“Home” and the impossible assessment of the present

For years the idea of moving to New York City was a thing we said with the “when”  defined as “someday.” Then, during our 2016 annual “planning the year” session, we decided: let’s finally make this happen in Fall ’16.  How about we tour in Weston (our Westfalia) with #Comments to Seattle in June, hang out for a couple of months (to help fix up my Mom’s house and visit friends/family…and put together a family reunion), then head over to our new home (without having a home, yet)? Check.  In Seattle, we booked an AirBnB in Brooklyn for a month, … Keep goin’

USA tour, part II

Screening #Comments at different theaters and spaces across the US has been so much fun. We weren’t sure if the screenings would go as well as our Durham, NC premiere, but overall (with one exception — I’m looking at you, DC!) the screenings have gone very well. It has been entertaining to realize our desire to break up traditional rock shows with film at each event, and it has been restful to haul my flash drive instead of my drumkit and amps to shows. From as far east as Providence, RI, to Chicago, and finally west to Seattle, we’ve had … Keep goin’

Bull City Vegan (chef) Challenge mixtape

  For the 4th time, we’re running our vegan chef challenge, this time with 15 restaurants participating (and 10 volunteers managing!).  For a full list of restaurants, including photos of competing dishes & chefs, visit us at trianglemm.com/planetprotein.  So many good dishes. The only thing missing?  Songs. But first. Writing n’ talking We are so happy that, so far, the following press covered the story: The Indy News & Observer Durham Magazine Ecorazzi Veg News Part of what we love about the Chef Challenge is that it makes more room at the table for everyone while supporting local businesses.  It’s … Keep goin’

I’m finally making cob! Part X.

And I love it.  It’s amazing.  I sound like I’ve been converted.  But it’s really relief. You know that thing you’ve been putting off, seemingly forever, and feeling badly about?  That was cob for me. Though it’s been winter and rainy, I could have started making cob a lot sooner.  It seemed easy.  But I wasn’t ready, psychologically.  I wasn’t quite sure it would work.  There are no real measurements. Given our short timeline, though (3 more months!) I had to get going. Before starting on the cob, we added about 6″ of drainage gravel to the floor (after compacting) … Keep goin’

Perhaps I’m insane: Notes on commitment

Full disclosure: I’m not getting committed. Yet. A couple of years ago, Rob and I talked about moving to New York City eventually for a year as an experiment.  The usual reasons (for me) applied:  Life is short, I want to explore as much as possible before it ends.  As I enter the potential half-way mark for time in the world, the phrase “I’ll do that … someday” seems … not applicable.  There is less future and more now.   This sense of urgency began for me about 5 years ago when I realized that I’d never be able to … Keep goin’

Top 10 dog bars in Durham

Top 10 dog bars in Durham

When we go out on the town for three to four hours at a time, we don’t like to leave our little boo at home alone staring at carpet lint or breaking into our fridge.  Plus, she really appreciates a good boozy beverage.* Enter: the top 10 dog bars in Durham. In our dog Syba’s almost 14 years of life, our default is to bring her with us, even when we tour the US by Westfalia.  Though we once had some issues with an audience member feeding her whiskey while we were performing somewhere in Colorado, typically she just chills … Keep goin’

Bricks n’ Bees: Urban forest cob part IX

As locals know, it rained for an entire week, which is unusual for the Triangle area.  Roots rotted, the ground became a soggy quicksand, and there was nothing but grey skies and tears in my eyes.  Brick and mortaring were put on hold for my cob project, but I did get to work editing and filming my Comments project and rest my hands so that was nice. Free cedar posts This week, I made some progress on the wall, mortaring the rest of the foundation footprint, measuring out the doorway, and collecting some (future) cedar posts thanks to our good … Keep goin’

Plants everywhere

I was pleased to speak with Lisa Sorg, now writing for the News & Observer, about a few current and upcoming projects recently.  Lisa was a natural, and I was happy to have the opportunity to share more about my projects and approach to outreach. Views change with time, experience, and knowledge into clearer vision, one can hope.  I’m indebted to those who have shaped my thinking through strategic action for farmed animals including Matt Ball, Nick Cooney, Jon Camp, Peter Singer, Carol Adams, and so many more. Yep, I just made an Oscar speech.  Except also: thanks Mom. That … Keep goin’

Urban forest cob experiment part II: trenching

This week, my focus was on digging a trench for our cob cottage.   Once complete, it will be filled with drain-grade gravel (smooth, not sharp pieces) and a drainage pipe.  It’s called a rubble trench foundation, an ancient technique popularized here by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. I calculated that I could dig about one side per day, every other day.  I found, however, that I was not as tired/sore as anticipated, and was able to dig one trench side each day, working only 2-3 hours each day. Along the way, I checked the size of my trench with Rob’s leftover … Keep goin’

My urban forest cob experiment part I

I’ve been talking about building a cob house for long enough now that rather than questions like “how’s that cob cabin coming along?” I’m hearing “Are you still doing the cob cottage thing?” Well, now, folks, ground has been unearthed. Backs have been hurt. Sweat has evaporated. I’m starting this project. What is it that I want to create? A small cob “getaway” and guest-house in our back yard with (hopefully) solar-powered electricity and possibly a “pump” and tank for kitchen sink water.  A place where I/we can write/read/play music and house our guests, now that we live in the … Keep goin’