Work Notes: Service in Texas



Just back from an AmeriCorps trip to build houses with the Habitat for Humanity Affiliate in Austin, Texas. One year ago, I never could have imagined that I would take a twenty hour road trip which required packing a tool belt.  The trip was great and the sun revitalized all of our staff. I had literally been seeing white for months between the snowy weather, silvery city buildings, and all the base, shoe, and window/door trim we’d been putting up in the house I’m working on. In contrast, the Texas palette was brimming with variations on tan. Even the state capitol was a strange shiny beige. AmeriCorps got tan. We got just a little bit buff (as much as you can get from a week of heavy labor for 8 hours a day). I remembered why I can’t wait for summer in the midwest. To be framing up a house in the sun: pounding nails, climbing scaffolding, traversing the high beams of the walls between roof trusses. This job is such an adventure!

Above are some pictures of the printed ‘Sounds of the Dark,’ Sound-Bites, edition 4 zines. They are 16 pages, full color and are waiting for you! Cost is $3. The online version will be expanded and out by the end of this week.

I’ll write more about the Austin Habitat affiliate later, but for now, this’ll do. Very happy to be back with my pets and in the snow.

Keep on finding love, even in the dark 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤


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