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I am a writer and artist with the soul of a swing-dancing Pony Express rider. Interests include consumerism, classic films, environmental issues, scent-free living, health, science, writing, and robots. My blog reflects exploration in word and image. I can’t promise how often I will or won't post.

Forts! Harkening Back to Childhood for an Atmospheric Office.

Forts! Harkening back to childhood for an atmospheric office.


I was an expert fort-builder when I was a kid. Traditional forts were made out of pillows and blankets. If my mom purchased a new appliance, whahoo! then the cardboard box was transformed into a rocket ship. During warm summer months a cluster of small, twisty trees would suffice creating a breezy room. A good sweeping of the ground would reveal a smooth dirt floor.

My mom went all out and constructed, what seemed to me, a full-sized tepee in the backyard. Discarded industrial wooden cable spools became our picnic table and chairs. My mom supported any and all creativity. She treated our kid-things on the same level of importance as all of the grown up stuff like dinner, getting us to school, and the dreaded annual dental checkups.

I am formulating a plan for an organic writing space. To me, walking sans shoes and touching the earth would be the perfect way to take breaks from my desk chair. Some call this earthing and consider it a way to reconnect with the planet's energy. In my opinion walking barefoot feels good no matter what name you may call it. I live in a cold climate so how will I accomplish this feat in the winter months?
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole […] It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle. The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel…" --J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

article, with photo c. Neo-farms  

Kimberley Mok Design's article on underground greenhouses provided inspiration. A walipini is an underground pit. Add in childhood dreams and I could have my own nice, dry secret place to write. The sun shining above, but one more obstacle. I am a sea creature and would want my earthen floor with a sand covering so I could feel the grains between my toes.

4Evergreenhouse for Walipinis


I think growing lettuce in my hole-in-the-ground office would provide a decorative touch and a nice lunch.

Did you build forts when you were a kid? What made yours special?

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