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You can change the world, for the worse, quite quickly. The process of changing the world for the better is incredibly slow.

Andy Crouch (paraphrased)

There are countless layers to the challenges our society continues to face, and this is one of them: we have actually believed and embraced the modern origin story.

And we have done so to our collective detriment. 

Read more about Origin Stories, Human Dignity, and The Repair shop.

This evening I found myself repeatedly trying to bend a soccer ball around our grill and into a small net.

The encouraging (and quite honest) words of our six year old:

Keep trying dad! That’s what I always do, sometimes, when it’s not too hard.

The BBC’s The Repair Shop is worth watching. I am hooked. (Available on Netflix in the US.)

An antidote to throwaway culture, The Repair Shop shines a light on the wonderful treasures to be found in homes across the country.

Putting the finishing touches on the conversion of a gross garage closet into a workable (though tiny) home office. Quite pleased with the end product!

You can view the process at a glance here.

Garage Office Update 4

I am fairly pleased with the progress in just over two weeks. I have held class and more than a few meetings in the space, and I am excited to continue to put in the finishing touches, especially an eventual chalk mural by my super-talented wife.

  • Installed door.
  • Completed texturing and painted white walls and chalk wall.
  • Installed standing and seated desks, including a keyboard stand for the standing desk.

The space is small (4ft x 4.5 ft) so it is hard to capture it in photos, but here goes!

Garage Office Update 3

  • Completed drywall and mudded (for the first time … a little rough)
  • Textured walls and ceiling
  • Painted walls and roof (need to finish chalk corners.)
  • Reinforced door wall for eventual door.

I touched a very hot screw head.

Garage Office Project Update 2

  • Purchased drywall, and drove it home in the back of a Honda Odyssey. (Given the near perfect fit, I imagine the Honda engineers planned for such things.)
  • Installed insulation and started hanging drywall.
  • Built subfloor using plywood attached to flat 2x4s that I screwed into the concrete floor.

Faithful Cross above all other, one and only noble tree, none in foliage, none in blossom, none in fruit thy peers may be; sweetest wood and sweetest iron, sweetest weight is hung on thee.

Venantius Fortunatus (6th cent.)