What a Great Way to Build Houses!

This morning I went to hear Dan Phillips talk about his work. He taught himself how to be a plumber, an electrician and a carpenter. Now he hires unskilled people and teaches them how to build houses. He pays minimum wage till they are good enough to go to work for someone who pays more. Then he hires someone else who wants to learn. His organization is Phoenix Commotion, and he builds houses with unconventional materials, focusing on housing for  low-income families, single moms and artists. The unconventional materials might consist of a roof made of license plates, a floor covered in wine corks, or relish plates used as small decorative windows.

I took a look at his website and I’m amazed at the amount of material there. Besides photos of his very unusual and interesting houses, he explains how he does some of these things, like the wine cork floors.

His talk was very interesting and inspiring. Not only did he talk about what he does, but he also talked about the philosophies that brought our home building system into being, and the psychology of our decisions when we choose our homes and how we decorate them. I told my husband it was like listening to Francis Schaeffer talk about home building. If you ever get a chance to hear him, I’d certainly recommend going. If you are an artist, you will be inspired. If you are looking for a way to construct your own home, or decorate your home in truly unique and beautiful ways, you won’t want to miss hearing him. If you are interested in doing what he is doing in your own community, Mr. Phillips is helping others get started.  For more – much more! – info, check out his website: http://www.phoenixcommotion.com/

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Kate Who?

I thought that this woman – Kate – who is marrying that Prince – William – was an American actress. Maybe I had her confused with Kate Winslet? I guess Kate Winslet is American? Anyway, I thought that until this week. Then the other day I saw something on TV about how Kate and William met in school. Oh. She’s British and she’s not an actress.

The reporter said they were college friends and William had probably never seen Kate wearing anything other than jeans and a sweat shirt. Then one day, Kate was walking down a runway wearing something that they said was a dress. I’m glad they told me, because I was wondering, “What is that woman wearing?” Prince William was in the audience at the time.

I don’t know why she was walking down a runway (she went to college to be a model?) or why the Prince was in the audience, but after he saw that much of her (very skimpy “dress”), he had to marry her. Well, he decided to anyway.

I didn’t watch the wedding. I even forgot it was happening today. I guess I live in another world entirely.