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Those Pre-Conference Activities
Jan 16th, 2017
Hacks, Clones and Snow
Jan 8th, 2017
Reflections and Resolutions
Jan 1st, 2017
A Room at the Inn?
Dec 23rd, 2016
Video Shoots and Conference Preparations
Dec 19th, 2016
Our Arts and Crafts Pets
Dec 12th, 2016
Plans and Deadlines For our 30th Anniversary
Dec 4th, 2016
Holiday Shopping: Arts and Crafts Style
Nov 27th, 2016
From Canals to Arts and Crafts
Nov 20th, 2016
Finding the Unexpected
Nov 13th, 2016
Tips For Mall Shopping
Nov 6th, 2016
A New Conference Addition
Oct 30th, 2016
The Passing of a Legend
Oct 23rd, 2016
Its More Than Just Stuff
Oct 17th, 2016
Struggling To Make Sense Of It
Oct 10th, 2016
Auction Flashbacks
Oct 2nd, 2016
One Foot in the Past
Sep 25th, 2016
From Coast to Coast
Sep 18th, 2016
Going High-Touch
Sep 12th, 2016
Why Do We Collect?
Sep 5th, 2016
September Musings
Aug 29th, 2016
Trying to Make Sense of It
Aug 21st, 2016
Removing All Doubt
Aug 15th, 2016
Traveling Tales
Aug 6th, 2016
Seller Beware !
Jul 31st, 2016
Hoping For the Unexpected
Jul 26th, 2016
Have We Become a Tradition?
Jul 17th, 2016
A Long Story and a Hard Lesson
Jul 11th, 2016
Three Bookcases, Three Stories
Jul 4th, 2016
"Even numbers on the right...."
Jun 26th, 2016
My Father's Day Tribute
Jun 19th, 2016
Speaking of airplanes . . . .
Jun 11th, 2016
Tales From the Past
Jun 4th, 2016
One Month, Two Graduations
May 29th, 2016
Rewind: Manhattan 1913
May 22nd, 2016
"We Came As Tourists"
May 15th, 2016
Why Aren't Lemmings Extinct?
May 8th, 2016
Redefining a Legacy
May 1st, 2016
Reflections On a Deck
Apr 24th, 2016
Honoring Those Unknown Artisans
Apr 17th, 2016
From Thomas Benton to Carl Sandburg
Apr 10th, 2016
A Kansas City Tour
Apr 3rd, 2016
A Story Worth Remembering
Mar 27th, 2016
Honoring Zelda
Mar 19th, 2016
Make That an Arts and Crafts Deck
Mar 13th, 2016
A Little Conference Insight
Mar 4th, 2016
Basking in the Glow
Feb 27th, 2016
Coming Back Down to Earth
Feb 22nd, 2016
Sunday: Conference Week
Feb 21st, 2016
Saturday: Conference Week
Feb 20th, 2016
Friday: Conference Week
Feb 18th, 2016
Thursday: Conference Week
Feb 18th, 2016
Wednesday: Conference Week
Feb 17th, 2016
Tuesday: Conference Week
Feb 16th, 2016
Monday: Conference Week
Feb 14th, 2016
Your Next Little Journey
Feb 5th, 2016
Sailing Into the Sunset
Jan 31st, 2016
A Silent Auction Adventure
Jan 23rd, 2016
Random Acts
Jan 17th, 2016
A Hidden Gem - With Its Own Secrets
Jan 7th, 2016
Stories Never Told
Jan 3rd, 2016
831 Missed Opportunities
Dec 27th, 2015
Something In the Mail For You
Dec 20th, 2015
Getting Around the Grove Park Inn
Dec 13th, 2015
Don't Make It a White-Ring Christmas
Dec 6th, 2015
Of Pigments and Printer's Ink
Nov 30th, 2015
Asheville's "Other" Attraction
Nov 23rd, 2015
A Mystery Mark
Nov 15th, 2015
There's Something in a Name . . .
Nov 8th, 2015
Sharing Stories
Nov 1st, 2015
Making a Late Resolution
Oct 25th, 2015
Strength in Numbers
Oct 19th, 2015
Looking Forward to the Grove Park Inn
Oct 11th, 2015
An Audience of One
Oct 4th, 2015
Racing Father Time - To Waffle House
Sep 27th, 2015
One Foot In the Past
Sep 20th, 2015
Road Trip Time
Sep 13th, 2015
My Only Two Golfing Stories
Sep 6th, 2015
A $300 Masterpiece
Aug 30th, 2015
Smart -- or Lucky?
Aug 23rd, 2015
Two Good Stories
Aug 17th, 2015
49 Down, 1 To Go
Aug 10th, 2015
"It's Got Two Shopmarks !"
Aug 3rd, 2015
Cemetery Adventures
Jul 26th, 2015
An Art and Crafts Nature Center
Jul 19th, 2015
From Manhattan to Manhattan: 1312 Miles
Jul 12th, 2015
A (Non-Golfing) Trip to Pinehurst
Jul 5th, 2015
A Return to Main Street
Jun 28th, 2015
A Most Unusual Prop
Jun 21st, 2015
Arts and Crafts Therapy
Jun 14th, 2015
Back to the Big Apple
Jun 7th, 2015
Is It Really "Unsigned"?
May 30th, 2015
A Day To Never Forget
May 24th, 2015
Collector -- or Hoarder?
May 17th, 2015
My Archive Angels
May 10th, 2015
A Tale of Two Talks
May 3rd, 2015
Salt Lake City Revisited
Apr 25th, 2015
George Vanderbilt: Part II
Apr 19th, 2015
George Goes Arts and Crafts
Apr 12th, 2015
Time In a Bottle
Apr 5th, 2015
Asheville's Tragic Love Story
Mar 29th, 2015
Confessions of a Seminar Junkie
Mar 22nd, 2015
Breathing Slowly
Mar 16th, 2015
A Bittersweet Day in Manhattan
Mar 5th, 2015
Reflections on the Arts and Crafts Conference
Mar 1st, 2015
We Beat The Odds
Feb 23rd, 2015
Conference Week: A Day By Day Journey
Feb 15th, 2015
Of Grandfathers and Morning Chores
Feb 8th, 2015
Collecting Mania
Jan 31st, 2015
Just How Many Biltmore's Are There?
Jan 25th, 2015
A French Chateau in Asheville?
Jan 18th, 2015
Two Rules To Collect By
Jan 11th, 2015
A New Year And New Resolutions
Jan 4th, 2015
Sometimes Old School Is Still The Best
Dec 28th, 2014
Even the Wall Street Journal ! ! !
Dec 20th, 2014
A Trip Back In Time
Dec 14th, 2014
Front Porch Discoveries
Dec 7th, 2014
Making the Holidays Fun
Nov 30th, 2014
Ace Is the Place For Me
Nov 23rd, 2014
Stood Up -- Again!
Nov 16th, 2014
Remembering Kitty
Nov 6th, 2014
A Walk With Frederick Law Olmsted
Nov 3rd, 2014
Squeezing the Juice Out of a Lemon
Oct 26th, 2014
Cherishing Our Arts and Crafts Friends
Oct 20th, 2014
One Worth Repeating
Oct 12th, 2014
Building Your Own Network
Oct 5th, 2014
Looking In Your Own Backyard
Sep 28th, 2014
Become a Stalker
Sep 22nd, 2014
Ken Burns and The Roosevelts on PBS
Sep 15th, 2014
Living With Our Regrets - And Learning From Them
Sep 8th, 2014
Father and Son Auction Experience
Aug 31st, 2014
The Boys of Biltmore Go eBay -- Almost
Aug 25th, 2014
Norman Rockwell Is Alive and Living in Illinois
Aug 18th, 2014
Who Was The Pink Lady?
Aug 10th, 2014
A View From the Palm Court
Aug 3rd, 2014
A Walk On the Mild Side
Jul 27th, 2014
A One Hundred Year Journey
Jul 19th, 2014
Tracking Down a Tragic Couple
Jul 13th, 2014
Statues, Plaques and Trash Cans
Jul 5th, 2014
Twilight Memories of the Roycroft Campus
Jul 5th, 2014
A Fawn's Little Journey: Part II
Jun 30th, 2014
Nursing a Two-Day Old Baby
Jun 22nd, 2014
An Arts and Crafts Father's Day
Jun 15th, 2014
A Day In Cedar Rapids
Jun 9th, 2014
Getting Any Wiser?
May 31st, 2014
Traveling Through Space -- and Back In Time
May 25th, 2014
Grant Wood at Auction: The Results
May 17th, 2014
Fraud, Reproduction, or Find of the Century?
May 11th, 2014
Motel Mischief, Arts and Crafts Style
May 4th, 2014
From Father to Son, and Back Again
Apr 28th, 2014
Motel Room Mischief, Arts and Crafts Style
Apr 27th, 2014
Two Days, 15 Antique Malls, 754 Booths, One Museum
Apr 20th, 2014
A Woman of Letters
Apr 13th, 2014
A Prairie Artist in a Prairie Town
Apr 6th, 2014
A Wash Out
Mar 29th, 2014
An Army of Imitators
Mar 23rd, 2014
Fathers, sons and road trips
Mar 16th, 2014
Watch Out For Those Cheap, Green Pots
Mar 8th, 2014
The Lady in Room 545
Mar 2nd, 2014
Post Conference Musings - and a Question
Feb 24th, 2014
Sunday Morning: Conference Week
Feb 23rd, 2014
Saturday Morning: Conference Week
Feb 22nd, 2014
Friday Morning: Conference Week
Feb 21st, 2014
Thursday Morning: Conference Week
Feb 20th, 2014
Wednesday Morning: Conference Week
Feb 19th, 2014
Tuesday Morning: Conference Week
Feb 17th, 2014
Monday Morning: Conference Week
Feb 16th, 2014
Grove Park Inn: Snow Today, Sunny & Sixty Next Week
Feb 12th, 2014
Chasing Scott
Feb 8th, 2014
A Walk In the Woods
Feb 2nd, 2014
Asking "Why?"
Jan 26th, 2014
Charting the Trends
Jan 19th, 2014
The Printed Poster: An Arts & Crafts Tradition
Jan 12th, 2014
The Roycroft Campus in 1986
Jan 6th, 2014
Asheville: A City of Many Biltmores
Dec 29th, 2013
It's Not Just About Christmas, You Know . . . .
Dec 22nd, 2013
Why a Conference Catalog?
Dec 15th, 2013
The Kitchen Remodeling Saga Continues . . .
Dec 6th, 2013
Ideas For an Arts & Crafts Holiday
Dec 1st, 2013
A Man and His Machines
Nov 24th, 2013
Preparing For Another Little Journey
Nov 16th, 2013
The World's Largest Arts and Crafts Duplex
Nov 10th, 2013
Mr. Wright Goes West
Nov 4th, 2013
Looking In Your Own Backyard
Oct 27th, 2013
Three Towns, Three Talks, Two Days
Oct 20th, 2013
Getting Your A&C Mojo On
Oct 13th, 2013
All In The Name Of Research
Oct 4th, 2013
A View from the Top of a Mountain
Sep 29th, 2013
Night Walks
Sep 23rd, 2013
Exploring Another Arts and Crafts Mecca
Sep 15th, 2013
Do You Have What It Takes?
Sep 6th, 2013
Arts and Crafts Beneath a Layer of Dust
Sep 1st, 2013
Susan Lawrence Dana and Her Famous House
Aug 25th, 2013
A Night I Will Never Forget
Aug 19th, 2013
Some Closing Thoughts On Our Friend, Heather Stivison
Aug 11th, 2013
What Would Thomas Edison Order?
Aug 3rd, 2013
Falling Into a Black Hole of Projects
Jul 28th, 2013
Embarking On a Second Century
Jul 20th, 2013
Another Reason Why....
Jul 13th, 2013
When The Simple Life Becomes The Obsessive Life
Jul 6th, 2013
Making An Arts and Crafts Difference
Jun 30th, 2013
The Legend of Gustav and Charles Stickley
Jun 22nd, 2013
Walking Toward The Simple Life
Jun 16th, 2013
Following Fitzgerald's Footsteps
Jun 10th, 2013
Another Airport, Another Project
Jun 2nd, 2013
Project Quail
May 27th, 2013
Count No Day Lost
May 19th, 2013
Starting Over
May 12th, 2013
A Night in Philly, Another New Addiction
May 5th, 2013
Green Pots and Familiar Friends
Apr 29th, 2013
A Sticky Situation
Apr 22nd, 2013
Mrs. Zamansky's Bookcase
Apr 15th, 2013
Expecting the Unexpected - Wherever You Are
Apr 7th, 2013
Redux: Behind the Scenes
Mar 31st, 2013
Social Commentaries: Aisle Seven
Mar 24th, 2013
The Pink Lady Goes For a Stroll
Mar 18th, 2013
Making Transitions
Mar 10th, 2013
Final Thoughts on an Arts and Crafts Conference
Mar 3rd, 2013
Sunday Morning: Behind the Scenes
Feb 24th, 2013
Saturday Morning: Behind the Scenes
Feb 23rd, 2013
Friday Morning: Behind the Scenes
Feb 22nd, 2013
Thursday Morning: Behind the Scenes
Feb 20th, 2013
Wednesday Morning: Behind the Scenes
Feb 20th, 2013
Tuesday Morning: Behind the Scenes
Feb 18th, 2013
Monday Morning: Behind the Scenes
Feb 17th, 2013
Signs of Spring: Robins, Daffodils and the President
Feb 10th, 2013
To Thomas Wolfe's Cabin
Feb 3rd, 2013
And The Walls Came Tumbling Down....
Jan 27th, 2013
"The Times They Are a-Changin'"
Jan 20th, 2013
Parking Fees Touch Emotional Raw Nerve
Jan 14th, 2013
Telling Stories -- and Getting It Right
Jan 6th, 2013
The Simple Life - In the Woods
Dec 31st, 2012
'Tis the Season -- For Conference Preparations
Dec 23rd, 2012
A Tale of Two Hotels
Dec 15th, 2012
Sharpening Our Focus -- For You
Dec 9th, 2012
A Presidential Visit Prompts a Presidential Secret
Dec 2nd, 2012
Make It An Arts and Crafts Holiday
Nov 26th, 2012
It's Just One Big House!
Nov 19th, 2012
Friday Night Inspections and Reflections
Nov 12th, 2012
Tapping Into an Untapped Resource
Nov 4th, 2012
Remembering Stephen
Oct 29th, 2012
Two Great Collections, Two Great Auctions
Oct 22nd, 2012
One Life, One Funeral, Two Graves
Oct 14th, 2012
A Few Special Weekends
Oct 8th, 2012
"How we made them feel."
Sep 30th, 2012
Waiting For the Next Great Book
Sep 23rd, 2012
Chasing Seahorses
Sep 16th, 2012
The Paper Chase
Sep 10th, 2012
Learning from History
Sep 2nd, 2012
Great Expectations
Aug 27th, 2012
Who Deserves To Be Remembered?
Aug 20th, 2012
Putting the Spark Back in Your Relationship
Aug 11th, 2012
A Little Time Away From Arts & Crafts
Aug 5th, 2012
Big Changes In Store for an Arts & Crafts Landmark
Jul 30th, 2012
Head, Heart and Hands
Jul 23rd, 2012
Mrs. Zamansky's Bookcase
Jul 15th, 2012
"Be Careful What You Wish For...."
Jul 9th, 2012
Coping With The Heat
Jul 2nd, 2012
To An Athlete Dying Young
Jun 13th, 2012
Tales of the Bizarre - Arts & Crafts Style
Jun 11th, 2012
Dead Trees and Downy Woodpeckers
Jun 4th, 2012
Memories of Memorial Days
May 27th, 2012
"I Have One Just Like It, Except ...."
May 20th, 2012
Three Days, Three Cities
May 13th, 2012
"What will the neighbors think?"
May 7th, 2012
Making Sacrifices
Apr 30th, 2012
Knocking Down Brick Walls - With One Finger
Apr 23rd, 2012
Two Ships, Two Tragedies, Two Mysteries
Apr 16th, 2012
Building Bridges
Apr 9th, 2012
Hillsides, Waterfalls and Leaves
Apr 2nd, 2012
Finding Order Amid Chaos
Mar 26th, 2012
Fathers, Sons and Grandsons
Mar 19th, 2012
Reflections on an Auction and an Iceberg
Mar 12th, 2012
A Deep and Dark Discovery
Mar 5th, 2012
Answering A New-Age Question
Feb 26th, 2012
A Journey Back Home
Feb 20th, 2012
Sunday Morning: Arts and Crafts Week
Feb 19th, 2012
Saturday Morning: Arts and Crafts Week
Feb 18th, 2012
Friday Morning: Arts and Crafts Week
Feb 17th, 2012
Thursday Morning: Arts and Crafts Week
Feb 16th, 2012
Wednesday Morning: Arts and Crafts Week
Feb 15th, 2012
Tuesday Morning: Arts & Crafts Week
Feb 14th, 2012
Monday Morning: Arts & Crafts Week
Feb 13th, 2012
If Spring Comes, Can Winter Be Far Behind?
Feb 6th, 2012
An Arts and Crafts Dinosaur?
Jan 30th, 2012
Taking the Arts & Crafts Time Machine
Jan 22nd, 2012
Parties, Poets and Goats
Jan 16th, 2012
Picking Up Where Michael Left Off
Jan 9th, 2012
Making Some Arts & Crafts Resolutions
Jan 2nd, 2012
To An Original Grove Park Inn Room
Dec 25th, 2011
Paper or Plastic - or Virtual?
Dec 19th, 2011
Waiting For a "Real" Job
Dec 11th, 2011
Saving Our Arts and Crafts Economy
Dec 3rd, 2011
Antiquing in Salt Lake City
Nov 27th, 2011
Antiques in Albuquerque: Watching Dealers Deal
Nov 21st, 2011
Reviving Old Habits -- and Having Fun
Nov 14th, 2011
Sharing the Excitement
Nov 7th, 2011
Coming To Your Computer: "Stump the Chump"
Oct 31st, 2011
Lighting the Spark and Passing the Torch
Oct 24th, 2011
How Many Arts & Crafts Shopmarks Are There?
Oct 16th, 2011
Making The Trip To Craftsman Farms
Oct 9th, 2011
Another Arts & Crafts Connection
Oct 3rd, 2011
Connections -- And a Few Mysteries
Sep 26th, 2011
Is the Fire Still Burning?
Sep 19th, 2011
A Devious Start To a Life of Collecting
Sep 11th, 2011
Grandfathers and Quarterhorses
Sep 5th, 2011
And all the King's horses....
Aug 29th, 2011
From The Grove Park Inn To Boston and East Aurora
Aug 22nd, 2011
Looking Back - Twenty-Five Years Or So
Aug 15th, 2011
Tales of the Bizarre - Arts & Crafts Style
Aug 8th, 2011
Side Trips and Sad Discoveries
Aug 1st, 2011
A Missing Piece in a Mission Oak Puzzle
Jul 24th, 2011
A Walk With William Faulkner
Jul 18th, 2011
A Little Journey To Little Rock
Jul 11th, 2011
A Missed Opportunity At The Met
Jul 3rd, 2011
Good Friends and Green Pots
Jun 26th, 2011
Time To Start a New Project - Or Two!
Jun 19th, 2011
The 90% Factor
Jun 13th, 2011
Copper Hits $92,000 a Pound
Jun 6th, 2011
The Traveling Drink Coaster
May 30th, 2011
Making Connections: On Line and In Person
May 23rd, 2011
Each Journey Leads To a New Discovery
May 16th, 2011
Goodbyes Are Always the Hardest
May 9th, 2011
Staying Out Of Trouble - At Home Depot
May 1st, 2011
Great Design Transcends Time
Apr 25th, 2011
The Streets of Oak Park - An Architectural Evolution
Apr 18th, 2011
The Streets of Oak Park - An Architectural Evolution
Apr 18th, 2011
Finding Frank
Apr 10th, 2011
Where's Martha?
Apr 2nd, 2011
Dandelion Wine: Summer Caught and Stoppered
Mar 27th, 2011
Milking Cows, Taking Walks And Getting Excited
Mar 21st, 2011
What Makes It Worthwhile For You?
Mar 13th, 2011
Spreading the Word - Arts & Crafts Style
Mar 6th, 2011
Experiences We Can't Afford to Miss
Feb 26th, 2011
The Education of an Arts & Crafts Collector - GPI Style
Feb 21st, 2011
Coming Clean: Time for A True (?) Confession
Feb 13th, 2011
If Winter Comes, Can Spring Be Far Behind?
Feb 7th, 2011
A Mystical Evening at the Grove Park Inn
Jan 31st, 2011
Heart, Heart and Hand
Jan 23rd, 2011
Buy, Sell or Hold?
Jan 16th, 2011
The Man Who Opened Up the Arts & Crafts World For Us
Jan 6th, 2011
Four Simple Steps To Avoid Buying Fraudulent Furniture
Jan 3rd, 2011
Blinded By a Case of Tunnel Vision
Dec 27th, 2010
To Share Or Not To Share? - That Was the Question
Dec 19th, 2010
"Is that an Arts & Crafts symbol - or just a goose?"
Dec 12th, 2010
Jagged Edges, Awkward Situations, Slow Escapes
Dec 6th, 2010
Make It An Arts & Crafts Christmas or Hanukkah
Nov 28th, 2010
That you know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.
Nov 21st, 2010
More Arts & Crafts Friends-- In Unlikely Places
Nov 14th, 2010
More Arts & Crafts Friends-- In Unlikely Places
Nov 14th, 2010
An Opportunity To Connect
Nov 8th, 2010
A Tale of Two Clocks
Nov 1st, 2010
"If you had come to the Grove Park Inn in 1913....
Oct 23rd, 2010
"Give me two good reasons...."
Oct 18th, 2010
Expecting the Unexpected - Wherever You Are
Oct 11th, 2010
"But what will the neighbors think?"
Oct 4th, 2010
Letting Your Curiosity Lead You Astray
Sep 27th, 2010
You Don't Have To Be There To Make a Difference....
Sep 20th, 2010
Digging For Gems in Your Own Backyard
Sep 13th, 2010
Sometimes I Sits and Thinks, Other Times I Just Sits
Sep 6th, 2010
"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished."
Aug 30th, 2010
"Look Closely and You Will Find It"
Aug 23rd, 2010
Adding On Yet Another Room -- To Our Website
Aug 16th, 2010
One City, Two Shows: A Study In Contrasts
Aug 8th, 2010
"I'd Rather Be a Hammer Than a Nail...."
Aug 2nd, 2010
What Was the Best Arts & Crafts year - Ever?
Jul 18th, 2010
Stretching Your Muscles - And Your Mind
Jul 12th, 2010
Having a Drink - With Gus
Jul 5th, 2010
Steve Jobs, You Let Me Down
Jun 28th, 2010
Reflections On the Evolution of a Career in Journalism
Jun 14th, 2010
Rainy Day Projects In an Arts & Crafts Office
Jun 1st, 2010
Craftsman Farms Birthday Celebration Being Planned
May 24th, 2010
April 3, 1897 - When the Doors First Opened....
May 18th, 2010
Art (and Antiques) Can Be An Expensive Mistress
May 10th, 2010
Art Pottery Collectors: Take Heed!
May 4th, 2010
Veni, Vidi, Ludo. - He Came, He Saw, He Played.
Apr 26th, 2010
Will Obama Become Our Next Arts & Crafts President?
Apr 19th, 2010
Move Over Antiques Roadshow - Pawn Stars Have Arrived
Apr 14th, 2010
Bumper Sticker of the Week: "Think Global. Act Local."
Apr 2nd, 2010
Where Have You Gone, Emily Vermillion?
Mar 22nd, 2010
A Little Journey To the Roycroft Campus
Mar 8th, 2010
Its Over, But the Memories Live On
Mar 8th, 2010
Monday Morning Musings
Mar 1st, 2010
Memories of a Friday Night Auction
Feb 4th, 2010
Susan Futterman is my hero.
Jan 19th, 2010
Working Together: Our First Project
Jan 12th, 2010
Using Technology To Bring Us Together
Dec 8th, 2009
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