My name is Carrol Krause. I’ve been a homes journalist since 2003, writing a weekly newspaper column that focuses on local houses, gardens, craftspeople and architects. (http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/homes/) I’m very interested in historic preservation, green building, and clever retrofits that extend the life and usability of structures. I don’t find luxury finishes particularly appealing as an end in themselves, but I am interested in unique and individual living environments that let us obtain a glimpse of the personality of the owners.
I’m also an avid reader, tending more toward non-fiction in general and preferring classic literature. Biographies in particular fascinate me, along with journals. I enjoy Pepys’ diaries, but Boswell is my favorite. I’ve kept a daily journal for nearly forty years. When nothing memorable or exciting happens to write about on a given day, I try to write instead about a thought I’ve had, or an emotion.
So this blog will be mostly about houses and books, but also things and thoughts. Feel free to contact me at lorrac58 [at] gmail [dot] com.
Just out of curiosity, I invite viewers to describe their feelings about houses and/or books below. What first made you look at houses in a new or different way? What is or was your favorite book, and why?