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  •  I love houses, especially those with (6+ / 0-)


    You know, back in those days, taverns were much more important than today's corner bars.  They were more like town halls.  The local rabble rousers got together there to plot.  In fact, a good part of the American Revolution was planned in taverns.

    There was an article in the Kalamazoo Gazette a few years ago about an old house in southwest Michigan that a retired couple had just bought.  There was a rumor that James Fenimore Cooper had spent a winter there doing a little scribbling.  Anyway, sometime along the way, this old country house had been thoroughly remuddled to something like 1950's modern.  The new owners hated that.   They took it as their mission in life to restore it to its original period character.  There was only one "modern" thing they were going to keep--there was a wood burning stove in its kitchen-dining room, and it was so warm and cozy that the couple said that was going to stay.

    A jackass can kick down a barn but it takes a carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn (D-TX)

    by Ice Blue on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 08:35:57 AM PST

    •  I adored that house. (1+ / 0-)
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      I bought it right after walking through the front door for the very first time.  I fell in love with its history and wish, even today, that I had never sold it.

      "Let reverence for the laws . . . become the political religion of the nation." ~ Abraham Lincoln

      by noweasels on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 04:50:13 PM PST

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