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Garden Projects

I took some time off from woodworking after building the large bookcase. I need to… – READ MORE –

Song: Love is Pain

Love is Pain [2021]  (Piano Ballad)This song is about breaking up with the one you… – READ MORE –

Song: Blues in My Shoes

Blues in My Shoes [2021]  (Blues)This song I wrote years ago. I had been working… – READ MORE –

Song: Black Coffee

Black Coffee [2021]  (Jazz / Blues) This song was just a spontaneous creation while playing… – READ MORE –

Garden Harvest: 2021

We had quite the bounty this year. The new tomato trellis on the front yard… – READ MORE –

Song: Dream Machine

Dream Machine [2021]  (Rock) This song was written for my wife, who always is pushing… – READ MORE –

Hardwood Bookshelf

I currently have a massive bookshelf in my room. It is from IKEA and it… – READ MORE –

Song: Sweet Street

Sweet Street [2021]  (Funk Rock)This song is just a fun summer jam. I had discovered… – READ MORE –

Late Spring Garden 2021

It’s the end of May, and our silver maple trees have dumped their seeds upon… – READ MORE –

Spring Garden 2021

Springtime is here and the perennial plants are blooming. – READ MORE –

Song: Winter’s Glow

Winter’s Glow [2021]  (Pop Rock)This song is about trying to find that spark of hope… – READ MORE –

Shop-made Jigs

Massive Cross-cut Sled I’ve been working on my large bookshelf and I needed a method… – READ MORE –

Arch Trellis

I’ve gotten numerous compliments on our moon-gate at the entrance to our front yard. I… – READ MORE –

Hooks for a Champion

With Spring around the corner, my wife was gearing up for upcoming races. Running has… – READ MORE –

Song: Better Me

Better Me [2021]  (Pop Rock)This song came about while experimenting with the music theory behind… – READ MORE –

Song: Misinformation

Misinformation [2021]  (Soul Funk)This song is about the attack on the Capitol and the system… – READ MORE –

Kitchen Additions

Utensil Holder This was a simple project to create a perfectly-sized utensil holder for our… – READ MORE –

Kitchen Cabinet Remodel

My wife and I love our house, but there are definitely some things we love… – READ MORE –

Song: Unity

Unity [2020]  (Soul Rock/Motown)This song is a touch of positivity about coming together with your… – READ MORE –

Song: Arise

Arise [2020]  (Folk Rock)This song is about lies and misinformation taking over the people you… – READ MORE –

Mid-Summer Garden 2020

Summer is in full swing and the garden is filled with birds, bees, other bugs,… – READ MORE –

Desk Adjustment

I spend a lot of time at my computer, both for work and recreation. For… – READ MORE –

Summer Begins! (2020)

The solstice has come and summer begins in the garden. I love watching the transition… – READ MORE –

Spice Cabinet

This project has been a long time coming. I made the carcass for the cabinet… – READ MORE –

Closet Organizer and Sanding Station

Closet Organizer Like many people, the bottom of my closet had slowly became a catch-all… – READ MORE –

Springtime Garden (2020)

Spring time brought all the perennials into full bloom. This is the 3rd spring in… – READ MORE –

Desk Caddy & Garden Bench

Desk Caddy One small side project was a small desk caddy for my office. It… – READ MORE –

Router Table Deluxe

Like I had mentioned in a previous post, one of the new workshop upgrades was… – READ MORE –

Moon Gate

For our new fence, my wife and I had been talking about making an arch… – READ MORE –

May Garden Update

The garden is in the midst of the Spring time bloom. The acidic garden has… – READ MORE –

Workshop Upgrades

My new bandsaw has arrived and I felt the need to add a few more… – READ MORE –

Spring Peek

It’s late April and all the perennial plants have begun to peak out into the… – READ MORE –

The Circuitous Fence

My woodworking was quickly veering into house construction chores as I saw ways to take… – READ MORE –

Workshop Update & Spice Cabinet Start

The wonderful world of woodworking continues during #lockdown2020. I’ve been quite busy taking care of… – READ MORE –

Acid Garden

The 2020 garden season has begun. We are all under the stay-at-home guidelines for COVID-19,… – READ MORE –

Live! at dB Studios

Check below for an inclusively exclusive live concert of Arborean Tears playing all the top… – READ MORE –

Lockdown Woodworking: Plant Stands

Over the quarantine, I’ve been working on a trio of plant stands. The legs were… – READ MORE –

One Song, Two Versions

You’re the One for Me [2020]  (Soul version)When you found the one you’re supposed to… – READ MORE –

Song: You’re the One for Me

You’re the One for Me [2020]  (Soul version)When you found the one you’re supposed to… – READ MORE –

The Handmade Workbench

For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a new workbench. I needed something… – READ MORE –

Workshop Upgrades

I’m am currently in the throes of building a new workbench (hints of it seen… – READ MORE –

The Awakening Earth

Now that I have the catchy title, I can explain what I mean by that.… – READ MORE –

Hand Planes

So far, I’ve been sticking with machine-based woodworking and only occasionally reaching for my cheap… – READ MORE –

Workshop Layout

My workshop was now insulated and with my new infared heater, I was ready to… – READ MORE –

Song: One More Night

One More Night [2019]  (Pop Rock)This song is about getting over someone you just broke… – READ MORE –

Workshop Insulation

I knew winter was going to make wood-working difficult for me. I wasn’t willing to… – READ MORE –

Song: 1 + 1 = 1 <> 1

1 + 1 = 1 <>1 [2019]  (Funk Rock)This song is about how when you… – READ MORE –

Song: Waiting on a Dream

Waiting on a Dream [2019] (Jazz/Blues Ballad)This song is about feeling stuck where you are… – READ MORE –

Song: Madness of the Wolf

Madness of the Wolf [2019] (Rock)This song is about yearning for someone who seems to… – READ MORE –

A Place to Sit and Plan

I decided I was moving my woodworking into the garage and desired to make that… – READ MORE –

Table Saw Cart

I began to notice that my tablesaw was leaving large piles of saw dust beneath… – READ MORE –

Song: Born to Fly

Born to Fly [2019] (Pop Rock)This song is about striving to be your best and… – READ MORE –

The Shed

With fall and winter approaching, I knew I would need more space in the garage.… – READ MORE –

Garden (2019): Expansion

It was March and we still had snow on the ground. I was very eager… – READ MORE –

Course Projects

The next several projects moved very quickly. I worked to finish each of the projects… – READ MORE –

Song: Moon Child

Moon Child [2019] (Rock)This song is about living with a mood disorder and never knowing… – READ MORE –


For my next project, I needed to make some functional furniture. My current nightstand was… – READ MORE –

Bat House

One day, I was chatting with my wife online. We were discussing about setting up… – READ MORE –

Patio Table

My next project was straight from Steve Ramsey’s course, a small patio table. Some friends… – READ MORE –

Miter Saw Station

I realized I was using my miter saw quite a bit, but sometimes found it… – READ MORE –

First Workbench

I was now ready to start building projects for Steve Ramsey’s course. He calls it… – READ MORE –

Garden Trellis

By June of 2019, I was trying to improve my basic woodworking skills. I signed… – READ MORE –

Router Table

For my second project, I really wanted to make a router table to use the… – READ MORE –

Woodwork Beginning

For many years, I’ve always had an interest in making things with my hands. I… – READ MORE –

Song: You’re Ever My Desire

You’re Ever My Desire [2019] (Funk and Bluegrass-inspired Rock)This song is about still finding your… – READ MORE –

Song: Sunrise Over the Mountain

Sunrise over the Mountain [2018] (Folky Ballad)This song is about feeling stuck in the person… – READ MORE –

Garden (2018): Building Paradise

This was it. This was the real deal. We had bought our first house and… – READ MORE –

Song: Happy to Be Me

Happy to Be Me [2018] (Happy Rock)This song is about being happy with who you… – READ MORE –

Endless Worlds: Here We Go Again

Since my general discontent with Fief and the direction it was going, I had put… – READ MORE –

Another Beginning…

The website is getting an overhaul as I begin to release the first of many… – READ MORE –

Song: Everyday Woman

Everyday Woman [2018] (Slow Funk)This song is about feminism and the harsh unfairness imposed upon… – READ MORE –

Song: Let’s Just Be Kind

Let’s Just Be Kind [2018] (Funk Rock)This song is about trying to be kinder to… – READ MORE –

Song: Will You See Me to the End?

Will You See Me to the End? [2017] (Pop-Rock Ballad)This sad song is about confirming… – READ MORE –

Song: Sleepless Again

Sleepless Again [2017] (Rock Ballad)This song I wrote in 2006 when I first moved to… – READ MORE –

Song: Truth is Real

Truth Is Real [2017] (Rock Ballad)This song is about coping with the new political reality… – READ MORE –

Garden (2017)

In the summer of 2017, we had bought a new house. It was across the… – READ MORE –

Song: I Knew You

I Knew You [2017] (Jazz)This song is about finding out that someone you love is… – READ MORE –

Song: Tribal Nation

Tribal Nation [2017] (Rock)I wrote this song right after the white-supremacist attack in Charleston, SC.… – READ MORE –

Song: Everyday a Dreamer Dies

Everyday a Dreamer Dies [2017] (Ballad)This song is about dreaming for a better world, even… – READ MORE –

Song: I’ll Survive

I’ll Survive [2017] (Folk)This sad song is about how the increasing inequality is squeezing people… – READ MORE –

The End of Fief

I have some sad news today for Fief fans. I’ve decided to officially call an… – READ MORE –

Song: You’re in My Mind

You’re in My Mind [2016] (Funk)This weird funk tune was written on a whim while… – READ MORE –

Garden (2016)

The garden at the duplex continued to thrive, and I tried to pack more plants… – READ MORE –

Song: Blue Day

Blue Day [Medley] [2016] (Blues)This is a classic blues number that my brother and I… – READ MORE –

Song: Land of Winter

Land of Winter [2016] (Electric Blues)This blues song is about the winter of depression. Although,… – READ MORE –

UI Updates

Time has been flying by and we’ve been working hard on the game. Most of… – READ MORE –


There have been lots of changes in the world of Fief development.  First of all, we… – READ MORE –

Garden (2015)

By the Spring of 2015, we were greatly expanding the garden at the duplex. May… – READ MORE –

The Long March to Playability

It has been an exciting time for Fief development.  If you’ve been following us on… – READ MORE –

New Release: 0.4.5

Here’s the next increment of the Fief saga. Lots of changes in this version and… – READ MORE –

New Game Streamlined

Since it has been awhile since I posted about the fantastic joys of Fief development,… – READ MORE –


My work with Fief over the past few weeks has focused on developing job behaviors… – READ MORE –

New Release:

I figured it was about time to release some of the new goodies.  Of course,… – READ MORE –

System Integration and Faces

Things are moving a little slow since each of the new systems rely on each… – READ MORE –

Personality and Jobs

During one of my previous posts on behavior, I promised a sneak peak at the different personality… – READ MORE –


It’s been a long time since I posted anything, sorry for the silence.  Spring has… – READ MORE –

Garden (2014)

By the Spring of 2014, we were settled into a new home. It was another… – READ MORE –

Role Change

Well… it happened again. I completely reworked the behavior system. But I think I am… – READ MORE –

New Song: Runnin’ on Time

Somehow between all the gardening, programming, and general busy-ness, I managed to get a song… – READ MORE –


Sorry for the lack of updates lately, I’ve been deep in the behavior code with… – READ MORE –

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