Cabin in the Woods

Years ago, before everyone had mobile devices, before dot com, before, everyone from toddlers to grandparents and all between were on their mobile devices and connected through the Internet, there was a cabin in the woods.

The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods

This cabin did not have a thermostat, nor hot and cold running water, not even indoor plumbing. A wood stove, a hose that siphoned water from a spring, and an outhouse were used instead. It had three small rooms and a sleeping loft. A dozen or so chickens roamed on the porch and two dwarf goats ran freely from outside to in. One orange tom cat guarded the path that ran through the woods up to the cabin.

One Orange Cat

One Orange Cat

The occupants were not reclusive or eccentric by local standards. They were merely creative and concerned more with local issues and a big one was about to take over the attention of nearly everyone in the area. This would be the 25th anniversary of a famous music event that defined a generation.

Armed with imagination and a 386 computer, these two would make a bit of history themselves.

It is hard to look back now and recall when it all snowballed into “A Project.” It could have been when the New York Times reporter did that first story. The interview was done by phone. The reporter never saw the cabin in the woods or the cat, the chickens, the goats, but the world would soon be aware that it all existed. After the New York Times, the local news outlets followed as well as other national news, but I can’t get ahead of the story here.

It is really the story of two people who made something happen. For one year before the others thought of connecting these same ideas, two people with very few resources brought together computer users asking questions, ability to chat, answers from on the scene, sound files, scanned artwork, and more. It would be known as Woodstock Online.

Dwarf Goats

Dwarf Goats

Have you ever started a creative project that took off quickly and became popular? Tell us more…


No Pets Allowed – Have You Seen a Sign Like This?

Today some truth…I went into the local post office and found this sign posted in the lobby.

Just "blind persons"?

Just “blind persons”?

This disturbs me for several reasons. First, the United States Postal Employees should have a better grasp of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Most importantly though, since our country has had so many service members coming back from overseas with invisible disabilities and many use service animals so they can function now that they’re home.

There are disabilities that are invisible and service dogs might assist with mobility or balance, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, retrieving objects, or performing other special tasks. The dog might not easily be identified as a service dog because they are not wearing a vest or id tag and there is a risk of violating the person’s rights by assuming the dog is not a service animal.

According to the Department of Justice, ” When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Staff may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.

I do hope other Post Offices within the U.S. no longer display such signs. If you notice one, please do send me a photo and the name and town of where you see it.

An actual service dog is best identified by behavior of both handler and the dog. The dog is not a pet and should display quiet excellent behavior all time. This may prove difficult to enforce without violating ADA rights unless training is provided for those who would be responsible for enforcing the regulation.

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Starting with the Truth

This is what I found when I looked up Truth and Taradiddle today.

The truth : the real facts about something

Taradiddle : pretentious nonsense

Behind every good story is a bit of truth. When I’m writing a story, I look things up so I can fill in interesting details and I want them to be correct because I do not want an incorrect detail to distract from the story I’m telling.

Most of the time there is plenty enough of taradiddle to go around. You don’t have to go looking very hard to find it.

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