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D. Logan

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D. Logan has made a point of broadening his perspective to the fullest in life. He's learned first hand a broad variety of jobs in the pursuit of knowledge. He's achieved a BA in Early Childhood Education, hiked the entire Appalachian trail in a single trip and done everything from working in a hospital to serving as a correctional officer. Each new area of life has given him a wider base of experiences to draw from when writing. He's written on many topics, crafted roleplaying games and published works of science fiction and fantasy.
In the last decade, he's focused a lot of attention on deepening his understanding of subjects such as homesteading and Permaculture. While there is always more to learn, he's come to a point where he is comfortable writing with a degree of authority on a number of topics within the scope of those subjects.
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I've been working hard to save the funds needed to put 20 percent down on a bit of land in the area of Tennessee where my family and I want to live. So far, we've made it to around 2/3 of the way there. Until we can save enough, we live in a small apartment above an asphalt desert. Over the last two years, many properties have come and gone in the specific area we are looking at, most of them sitting on the market for many months. Now with the large rush to leave cities and the spike in people interested in getting away from things, we've seen properties all evaporating in no time. One in particular was on the market a single day before being removed from the listings again. With who-knows-how-long left before I have the savings built up I need, it is feeling more and more frustrating. Several amazing properties have hit the market and if I could just finish building up the money, I would pull the trigger in a heartbeat.

It's stunning just how many amazing properties have come for sale in the last couple months. Ones with springs, road frontage, large running streams, flat areas for growing/building, older timber, etc. There've been 3 that hit almost every single aspect of both the need and want list at the same time!... and here I sit unable to do anything but watch them disappear again. I'm unwilling to move without things in place. I learned years ago there's no point even trying for a purchase unless you already have everything in place. Still, it is disheartening to say the least.

Think of me with sympathy or consider me a whining dreamer. Either is fine I suppose. I'm posting it to meaningless drivel for a reason after all. I just need to vent and this is one of the places I can do so and know that many others will understand that same feeling for themselves. It's my own fault for looking at properties in advance, but I figure I need to know what the market prices are for different properties well in advance if I am going to make a good purchase when the time comes. I can't help feeling the fear that once I have the savings, no one will be letting go of good properties in my price range anymore. Anyway, end pity party I suppose. Thanks for reading at least. :D
21 hours ago
I spent some time looking into this since I was curious too. It looks like the answer might be a bit complicated. From what I was reading, it is going to vary by how thick you spin the thread and how tightly you weave the fibers together. Hopefully someone who works with it regularly can offer a rule of thumb for homemade linen. What I did uncover was a formula for determining a measurement of thickness known as "lea". Unfortunately I can't seem to figure out a way of making that number useful to answering this question in any meaningful way.
4 days ago
I can scour books all day and night, seeing what each says on the matter. That said, I've found that many books aren't basing their offering on personal experience, but instead on things the author read elsewhere. Here on Permies, we have a wealth of individuals with personal experience in nearly-lost arts. With that in mind, I would love to hear from those who have been working with plant fibers using older methods. What are your preferences? Which plant fiber is best for which job? Flax, Cotton, Hemp, Nettles, whatever it is you personally have experience with. Towels/washcloths, clothing, containers, etc. Where do your experiences align with the traditional usage and where has your own experience differed greatly from the common thinking?
4 days ago
I'll have to keep an eye on this for when you're ready for the U.S.A. phase of beta readers. Lord knows I'd love to help out on this one!
6 days ago
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1 week ago
I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns .


I can't recall where I picked this book up, but I do recall when I was reading it. I worked for Ikea at the time and was still early into my journey from nature loving hiker with homesteading aspirations into a full-on permaculture advocate. The topic of the book is one that draws a lot of heated debate (as evidenced in the pages of discussion on this thread prior to the reviews) but I think the value of the book isn't in the conclusion. As with many things, it's about the journey. This book was my first exposure to Joel Salatin. It gave me pause when thinking about systems, realizing that there were more than just two options. It opened my eyes to the stacking of functions in a way that could increase the overall efficiency of a system without compromising my own ethics. More importantly, it got me thinking about many of our assumptions about what efficiency even is. The idea that I didn't have to compromise my ethical standards to obtain effciency, so long as I was willing to understand that there isn't just one form of efficient.

As a book, it was an easy read that got me through a dull period of my work life. As an ethical quandry, it offered a clean perspective from the author that may open new options for people who are feeling like there's only two or three paths ahead of them. Agree or disagree with the conclusions of the book, I think it is a solid choice for getting another perspective on a complex and intensely debated topic. At the end of the day, having a firm grounding on multiple perspectives is always going to be a positive addition to your life.
1 week ago

Pearl Sutton wrote:I'm nostalgic for a time that has never happened.... Is there a word for that?



The closest thing I know offhand that would fit that bill is the word "Sehnsucht" used in the same sense as C.S.Lewis.
1 week ago
I give this book 8 out of 10 acorns.


Go into this book realizing that the author's direct experience is limited to Tennessee and Florida. That isn't said as a detriment, but more so you understand that this book isn't really about specific crops. Instead it is meant to help you understand how to apply techniques for pushing the zone of plants you desire, regardless of where you are living. It's written in a simple manner, easy to read, and is endorsed by David A. Francko (who wrote the forward to this book and is the author of the wonderful book "Palms Won't Grow Here and other myths").

The book suffers from a fatal flaw that often comes with simplicity however. When you condense down information and avoid much clinical data, then you have something so compact that it feels like a scattershot of advice. This is proven out by the second half of the book. To bulk out the information, specific lists of plants are noted. Where the first part of the book focus' on how to improve a greenhouse or avoid one entirely, the second half is nearly all tropical and subtropical plant advice. Where the first part of the book was universal, the second half becomes nearly useless for anyone too far north. I feel like the idea was great and the information amazingly clear, but that to bulk out the page count, more got added that fell outside of the original goal. That could just be my take, but it keeps me from rating it higher than I do. As long as you aren't paying a lot for your copy, it's well worth having in your collection. If you want more that's specific to a more northern area, the aforementioned book by Francko might be a good one to augment this.
1 week ago

Dorothy Pohorelow wrote:I can try most of the the sand but I am not a coffee drinker.  I do drink tea...

Also no chili are allowed in my house due to allergies can a sweet pepper be used instead?



This is one of the PEA badges that is still being finalized, so details may change. I think when this one comes up on the roster for discussion, brewing method is probably more important than the brewing content. As to the sweet pepper vs chili, again it is more about understanding the methods, so I could see it being considered fine as long as you were prepping it in the same manner as the hotter variety.
1 week ago
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I was revisiting the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows and came upon this little gem I'd forgotten. I suspect many of us may suffer from this feeling.

1 week ago