Posts Tagged ‘household’

Building Hope and Community in the Upper Valley

Saturday, August 20th, 2016


In June, I started working full-time as a Job Crew Leader for a non-profit called COVER. Based in White River Junction, Vermont, COVER specializes in home repair and weatherization for people in need who live in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont. COVER relies on the generosity of individuals, foundations, local businesses, and the proceeds from its “ReCOVER Store” to fund home repairs and weatherization. The mission of COVER is best summed up by “providing hope and community” to the people of the Upper Valley.

I have found this work to be highly rewarding in that I have to apply several skill sets: teaching, construction knowledge, leadership, and the ability to hear people’s concerns. In a time when there is so much negative hyperbole directed toward people in poverty and the safety nets of our government are under attack, it feels good to be part of a positive solution. Learn more about COVER.

Art of Showering

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Shower by Jay Mead, photo by Carla Kimball

A friend and colleague, Carla Kimball, recently visited our home to see our shower. Sound strange? Perhaps, but I love to take discarded material and give it new life. In this instance in 2004, I used broken plates, tiles and mirrors to create a mosaic in our shower, photographed by Carla. On her Revealed Presence Photography blog, she accompanied the picture with the question: “How is your life a work of art?” Thanks for visiting!

A Kitchen Stool

Friday, February 11th, 2011


The stool (dimensions: 21″ x 14″ x 14″) was carved from laminated solid mahogany scrap material. I created this stool for my mother as the replacement for a metal stool that was falling apart. Since mom uses the stool as her primary seat at the kitchen table I made it comfortable, solid and inspired by the form of the wild mushrooms she loves to pick. It is finished withTung Oil.