Jimmy Furey

“I was conceited enough to think that I could do it”– Jimmy Furey, master boatbuilder on the river Shannon in Ireland.…

Wallula Gap

WTA Trip ReportBeautiful day to wander the Wallula trails. The trails are not marked in the most obvious manner, but the main trails are in great condition and looked recently maintained. I was able to traverse from this trailhead to Two Sisters, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you…

Solar Powered Website

Low-tech Magazine was born in 2007 and has seen minimal changes ever since. Because a website redesign was long overdue — and because we try to practice what we preach — we decided to build a low-tech, self-hosted, and solar-powered version of Low-tech Magazine. The new blog is designed to radically reduce…

The Lathe of Heaven

The quality of the will to power is, precisely, growth. Achievement is  its cancellation. To be, the will to power must increase with each  fulfillment, making the fulfillment only a step to a further one. The  vaster the power gained the vaster the appetite for more.-Ursula K. Le Guin,…

Robert Penn Warren

[T]he self is never to be found, but must be created, not the happy accident of passivity, but the product of a thousand actions, large and small, conscious or unconscious, performed not “away from it all,” but in the face of “it all,” for better or for worse, in…

Capi Blanchet

Enjoyment is always greatest when you have enough contrast to measure it by.– Capi Blanchet, author of The Curve of Time…

Barbara Follett

The old canoe was full of grub. Nothing to worry about, then; nothing to do but paddle. When we came to a good place, we stopped and swam. It was a peaceful, swinging life, full of sunshine, without special adventure. It needed no adventure beyond itself.…

Burundi

My brother, my dad, and I traveled to Burundi to install a solar system at a rural teaching hospital. The whole experience was technicolor, and I was challenged to my core. As an "umuzungu", everything I thought I understood about the inequities of life was given a visceral dimension and…