So I do this every once in a while. I pop in some tunes (tonight’s selection is singer Morgan James, if you don’t know who she is you have no taste in music) crank up the volume and give myself about an half hour to write as fast as I can. Unedited unexpugated whatever happens happens. Continue reading 30 Minute Challenge
We go to the local farmer’s market on a regular basis. We have gotten away from the canned and processed foods that you find in the supermarket. I don’t really know how much of the food at the farmer’s market is organic or pesticide free or is non-gmo or whatever. I don’t really care either. I think most of the talk about that stuff is mostly bs to scare us into submission. I presume that because of the trend in healthy eating that most of the food at the farmer’s market fits within the guidelines of organic.
Continue reading Ode to the Farmer’s Market
Most of the time I try not to do anything philosophical online. I am not one to argue politics or religion or whatever. Believe whatever you want and I won’t bother you about it. Politics, religion, economic theories, social theories are all pretty much religions in that they are all based upon some axioms which require a great deal of faith to believe. Continue reading Principle over Party
So the other day I quit Facebook.
This event has been a long time in coming. Part of my pursuit of a more minimalistic lifestyle has been the constant asking myself the question “does this add value to my life?” and purging from my life the things that do not add value to my life. Continue reading So I quit Facebook
I have never understood the fascination with making coffee pots smaller. They used to be supposedly 12 cup then they dropped to supposedly 10 and then the powers that be made a stupid four cup contraption. And now in the hipster/yuppies they have decided to make the worst evil of them all the Keurig Single Cup coffeemaker.
After the oil bust of the late 1980s I met a geologist. This guy was an uberqualified geologist. He had every degree he could get in the field. I even think that he held a doctorate in geology. He had the highest honors attainable in his profession from just about every one of the major geological societies.
He worked as a bicycle mechanic.
It is difficult to live in a society based on consumption and not be tainted in some way. We face a daily bombardment of advertising telling us that we need this gadget, that all the pretty people are wearing this style of clothing, that this kind of toothpaste will make us irresistible to the opposite sex.
One of the problems with the 1971 decision to move some federal holidays to Mondays is that some of the holidays have lost their significance. The government would not make national holidays just to eat barbecue and drink gallons of beer. The holiday move, which was done to give Americans a three-day weekend, has allowed the booboisie to redefine some holidays in ways not intended. A prime example of the is President’s Day. Just to set the record straight there is no federal holiday called President’s Day. That is a Madison Avenue construct. The actual federal holiday in February is called Washington’s Birthday in honor of the father of our country.
Another example in the shift in meaning of holidays is the upcoming Memorial Day. Continue reading SSG Jason Reeves and the Reason for Memorial Day
Recently someone made comment about my adopting a life of minimalism, my desire to be “off-the-grid,” and the apparent dichotomy of keeping an internet connection.
As I think back over my life I can only I remember one time in my life when I was scared in a public bathroom.
Continue reading The Great Bathroom Debate