One Man's Ruminations About Faith, Family, and Livin' The Good Life
Some Catching Up To Do….
This blog entry will be a bit of a hodgepodge. There are several different things I’d like say that are on my mind. Then I’ll get back to finishing my ponderously-long, multi-part series about Getting Started & Finding My Way
It’s a “Herrick Toy” My thanks to Paul Hambrick who sent me the photo at the top of this blog. He said the little squeeze toy reminded him of me and he called it a “Herrick toy.” If I ever shave off this winter beard I'm currently sporting, the resemblance between me and that thing will be absolutely remarkable.
Making Sauerkraut in Hungary And while I’m thanking people, I want to publicly acknowledge and thank Szelsofa way over in Hungary who dedicated one of her blog stories to me. The blog is about making sauerkraut. I am honored, and flattered, and inspired. But we still haven’t yet made our own sauerkraut here! I have no good excuse.
As Szelsofa says, sauerkraut is “healthy, living food.” It is so good for us! You can read the story here: Szelsofa’s Sauerkraut Blog
Beer Tokens One more thank you is in order: I happen to live in Moravia, New York. Allen Roeder down in the Republic of Texas informed me that there is a Moravia, Texas. A few days later, I received an envelope from Mr. Roeder. It contained two wooden tokens from the Moravia Store (established in 1889). Each token is “Good For One Beer.” That is a thoughtful gift. Thank you Allen!
A Funny Story I was over to Don Underwood’s blog (you may recall that Don and his son Caleb were the grand prize winners in the Whizbang Garden Cart Contest for 2007) and Don mentioned a book called “Pagan Christianity.” That got my attention. I went to a review of the book at a blog named, “Letters From Kamp Krusty.” That's not the funny story.
While there, I surfed around and discovered a short blog entry that really got me laughing. So I read it to Marlene and we both laughed at it. She said she has actually done something close to what the guy writes about in the story. I have worn glasses since I was in 6th grade but I have never done anything close to what the guy writes about. Here’s the link: I Went Running and Shoved My Glasses Up My Nose and Almost Killed Myself
Who is That Boy & What is He Doing? It’s my 13-year-old son, James, and he is using a draw shave to carve an M1 Garand rifle out of a 2x4, of course.
Who is That Boy & What is He Doing? (Part 2) It’s James again. This time he is using a router as a compass to cut circles out of 3/4" HDPE plastic. You can see a pile of just-cut circles to his right. The circles will be further machined and fabricated into featherplates, which people buy from me to make their own Whizbang Chicken Plucker.
Last year, I was caught off guard in the spring by high demand for plucker parts. We are working now to be better prepared for this spring. I have no idea what the demand will be for these parts.
Perhaps a lot of people will use the soon-to-come “windfall” government handout that was approved this last week to buy parts to build their own Whizbang Chicken Plucking machine. Yes! Now that will help the economy out of recession! Well, at least it will help my economy. ;-)
Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference If you’re anywhere near LaCrosse, Wisconsin, do make it a point to attend the conference on Feb 21-23. I won’t be there but all my Whizbang Books will be there for sale. You can always buy them from me HERE
And Speaking of Books One of the great things about having a small business, as opposed to a big business, is that you can more easily change your mind and your course of direction. I’ve done both in recent weeks. It was my intention to write and publish a book this spring, and I launched into the project a few weeks ago. But then I considered the economic situation in this country, and decided to hold off on publishing another book at this time.
I also heard this statistic on the radio: In 2006 there were 291,000 new books published. That’s 33 books a hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 7 out of 10 of those books were a financial failure. 2 out of 10 broke even financially. One out of 10 made a profit.
So now I am focusing on making chicken plucker parts, and I’m continuing to work on a prototype NEW Whizbang product with accompanying how-to instructions. I will put the product through more testing this summer with the idea of making it available to EVERYONE next spring.
I have found that making and selling parts for useful homestead products (like a homemade chicken plucker) is more profitable than selling just books.
However, There is Something New Right Now... This year’s book idea is on hold. But much of the material that was to go into my next book will be published on my newest blog, Old Farm Almanacs. CLICK HERE to go to the blog.
I (Herrick KImball) have been blogging here about Faith, Family & Livin' The Good Life since 2005. Browse down this column and you will discover a rich resource of contra-industrial thought, down-to-earth inspiration & useful how-to information.
CLICK HEREto view the archive of links to past Deliberate Agrarian monthly "blogazines."
My Stewardculture Magazine Interview (Part 1)
Click The Picture For Details
Delmar Ain't So Stupid...
Click on Delmar and read why I think he's the smartest of the three characters in the "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" movie
Aphorisms Of The Fathers...
And The Mothers (click the picture)
My New York Times Op-Ed Article
The Jeffersonian Solution (click the man and read the article)
Check Out My New Whizbang Gardening Facebook Page...
(click the picture to get there)
Reestablishing The Family Economy—Part 1
It's A Biblical Imperative (click the picture)
Reestablishing The Family Economy—Part 2
We Are Not Called To Be Slaves (click the picture)
Reestablishing The Family Economy—Part 3
Profile of a Free Man (click the picture)
Reestablishing The Family Economy—Part 4
Sage Advice For Would-Be Farmers (click the picture)
Corporationism vs Independent Patriarchal Units
Lyberty Hyde Bailey (1927) Read it and weep. (click the picture)
Read The Book— Writings Of A Deliberate Agrarian
…Now available as a PDF download for only $4.50 (click the picture for details)
Farming 1.5 Acres...
…And Making A Good Living. (click the picture)
Goodness, Beauty & Loving The Earth
A Christian-Agrarian Missive on God's Creation
We can learn a lot from the old agricultural writings (Click the picture for more details)
This Man, Now Deceased, Predicted The Economic Decline of America Back in The 1950's.
Click the picture to read about Professor Walter Prescott Webb's Boom Hypothesis of Modern History, and where we are headed from here
Agrarian-Style Economic Self Defense...
I posted this to the internet in early 2008. It is still the most practical advice you'll get for dealing with the harsh economic realities that we face now and will face even more in the years ahead. (click the picture to read the essay)
Modern Banking is An Evil System of Economic Oppression
Click the picture for details
The Coming Pension Crisis...
...And what you can do about it. (click the picture)
How To Get Through The Coming Hyperinflation
click the picture to read the 6-part series
Have You Considered Deflation?
Martin Armstrong seems pretty sure of himself (click the sign for details)
The Christian Doctrine of Work
Something's Missing in The 10 Commandmants as it is commonly known. (click the picture)
Scott Nearing's "Horse Chow"
A Four Part Series (click on any of the raisins in the bowl)
Mr. Tesoro's Story
(click the picture)
Blessed is the Man...
Reflections on "tax day." (click the old paper)
Some Thoughts on Christian-Agrarian Community (click the picture)
A Herod Nation
Is that What America Has Become? (click the picture)
How To Remember (And Teach Your Children) The 10 Commandments
click the sad bath
Light in Our Dwellings...
Christianity + Agrarianism = Hope In the midst of a dying industrial culture (click the light)
Have You Seen My Whizbang Gardening Book?
5 stars at Amazon. Click the cover to learn more.
New From Planet Whizbang... The Old-Timer's Poultry Library
A rare and fascinating resource for the poultry lover (click the picture for details)
Take A Short Tour Of My Garden...
Strawberries From My Garden!
Grown the "E.P. Roe Way" (click the picture to learn more)
Rural Americans: Cannon Fodder For The New World Order
Click on Sergeant York to read the story.
Freedom Isn't Free (And Other Propoganda)
(click the picture)
Esther Stermer Was A Conspiracy Theorist!
Obviously the woman was a little crazy.… Right? (click the picture for the story)
How Free Men Become Slaves...
A Contra-Industrial Parable From The Okefenokee Swamp (click the pigs)
I Make Classic American Clothespins
click the clothespin and learn all about them.
Have You been to The Agrarian Foundation Article Archives?
(click the picture and go)
What Would an Agrarian Monetary System Look Like?
Well, for one thing, it would NOT be based on paper money. Click Andy Jackson for some details.
Thomas Jefferson's Warnings About Government Debt (Then and Now)
Read it and weep (click the president)
How Farmers Became Slaves To The Corporate Masters
Click on the mostly forgotton 1937 book by Professor Walter Prescott Webb and learn the sad story
A Christian-Agrarian perspective (click the picture to read the essay)
The Puritan Theology of Suffering...
An excellent treatise on a difficult subject. (click the picture to learn more)
A Missive On The Prosperity-Driven Life
"The desire to be rich, to have an abundance of possessions and money, is the keystone of our modern, neo-Babylonian culture." (click the picture for my perspective)
Prosperity Gospel/ Prosperity Idolatry
Click the picture to hear John Piper's powerful 2.5 minute condemnation of the modern prosperity gospel
... And Me (click the trap)
Another of my online projects (click the picture)
Have You Been To Planet Whizbang?
It's my deliberate agrarian home business. Click the beet and check it out.
NEW…. Whizbang Notes
These delightful little notebooks are a great down-to-earth tool. Click the beet to learn more.
Have You Seen The Planet Whizbang Wheel Hoe I Invented?
Click The Picture For Details about the hoe and the inexpensive wheel hoe kits I sell
I Invite You To Read My Online Gardening Essays
Click on that beautiful handful of sifted compost.
The Wife Of My Youth...
A Blessed Man's Reflections on Young Love (click the happy faces)
Eulogy For Evelyn
She was my mother-in-law. (click the picture)
Ken Badman's Good Example
Actions Speak Louder Than Words. (click the picture)
We make our own maple syrup. Click on the picture for complete how-to details.
Have You Seen Leo Sprauer's Handcrafted Hop Hoe?
Click the picture to learn more.
Learn About Whizbang Bucket Irrigation...
(click the trickle valve)
Have You Read Roe?
E.P. Roe, that is. Click on his picture to read some excerpts from this remarkable Christian-agrarian author of the 1800s.
Yeomen don't buy furniture. They make their own. (click the picture)
Yeoman Furniture (Part 2)
Waste Not, Want Not (click the picture for the story)
My Amazing Whizbang Apple Grinder
You can make awesome apple mash, ready for pressing, in no time with this homemade device. Click on the picture to learn more
We Make Apple Cider
You can too (click on the picture to learn how)
Twelve Years Old Today
He's actually 22 now, but my prayer is the same
This is William Kimball (Him An Me Is Kin)
Click on the picture for William's Story
Click on the picture and I'll show you how to butcher a chicken
The Lovely Marlene With A Homemade Whizbang Garden Cart
Anyone can make a Whizbang Garden Cart. Click on the picture to learn how.
My Whizbang Row Cover Hoop System
Finally Online as of 1/29/10 (click the pic)
Have You Seen Jax Hamlin's Chickens?
Click The Chicken!
This Blog Promotes Personal Responsibility And Traditional Concepts of American Liberty
"If a community, or a section, or a race, or an age, is groaning under industrialism, and well aware that it is an evil dispensation, it must find a way to throw it off. To think that this cannot be done is pusillanimous. And if the whole community, section, race, or age thinks it cannot be done, then... it has doomed itself to impotence."
The Christian-Agrarian Exodus of 1620
The Pligrims did NOT come to America for religious freedom. (click the picture)
Vacuum Bottle Thermos Cooking
Learn how to prepare and cook simple, inexpensive, wholesome meals (click the thermos bottle to read)
The Sermon I'll Never Forget
Pastor West was at Iwo Jima (click Mt. Suribachi)
Planting Potatoes With A Little Girl
"I must admit that four year old girls were once something like aliens to me." (click the pic)
Boys Will Be…. Warriors
Swinging homemade maces at each other can be great fun! (click the warriors)
Benny's Grandfather Was A Ditch Digger
And He Grew Tomatoes (click the Big Boy)
Backyard Poultry Processing With My 11-Year-Old Son
If he can do it, so can you. (click on the smiley face)
Another Summer Evening's Meal
This is the kind of food we dream about in the depths of winter. (click on the picture)
Pickled Garlic Scapes
Click on the silly boy's nose for a pickled scape tutorial
"Every Bean's A Blessing, Boys"
Dried beans present an opportunity to teach important things to my children (click the beans)
I bought my sons hay hooks, and they have gotten a lot of use since I wrote this essay