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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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Fine Living

April 5th, 2008 · Comments Off on Fine Living · Uncategorized

Farewell, My Subaru is Doug Fine’s autobiographical account of his attempt to move “off the grid” to 40+ acres in New Mexico. [Book. Descriptive article.] His adventure began from a desire to “use a lot less oil”, utilize more renewable energy, and to eat more locally. And not die. He felt pretty certain that significant […]

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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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… Eyetopia, Weyalltopia for…

June 19th, 2007 · Comments Off on … Eyetopia, Weyalltopia for… · history

It is an imperative of Life that we each must search for more of what we have, only better. It’s no accident that hominids, like most herding species, were originally nomadic. They were always searching over the next hill, beyond the next valley, for the greener pastures and fatter sheep. The advent of semi-agricultural habits […]

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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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Democracy and Culture

January 18th, 2006 · Comments Off on Democracy and Culture · culture

When I was very young and I was learning about government for the first time, my initial judgment was that our government was carefully contrived to make it as difficult as possible for one person or group to hold power for very long, while simultaneously preventing anything from ever getting done. I recall also making […]

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