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-> NOVEMBER 7: Fund Raiser & FUN Event! AND A STRAW BALE CONSTRUCTION
PRESENTATION ON NOV 16
by "Martin Oehlmann" <martin.oehlmann@...>
-> FWD from Shay Salomon: Small Houses
by Mark Piepkorn <duckchow@...>

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Date: 4 Nov 1999 03:33:55 -0600
From: "Martin Oehlmann" <martin.oehlmann@...>
Subject: NOVEMBER 7: Fund Raiser & FUN Event! AND A STRAW BALE CONSTRUCTION
PRESENTATION ON NOV 16


Dear friends!

Below you find an announcement for a benefit concert on saturday for our
dear friend
Judy Knox who encountered a serious surgery. Well I am sorry not being able
to participate cause of a space-time gap yet what's about singing in a
chorus from the place we live. So who feels inspired to join the quire, see
details from Joelee below:

"- thanks so much for the thought -
I will try to process them as we did the benefit events when you were
here. Tell the benefactors to include a statement in an email or mail
that specifies the reason for the contribution and include full name &
address, card number & expiration date and where they can be reached
(email is fine) if there is a problem processing the credit card
charge. I will be down at Canelo the rest of this week - but will
pick up email on Saturday before the event in case there are some
contributions this way. Many, mank thanks and best wishes - we will be
thinking about you! "
- --
"The real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air but to
walk on earth."
Thich Nhat Hanh
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Joelee Joyce
DAWN / Out On Bale By Mail
1039 E. Linden St., Tucson, AZ 85719
Tel: 520 624 1673 FAX: 520 882 8676
e-mail: dawnaz@...
web site: http://SustainableSources.com/dawn
Developing Alliances with Nature - Sustainable Living for a Better World

This message contains 2 announcements: one that many of you many
already have received (please excuse and/or please pass along anyway)
and another not so well known event - please see below.

Many of you know Matts Myhrman and Judy Knox, the founders of the
current straw bale revival. Judy has been battling a deep and stubborn
alcaligenes infection in her hip socket, and funds at this point are
greatly needed. IF YOU ARE UP FOR A wonderfully good time, great people,
and a very worthy cause...READ ON:

>Dear Friends,
>
>Some of you have/will be receiving a snail mail copy of this, but we
>wanted to make sure you save the date to come celebrate this abundant
>healing time with us. It should be a wonderful afternoon!
>
>If any of you feel inclined to volunteer an hour or so of your time
>during the afternoon, and/or make corn bread and other food, please call
event organizer and our dear friend, Kathy Rote at 323-2138. She and we
would appreciate it...and you'll get to enjoy all this music and good time
for free as a thank you!
>
>With gratitude...and hope to see you there...
>Matts and Judy
>
>Mini Folk Festival - A Benefit for Judy Knox at Valley of the Moon - 2544 E
Allen Rd, Tucson AZ
> (off Tucson, north of Prince)
>Sunday November 7, 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
>>
>~~ FEATURING ~~
>
>* Frog Mountain
> (bluegrass Maestros)
>* The Ronstadt Cousins
> (vocal virtuosity)
>* John Coinman
> (songwriter, par excellence)
>* Linda Lou & The Drifters
> (western music at its best)
>* Black Leather Zydeco
> (dance to the zydeco kings)
>* Jeriatric Jeneric Jugband
> (marvel at Matts the washboard wonder)
>
>~~ INTRODUCING ~~
>
>* Tim Wiedenkeller
> (banjo virtuoso, composer & guitarist DELUX!)
>
>and last but by no means least... all the way from Austin TX...
>
>* Frank Meyer
> (singer/songwriter/humorist & great entertainer)

>Come join us for a day of outstanding Music and Food, and help raise the
$'s needed to offset Judy's surgery, power wheelchair and housing
modification costs (yep! you got it, insurance ain't all it's cracked up
to be).>
>
>Tickets: $7.00 at the gate (kids under 12 - $4.00)>
>
>** Volunteers - come for free - we needs cooks & crew! Contact Kathy at
><kathyrote@...>

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AND ANOTHER SB EVENT: FREE FREE FREE
STRAW-BALE CONSTRUCTION PRESENTATION by Mats Myhrman & Judy Knox, Out On
Bale, (un) Ltd., Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, Bookman's at 1930 E. Grant Rd
from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Don't miss another memorable presentation on
the History of SB Construction & More on Walls, Domes & Houses.
*************************
Joelee Joyce
DAWN / Out On Bale By Mail
1039 E. Linden St., Tucson, AZ 85719
Tel: 520 624 1673 FAX: 520 882 8676
e-mail: dawnaz@...
web site: http://SustainableSources.com/dawn
Developing Alliances with Nature - Sustainable Living for a Better World




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Date: 4 Nov 1999 19:58:56 -0600
From: Mark Piepkorn <duckchow@...>
Subject: FWD from Shay Salomon: Small Houses

Forwarded Message

From: Shay Salomon <Wbhwbhwbh@...>


The May 2000 edition of The Last Straw will be on the topic of very small
houses. I'll be guest-editing the issue. I'm hoping you might be a
contributor.

You probably already know that the average new American house has almost
doubled in size since 1950, from 900 sq ft to 1600 sq ft. Most new straw
bale homes fit this trend. Maybe you already know how important it is -
ecologically, financially, and socially - to change the fashion, and how
much the readership of TLS stand to gain by learning how to build, and
live, smaller.

Can you help me create an edition that helps our materialist side to think
beyond the material - in this case straw - to all the spirit, ideas,
details, history and customs that make small structures the most graceful,
peaceful, attractive alternative?

Articles, interviews, essays, reviews, drawings, graphs, poems, and
photographs are all interesting. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO WRITE A WHOLE
ARTICLE, BUT HAVE A FEW PARAGRAPHS OF ADVISE, PLEASE SUBMIT THAT. If you
don't want to write, but are willing to be interviewed, tell me. If you
don't write well, don't worry: write it and I will make it read better.

I'm seeking articles about the following topics:

*an explanation of "ecological footprints"
*determining ecological cost
*financial cost comparison
*the SH (small house) as a temporary structure (while you build something
larger)
*international examples and comparisons
*historical examples and comparisons
*statistics and graphs about the increase in room, house, lot, etc size
*square feet vs round feet
*small houses/thick walls
*cultural significance of size
*examples of families living in small spaces
*examples of people in SHs in very cold places
*urban examples
*sb duplexes, apartments, etc.
*tea houses, meditative spaces
*little domes and vaults & lumber-less structures
*size and ego in the building industry
*design details in SH's: lofts, storage space, color, light
*using outdoor space
*children's spaces and size
*how to get along with other people in a small space
*"the smallest house - or how to know when not to build"
*marital problems and the too-big project
*a list of benefits of building small
*drawbacks to SH's - what to watch out for

Please don't wait to send me a short note if there's any chance you can
submit something. PLEASE NOTE: I HOPE TO HAVE WRITERS LINED UP BY
MID-DECEMBER, SO PLEASE RESPOND ASAP.

Shay Salomon
(520) 882-0985
1050 S. Verdugo
Tucson, AZ 85745


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Guidelines for interested writers

Generally speaking, I prefer short, tightly edited articles. A high
idea/space ratio saves ink & paper. I'm not sure how much space you should
take. If you want to write about your house itself, I suggest that you
write just a few paragraphs, send me a floor plan, and photographs of any
particularly clever detail that relates to small, compact design, or that
relate directly to some point you make in the article. If you have a clear
picture that shows the house to be charming or beautiful, send that too,
but remember that the magazine is B & W and pictures come out moderately
well only. A picture of yourself also helps readers to engage in the writing.

I am particularly interested in the experiences of people who have lived in
their small houses for a while (the longer, the better). People who are
living with their children or other relatives in tiny spaces are especially
sought. However, all experiences and stages of building and dwelling are
needed!

One section of the journal will show four or five small houses, their floor
plan, perhaps some photographs, and a few paragraphs about them, with a
strong emphasis on their size. If you'd like to write about your own house,
consider answering these questions:

1. What led you to want to build small? (Feel free to go back to an event,
a book, a childhood experience, etc., as well as a "rational" choice about
money time, ecology, etc.)
2. How did you design the house? How did you choose the size of rooms (if
there are any)?
3. Are there any aesthetic/technical/design tricks or details to point out?
4. How much money did it cost? How much labor?
5. What would you have done differently?
6. Suggestions for others

If you'd like to take on another topic, for an essay, or a report on the
larger picture, choose from the list I sent, or choose your own. It's
important to tell me ASAP what you generally want to write about, so that I
can pin your name to that topic, and seek others to attend to other topics.

I understand that some writers don't write well this way. Some writers just
have to sit down with a pencil, go at it, and see what comes out. If you
are like this, please try to sit down soon. That way, we'll know better how
to fit it in, even if it doesn't exactly fit into any of the boxes I've
listed.

PLEASE NOTE: I HOPE TO HAVE WRITERS LINED UP AND PENCILLED IN BY
MID-DECEMBER, SO PLEASE RESPOND ASAP

Thanks for helping to make this an excellent, and useful edition.


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