Year: 2012

Journal

Endgame

I’ve been reading Derrick Jensen’s Endgame volume II, Resistance. Slowly.  I’m reading it.  Slow because it’s distressing.  I can ingest only so much anguish at a time. Derrick could have titled the book “Why We’re Totally Screwed Big Time.”  Or taking a more optimistic view it could be, “Rare Evidence of Slim Chances and Minuscule […]

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November Day

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” – Henry David Thoreau Mornings and evenings are brisk.  I enjoy this weather.  The straw bale house is cozy and there’s a lot of contrast to when I outside where it’s cold enough to see my breath.  The […]

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No Coffee Experiment

We continue harvesting greens from the garden.  We couldn’t survive off the yield but a meal here and there with fresh produce grown a 30-second walk from the kitchen is awesome.  Breakfast today is garden chard with eggs from our chickens + grocery store tators and onions. I’m on day five of no coffee.  Instead, […]

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Brrrr

This morning it was 30 degrees F. Brrrrr! Somewhere in northern Wyoming I saw it was 3 degrees. Well….. 30 isn’t so bad.  After the sun climbed up into the sky the temperature rose.  Warm enough to go for a bike ride, hang some laundry out to dry, and plant the remaining onion bulbs needing […]

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Raccoon Skull

Last night the winds were strong.  Fiercely screaming through the trees and around the house.  The sort of weather that makes me wish I lived in a cave.  This morning I was rounding up things that got blown around the yard. We got up early to pick up pecans.  Gathered up about 20-30 lbs.  We […]

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A Woman of No Nation

I’ve been getting up earlier since the time change thing.  My internal clock remains the same.  I haven’t set an alarm clock in 7 years or so.  This alone would make many people despise me. Picking A LOT of pecans.  The wind has been blowing strong out of the south.  Knocking nuts to the ground.  […]

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Willie Nelson For President and Line Dried Laundry

Maybe a better choice than the two primary candidates for president. Tomorrow it’ll be over.  All the build-up to the election fiasco.  Based on available data and how the electoral college works I’m betting on Obama being likely puppet to fill president position for the next four years. Even in the medium big picture, I […]

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Moonshine: My ancestors were rebels.

Pictured is a copper still for making moonshine.  It’s from the late 1800s and was made by my great great grandfather.  He used it during prohibition to make his own hooch. I don’t know yet if I’ll have a go at using it.  Not sure I want to risk blinding or blowing myself up.  At […]

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Word Art

Poetry and Squirrel Stew

I’ve indulged in hippie dreams, Swirling like smoke in cedar groves. Those backroad corners of my mind. The dreams my upbringing promised me. This is the first day of the regular deer hunting season.  This means more traffic on the road past our house.   The paved road ends not too many miles past our place […]

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Dumpster Divers

Yesterday I saw a video of a reporter covering what’s going on in NY city since storm Sandy blew through. People were climbing into dumpsters to get food.  The reporter made a big deal out of this.  He kept talking about it as if it were the most fascinating and horrific action.  Someone ought to […]

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Mint Tea Among Other Things

Today was a  golden day.  Sunshine aplenty.  I wish I would’ve spent more time outdoors.  But I was busy working at online money earning endeavors. This weekend a medium-sized town near us is having an annual city-wide rummage sale.  I go every year and score items that I can resale on evil-bay (eBay).  It’s always […]

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Gorman Falls

Today we drove to Colorado Bend State Park.  The Colorado River (the one in Texas) cuts through the land near where we live.  In the park there’s a 60 foot waterfall called Gorman Falls.  Mineral springs feed the cascade which then empties into the Colorado River.  The 1.5 mile hike from a parking lot to […]

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Pecans & Ivan Illich

Full Moon. Today was cool and sunny.  It was a real nice day.  My parents visited and we cooked hamburgers on our little charcoal grill. The pecan trees are starting to drop their bounty.  Picked up 6 lbs of nuts (technically they’re a drupe).  This is just the beginning.  There are 15 pecan trees here. […]

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Sack The Next Farm Please

“Also it is commonly believed that happiness depends upon leisure; for we occupy ourselves so that we may have leisure, just as we make war so that we may live in peace. ”  (Aristotle. Ethics. book X,vii) I don’t think humans have changed much in the time since we’ve been writing stuff down.   We have the […]

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Freedom of Sleep

Sometimes I stay up late and sleep later in the morning.  Other times I become an early riser.    I rarely wake up to an alarm clock.  I’m really grateful it’s not part of my routine.   In the past, I did wake up this way.  For jobs.  For school.  For what my life was. I […]

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Noble Work

If work were so pleasant, the rich would keep it for themselves.  (Mark Twain) In my small-town Texas, USA upbringing I was taught work was the noble cause.  Being a hard worker for society is good.  You are contributing to our human endeavor.  I don’t find it to be that simple. There are different kinds […]

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Terence McKenna Hairdo

The bigger you build the bonfire, the more darkness is revealed. – Terence McKenna Today the female goats in a neighboring pasture met up at the fence with our billy goat Conky.   The fence kept him from his lady loves but now he’s ramped up all his billy goat behavior:   peeing on his face, making […]

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Eating off the Land

  SQUIRREL. First squirrel into the stew pot. I liked it.  The Other Half liked it.  Worth repeating?  Definitely. How I cooked it: Chopped the body into four pieces. Browned these pieces in pre-heated coconut oil. Added water.  Simmered for 2 hrs. After 2 hrs in went carrots. When the carrots were almost done I […]

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Collected

Links About The Collapse of America

A Forbes article about the Shadow Economy….a.k.a. Underground Economy, Black Market,  System “D”. http://www.forbes.com/sites/benzingainsights/2011/11/07/rise-of-the-shadow-economy-second-largest-economy-in-the-world/ A Forbes article about the Shadow Economy….a.k.a. Underground Economy, Black Market,  System “D”. http://www.forbes.com/sites/benzingainsights/2011/11/07/rise-of-the-shadow-economy-second-largest-economy-in-the-world/ The Underground Economy IS the place to be.  It’s growing because the conditions are ripe. Great post about the “soullessness of Americans”. http://hipcrime.blogspot.com/2012/01/soulless-or-why-americans-love-vampires.html I agree.  I feel […]

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