FROM Michelle Boyle
Big plans for tiny houses Tiny houses are growing in popularity, even though in most places in the US, people can't legally live in them. But that didn't stop a group of enthusiasts from coming to a two-day workshop a few weeks back at the Craft and Folk Art Museum -- or CAFAM. They came to meet, and learn from, one of the stars of the burgeoning tiny home world: Derek Diedricksen, the host of HGTV's Tiny House Builders. So what attracts people to living so small? Freedom from stuff, and the "debtor's prison" of 30-year mortgages? DnA hears from tiny house dreamers (including David Wolfe, Polly Harrold, Shaina Thompson and Susan Bernardo) and learns about how to live small on the down-low, while the legal issues are sorted out. Polly Harrold participated in a tiny house building workshop at CAFAM Frances Anderton
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George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
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