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Jay Nelson and Friends Visit Godfrey Stephens in Victoria BC Yesterday

Jay and 3 surfers are on a surf/photo trip on Vancouver Island for a Surfer's Journal article, traveling in a camper Jay built. Yesterday they visited Godfrey. In this photo (Jay at left), they're looking into the cabin of Godfrey's latest sailboat. I'm hoping they get a chance to visit Godfrey's best friend, master builder and surfer Bruno Atkey.

Both Godfrey and Bruno are featured in our book Builders of the Pacific Coast.

Jay's San Francisco home is featured in our forthcoming book Small Homes.

Photo: Godfrey Stephens

Hallelujah — Bon Jovi

Great Leonard Cohen Article in Oct. 17 Issue of The New Yorker

With extensive descriptions of Leonard's music by an uncharacteristically talkative Bob Dylan: http://shltr.net/2e9iVcO

Photo by Graeme Mitchell for The New Yorker

Video of Wily Coyote on Road Last Night

Fox was the only living man. There was no earth. The water was everywhere. “What shall I do,” Fox asked himself. He began to sing in order to find out.
   “I would like to meet somebody,” he sang to the sky.
   Then he met Coyote.
   “I thought I was going to meet someone,” Fox said.
   “Where are you going?” Coyote asked.
   “I've been wandering all over trying to find someone. I was worried there for a while.”
   “Well it's better for two people to go together… that's what they always say.”
   “O.K.. But what will we do?”
   “I don't know.”
   “I got it! Let's try to make the world.”
   “And how are we going to do that?” Coyote asked.
   “Sing!” said Fox.

   -Jaime de Angulo, Coyote Man & Old Doctor Loon

Rainbow, Shelter Production Studio, Our New Solar Panels

I'm still experimenting with posting my Instagram videos here. This is kinda dark, but the skies were red at sunset after the rains.

Marbled Godwit Shore Birds Yesterday

Hey, I just discovered how to make my Instagram movies available on this blog; here's one I posted this morning: https://www.instagram.com/p/BLl4b5nBid-/

Independent Bookstores Back in Biz Thanks to Internet/NYTimes Article

Photo: "Ron Davis and Crystal Wilkinson opened Wild Fig Books and Coffee a year ago in Lexington, Ky. They are among the entrepreneurs taking advantage of the resurgence of independent bookstores." 
"…A decade ago, independent bookstores were viewed as an industry on the decline. Crushed on price by Amazon and by the wide selection of national retailers like Barnes & Noble, thousands of mom-and-pop outlets had closed up shop.
But after years of losses, they are emerging from the decimation, with the number of independent bookstores rising 21 percent from 2010 to 2015.
In a twist of fate, it is the internet — the very thing that was supposed to wipe them out — that is helping these small stores.
Retail sales of new books, which include chains but not online retailers such as Amazon, increased last year for the first time since 2007, according to Census Bureau data — and are up another 6 percent this year. By contrast, Barnes & Noble’s sales fell 6.6 percent last quarter.
'Bookstores are being reinvented by taking advantage of how the world has changed,' said Oren Teicher, chief executive of the American Booksellers Association, which represents independent sellers. 'The whole ability to put technology to work for you has changed everything.'…”
Article by Amy Haimler
Photo by William DeShazer for The New York Times

Dead pelican as art at Ocean Beach, San Francisco