Archive for May, 2007

Halfway Homestead

My sweetie Thunder found us a cool new gulching site this morning: The New Agrarian. It’s written by a fellow in North Carolina by the name of David Walbert, who’s got a couple of postgrad degrees in U.S. history (with very intriguing dissertation topics!), and the personal motto, “Never trust an intellectual who cannot work with his hands.” 😀

I was exploring there and found a little gem of an essay called The Halfway Homestead that was a boost, a nudge, and a handshake all at once:

After all, every homestead is a halfway homestead. No real homestead ever quite lives up to the dream; life is a compromise between ideal and necessity. We can never be or do everything we’d like — but that fact doesn’t absolve us of the responsibility to try. So we try, every day, and we move forward by baby steps. And ten years, twenty years, a lifetime of baby steps adds up.

Too many of us who want change in the world envision the world we’d like to live in but never figure out how to get there from here. It is daunting to think about a divide so great, so I advise trying not to think about it. Keep the end in mind, but focus on the small things you can do rather than the big things you can’t.

And so the halfway homestead is our answer to the question What can we do right here, right now? It’s about putting down roots where we are, rather than holding back until we’re where we think we’d like to be. It’s about taking the scenic route, enjoying the ride, and holding open the possibility that we might find a better destination than the one we had in mind.


May 6, 2007 at 11:24 am 3 comments

Vitamin Nazis stymied for the moment – an update

According to the latest (May 4) email from the Natural Solutions Foundation, the organization that’s been fighting the FDA’s push to make vitamin and mineral supplements available only by prescription:

Although the FDA denied our request to extend the comment, failed to update its site or its comment tally, extended the comment period and then rescinded the extension (!), our collective voice won us a huge victory in Congress today. Because we rallied behind our health freedom and access to natural health products, every member of the Senate voting today heard us loud and clear and acted — without a single dissenting voice — to protect our health freedom!

And some very good news: Congress has accepted the following amendment to S.1082 – Enhancing Drug Safety and Innovation Act of 2007 – from Sen. Durbin.Sec. X08. Rule of Construction
Nothing in this title (or an amendment made by this title) shall be construed to affect–
(1) The regulation of dietary supplements under the Dietary Supplement
Health and Education Act; or
(2) The adverse event reporting system for dietary supplements created
under the Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act.

For now, then, it seems like the vitamin nazis are flummoxed. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer group of nazis.

It isn’t clear at the moment how complementary and alternative modalities (CAM) like massage and colonics will be affected, if at all. If I can find out, I’ll report about it here.

May 6, 2007 at 11:02 am 1 comment

Energy…and flavors of freedom

Wow, that last post of mine got some very nice (and much appreciated) attention from fellow travelers. Thanks to my sweetie Thunder at Wolfesblog, Sunni Maravillosa, and B.W. Richardson for the link love! 😀 And thanks to all of you who read, commented and even emailed.

And now what do I do for an encore?

Subsidizing isn’t the right word for what free individuals do – here’s its definition from

1. to furnish or aid with a subsidy.
2. to purchase the assistance of by the payment of a subsidy.
3. to secure the cooperation of by bribery; buy over.

So what’s a better fit of a word? I’m working on coming up with a suitable verb. I know this much – it has to do with the direction, the focus, of energy. A subsidy is a direction of energy (money, effort, time), in what I’d call a manipulative fashion, to bring about an intended result.

Energy can’t be created or destroyed. It can create or destroy. It can also be stored (but not indefinitely). Or transformed.

But most importantly, energy is the capacity to do work.

Energy is…power. (more…)

May 5, 2007 at 6:12 pm 1 comment

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