This just in: My River Chronicles: Rediscovering America on the Hudson is the winner of the 2010 ASJA Outstanding Book Award in Memoir/Autobiography.   This seems like the perfect time to say thank you to all the amazing people who made this book possible!...

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Making things with metal

  The intro and the music might be a little cheesy, but I do love this video, Elements in Action, about the uses of iron, carbon, nickel, and aluminum that was produced by the Metals Service Center Institute, a 100 year-old trade association supporting the North...

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On being subject to matter

  "He who is aching in every limb, worn out by the effort of a day of work, that is to say a day when he has been subject to matter, bears the reality of the universe in his flesh like a thorn. The difficulty for him is to look and to love. If he succeeds, he...

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Poor Cold Fireboat John J. Harvey

  The bucket of water I left in the engine room of Fireboat John J. Harvey to gauge real temperatures in the oldest, most rudimentary way known to man has an inch of water at the top. Can't imagine what's happening in the 78-year-old pipes that we can't drain...

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