4 playful life hacks for 2018 you’ll love

Life hacks, 2018 style — a playful list unlike any you’ve likely seen. Let’s transform! This year, I will eat more greens. THIS YEAR, lettuce change. 😉 I’ll put the list of life hacks right here and then explain in detail down below. In order, the list ascends with increasing power to rob you of your routines […]

Death and snorkeling in Costa Rica

In this part of Costa Rica, you see new beasts. New to a North Carolina lad, anyway. It’s Don from Piedmont Pine Coffins checking in. I’m on a sojourn at the jungle tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. While I’m away, my design partner John Jull will be making and delivering the coffins. Thank you, John! […]

So that our love may blossom

I always listen to this one special song in December, and I catch a weep. Listen below, and you’ll catch some monastic wisdom. If you’re just joining us, we are Piedmont Pine Coffins. In our death work and off-grid farmstead life here in central North Carolina, US of A, we take inspiration from monks and […]

What’s a Weep, and why I wish you one

Do you ever catch a Weep? I caught a Weep this morning from a memory 35 years old. The Spirit moves over the face of the waters, and these days maybe via blogs and Facebook too, so permit me to explain. But first, for the many new readers: This is Don from Piedmont Pine Coffins, […]

Countercultural coffins and urns

In a radio interview I did recently, here are words that came out of my mouth: We always wanted to be countercultural — in an ADMIRABLE way.  Revelatory. Never knew I thought that till that moment. Really, the things a soul will pronounce on when you’re distracted by wires and microphones. I was referring to the […]

Decline and fall of the Romaine Empire

At Melleray Farmstead, cottage-industrial home to Piedmont Pine Coffins, there’s a big garden with a deer-proof fence. Go to market with lettuce? Yes, please, that’s the dream. But that was before the decline and fall of my romaine empire. For new readers just joining in, we operate on 32 pleasant acres of fields and woods […]