LA, NYC (both visually rich), Southeast Asia, the Greek island Lesbos (on a motor scooter)…I'll see if it makes sense to do limited editions.

I feel like' I'm just getting rolling.

I love it here in Canada. So many wonderful people + a bunch of true and lifelong friends. I told Michael the other day it feels like a "separated at birth" situation, it's all so familiar and friendly and tuned into my sensibilities.

#kwakwakwa (formerly) #kwakiutl salmon mask by Henry Hunt in #courtenay & District Museum, a wonderful place. I asked about the flock of swifts that came down in their chimney last night and was told they took off this morning.

#daihatsu 4x4 mini diesel van in #Cumberland. Comox Valley Delica Auto Imports specializes in 4c4 diesel vans. They have 8-10 Delicas, in various configurations. #delica #mitsubishi #4x4 #off-road Comoxvalleydelica@shawbiz.ca

California threatens to shut down book signings and therefore small booksellers

http://blog.pacificlegal.org/california-threatens-shut-small-booksellers/

Check out the video in this article. Our book SMALL HOMES is face-up on counter. I did presentation on the book at Book Passage 10 days ago.

From Rick Gordon

Boss-gabled #queeneanne #home in #cumberland #bc #canada with fish scale shingles

#art in #cumberland, #vancouverisland, #bc

California Today: A Housing Fix That’s Close to Home

In today's New York Times, article by Mike McPhaite; photo by Sasha Moravec

At left: 264-square-foot accessory dwelling unit in Livermore that was designed by Avava Systems, a Bay Area startup. Avava Systems

http://nyti.ms/2rnuLB3 

In case you can't access the entire article, here it is. This is IMPORTANT! Can it be that officials are doing something relevant for affordable housing? Small Homes!

One fix to California’s housing crisis could be in our own backyards.
A growing movement of urban planners is pushing policies that would spur homeowners in hot housing markets like San Francisco and Los Angeles to create “granny flats” on their properties.

Carving in Godfey and Megan's (she is a master chef!) kitchen. One of the few objects in the house not by Godfrey. #godfreystephens #art

Art of Godfrey Stephens

Check out Godfrey Stephens' hashtags: http://abphy.com/hashtag/godfreystephens

I'm hanging out today in Victoria, BC, with my good friend Godfrey (we met on the beach in Yelapa, near Puerto Vallarts in 1964). He is in my mind one of the major artists in the world, but somehow relatively undiscovered. He's a whirlwind of creative energy. More to follow. See writeup on him and his carvings and paintings in Builders of the Pacific Coast.
I'm at the start of a 3-week trip publicizing Small Homes: The Right Size. I'll be in BC for 10 days, then on to Winnipeg, Toronto, then NYC.


Detail of Godfrey Stephens' "Hootla Kootla gorgon ("very unfinished") today in #victoria. #godfreystephens

Taking off on 4-week trip to Canada & #NYC to publicize new book Small Homes. Stops at Hornsby Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, then NYC. After about 10 years of only carry-on baggage, got this honker bag, so much simpler plus I have books, projector, camera, what a relief to check it in.

6 donkeys, 2 ponies, 3 horses, and a llama in BC



Hello!
As you can see we have a sweet little collection of your books going.  In the back of Small Homes, Lloyd mentions what would be the next book.  All of them sound great, but BARNS would be what we would like to see.  We have 6 donkeys, 2 ponies, 3 horses, and a llama and I would like nothing better than to live in a barn with them and have my art studio!  So our vote goes to writing a book on BARNS!  We also have a 1200 acre woodlot with old growth Doug fir, a Woodmizer sawmill, a Nile kiln, and a Logosol planer, so we could make a marvelous barn with some great ideas coming from a BARN book of yours! 

Howard and Beatrix Linde
Williams Lake, BC
Canada


Steven's House Box on Wheels in San Francisco Bay Area

Dear Lloyd,

My name is Vera, from San Francisco. Last night I attended your presentation at Mollusk surf shop. I want to thank you for a wonderful evening. On my way home I thought about a very special home that I think you may be interested in.

About a month ago I was biking home and I passed an incredible structure on wheels on the side of the street. I saw a man on the sidewalk doing some woodwork next to it. I was so curious about this beautifully made structure, so I decided to return and talk to the man. His name is Steven, he's been homeless on and off his whole life. Although, I'm not quite sure you could call him homeless anymore because now he has his box (that's what he likes to call it). Steven's box is set on wheels. It is made entirely from materials he has sourced around the city.

I ended up talking with Steven for three hours. Well, I mostly just listened to him. I have a few photos of his box that I'm attaching here, but they really don't do it justice. He is incredibly innovative, he built his own heater/stovetop and has figured out a way to get clean running water (although the fire chief made him get rid of the stove after complementing his ingenuity). He stained the wood on the exterior a beautiful color using a mixture of steel wool and vinegar. He even has a number and planter box at his front door. Maybe someday you'd like to meet him yourself. He's helping build boxes for some of his friends now too.

Have a wonderful day, thanks again for your inspiring work.

p.s. Unfortunately I did not take a photo from the other side of the box which has the stained boards of wood that look similar to the sliding front door.

Best,
Vera

#puravida, such a wonderful expression, used extensively in Costa Rica, literally "pure life, but is used in many other ways. This was on the sand at Muir Beach.

Tiny House Blog Magazine

Kent Griswold's Tiny House Blog was the first full-time blog dedicated to tiny houses. Its subtitle is "Living Simply in Small Spaces." It's the standard-bearer and station central for the tiny house movement online: http://tinyhouseblog.com/
Kent also puts out the Tiny House Blog magazine: http://tinyhouseblog.com/magazine/