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Fellowship: sketching a calendar

September 20th, 2014 · Comments Off on Fellowship: sketching a calendar · fellowship, intentional communities, ritual

Continuing from the previous post, I am working further on plans for an “event” in a few months. Step one is gathering together the calendar information relevant to the cycles of Venus and Mercury. This is done and available here. Based on the current date and the upcoming events, I see two particularly good dates […]

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Fellowship: Keystone Point approaching

September 18th, 2014 · Comments Off on Fellowship: Keystone Point approaching · culture, fellowship, intentional communities, ritual

I was reminded about my Fellowship project last night when I saw that my birthday this year is the day Mercury is hidden by the Sun. It will remain invisible for 12 days. (It’s actually passing in front of the Sun from our perspective, but you can’t see it without special lenses, because Sun.) Two […]

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A Critic!

January 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on A Critic! · christianity, history, intentional communities, metaphysics

I recently received a comment to this site that I deleted, due to a fake email address. The comment was to my State Cult Hypothesis post from two years ago. The entire comment read as follows: ‚ÄúThis has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever read. I would like to leave a detailed […]

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Hippie Daydream

April 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Hippie Daydream · intentional communities

I’m still dwelling on the intentional community thing. Folks have been suggesting known ICs to investigate, and I appreciate that. One of my comments asked what time frame I had in mind for ‘moving off the grid’, but I never responded because I haven’t considered that question. I think I would go as soon as […]

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Holy Land

April 3rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Holy Land · intentional communities

I’ve been reading another Michael Pollan interview. He’s the guy with the radical, seven-word nutritional theory: Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much. Naturally, anything this simple must be accompanied by a book which explains what food is, how to attain a leafy-plant based diet, and how to learn self-control at the plate. Pollan also […]

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The Only Oasis Around

January 14th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Only Oasis Around · culture, intentional communities

“It hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be,” Barron said. “I really wasn’t for beer. `Course, we had the country club here and I didn’t like that either.”source Highway 87 drains out of Lubbock through Dawson County and past the happy little town of Lamesa. Like most of West Texas, Dawson County […]

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A Natural Consequence

January 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on A Natural Consequence · history, intentional communities

My current book is Michael Grant’s The Etruscans, self-published in 1980. His view of urban development is very organic, seeing it as a disorganized collection of little steps rather than a tidy, straight-line shift. Unlike other writers, who have the Etruscans pop fully-developed from the head of the Alps, Grant describes how the Etruscans represented […]

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Gift Economy pt. 2

August 18th, 2006 · Comments Off on Gift Economy pt. 2 · intentional communities

Just to note, that as it is practiced in America, philanthropy is not a gift economy. In America — 1. Funding is only provided in context of achieving some goal 2. Funding is distributed based on needs assessments 3. Funding must be spent within a time frame long enough to diminish the value of the […]

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Gift Economy

August 17th, 2006 · Comments Off on Gift Economy · intentional communities

Principles of Gift Economy 1. Gifts are given without anticipation of reward 2. Gifts are given without assessment of need 3. Gifts must not be kept / Gifts must be perishable 4. Gifts must not be sold 5. Those who do not give gifts are shunned from the community 6. The gift not yet repaid […]

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God Gave Jews the Promised Land

August 23rd, 2005 · Comments Off on God Gave Jews the Promised Land · history, intentional communities

Mom asked me about this, and I rarely need much incentive to rant uncontrollably about the Zionist conspiracy. Heh, heh. “Where does it explain,” she asked, looking at my newest historical atlas, “why the Jews think God gave them that land?” I couldn’t break it down into a ten-second answer, so I think I changed […]

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