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Dave Burton

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I just graduated from the University of Montana on May 4th, 2019 with a BS in Biochemistry with a GPA of 3.76 out of 4.0! Permaculture is my passion, and I intend to gain hands-on experience in permaculture and make the world a better place! It's time enough to stop being angry at the bad guys and get to work making a new world!
At the moment, I am currently looking for farms, intentional communities, and ecovillages that I could be a part of, so that I can get hands-on experience and practical knowledge of permaculture.
I am always available for hire for any in real life or online projects. Just make me an offer, and we can start talking.
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Good morning! It's starting to get darker in the morning. I'm enjoying being able to see the stars and the moon when I wake up! My phone's camera however doesn't seem to be able to capture the beauty that the human eye can see in such low. So, it's pretty dark and/or grainy.

Day 46







We have a beautifully misty morning, now that the sun's out!



I fired up the rocket cooktop at Allerton Abbey!







And here's a close-up at the ram's horn of fire inside the rocket cooktop!





This is a close-up picture of the rocket cooktop roaring!



We fixed the excavator today!



The excavator is alive now!!!





We replaced a rotten out crossbar of another log gate with a newer log!



I think the afternoon was quite pretty!



We took off the barbed wire on the rotten log and put it back on the new log.



And we even balanced the log well enough that it floats!





This is the log gate after we finished replacing the rotten log and putting the barbed wire and stuff back on!



We put finished putting barbed wire onto the new gate that we made! And Jen made a pretty heart for it!



This is what the new log gate that we built looks like right now!

23 hours ago
Good morning! I fried up greens and eggs to put in the fridge for lunch!

Day 45







We peeled and cut more logs to use as counterweights on the log gate's crossbar!







These are a couple of the bigger sections of bark I was able to peel off! I think I have started to get a hang of getting the bark peeler into the cambium layer between the wood and the bark!



And I think it looks quite pretty when the bark gets peeled like this!



We tested the counterweight to guess how many more logs we ought to add, so that the crossbar can be lifted easily by most people.



We checked how easy (or difficult) it was for each of us to open and close the gate.







We peeled more logs, and I am quite excited by how good I am starting to get at log peeling! This is a log that I peeled by getting into the cambium layer!



I think it's wonderful how smooth and clean looking the log is!



And I got a nice big section of bark off of that log!



We strapped more logs onto the crossbar for the counterweight and tested it again!





After we decided that we had enough logs strapped on for the counterweight, we drilled holes and put the logs into place permanently with all-thread. Then, we added barbed wire around the crossbar and posts. I forgot to take pictures of this stuff, but I can take some pictures tomorrow of the gate to show its most up-to-date status.

Source: Amazon.com

Authors- Diane Lefer, Jean Ryan, Mary Akers, C.S. Malerich, Patrick Hicks, Midge Raymond, Philip Armstrong, Rosalie Loewen, Jessica Zbeida, Carol Guess and Kelly Magee, Julian Hoffman, Sara Dupree, Suzanne Kamata, Melodie Edwards, Ray Keifetz
Editor - John Yunker
Publisher - Ashland Creek Press

Summary
Ashland Creek Press says, "The relationships among human and non-human animals go back to the beginning of time—and the ways in which these relationships have evolved (and sometimes not) is the inspiration for this collection of contemporary short fiction, penned by writers from across the globe.

This diverse collection of stories explores the ways in which we live among—and often in conflict with—our non-human counterparts. These stories feature animals from the familiar (dogs and cats) to the exotic (elands and emus), and in these stories animals are both the rescuers and the rescued. Within these pages are glimpses of the world through the eyes of a zookeeper, a shelter worker, a penguin researcher, and a neighborhood stray, among many others—all highlighting the ways in which animals and humans understand and challenge one another."

About the Authors
This book is a collection of short stories written by many different authors. So, here are interviews with most of the authors:
An interview with Among Animals contributor Diane Lefer
An interview with Among Animals contributor Jean Ryan
An interview with Among Animals contributor Mary Akers
An interview with Among Animals contributor Charlotte Malerich
An interview with Among Animals contributor Patrick Hicks
An interview with Among Animals contributor Philip Armstrong
An interview with Among Animals contributor Rosalie Loewen
An interview with Among Animals contributor Jessica Zbeida
An interview with Among Animals contributors Carol Guess and Kelly Magee
An interview with Among Animals contributor Julian Hoffman
An interview with Among Animals contributor Sara Dupree
An interview with Among Animals contributor Suzanne Kamata
An interview with Among Animals contributor Melodie Edwards
An interview with Among Animals contributor Ray Keifetz

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2 days ago
I'm enjoying the short story Greyhound in the book Among Animals.

I like this quote from the story Greyhound:

She wants to know what to do with herself. She wants to know how to be a dog.



To me, this quote kind of gives the "what does it mean to be alive?" question a more universal appeal. It makes it feel like less of just a human struggle, which I think makes it a little more bearable- knowing that it's not just me and not just humans who aren't sure what "life" or "being [whatever organism]" means.

How else do animals, nature, and humans show similarities?
2 days ago
Good morning! Here is a look at how some of my ferments are doing!

Day 44







Josiah cut some rebar!





And Josiah bent a piece of rebar that we used to pin the crossbar of the log gate into place.





We spent most of the morning peeling the log for the log gate's crossbar.









And we moved the log that we peeled over to the gate!





We had to position the crossbar log into place and figure out how to pin it, how much weight is necessary for the counterweight, and how the counterweights will be put into place.





Jaqi made the hole for the rebar for the crossbar to swing on.



We had to line up the crossbar log's hole with the log that it will pivot on and then pin it into place.



And we worked on limbing and peeling a log that we'll use on another gate.

I love how Among Animals is introduced!

At Ashland Creek Press, we believe that literature has an important role to play in not only reflecting the world around us but in changing it for the better. This anthology grew out of a desire to publish writing that re-examines and re-imagines our relationship with nature—specifically, with animals. It’s a relationship in need of serious therapy. The stories you will read here are as diverse as t

3 days ago
I finished reading The Tourist Trail a few days ago, and I have recently started reading Among Animals.
3 days ago
Good morning! I started to make some tea this morning!

Day 43





I think it looks nice outside!



We worked on building a log gate at Wheaton Labs today! Jaqi ran the tractor to dig the holes for the log gate posts.





We took a quick look at Allerton Abbey while we ran over there to grab some tools. The floors of the Abbey are taking awhile to dry.







I limbed the portion of a tree that was used to make two of the log gate posts, and I peeled about one half of the sides of the logs that I could reach before we cut the tree to the right dimensions.





This is Jaqi and Jen working on peeling a log!



After we cut the tree into logs of the right dimensions, we hauled two seven-ish foot logs back to where we are building the log gate. We dropped one log off, and I helped finish peeling it. Then, we took one of those logs to the ABbey so that we could use a stronger drill to make a 2-inch hole in it that we can pass chains through. This is Josiah using the drill to make a hole in the log!







Jen sawed a log gate post to the right height!





This is a log gate post getting spikes added to the bottom of it to help anchor it into the ground.





This is dirt getting tamped into place around a log gate post. We took turns shoveling dirt around the logs and tamping dirt into place.





And these are the three log gate posts we put into place today!



And it was a nice day today!

I sometimes find it hard to not take stuff like that personally, because I find that what I do is an expression of where I am right now (e.g. my current beliefs, my current geo-socioeconomic state, my current mental/physical health) and the strategies I'm using to move from where I am right now to where I want to be. I kinda find those little criticisms to be like little bitty attacks on this bigger wholeness of me.

In particular, sometimes I find this especially hard to hear from relatives or family members.

I could react in anger and tell everyone to "FUCK OFF!" but that doesn't make me feel good about myself. Nor do I feel good about just letting those criticisms just sink into me and eat away at me, as I think more and more about them.

I would like to maintain my relationships with friends, relatives, family, and acquaintances. I think having relationships with others is important, and I desire some level of bonding.

So, what I'm starting to get to a bit of a politeness thing. When I receive feedback, I try to keep to just saying "thank you" to let them know that they've been acknowledged and listen without saying anything until they've finished their talk. I think that doing this makes them feel better, because they're being heard. I don't have to act on anything they say, and so, I don't.

I think most people mean well and have good intentions, but they may not know the nicest or most polite ways of expressing their views and ways to help you. I think that conflict arises from differences in knowledge sets, so, I try to think about how they were raised, what was happening in their lives, and what all happened to make them who they are as a person.

Just what could have happened throughout their lives to make them believe that "such-and-such" would make my life better according to their belief of "what a good life is"?

Overall, I find this kind of feedback to be more of a reflection of these people's life experiences and not about me. I think it's just another way for me to learn about who these people are, what they value, and how they believe the world works (or they would like it work). It becomes a way for me to understand them, instead of just another "insult."
4 days ago
Good morning! I stirred the dosa batter this morning, made bean paste, and fed three cats! I'll be frying up dosas later today, since the batter is looking nice!

Day 42





I pulled the bean mix of chili beans, red beans, and pinto beans off the slow cooker and made some fermented bean paste. I wanted it spicier, so I made it with lots of extra garlic, some ginger, cayenne powder, and chili powder.



I cut up all the garlic, onions, ginger, and couple peppers that I am using!



I processed the spicy stuff and the beans into a paste, and then, I mixed in sea salt, garlic ferment brine (to use as a starter), cayenne powder, and chili powder.



Then, I put the bean paste into three jars and hand closed them tightly. The left jar will ferment between 7-30 days; the center jar will ferment 3-6 months, and the right jar will ferment for anywhere between 7=180 days.



I saw Ferd eating this morning, and I think he's so cute! He's got nice short soft fur!





And I saw a turkey walking around behind the Fisher Price House!





I fried up half of the dosa batter that I had made! I'm saving the second half of the batter to fry up more dosas when this batch is finished up!



I fried the dosas in a cast iron pan with coconut oil!





I served the dosas with some of the ferments that I have made! From left to right, the ferments the dosas were served with are fermented bean paste, mint chutney, peach chutney, and Latin American Sauerkraut (Cortido)!



I had some of each on my dosas! On the top left is the peach chutney; on the top right is mint chutney; on the bottom left is Latin American Sauerkraut (Cortido), and on the bottom right is the fermented bean paste. I thought all four of the fermented condiments were tasty! My favorite of these four is the peach chutney!



I walked to the top of the "Volcano" at Basecamp, and it was hot outside.