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(Web page content written for a Niche Site about Saunas)

Good for your health and peace of mind!

The benefits of sitting in the peaceful interior of your newly built sauna kit include melting away stress, opening your pores, and breathing in the warm steamy air while allowing all the toxins of the day to drift away. Even the Mayo Clinic, one of America’s premier medical research institutions, agrees that using saunas “cause reactions similar to those elicited by moderate exercise, such as vigorous sweating and increased heart rate.” Just a few minutes each day will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.

Once you choose the best sauna kit for you, you can have these benefits delivered right to your doorstep!

What do I need to think about?

Now that you have decided to purchase a sauna kit, there are a number of options you need to consider before you can look at the best sauna kits available.

Indoor saunas offer the comfort and convenience of a sauna in the privacy of your own home. While finding space for an indoor can be a challenge, there are a number of saunas that can easily fit into a small room or even a closet. One of the best things about an indoor sauna is that many of them can be relocated within your house or even move with you to a new home.

One of the biggest benefits of choosing an outdoor sauna is that you are less restricted by space. Instead of trying to find or build a room in your house to place your sauna, you can place your sauna outdoors and have room for a 2, 4, or even 6 person one. Another benefit of having an outdoor sauna is that can complement and improve the value of your outdoor landscaping.

The most important factor in deciding between an indoor or an outdoor sauna is how close is the sauna to water and electricity supplies which are necessary to the functioning of a sauna. You must also decide how much prep work you are willing to do in order to install your sauna. For example, if you are adding a sauna inside your house, a level area on which to assemble your kit will already exist. If you are going to build a freestanding wooden building you will have to prepare the existing ground in order to ensure that you will have a sturdy freestanding sauna.

The second factor you need to consider is how much space you have to devote to your new sauna. The most common indoor sauna size is built to accommodate 2 people and typically measures about 47.3″ (width) x 39.5″ (length) x 75″ (height) while the most common outdoor sauna 48″ (width) x 48′ (depth) x 84″ (height). The size of your sauna will depend on how many people are going to use it at one time and how much room you have to devote to the sauna.

The third factor you will have to consider is whether you are going to build your sauna from precut wooden boards or if you assemble a prefab modular sauna. The nice thing about prefab indoor sauna or a prefab outdoor sauna is that they are easy for all skill levels to build.

The final factor you need to think about is your sauna heater. There are 2 basic types: traditional and infrared. The main difference between these two types of heaters that with traditional heaters you can control both the temperature and the humidity level in your sauna, while infrared heaters allow you to control only the temperature.

(Personal Writing Sample)

A sub-set of details about me

There’s a lot to be said for not remembering details. I was 19 still nominally living in my parent’s house. I spent as many nights as I could “else place” as my middle son calls any place which isn’t here. In fact, on many occasions I let my mind drift else place while I moved the daily-ness of life. I wasn’t without direction or purpose. I worked at a number of jobs, went to college, and participated in social justice movements: Feminism, pacifism, the anti-nuclear movement. I marched. I talked. I trained people in non-violent civil disobedience. I hung out with folks in GLYNY (Gay and Lesbian Youth of NY). I hung at the library. I hung out in the Natural History Museum. I hung at at the Door (located on 6th Ave in Manhattan it provided, meals, medical care, and a place for teenagers to be together and be out of the cold – physically and metaphorically).

I also walked, a lot. I walked around the Village. I walked up and down Manhattan island. I walked in on Eleanor Cooper at the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights. She was filing, or at least she was moving papers from one pile to another. I don’t remember what she said to me. I remember filing. I remember stacks and stacks of papers that needed sorting and organizing. I’m not sure how I convinced her that I could help, or why she decided to let me help. I remember many nights walking with her to her apartment and then continuing uptown to catch the cross town train at Times Square. She could be abrupt. So could I. I liked her. She was straight forward and easy to interpret. We were on the same team, even if I was more of the activist less of the filing type, not that that slowed down my filing. She introduced me to people, more importantly, she introduced me to ideas. Even though I couldn’t tell you what those ideas were, I know they were important to me then because they made me think. I sat near her in 1986 in the New York City Council Chambers when NYC finally passed the Lesbian and Gay Rights Bill (Local Law 2). It was surreal to me. I couldn’t imagine myself sitting there, at that moment, but I was there and saw Eleanor smile. She really smiled, not the half-way smile she gave when things were going well. It was a full on smile that tilted her glasses at an odd angle and made me smile full-on back.

I walked in on Larry Kramer going red in the face about AIDS at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center. I went to the first meeting. I kept going. I went to Wall Street. I learned things, about AIDS, and HIV, and human nature. I held people at arms length, not because I didn’t like them but because I did. I wasn’t ready to care because I wasn’t ready to lose. I had already met AIDS, and I didn’t like it at all. I wasn’t about to make friends only to watch them die. The only problem was I made friends there, and then they died. Not all of them. Some of them are still here, but, and it probably isn’t OK for me to me to say this, they are the ones that I find are hardest to bare. They are the ones who are lucky. They are the ones who are negative or who are positive and got the right drugs at the right times. They are the ones who remind me of all the others. They are the ones who remind me that after all the walking, and writing, and talking, and yelling, and demonstrating I live in a world where the lives of the young aren’t valued if they are being lived by people who aren’t white, middle class, Christian, heterosexual men.

I walked in on myself last night. I walked in on a world I left to its own devices. A place where I was 19. A place where my family couldn’t accept me. A place where being myself made me vulnerable at a time when being vulnerable could be deadly. It was a time when I had make decisions about who I wanted to become, and I chose to be a Feminist, an activist, an atheist, a pacifist, a socialist, and a non-conformist. I am grateful the I walked in on myself so many times and that the people who I met were eager to step in and show me who I could be. Last night, I saw the moon hanging over the trees as I drove home and I realized that all the times and places I walked in on brought me to this place and that this place is where I wanted to be all along.

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