Archive for March, 2014

Quest for Community

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs, Organic Development, Spiritual, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2014 by Drogo

“Once upon a time…in search for community…isn’t that what we’re all doing here? my family looked into moving to an Intentional Community, hopefully one that championed both the environment and the arts in which both my husband and myself were trained. Zendik, which was in Texas at the time, and has recently disbanded after moving to W.V. and leaving it’s property up for sale, was one of the top considerations of the 36 communities we wrote to. An artist community where people understood each other and celebrated diversity and the freedom to practice your art be it music or painting whatever moved you. In reading this i was sad to see the fall of Zendik and wonder how many other efforts like theirs have fallen. Yet here we are. Stay with me now, i know i suffer from excess verbiage. Here we are reaching out to each other for community. Our culture has tried to mimic it through churches or the camaraderie of sports. And to some that is enough. You go home. No more responsibilities to other people. No sharing -which is at the very heart of community. Yet wouldn’t it be nice if we could be in closer proximity to share ideas and help each other build garden beds or clothes lines or front porches where we could sit an have a drink together or drum and watch the sunset? This is what brought me to SCOD. It’s always here to see what you guys have done today. You give me ideas of what i can do tomorrow. And this medium has made it possible for like-minded people to talk about things that matter. that’s real community.”

– Karen Boe

Art Evolution

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2014 by Drogo

Everyone is an artist, just some realize it more than others. Art is any natural or artificial creation that is a design, whether intentional or not. Art needs no intention or viewer, and it does not matter what it is called; but the importance is in the contemplation of it, and conclusions it inspires.

To artists of all kinds, remember the folly of Metallica vs Napster and free your mind to flow with the evolution of the arts. Love and sharing should always come before hatred and snobbish stinginess. Relative “Quality” of the art is subjective, and in the arts is mostly opinion as it is not restricted to functionality. A trick of any trade is to be critical of the work of another, in order to make yourself look better. Some go to their grave never learning the lessons of Scrooge. Share your expressions with the World, and let others enjoy what you give or sell as they will. Most of the time you will be rewarded, and if any seek to hurt you despite your kindness, the hurt will fall back on them.

I have such a strong belief in an integrative transcendental theory of music, movies, and art, i am not sure i want to attend conventional shows anymore; to me the evolution of the arts is for people to fully support diverse artists as equals no matter how ‘talented’ or ‘successful’ the artists; and the artists must in turn consider the ‘fans’ as equals that can freely play with them, not just as observing members of their god-head cult who are unworthy to taint their ‘possessions’.

New Age Collaborative Art does require redefining terms, like changing ‘good quality’ to include collaborate improvisational spirit and skill relativism; and realizing that having skill should not be the same thing as being an exclusive snob ‘asshole’ or ‘dick’. It is fine to want to do your own art alone, or to want to make minimalist art solo; but that is very different than indulging egotism and selfishness as a demagogue or dictator. Modern art opened the definition of art to include the finger paintings of a child, mental patient, or even other animals; just as Philip Glass, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Nirvana opened the definition of popular music to include natural sounds, machine sounds, and otherwise ‘bad noises’.

I certainly feel possessive of ideas, things, and people often; but it i recognize it is often a source of social suffering when i do. Anger, hate, and isolation are natural feelings and actions; but we can decide how much we will allow from ourselves and others.

I was told all my life not to pursue a career in Art or Music because they dont make money; even my liberal artsy parents told me that… now after having died a few times and been reborn, i have a few things to say about that common statement. Popularity and Finances are only two aspects of the game called LIFE. First off we should not all strive to be Mega-stars who ‘make it big’ because the very concept is based on the framework of oligarchy and i do not want to encourage plutocracy. Secondly in an equal democracy of citizen artists we have the ability to schedule or freely live our own lives and walk out our doors without getting assaulted by pop-art-artsy (capitalist journalism). Thirdly i would rather live in a nut-house with no bills to pay, than not be able to draw or make noise.

“Copyright is an outdated concept.” – DJ Rainbow Wizard

SCOD Punk Rock Songs

Posted in Environmentalism, POB Audio, Politics, Song Lyrics & Analysis, Spiritual with tags , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by Drogo

Mosh mosh mosh, Oi oi oi

Mosh mosh mosh, Oi oi oi

Run around and show off your color!

If you have a dollar give it to your brother!

Dance around until your souls go dim,

(what i really wanna know is….)

Are you as funked up as I am?!?

Mosh mosh mosh, Oi oi oi

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Seed Planting

Posted in Organic Gardens with tags , , , on March 11, 2014 by Drogo

1. Feel free to start growing seeds indoors by a window whenever you want. Even if it is too cold outside to transplant them, there can be satisfaction simply in growing seedlings.

2. Do NOT plant anything OUTSIDE during frost periods Oct.30-April 15 apx.

3.  Small seeds – plant close to surface of soil / large seeds plant 1/2″ – 2″ / 3″+ for bulbs.  Loose organic soil is always better.

4. Too much water can wash the seeds out of place (especially small seeds close to the surface)

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Sad thing is most growers end up killing more plants than they grow, since we weed all the time, and many die; ironic but the harsh reality.  i think the thing that makes a grower is someone that keeps planting and letting and helping plants grow despite losses.

 

 

Drogo Quotes 3

Posted in Interviews, Matras Quotes Tips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2014 by Drogo

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Those that really care about you will want to be as emotionally close as possible as often as is mutually beneficial. Apathy, Hatred, or Love are feelings individuals can choose to show to other people to form relationships of all kinds. From my teen years i think i felt hatred and jealousy more often than love and compassion in my life into early adult-hood; after flipping the scales to favor love and compassion i feel much happier and peaceful. Yes i still get mad, but im better at focusing my anger to achieve tasks, and not harm others.

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Reality is broad spectrum. When we get caught up with rejecting things because of an ideal of perfection, we can so easily deny ourselves the happiness of enjoying diversity in reality. Sure the diversity can be frustrating too, but life is a balance between judging, participating, and simply observing.

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Yes size matters to many animals for various mating behaviors; unless they are birds who prefer color display, or humans with intellect who value the individual as a person rather than only based on one or two physical aspects. Bigger does seem to be better when it comes to being mainstream sexist with certain primates, i know that much.

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People create markets by desire, as a perceived want or need; intentional or not.

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One beautiful thing about being Neo-Pagan is that you can believe in the gods and goddesses as mythological metaphor (like Joseph Campbell).
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Ego is simply the ‘self’ conscious mind in psychology.

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As an architect that actively practiced for over a decade, industrial convention blocked my environmental efforts on every level. It was my experience that has led me to pursue alternative education on a social level without the pressure of ‘judge, jury, and executioner’ i faced with every client project. I still practice environmental architecture, but now i do so on my own terms, by practicing SCOD adaptive techniques of self-employment and organic networking. Even digital does not have to be commercial, and some day commercial does not have to so destructive and ignorant.

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Regarding how other people treat us, remember we are Arbiters of Personal Opinion – many people will be critical without caring how their opinion will affect you; many will say honestly harsh things with no compassion using the blanket excuse that ‘they are helping you’ even if the opposite is true, many will tell you how to do things just to be bossy because they were bullied by others, and they need to make themselves seem better; we can take or leave harsh medicine pushed on us because opinions are indeed as common as smells, some are appropriate for the nose smelling them and some are not, because smells are connected to memories, and memories connected to emotions. Also opinions of opinions change. My opinion is that most people do not care about most other people, and although it is based on professional experience, that opinion may change over time.

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Willingness to share and include others is a key to ethical progress. Even when conflict of boundaries arises, and differing opinions are asserted, it is this ‘key’ that is most important. As a friend of mine recently said, “the old concept of copyright is outdated”.

Schoenridge Sanctuary Cooperative, Missouri

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2014 by Drogo

“When we came here a quarter of a century ago we bought 80 acres and a caved in house. We raised the little German cottage from the dead, and began to build our dream of raising rare breeds of livestock that are on the endangered list. We began that dream with American Milking Devon Cows, now extinct in England; then added a few rare breeds of chickens. Well, as Buffy Saint Marie says in her song The Circle Game, our dreams had lost some grandeur coming true. Then came Tess, our grand-daughter who we adopted. I home-schooled her and she grew up knowing every rock and tree on Schoenridge. She learned how to save wildlife and birth calves. She rehabed wildlife for M’Shoogy’s (means Crazy in Yiddish)–look them up on the web, they’re right down the road from us. There have been raccoons, falcons, and deer. One deer still begs for treats at our kitchen door and walks in the woods with us. Tess trained a falcon to come to feed at the sound of her flute, even after she had released her. Now-days there are 70 animals living here…maybe more. We have three American Guinea Hogs going to the University of Minnesota next month. Tess has Silver Fox Rabbits coming from North Carolina on Sunday. She has Dexter Cattle and her fiance’ Ivan raises Chocolate Turkeys. They have quail, alpacas, horses, and goats. Drogo calls it our Sanctuary, this strange mixture of Humane farming and wildlife rehab. Well, it’s mostly Tess’s desire to take up the mantle and continue and improve what we can do in this little piece of the world. Downwardly mobile. That’s what we are. This is our purpose and our pleasure. We all need one.”

–  Karen Boe, Steward of Schoenridge

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