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Holiday Odds and Ends (or the Just Plain Odd)

Posted on | January 19, 2009 | No Comments

My brother informs me that Mars is in retrograde right now until Feb. 1, and this means astrological mischief is afoot. How else to explain the Miracle on the Hudson last week? In addition, our beloved and ancient cabin, which we’re rebuilding with its first foundation, tipped off its jacked-up moorings last week, and we’ve had to demo half of it.
We went up Saturday to check it out. Back in the day, they often used newspaper as insulation. (Maggie and I are reading fragments in the photo below). Saturday I found this fragment between the walls. It’s a story about the granddaughter of the namesake of this blog. She was apparently quite the looker and actress. It’s from the San Francisco Examiner, April 30, 1908. Now in doing a little background work on Ida Greeley Smith, I discovered something else I didn’t know. We named our daughter Margaret after Margaret Fuller, considered the first mainstream female journalist in America. It turns out that Horace Greeley, gave her her first job. She moved in with Greeleys and became the New York Tribune’s first female editor in November 1844.
So there are some weird connections with Mars in retrograde for you!
Oh, and by the way: Today is Martin Luther King Jr. day and tomorrow the first African-American politician becomes president of the United States. Those stars can be pretty powerful.

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  1. Anonymous
    January 20th, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

    Brian — So sorry to hear about the cabin. Hope you were able to keep “the good half” ?

  2. Greeley's Ghost
    January 21st, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

    Good half being a relative term. If you’re interested in construction, this thing is a fabulous example of ancient technique. The log cabin is of course sturdy as a rock. The back part has no framing (by our contemporary standards). What holds up the roof are the exterior walls (bat and board) and interior paneling. That’s it. The floors are in good shape as they sit on hewn pine joists that for the most part have their bark still attached after a hundred years.
    Bottom line: The troubles are good news as it gives us more design flexibility than we had when the roof sloped all the way down to about 5-feet high.

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