Nov 5, 2012 0
These sounds emote deeply.
Nov 1, 2012 3
Joining my guest, I spent one night inside and had a powerful and overwhelming experience of gratitude. While I greatly enjoy sleeping outdoors and value much about it, the previous night had been 20 degrees F and made for a cold sleep. Spending this following evening in a bed with crisp, dry sheets, without needing to bundle up considerably, and to have a bed to stretch out in, moved me. It was another reminder to realize how much I had been taking for granted, in regards luxuries in our society that have become expectations for so many people. Gratitude further overwhelmed me for the community and support and abundance surrounding me.
Little to no purchasing from stores was part of life here. Similarly, money was not a strong focus.
“The earth doesn’t need you at all.” -Old Turtle
The earth keeps giving; over and over.
One can turn on the tap here and never have to think about water quality. This is not the case now in many places.
After taking the tent down and sleeping indoors for two evenings, I woke up congested, with snot in my nose, and a hoarse, dry throat. If the surface and the bedding are comfortable and warm, sleeping outside seems to be preferable in most situations. Particularly in a wall tent.
Seeing the Forest Rd. neighbor’s property with its architectural gardening and elegant layout has a dramatic and positive effect on me. The contrast between how properties like this feel in comparison to those with scrap vehicles and unkempt houses, is marked. I would like to learn how to create spaces like this, and bring that creative process into my life.
Bike rides feel so much different than driving in a car. The pleasant yet invigorating experience is reinforcement of my desire to live in a place where car-free life is possible.
Regular aerobic physical activity is critical to my balance and well-being. Even dragging heavy logs, chopping firewood, a long day of butchering, or a similar energy-intensive experience is different than an aerobic one.
I can build a small, cozy, ample place to live. No need to worry – just do it.
Having a natural body of water in which to bathe improves the quality of my life greatly. Even a small pond is amazing.
we’re all dreaming.
it’s all a dream.
it’s all a play of mind.
The dream is happening incessantly.
Look into your thoughts – now.
Each one temporary.
Each, an imagination.
Being unreal and transient,
it would be foolish to deem them reality.
What would happen,
if I let go?!
I am free.
No one is bounding me.
Too much imputer.
Nov 1, 2012 0
Sep 11, 2012 2
Sleeping outside continues to teach me so much. I’ve also found that my sleep is of a higher quality when I stay in tents or other thin-skinned ‘structures’.
Having enjoyed spending the majority of the nights this summer in a tent, I’ve been at my parents’ place this past week or so and when I arrived I immediately set it up again. Leaving the house each night, walking through the yard and into my little nook in the woods was a great separation in many senses. Electronics, air conditioning systems, and artificial light are not present. Instead I am gifted the sounds of the insects and animals around me, or the tattering of the rain on the tent’s surface. The bed of oak leaves below me is a welcome place to rest my body. Waking up to a sky that brightens so smoothly, without the din of the alarm clock, makes for a kind rising experience to start the day freshly.
Jun 26, 2012 0
One of the questions that I’ve been asking of many ‘things’ in our world is: “how did people do this before modern technologies came along?“ This question has led me to some very interesting ideas, and has led to the exploration of and modification of my behavior in many cases. This post is particularly concerned with dental care and hygiene.
First and foremost, the diets of humans was composed of things that did less damage to our teeth, for most of our history. This likely made the issue of cleaning the teeth far less of an issue than it is today. Without processed sugar and and refined foods, people were not at as great a risk of damaging their teeth.
But this still does not address the tools or methodologies used to tackle the problem. My searching has led me to find a few different ideas. Mainly it seems people used roots, branches and leaves. Some of these took the form of the chewing stick or a simple toothbrush, and were chewed and swished around the mouth to spread the plant matter around the mouth, teeth and gums, and some were used as a toothpick. Perhaps there were more that I haven’t learned about or used intuition to “rediscover”.
The chewing stick is something that I experimented with in the middle-east, and have been using exclusively for my own tooth care, in combination with flossing, for the past month. I was most inspired by Nara Petrovic, a fellow who has some funny and inspiring videos, and an excellent blog, too. If you are interested, he has written an excellent document on the natural toothbrush, which you can read here.
Here in the Genesee River Valley in Western New York, I’ve been enjoying the willow (Salix) tree, and have experimented with peach and black ash, too. I find that this chewing stick provides me with a very satisfactory result after using it. I enjoy that it brings me outside to the riverside to get my toothbrush (which I only do every week or so) instead of having to travel to a store, that this is free, creates no waste or garbage, is perfectly ‘green’ and prevents me from putting toxic chemicals or plastics into my body or the environment.
I do highly recommend you try this. Depending on your bioregion, there will be different solutions for you.
To your health and frugality,
Jun 19, 2012 0
Biking to the University of Rochester today I saw a young woman lowering a pail from the footbridge into the water of the Genesee. She was a graduate student at SUNY Brockport taking samples of this part of the liver for bacterial levels and water quality. Specifically she was looking at how the river’s bacteria levels change from the storm water runoff from the streets. Apparently some of the water from the road drains goes into the river while some goes to be treated with the rest of the municipal waste.
I told her that I swim in the river almost daily and she said it wasn’t an issue. The only time she said bacteria levels are higher than normal is after a rain. So ‘hot dry days are great fod a swim’ she said, or something to that tune.
Jun 14, 2012 1
For some time I have been into making blended drinks, or smoothies. Winning combinations often include frozen deeply ripe bananas, nut butters, and seem to successfully incorporate many other additions. I’ve used miso, flax seed meal, hemp seed meal, raw ginger, almond butter, chia seeds, butter, and other fruits, to name a few.
Recently I’ve been into eating oats after letting them ferment, as per the descriptions of Sandor Katz and Sally Fallon. I put oats in a large bowl, and cover them so that there is at least a half-inch of water above them. Placing a loose-fitting lid atop the bowl, I will let them sit for 24-48 hours at room temperature. After this soaking, they have begun to ferment slightly and now have a gently sour taste. This soaking makes the oats more able to be digested. I make enough of these that I can then use the oats for days, in various recipes. One could easily let them go longer if they prefer a more sour taste. At this point I refrigerate the bowl to slow down the fermentation.
One thing to do with the oats is to separate some for your meal, cook them in water gently and let them cool on the stovetop. Once cool enough to stick your finger in without burning it, drop in a tablespoon or so of miso (raw, unpasteurized). Leave them with a loose lid, covered, overnight. The oats will thicken up and the miso will break down and pre-digest the oats. I do this with oats that I’ve already fermented as described above. Reheating them very gently only to be warm enough to eat in the morning, you’ll have yourself some delicious porridge.
Here comes the kicker. Make a smoothie or a pudding, with your double-fermented oats, frozen bananas, nut butter, and some flax seed meal. (I even use butter in my blends). After blending all of these together with a touch of sea salt, I pour it into a glass container and let it ferment overnight. Mine this morning became almost like a yogurt, and was tremendously delicious.
Get creative and have fun.
May 31, 2012 0
I just received this email from my good friend, this evening.
“just shot a wild turkey while hiding behind a manure pile at my
friend’s farm while he ran a call from the asparagus patch
having a feast tomorrow:
roast turkey legs and breast
ramps, fiddle heads and nettles stir-fried with beaver tail
turkey stock with acorns
come on over”