vol. 8, num. 12 :: 2009.06.05 — 2009.06.19
Those in the twenty-first century, industrialized world are increasingly dependent upon virtual realities for everyday tasks. Even the practice of typing on a typewriter has less direct mechanical relationship than that of typing on a computer keyboard. In this context, what is the value in choosing to do something by hand, in person, the old-fashioned way?
A life tapestry woven of baking bread and growing food and bearing children.
Spring rolls around again with broken earth and broken promises.
A new movement among women is going back to the basics.
Short film juxtaposes images of destruction and handmade creation.
Chronicling one week of creating something out of something by hand.
On the beauty of choosing the "by hand" way, while honoring the divine purposes of all human activity.
A practical guide for creating a useful craft from days of old.
Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about making things by hand.
The question of whether Google is making us "stoopid" may only begin to assess what we stand to lose.
A reflection on the purposes of hands and how technology can both enhance and hinder those purposes.
On skills, creativity and dependence.
A tradition of boating finds its current home in longing.
The journey of a skill from a hobby to a spiritual discipline.
Brian Dijkema reviews Richard Sennett’s book The Craftsman.
As much of the urban sociology literature argues, the neighborhood is a critically important place for marginalized groups. Concepts such as place attachment and sense of community help us understand how impoverished and minority residents feel about their place, what uses they have developed for it, and what meanings they assign to them…. In many cases, working-class and minority neighborhoods are much more than what the media describe as urban ghettos scarred by violence and poverty. The close-knit families who live there value community life, social ties, and their roots in the neighborhood. Residents come to rely on each other and build bonds of mutual support within, between, and across neighborhood spaces.
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