Author Scott M B Gustafson

Relief

Blue Cut Fire in the Cajon Pass. Photo by San Bernardino Sun newspaper

Blue Cut Fire in the Cajon Pass. Photo by San Bernardino Sun newspaper

Flooding in Louisiana. Photo by Fox News

Flooding in Louisiana. Photo by Fox News.

Disasters of all kinds are hard to deal with, but as a design studio that puts a focus on residential projects, the loss of homes and property is especially difficult to hear about. Obviously, the deaths of people and animals is much worse than the loss of a home and one’s belongings, but for those who survive the disaster, having nothing to return back to prolongs the recovery process. I’ve made donations to both of these organizations and encourage you to do the same if you can. Anything helps.

The United Way of the Inland Empire is collecting donations to help families affected by the Blue Cut fire.

The American Red Cross is collecting donations to help families affected by the massive rainstorms that have ravaged Louisiana.

This post’s shortlink is: http://m-o.co/7831

    Solar Power

    I just made another loan through Kiva. Maison Orion is a partner in helping people improve their lives – both as clients of our studio and as recipients of microloans in places across the globe. My loan, paired with those from other individuals and lending teams, helps make the dream possible.

    About our latest loan:

    Niveen is a 35-year-old married woman from Gaza strip. She is married and has one child. Niveen’s husband works in the public sector and his income is very limited.
    Niveen is requesting a loan from Palestine for Credit & Development (FATEN) to buy a solar heating system so she could get warm water in the winter. She thanks you for your support.

    If you are interested in contributing to this loan or learning about Maison Orion’s other loans, visit https://www.kiva.org/invitedby/maisonorion/for/1122114

    This post’s shortlink is: http://m-o.co/7822

    Frontera 

    The most delicious highway

    This past weekend I left Los Angeles to explore the border region of southern California and northern Baja California. The desert was calling me. Mostly photographed around Jacumba, Tierra del Sol, and Tecate.

    // posted from the field //