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Time: the elephant in the room.
“Clocks slay time…time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock […]
What Antarctica says about Star Trek.
“The land looks like a fairytale.” — Roald Amundsen (1872—1928) about Antarctica. “Great God! this is an awful place.” — […]
Road of Technology and Path of Spirit
“Traditional people of Indian nations have interpreted the two roads that face the light-skinned race as the road to technology […]
Meeting a Man who quit Money.
Sometime around two years ago I read an article about this guy who, the article said, lives in a cave […]
Authenticity, with Cowboys and Wolves.
“The accusation that we’ve lost our soul resonates with a very modern concern about authenticity.” –Patricia Hewitt Alright, since I’m […]
The Science of Happiness.
“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” — Albert Camus On […]
A Thanksgiving Story
Yeah, this is a story about Pilgrims (this pilgrim, anyway) and Indians (Dene, to be specific), just not the typical […]
An ancient escape from work.
“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.” […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!” — […]
My eyeglasses are evil.
Yes, I said evil. But I don’t mean eyeglasses, really, I mean the whole field of modern eye-care — kinda […]
Dances with Mosquitoes
“A man thinks he amounts to a great deal but to a flea or a mosquito a human being is […]
Birch Syrup from a Magic Forest
“There is always music amongst the trees…but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.” ~Minnie Aumonier It’s a […]
My #1 primitive survival tool: the rock in my pocket.
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” ~Meister Eckhart “Gratitude is […]
How can “primitivism” be practical?
Because you and I are savages. OK now, I understand you might not like being called a “savage”, but before […]
“Practical Primitivist”? So what does that mean?
“Primitive” is an Adjective. The dictionary wraps these words around it: First (see PRIME) 1, Existing in the beginning or […]
The bias I share with Tyler Durden.
I’d like to start this journal off on the right foot, so I’d like to be honest about one of […]
My problem with words.
Our brains can become overly oriented to words. It’s easy these days to get lost in them — to have […]