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Our language and paths change to reflect the technology we are exposed to...

Is this evolution or devolution?
 
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Devilution indeed Jay, imagine the similarities that  archeologists would find in the distant future between emojis and hieroglyphics. I wonder if the decline of Egyptian civilization was much as it seems today, cities filled with people that cannot communicate beyond imagine recognition. Idioacracy was a documentary it would seem!


Attaching this image so that I may link back to it for my profile background banner. It is a piece of white oak that was the main trunk crotch that grew around the nest of a squirrel for many years.  I noticed the unique grain structure while loading it into the  woodstove.  I decided to cut in and see what gives. It is now drying in my step-dad's woodshop wait to be resawn into strips for veneer or parquet.
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A trip inside my life for that special someone who I need to see me for who I am.

This is an email that I sent to a permiepal that has developed as a result of my singles add.


Subject: What did you do to make the world a better place today

       , as I sit here writing this today. I realize that my throat is scratching and sore...I hope i didn't catch a case of the deadly common cold!

It is allergy season so there is that, but I will keep to myself as usual so as not to spread any virus, no matter what it might be. That just makes sense yes? As far as covid goes I personally believe that I already had it, as I was ill the entire summer of 19 before they even made a thing of it.
Regular trips to the doctor many tests, the consensus was that it was all in my head!

I was just getting back to being able to move around without losing my breath in sept oct when the media buzz started. Many members of my family had the same "cold" that summer. It is what led me to call bs on this whole situation from the beginning. To this day there has been no major outbreak in my county and I believe it is because major immunity had already been developed by the population.

I follow the economy closely and I knew it was going to have to be manipulated heavily... how would they pull it off without revealing that the entire system is a sham? I'll have to say, I didn't see this coming but they pulled it off!  Many illicit non freedom, non capitalist financial policies are being implemented under the guise of saving the"small" guy.


I did something... I usually don't feel comfortable speaking about a charitable action that I have embarked upon, as if it takes something away from it, like the only reason I did it was such that I could brag about it. I have been engaging with Rufaro, the originator of this thread.

https://permies.com/t/60834/permaculture-advocate-Zimbabwe-rain

Today I sent her 500 dollars so that she may upgrade her pump for her irrigation system.

She had stated the initial objective of wanting to educate and I see the value of that! I hope this furthers her goals considerably and will continue to monitor her progress and hopefully I can contribute again in the future.

I have been meaning to get down to the local watershed areas and pick up litter before the spring rains wash it out to sea. But I haven't been quite able to get about that task. I live in an area where folks are just downright careless about any of it. It really wears on me. I believe that your surroundings really have an impact on your subconscious as you go about your day. If one person travels through an area that I had cleaned and has a better day because of it, then goes on to do something themselves to add to it,then it was worth it no?

I was fishing from that location i sent you an image of, maybe 5 yrs ago. A young boy was on the shore trying to teach himself how to fish.  Turns out his parents are passed due to drug use and he is being raised by grandparents who cannot navigate the terrain. There is a campground nearby and this is where they are living. I was camping as well and my guests had departed so I spent a day with him.

He had just caught his first fish with my instruction and was really happy. I took a photo
With my phone that I was supposed to attach to his facebook page (never did not sure why).

I brought out my trusty plastic grocery bag  and began collecting all the lit bits people leave behind. He saw what I was doing and thought i was just getting stuff out of the way. As a pair of hikers went by he picked up a soda can, the hikers saw this and gave a thumbs up as they knew we were cleaning the area. Suddenly he whips the can off into the woods as if it were a baseball haha. The hiker were suddenly confused and I covered my face with my hand, as they clearly assumed that he was my son. I gathered some composure and explained to him how we always try to leave a place in better condition than we found it. Does this resonate with the boy to this day? Did I make a difference in his life?
The grandparents were truly appreciative of my time and I ate dinner with them that evening.

 
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If you can handle being next to me in the store, as we walk past the the mens boot liner isle, me exclaiming at the top of my lungs in my best steve irwin voice.

"Crickey! Look at the siiiiza them socks!"
We will get along just fine! Haha
 
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One day,  while picking litter among the favorite local fishing holes. I was entertaining myself with random musings to keep my mood chipper. I began imagining the world as  a plastic world as if this is where evolution would eventually lead. Different plants that thrive on the waste of a previous era long gone with little clue as too the world before. I suddenly realized that before we could truly enter the plastic age we would first have to clean up all of this stone age debris littering our shores, beaches ,and farmland. A monumental task indeed!
 
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My personal examination of the  phrase "money is no object"

To most, who live the of the world life, this phrase lends itself to describing the  actions of those who brag about being able to accumulate and squander resources and still have piles of cash.

In my experience it means that you are able to accomplish the task at hand with very little monetary input. This has resulted in some superfluous cash in my life and I am truly blessed to have everything I need at hand the exact moment it is needed. The enables me to live my life completely void of fear of what the future might hold.  As I ALWAYS  have everything I need.
 
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Ben, you are a rare breed, but you ain't alone. Don't know if you'll find a woman or no. I've had them before when I was young and didn't know what it was I was grappling with. Now I'm halfway to seventy and all my female peers are like lead locomotives pulling children and exes along. I'm curious where you're at in the country? I appreciate the pie very much!
What you said, accomplishing deeds without major monetary input, is Noble. Use what you've got. Old country saying: "Use it up, wear it out. Make do, or do without."
I got a ton of stones now. Now I'm thinking of building with slip-form. I got dead wood for years and might have to find a decent wood chipper.
 
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Thanks for the kind words joe... I'm located in Midwest Ohio.  Flat and monoculture to the extreme. I am moving into bigger and better things regardless of whether I find someone to share it with or not. On the other hand, I sense that it is to soon to judge the last bit of conversation on the other thread, I mean people have a life and can't be online.  But I do get the sense that someone asked for confidence and passion, with a clear goal, and ran away when presented with exactly that. To soon to make that statement though,  as I said life happens.

Who knows what the future will hold. I made the statement long ago that 2021 is the year that I will purchase my forever home, and have a ton of good things going for me to reach that goal.
Someone to share it with is just icing on the cake.
 
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