"Physical courage, which despises all danger, will make a man brave in one way;
and moral courage, which despises all opinion, will make a man brave in another.

Charles Caleb Colton

About the Author and this Blog:

C. Jeffery Small I am an architect (the building kind) by formal training, as well as a programmer (the self-taught kind) who, over the years, has been involved with a number of different software development projects in the medical and design fields, as well as having taught computer programming courses at a couple of colleges and universities. I am also pretty handy, having performed a considerable amount of work in a wide variety of construction trades.

After graduating from college, I studied for a year as an apprentice with the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, living and working at Taliesin in Wisconsin, and Taliesin West in Arizona. As a designer, I place myself firmly in the organic architecture tradition.

I grew up in the mid-west, resided on the east coast for a long while, and finally migrating out to the Pacific Northwest, where I have lived happily for over 25 years, with my wife, dog and cat — so I guess at this point I would have to call this home!

I play piano (poorly), with my musical tastes ranging from classical (Ravel, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Hanson) to jazz (Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, McCoy Tyner, Peggy Stern) to rock (Steve Winwood, Joe Jackson, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan) to new age (Philip Aaberg, Scott Cossu, Kurt Bestor) to the difficult to classify (Moondog, Cirque du Soleil). Of course, this is just a small sampling.

I am a sailor who stupidly owned a Ranger-29 sailboat for over 20 years and then wised up, sold it, and started chartering, or better yet, sailing on my friend's boats! I enjoy biking, hiking, travel, philosophy and photography.

The best television show ever produced was Northern Exposure, while my all time favorite movie is Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man & His Dreams. Other favorites include: The Shawshank Redemption (Drama), Groundhog Day (Comedy), Love Actually (Romantic), V for Vendetta (Science Fiction) and Unforgiven (Western), Heat, (Crime), although there are many others.

I am an atheist and staunch individualist who despises collectivism of any variety. This blog was originally created to report on news related to  The John Galt Pledge  initiative and the fight against the imposition of mandatory national service for American citizens, but has since branched out to include discussions on a variety of topics which focus on the themes of personal autonomy and responsibility, individual rights, liberty, and constitutionally constrained government.

Welcome aboard.

C. Jeffery Small

Some Examples of my Architectural Design Work:

Living Room Bedroom Credenza with Glass Mural
Living Room Bedroom Pocket Door Detail
Entry Sculpture Office Building Family Room
Mailbox Living Room Bathroom Kitchen Bathroom

If you are interested in discussing a design project, you can contact me by email, by clicking here.

Some Examples of my Photography Work:

Syke's Monkey Aspen Trees Spider in Web Metal Float
Row Boat Champaign Pools Lion Flowers
Egrets Old Building Leaf on Rock Koln Cathedral Lama Oil Slick
Zebra Building in St. Barts Fall Colors in VT Cape Buffalo White-Fronted Bee-Eater St. Werner Chapel Ruins

If you are interested in viewing more of my photography, click here.