Buildings, like people, come with psychological baggage, which tends to accumulate over time. One need not believe in ghosts in a literal sense to appreciate the idea that the strong emotions expressed in a space – and especially any dire deeds committed there – might leave a lingering psychic impression, perceptible to sensitive types. Your living space may not be haunted by malevolent spirits, but if you feel “stuck” there in some way, you might, perhaps, be trying to move through someone else’s pile of clutter besides your own – as if your own weren’t enough, right? Exorcism is probably not warranted, but a periodic house-cleansing ritual might make you feel somewhat better.
Another day, another massive data leak. Someone with bad intentions now has access to one or more of your online accounts. You should change your password. Why not make this perennial inconvenience of modern life an opportunity for committing a few edifying lines of verse to memory?
I work from home, which is to say in a blurred and solitary world in which duty and comfort bleed together like a really sloppy Monet. There is a saying in football: if you have two starting quarterbacks, you have no starting quarterback. I propose that if you work from home, you have neither work nor home, really. Your days lack the essential subordinations and separations of which a modern life is built. Your peace is never complete and neither, oddly, is your stress.
For those who have trouble making their garden grow, a pH test could diagnose the problem.
A Woodstock homeowner was recently scammed by an unscrupulous chimney contractor. Here’s what you can do to avoid scammers.
As a homeowner, choosing what you can do for yourself and what you should hire someone to do is the perennial home improvement question. Here, some local contractors offer stop tips about how to approach these decisions. (Example: Try to build something practical outside, like a doghouse, before tackling interiors.)
“With everything that is going on in our world right now, people are overwhelmed, and they’re ready for a simpler way of life with fewer distractions.”
There’s nothing like the heat you get from a woodstove. But finding
The idea behind Woodstock’s role as a center for artists over the past century plus is pretty much the same as the concept behind the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s annual house tour benefits, which hit their tenth anniversary Saturday, July 14.
Saturday, June 2: Tour-goers will visit simple farmsteads and houses from the Federal period, three-bay side-hall and five-bay center-hall structures. Seven of the town’s most interesting and unusual vernacular structures in a range of period styles dating to the 19th and 20th centuries will be featured, with the Greek Revival aesthetic and the diversity of its expression in the region a recurring theme.