Each morning, I look forward to the cartoons in the Boulder Daily Camera – read most, but skip some that I find neither funny nor insightful.  However, the ones that I regularly read often make me laugh out loud.  This morning’s Zits by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman did exactly that, probably because I can hear our children saying this about us!

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When driving along North Broadway in Boulder, we would often note this structure and wonder “What in the world is it?  A home, a museum, a business…..”  So I finally got around to Google and see that it is an Art Home.  Link for Swoon Art House here.

Here is a piece of puff from the website – classic Planet Boulder:

An art house/studio for artist, Rebecca DiDomenico.

A transformative art space where expansive art pieces/installations are imagined and created.

A sustainable rammed earth building exclusively run with geothermal and solar energy designed by Rebecca DiDomenico collaborating with architect and builder Mike Moore from tres birds workshop ( building is intended to be an icon in a new generation of urban sustainable residences, using local materials with a focus on renewable resources. Ingredients include rammed earth, concrete, steel, glass and wood from recycled train car sides. The internal open architecture is in keeping with a design philosophy allowing space to encourage creative manifestations of living, such as needed for residence, studio and entertaining for the benefit of the arts and non-profit organizations.

Landscaping was designed in collaboration with Karla Dakin of K.Dakin Design and executed by Brian Carlson of Green Landscape Company ( . Fence and gate designed by Rebecca and fabricated by Mark Castator ( and Rob Hinde of Iron Artisan Ltd. Fountain feature by Brian Pulst of Spa Water Specialists Inc.

The residence is part of The Swoon/BMoCA International Artists Residency, a collaborative that provides international artists with the residence/studio space, resources, time, and freedom to realize expansive works of their imagination. The residency fosters the growth of emerging and established artists by encouraging them to take risks, experiment, and explore their creativity. Selection of artists by invitation only.

The new residence/studio will foster Rebecca’s vision of elevating the community’s cultural involvement, which have been a focus and passion for her personally and through her family’s foundation, the Compton Foundation. These areas include supporting non-profits committed to the environment, reproductive rights, peace and security, with an emphasis on the powerful way that the arts can further the mission and impact of these fields of interest.

Rebecca’s fervent wish is that the presence of Swoon in the North Boulder Art District (Nobo) will encourage other artists to create out-of-the-box ground breaking sustainable residence/studios, as a way to improve the cultural fabric of and thus create expansive experiences for our city.

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H/T DougX

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For the first time in 69 years, we celebrated Father’s Day without the usual call and best wishes to father Ed.

This picture is of Ed overseeing the packing of their home on Kentfield Way as they prepared to move to Greencroft. 

Cousin Mark also noted that he too missed the annual call to Ed. Now I am the ‘senior’ father in our family, and we had a very nice family get together in Boulder for the day – Elias was the only one missing. Interestingly, the day after Father’s Day, I had a dream that dad passed away again, but this time not in the hospital. Dreams are an amazing phenomenon, but that’s a subject for another day.

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Here is one of the largest problems on Earth summed up in a one pane comic strip:

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