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We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are – Anaïs Nin

Question: I am interested in so many things, and I have a terrible fear because my mother keeps telling me that I’m just going to be exploring the rest of my life and never get anything done. But I find it really hard to set my ways and say, “Well, do I want to do this, or should I try to exploit that, or should I escape and completely do one thing?”

Anaïs Nin: One word I would banish from the dictionary is ‘escape.’ Just banish that and you’ll be fine. Because that word has been misused regarding anybody who wanted to move away from a certain spot and wanted to grow. He was an escapist. You know if you forget that word you will have a much easier time. Also you’re in the prime, the beginning of your life; you should experiment with everything, try everything…. We are taught all these dichotomies, and I only learned later that they could work in harmony. We have created false dichotomies; we create false ambivalences, and very painful one’s sometimes -the feeling that we have to choose. But I think at one point we finally realize, sometimes subconsciously, whether or not we are really fitted for what we try and if it’s what we want to do.

You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a teacher anymore or you’re not a painter anymore. It may happen. It has happened. I mean Gauguin decided at a certain point he wasn’t a banker anymore; he was a painter. And so he walked away from banking. I think we have a right to change course. But society is the one that keeps demanding that we fit in and not disturb things. They would like you to fit in right away so that things work now.


Process: Electrifying a late 19th century railroad lantern

We acquired three French 19th century railroad lanterns some time last year. Managing our retail space meant that we never had the time to electrify these, but we finally got round to it yesterday. We did think of retaining the lamps in their original state, but in this case, I think it’s more important to retain the lamps’ original purpose, which is to illuminate.

We took pictures to document the process. Should you have any candle/gas lamps of your own, I hope this post will inspire you to electrify them.

19th century french railroad lantern

Hello everybody! I am a 19th century french railroad lantern! My name is Gustave and I am so hot that all marshmallows roast to perfection within a 10 foot radius of me!!!!

What's happening? These stupid little soldiers have disassembled my perfect body!!!

What’s happening? These stupid little soldiers have disassembled my perfect body!!!

Cutting wire

Are they going to garrote me? NOOO I ONLY WANT TO DIE BY GUILLOTINE!!!

All parts required

Surely, I am about to die. Goodbye cruel world!

The lamp body would have held a kerosene cartridge with a wick, but since we’re electrifying the lamp, we would have to drill a hole in the base cap and run a wire through the lamp body.

Drilling a hole in the lamp base

AHHHH!!!! They are drilling a hole into my ass!!!!

Important public service announcement: You can see in the picture that I am using a hammer drill to drill into Gustave’s thick gauge, solid brass ass. You can also see that I am drilling his ass on the floor. This is an unorthodox way of doing things and could turn out to be a pretty funny way to die. Please use a hand drill/drill press with proper metal drilling bits, and work off a bench with clamps.

Hole in the lamp base

Mission complete sir!

Stripping the wire

The Garfield plaster is courtesy of Mr Yo.

I’m stripping the wire here with a nifty wire stripper that is also a flat head screwdriver. I purchased it at Handyman Centre, which is the best hardware store I’ve come across











Mr Yo says there should be a last batch of dresses before we go. He knows what he’s doin’.


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