Archive for August, 2011

August 26, 2011

The hearth outside my cabin.

“A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him.”  –Mae West

I sure hope that’s true.  Especially the “fire making up for going bald” part.

Anyway, as I mentioned in a previous post, I once participated in a year-long primitive skills immersion in the Northwoods of Wisconsin with some mighty-fine folks.  However, when we went into the forest to make camp, we kinda over-did the building of our first hearth.

August 17, 2011

Straight talk from Fox

Well, this week the words just aren’t coming to me, so instead of trying to fake it I’ll leave folks with a few of my favorite words from one of my favorite poets: Mary Oliver.  This poem of hers continues with the theme I started exploring last week, a theme that I think is fundamental to any understanding of primitivism, or just life, for that matter.  That life (and death) are not to be denied, but instead loved.  Please sit with this poem for awhile.  Let it sink in deep, if you will.  Listen to the words of our brother, the Fox.

August 5, 2011

Why it might be scary if life is good.

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing!”  — Helen Keller

In an earlier post I wrote: “Life being good is maybe one of those deep dark profound and scary secrets that virtually nobody in America really believes anymore…”.

Now I’m sure some readers ran right over that without hardly a second look, but others might have stopped and thought: Really? What is this guy talking about?  How can it be “scary” for life to be good?  What is so “deep and dark” about that?

Well, think about it.

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