Archive for March, 2012

u can do anything, here’s how i did

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Trips with tags , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2012 by growing togehter

here’s how i ….
traveled-  my mom drove my sis and i from FL to CT, we took a train to NYC and that’s how i stood on the tallest building there.
my two friends split the cost of gas to CA and back, so i drove my car from coast to coast.  i stopped at the Grand Canyon on the way back, cause it was on the map.  for 25$ and a few nights of sleeping in my car.  i saw a deer jump off the edge and when i looked over i saw a circle of rocks, so i jumped too.  that’s how i came to jump off the Grand Canyon and rock climb about 50ft straight back up.  that was the scariest thing i’d ever done till i found myself walking on the side of a snow covered volcano in New Zealand.
i got to NZ because i gave up on getting my AA and was told that at 25yo i should move out of my mothers house.  i took the rest of my student loan, sold my truck and most of my stuff, got a bit of $ from my family.  i got my passport and looked up online how to get the 12month working holiday visa  and took a plane to NZ.  little over 4,000USD.  i got off the plane and found the information booth which helped me get a phone card/discount card for hostels.  then i got on to a bus to the city of Auckland.  after walking less than a block from the bus stop and into a hostel where i booked a room for 2 nights, i realized that i had way too much stuff.  i gave about half away after sleeping for over a day.  it was that easy.  a passport, visa (i got online for free) and a plane ticket!
the rest was talking to people.  other travelers tell you more than you need or ever care to know.  the locals tell you things you would have never thought to ask.  the best part is no matter where your from, what you do or don’t know, we can all communicate!  i met germans that knew less english then i know german, spanish kids who knew only spanish, french guys who only know french and some spanish, and we all expressed ourselves and understood the basics.  lots of hand movements and pointing and drawing pics and showing on the map or online.  one kid had an app on his cell that translated what he typed.
i spent all my $ in about 4 months and never got a job there.  i traveled for free much of the time.  couchsurfing.org  WWOOF (google it) and standing on the side of the road with a sign got me all over two islands!

traveling can be free.
most of it’s just about asking.  i asked the internet for a New Zealand visa and after a few clicks found it.  i asked my friends about going to CA and OH and then we went, sometimes sharing gas cost other times not.  i said that it’d be cool to see this or that and next thing i knew i was there.  many times i got asked if i’d like to… and it was as easy as saying yes, or even pointing out that i would love to if it’s cheap or free.

“it never hurts to ask!  what’s the worst that happens?  you get told no, well if you never ask it’s as good as a no.”

and i’d add, just keep asking, ask different ways and to as many people as you meet.  tell the world what you desire to see, do, or have!  the worst that could happen is you have to make or do it yourself.  likely tho you’ll end up asking the right person at some point and they will the ones to help you get it.

so that’s how i’ve seen America, Jamica, New Zealand, Camon Island’s, Mexico and it’s how i’ve climbed volcanoes, jumped out of a plane, camped in the forest and in a city, seem water falls, sat in how water rivers drinking wine by moon light, canoed for a week, swam in the oceans, went to a ren-fair in NZ and a few in the states, and that’s how i plane to see the rest of the world!

so… anyone going to Europe?  tibet?  china?  how about WA?  ok, maybe just around FL, i want to get out to tampa and back up to st. augustine, or just a canoe trip or camping weekend?

p.s. megabus is cheap for the east coast of USA, train passes are the cheapest for europe and hitching is best in NZ and AUS

safe traveling, be smart, think

look what i can do

Posted in Hikes, History, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Trips on March 24, 2012 by growing togehter

any one can do anything.

i went to the Grand Canyon, NYC, New Zealand, i swam in the two largest oceans,  i canoed down a river for over a week, took a car, plane, train, bus, bike and hiked all over.  i’ve jumped out of a plane, off the grand canyon, off a few roofs, in to pools on to rocks and grass.  i’ve climbed trees and seen tons of animals.

i’ve not kept the same job for more than a year.  i quit going to half of my HS classes and tho i’ve gone to college i’ve yet to get an AA, due to failing basic math.  funny thing is that i have built theater sets for singers, players and dancers alike across this nation, yet a simple school claims i can’t do the math.

computers were my first key to the learning, the internet opened the world that my grandparents told me was out there (something they found by traveling).  i grew up going on camping trips and packing lunches for all day bike trips.  when i wanted something i made it.  somewhere between dreams and theater i learned to explore my mind.  i read on-line about religions and philosophy then i went to church, synagogue, temple, found a coven and so i learned first hand the difference between words and … everything else.

what was the west like?
who are the people in New Zealand?
what is it like in Ireland?
how hard is it to climb the German alps?
how big is the Grand Canyon?
water falls, landscapes, people, food, houses, sunsets, beaches and mountains, who, what, how, WHY?

so i went, and will keep going till i understand everything.

Organic Agriculture Pin-Up Girls

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Environmentalism, Organic Gardens, Pagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2012 by Drogo

Main-stream America should be more aware of just how sexy organic farming and gardening can be! The fossil-fuel industry has had the market for pin-up girls for far too long, so now it is time to advertise for alternative and renewable livelihoods.

This is a neo-pagan attempt to advocate organic gardening / farming. A series of sexy modern-feminist styles related to paper-doll, cut-and-paste, cartoon tracery of women. Working in the garden or farm field or orchard…. poses not bound to traditional pinup surface objectification… in favor of equal-rights showing strength, intelligence and skill. One idea being that people will see sexy women gardening, and want to garden and look like them; and by looking like them, they will want to garden; and vice-versa.

This is the first collection of “Organic Farm and Garden Women”, and more will be added as the art is created, expressed, and captured.

This tryptic scene is collage from Knight’s paintings and other random models.

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Girl with fruit on stone steps

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Gathering wild plants

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Two women planting a Tree with a shovel

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Four women working the soil in a garden, and composting dead-fall

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*  Sun Goddess

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Girl gardening with a hoe

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Girl watering a garden using rain-water cistern pump-hose

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Pixie Harvesting Goblin Fruit from a Tree

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Girls planting plants

Plant Weed

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Girl gardening with a rake

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Girl with Basket of Veggies

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RBE

Posted in Alternative Architecture, Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Economics, Education / Schools, Recommendations & Tributes, Services, Sales or Trade, Sustainability with tags , , , , , on March 12, 2012 by growing togehter

Resource Based Economy
Noun
– An economic system based on direct-common ownership of land, resources, production, distribution, and allocation, characterized through non-usury (monetary) intelligent management of resources for common consumer social abundance rather than profit-based scarcity (Capitalism) or need-based scarcity (Socialism).
– A gift economy in which the need for money, barters, or exchange is surpassed by the development of advanced earth-based technologies.
– A post-scarcity society in which shared social abundance replaces the implied and artificial social notions of resource scarcity.
– (In Directivist Theory) [1] An essential third way post-monetary developmental stage achieved through the abolishment of state-property-centered and private-property-centered economic systems.

A) An application of alchemy towards the solving of social problems with earth based technology.
B) A guaranteed focus on the spiritual transcendence of society towards ascension and greater heights of spiritual understanding.
C) Guaranteed direct access by all to the means of all necessary production
D) Directly Democratic and technical assisted facilitation of resource management, utilization, and distribution.
E) Election of Alchemists to develop ways to relieve society from the burdens of menial labor and allow all members of society to engage in creative, fulfilling social endeavors.
F) Use of Energy Credits to track renewability of resources and give a share of social abundance to everyone

History:

The history of Resource Based Economy as a practice goes back to the 1700’s and the pirate colony of Libertalia. Founded by Cpt. James Madison the pirate colony of Libertalia was established by pirates and liberated slaves. [2] What they established was an Agrarian – Resource Based Economy in which they were all farmers, handicrafts people, who held the land and resources in common. No dividers existed between one person and another’s property and any treasure pillaged at sea was carried into the common treasury; money being of no concern where everything was provided in common need. Captains, who were vested as both armed defense of the colony and command of anti-monetary brigades at sea, were elected by the colony and from the colony. Fisheries were cooperatively managed by workers who elected their own managers and had the right to fire and or impeach them as well. Shipwrights utilized a system of resource management, utilization at the ship wright and distribution. At each level of resource facilitation, trustees were appointed to convey and aid in the intelligent management of resources. How long this colony persisted for and its exact location is all lost in the mists of history.

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death

Posted in Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs, Poems, Rhymes, Riddles on March 6, 2012 by growing togehter

When you died,
at first i cried.
Then i asked why?
not why did you die,
but why do i cry?

Dreadlock Hair Care

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Pagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2012 by Drogo

People should wear clothing and hair styles that express themselves. Clothing should have your name on it, not a commercial brand tag. The more hair you have, the more it can be shaped and decorated to fit individual personalities.

I use oils and waxes in my hair. I find bees wax is the best to lock the dreads, however REAL beeswax needs to be melted; so i use a candle, hold the wax cake close, let it drip onto a metal surface, apply melted wax before it cools while it is still malleable. Murrays pomade is part petroleum / part bees wax (even though it says 100% bees wax, it means the bees wax is real that they make it with, if you read the ingredients). In the photo below you can see the real beeswax cake on top of the tin lid, which i drip the wax onto, and then use my fingers to apply it.

When your locks are first forming, use REAL BEESWAX to hold it together, and use braids and bands. This will keep them water-resistent, soft, good smelling, and very natural. Then after the locks have ‘locked’ use oils to reduce dandruff, and keep them strong and water-resistent (to avoid dry-rot or mildew and easier hair drying).

One of the most natural and affordable oil blends to use in your hair can be found at most stores. It is called “Africa’s Best: Ultimate Herbal Oil”; and is a mix of soy, sesame, olive, castor, and multiple nut oils; kiwi, ginseng, and aloe extracts among other brilliant ingredients. This oil can be used as a healing hot oil treatment, bath oil, body skin oil, cuticle oil, massage oil, hair & scalp oil! Also I have used this oil on leather, wood, and metal to preserve them too!! Best of all its about $3 usually!!!

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note:  curly and long hair forms dreadlocks easier