Dateline: 31 January 2013
|This is where I worked. But no more.|
If I were to write a book about my personal journey from wage slavery to full-time, home-based, self-employment, I would title it Pray, Work, Wait. It would be a story about delayed gratification and the satisfaction that comes only from praying, and working, and waiting, for many years, before a dream that was once so distant became a sweet reality.
“Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established”Proverbs 16:3
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”
I am mindful that the modern approach to building a business places an emphasis on growing the business ever bigger to to achieve more profits. Such a goal is typically achieved (or attempted and never achieved) at the expense of marriages and family relationships, not to mention poor health as a result of stress. I’m a big advocate of free-enterprise entrepreneurship, but not success as defined by modern, worldly standards. I’m convinced that a small, home-based, hands-on business is all that God desires for me to pursue. And I am ever so thankful to Him for it.
My Next ProjectI am now at work on my next book. I started it last winter but did not get far before the demands of springtime came. I hope to have the book finished by the end of March (at the latest). It will be titled, The Planet Whizbang Idea Book For Gardeners. Subtitle will be: An eclectic selection of inspiring project plans, tips, tricks, and how-to advice for people who grow their own food.
Among many other things, the book will tell how to make a Whizbang garden tote like shown above (UPDATE 4/14: inexpensive plans for the tote are now available at This Link). And it will explain exactly how I make simple garden clamps. I'll also have a short chapter about measuring Brix with a refractometer. Brix is a gauge of nutrient density. Those carrots in the tote above (harvested on January 30) had a Brix reading of 8%. That's half way between average (6%) and good (12%), but a long way from excellent (12%).
The fact that my carrots, grown by organic methods, are only 8% Brix underscores the fact that organically-grown food is not necessarily nutritionally superior just because it's organic. And you can't judge a carrot's inward nutritional value by its outward appearance.
Another chapter in my book will discuss how I intend to increase the Brix content of my homegrown fruits & vegetables in this year's garden. And I will chronicle my progress in the blog I will be publishing for readers of the book.
I feel sorry for myself, living in the absolute worst state in the United States for personal freedom. The imperial governor of New York labeled me an “extremist” this past month because I believe the 2nd Amendment rights guaranteed to me by the Constitution should not be infringed by him and his laws. He thinks that the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution was put there to guarantee the rights of hunters. There was a time in this country when such thinking would never be taken seriously, but that is no longer the case.
Prior to the governor and his people railroading their restrictive new laws into effect, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Syracuse, NY newspaper. They didn’t print it. This is what I said:
To The Editor:
When a law-abiding citizen is faced with the threat of lethal force from a person with a gun—and SECONDS count—the police will be MINUTES away. And when they finally show up, they will be armed with high-capacity, semi-automatic guns.
It is high-capacity, semi-automatic guns that give the police a fighting chance. Likewise, the same weapons give law-abiding citizens a fighting chance.
If I have, as the Declaration of Independence asserts, a right to my life, then it naturally follows that I have a right to defend my life. High-capacity, semi-automatic firearms are effective tools for defending life. That’s one of the reasons I own such guns.
When politicians pass laws restricting gun ownership, and the ability of law-abiding citizens to effectively defend themselves, the government abdicates its responsibility to protect individual rights, and it becomes an agent of tyranny.
I have nothing but contempt for any politician who is on board with any gun control law that makes it harder for law-abiding people to protect themselves. These politicians are either naive fools, lily-livered, or wicked connivers. They base their restrictive gun laws on some half-baked concept of compassion for children. If they truly cared about children (and other innocent victims of gun violence) they would acknowledge the fact that law-abiding gun owners use their firearms to protect and save far more lives than a few deranged murderers have taken with their so-called “assault” guns.
Have you heard of the Hegelian Principle for bringing about social change?... Thesis. Antithesis. Synthesis.
Translation: Manufacture an issue or problem that "must" be addressed. This is often done after some sort of "convenient" crisis has occurred. cultivate a discussion about the problem, involving fear, panic and emotion. Demand a solution. Provide a solution that advances the social change you wanted to make. Such solutions will almost always involve more laws, more government regulation, and less personal freedom.
Manipulating the masses of media-addled Americans is now an efficient science employed by the ruling aristocracy of corporate finance and government to advance their agenda and emasculate American freedoms. This current gun control grab is a textbook case of the Hegelian Principle in action.
Sheriff David Clark of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin understands that people have a right to protect themselves, and he is encouraging them to do so. Good man, that Sheriff Clark!
And if you live in New York state, read This Letter that I sent to 50 newspapers in New York (I think it was published in 8 papers). If you agree with it, print a copy and send it to your county sheriff with a note asking him to take the issue seriously.
The Freest Place
To Live in America
I found my way to This 2011 Study. You can go to that link and click on the interactive map to read about freedom in any state and see the state's ranking. New York is the least free state. No surprise there. But the freest state in the USA is New Hampshire. How can New Hampshire be the freest state when it’s surrounded by unfree Northeastern states?
Austerity USA?I don't have to tell you that America is in trouble. We're going down, and the rate of decline seems to be accelerating. Our debt is unpayable. Do you realize what happens to a nation when it can't pay its debts?
According to Oliver DeMille, author of the book, Freedom Shift, nations that can't pay their debts have, since 1944, been bailed out by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. He writes...
"In return for such benefits, the borrowing nation submits to "Austerity Measures," under which the IMF closely watches national policy and government institutions to ensure that the nation does nothing to jeopardize its ability to pay back its loans. This system has certainly had its successes. But Austerity also amounts to a virtual transfer of sovereignty from national government to IMF regulators—well beyond the citizenry to require accountability to effect remedies."
Think Greece. This scenario does not seem too far fetched. The snare is closing. Here's Oliver DeMille again...
"...an economic team of regulators will run our national economic policy and make our economic decisions. If Americans are frustrated with Congress, imagine their frustration with a group of international bank officials running our economy—bankers who may not have as their motive either to see us out of debt to them..."
DeMille makes the point that "economics and freedom are directly linked. A debtor nation is less free than a solvent one."
Freedom ShiftI purchased a copy of the book, Freedom Shift, on the recommendation of a friend. It is a book that covers a lot of ground, introducing a lot of ideas about where America is headed, and why, and how to preserve freedom. Many of the solutions offered reflect agrarian principles.
Through Self RelianceOliver DeMille also has a website named Four Lost American Ideals. While perusing the articles offered there I came upon Time to Get Out The Spinning Wheel, written by Stephen Palmer. Please read that article. It reiterates much of what I've been saying in this blog for many years. Self-reliance and personal responsibility is the key to individual freedom and national restoration.
Alternative Soda Pop
Though I almost never drink soda pop, I would make an exception if a store like this was in my neighborhood. This is a great entrepreneurial story.
(Note to Lisbon Falls Moxie Festival Coordinator, Julie-Ann... they sell Moxie.)
That's it for another month. Thanks for stopping by.