Monday, January 25, 2010

Blogspot

So, where do you blog from?

It was Polli from The Whole Blooming World who first suggested—to me at least—the idea of posting a couple of photos, one from the front, one from the side, to reveal the setting of your blogging.

No cleaning up allowed. I followed the rules. There's a tea pot, a scatter of books, a rumpled Afghan.

Mac Book Pro with the all-important "Just Love Everybody" bumper sticker stuck to its lid, reminding me of the only thing that's really important to remember.....no matter where you go or what you do.

On rainy winter days I sit here by the fire, usually in that Craftsman chair with the green leather cushions. Our furniture was made, by hand, about one kilometer from where it now happily and usefully sits in my house.

I strongly believe in local economy. The owner of the furniture-making business is Dan. That sealed the deal.

The music I favor is Haydn String Quartets (I have them all on my iPod) playing in the background.It does so now.



 

I don't believe in tagging people, but I must confess to having some curiosity about steven's blogspot.

22 comments:

The Pollinatrix said...

What a comfy cozy-looking spot! And it looks so familiar, like just the kind of place I would have pictured you.

I like the prayer flags on the lamp. I have some strung to the back of a chair in my bedroom. (But the best use I've seen for them so far was my daughter's idea - she strung some around her Christmas tree this year.)

Thanks for sharing this, Dan. I feel like I know you a little better now. Or more like it confirms what I already thought I knew.

Kathleen said...

How on earth has it taken me so long to find your blog? I really like what I see here. And I think it's oh-so-brave to photograph your blog spot. I"m not the tidiest of housekeepers (oh, balderdash, I'm a terrible housekeeper -- the shame) so such a post will take some courage. I'll let you know when I do, though. Looking forward to following you!
Best,
Kathleen

Rebecca Johnson said...

I, too, am loving this sharing and have my pics taken but haven't gotten them up yet! The first thing that I try to do when people post these pictures is to squint really hard and try to figure out what it is you are reading. (You may recall that I am only 25 days in to my one year discipline of not buying books and I must live vicariously when I can.)

I have those prayer flags, too! They are sitting right behind my computer.

By the way, I am visiting your neck of the woods in the spring, April to be exact. We are staying in Healdsburg. I'm hoping for GREAT weather!

Love...

Dan Gurney said...

Healdsburg???

That's a hop, skip, and a yodel from Sebastopol, where I live and my wife's the Mayor. I used to ride my bike from Sebastopol to Healdsburg and back for coffee and a pastry back when I was a bit younger. Nice town. Lots of great restaurants. You'll have a blast, 'specially if you like wine and jazz.

Right now I'm reading Michael Pollan's Botany of Desire. And Byron Katie's A Thousand Names for Joy.

Rebecca, I'm not one to give unsolicited advice, but here, I'm gonna break my own rule: buy used books and give them away to good friends. Or borrow books from the library. Give up TV, not books!!!

jinksy said...

Love the look of your hand made chair. I use an old fashioned rocker, or a new-fangled, gas lift, tilt chair, according to state of back bone, but my surrounding accumulated heaps of detritus are better left unseen!

steven said...

nice spot dan - the furniture - well i don't covet but i certainly admire!!!!! i'll see what i can do in response to your interest!!! steven

The Pollinatrix said...

Your wife is the mayor of Healdsburg??? Wow.

Isn't that the town with the huge open-air thrift store?

Barry said...

Interesting to see where all that creativity takes place.

There must be something about handmade furniture of quality that spurs on excellence.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Polli-- well, now you know what it looks like, but as I write this comment I'm in the other chair by the fireplace. Thanks for the idea. I hope some other bloggers feel moved to reveal their blogspots.

Dan Gurney said...

Kathleen, I'm glad you found MH. I've enjoyed your blogs very much, too. I wrote a 55 word post for my friend Walter. That's a fun form to experiment with.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Jinksy, well then, maybe a photo of just the chair?

Dan Gurney said...

Polli, my wife's the Mayor of Sebastopol. She's been Mayor 3 times now. She's really good at it. Most people cannot understand why anyone would want to take on the Mayoral Duties of a town that was named after a fist fight and has, in the past been stricken with conflict, but my wife is a skillful mediator, and we (the town) get along much better these days.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Barry. I think more of my creativity came out of endless hours of squashing meditation cushions with my butt.

The Pollinatrix said...

This just tickles me. I love the configuration of a lady mayor and her kindergarten teacher husband. You must have some very interesting conversations. Do you ever compare politicians and five-year-olds?

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Polli,

Well, actually, she's sort of the public face of our team. Behind the scenes we DO talk A LOT about what's going on in the city and she uses me as a sounding board quite often.

I'm not sure if she finds my kindergarten teacher perspective or my Buddhist practitioner perspective the most helpful and I'm not even sure there's that much difference. Politics at this very local level is really quite fun and it's uncorrupted and real. (There's no salary for this volunteer public service.)

Delwyn said...

Hi Dan

this is a cosy nest. What is the laptop sitting on?
And what is in the corner behind the guitar? A didgeridoo?

Happy days

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Hi Dan - so nice of you to share your creative blogspot with us. I always enjoy being able to picture the person in their surroundings when I interact. That Craftsman chair is beautiful.

I just might be persuaded to do so too.

Dan Gurney said...

Delwyn, you have a keen and discerning eye. Yes, a didge, from Australia. My son, Ted's... he plays it well, you know, continuously like the way they're supposed to be played. I can only make it emit short foghorn like blasts. The laptop sits on top of its original box, which serves as a gym-dandy laptop desk to elevate the laptop from my lap.

Dan Gurney said...

Bonnie, I'm averse, as you are, to awards and (I think) tagging and such, but I'd be delighted to see a post like this from you.

spldbch said...

What a great idea to post photos of your "blogspot." Looks cozy!

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Melody,

It it cozy, especially on a rainy day or at night.

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