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Condensed Matter and Other States of Mind - A Collection of poems by Douglas A. Fowler " The average density of the universe is something like 0.0000000000000000000000000001 kilograms per cubic meter (10-28 kg/m3). One cubic meter of granite weighs some 2700 kilograms. This book's density is 550 kg/m3. Your body weighs in at about 1100 kg/m3, a density that is some 10 million trillion trillion times that of the universe. Our condensation from the void would seem to be the exception; not the rule."
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No War No More -Edited by Arya F. Jenkins  "We take a stand for peace, independently and collectively, artistically and politically. In these times it is imperative not to let slip through one's hands the opportunity to say again and again, with whatever means possible, creative and peaceful, that war is wrong, that love is the only path to peace, justice and freedom, and that we will not veer from this path no matter the consequences. This idea fed this project and I hope will feed the minds and hearts of those who share in our efforts by reading this book."
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WNWG Presents "The WNWG is a unique writing club based in Youngstown Ohio. Four authors and friends, each specializing in different genres and styles, have come together to form the Wednesday Night Writing Group. Together, we will take you on a journey into the funny, twisted, macabre and at times surreal realm of our imagination. Join us as we explore the mysterious, the magical, and the utterly absurd as we take you on an adventure through our oft-twisted mindscape."
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Greenwood/Blue Lotus Press"Greenwood/Blue Lotus Press grew out of the ideas and hopes of a few activists in the Mahoning Valley in Ohio. The philosophy of our press is rooted in a Buddhist, environmentalist and social consciousness."
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WNWG Illustrations - artwork commissioned by Youngstown Writers Group...
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The Stuff of Creation - an informal primer on municipal solid waste and its connection to the use of natural resources, this multi-media project is written by Doug Fowler ......
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Natural Anthem - environmental adventures in inalienableness...
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in the artist's studio
Arya Francesca Jenkins
Donna Brennan
inside Ludwig's studio
our meadow
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we build buildings
the Volkswagen van

The 1991 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro I once owned   
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backpacking on the Big Blue Trail, West Virginia

cyano paper-negative photo, reversed

cyano paper-negative alternative process photo taken with home-made camera (see here)

One of my first cyano paper-negative alternative process photos taken with home-made camera (see here); the van was a good subject because it was a large white reflective object.

cyano paper-negative alternative process photo taken with home-made camera (see here). Above was a straight reversal, this is a desaturated version.

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under the catalpa tree in Berks County

wind clears a spot in the drifts to park...sometimes we would get the van up the steep dirt driveway...

...and sometimes we wouldn't...here at the bottom of the driveway.

snowbound in south-central Pennsylvania

the driveway

southeastern PA

brown-eyed susans and artemisia

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avocado trees in a row

under the mulberry tree, positively Fourth Street, Appleton, Wisconsin, 2002

fog and snow in Ohio

recalling daze of hippie glory

September 12, Walley Run Road, Crown, PA, 1994

First visit to Toad Hall Studio 3 months after we bought it, at the corner of Oak River Way and Belltown Road, above the Clarion River

Early autumn snow along Belltown Road

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1991 vw vanagon

Toad Hall on Belltown

dusting the penguins at the Eastwood mall ---mall getting all ready for Christmas in October (see penguin)

the funwagen June 2006 between trips


bird's eye view of the roof from the roof

overhead view seven-passenger vanagon

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view from above right side of 91 vanagon syncro

October 2007

October 2007

October 2007

October 2007

October 2007

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Does anyone know of any methods/plans out there for converting a van into a small permanent camp structure, with wood stove and all? contact me

rear-facing seats popped out. They are a little heavy so I only installed them when I'm hauling lots of people.

1991 syncro vanagon

side door rolled open

rear-facing jump-seats popped out

the wheel of the machine

overhead view

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looking in the front window

 in the driver's seat

easy walking access from back to front (when I didn't have all my cupholders in place)

looking back, back bench flopped forward

looking out the back

tool compartment under the driver's seat; the jack is stashed here

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vw vanagon

storage compartment under the bench seat (back heater is in the middle of it)

bench seat laid flat

bench seat seats three

removable seats folded up

bench seat pulled forward

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half of the rubber floor matting is removable  (see close-up )

removable jump seats folded up

removable jump-seats folded down

one seat taken out

all seats in and in the locked and  upright position, ready for flight take-off to the wild blue yonder!

bed was so comfy and roomy we spent hundreds of nights outdoors in
the van just parked in the driveway! And of course countless nights on camping trips

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rear-facing jump-seats folded up--adds a little space

rear-facing seats popped out

the 2 rear-facing seats

1991 vw vanagon

the removable part of the mattress cushion removed (leaning inside)

vw lid off the engine compartment  (close-ups of the engine:  one two three,  four, )

towing hook ( see closer-up )

Diana in the Sky with a cloudy van in her head

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