Frauenfelder's do-it-yourself happiness
If you got the time and ability, Mark Frauenfelder has a strategy for you for coping in the modern world. It's summed up in the title of his book "Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World." Frauenfelder is a do-it-yourself expert who took the notion to its extreme for a year by keeping his own chickens and bees and playing a guitar he made out of cigar boxes. Kooky, sure, but the underlying instinct is pure and hilarious. For instance, when a tree limb fell into his yard after a storm, Frauenfelder made use of it instead of tossing it -- he carved out wooden cooking implements: spoons, spatulas. As he tells Stephen Colbert in this clip, "Every time I use them now I think, 'This is really fun using things I made rather than purchasing them. They have meaning for me."
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