Archive for September, 2014

Hope Progress Peace

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 30, 2014 by Drogo

With every morning

there is hope…

hope you will feel less pain

hope you will get stronger

hope you can pay all the bills

hope you will hear from the one you love.

With every day

there is progress…

progress towards your goals

progress untying knots

progress with cleaning up messes

progress whether you hear from the one you love or not

With every night

there is peace…

peace knowing you did all you could

peace because there is nothing else to do

peace with simple darkness

peace with being alone again

With every morning

there is hope…

unless the sounds of missiles ring in your ears

unless you did not sleep due to fear

unless the pain is more than you can bear

unless the one you love so much has disappeared.

With every day

there is progress

unless your village has been destroyed

unless there are constant knots in your stomach

unless you must flee for your life

unless you cannot find the one you love.

With every night

there is peace

peace if you can manage to get to a refuge camp

peace with one drink of water and one bowl of rice

peace if you can dismiss the cries of those around you

peace if you stop missing the ones you love.

Hope even if you have nothing?!

Progress even if you have lost all hope?!

Peace even if you have lost all you love ?!

My little hopes,

my limited progress,

my partial peace

must be enough.

Be thankful ,

and pray for others.


(by Christine Schoene Maccabee)



Posted in Fictional Stories with tags on September 27, 2014 by Drogo


when the taxes are paid

and the kids are grown

when the winter comes

and all our seeds are sown.


when our hearts been broken

a hundred times or more

when the wars are fought

and the earth is sore.

Still later

when we stumble on

and see the morning sun to rise

and then the stars and moon

again a hundred million times.

And much later

when all our words are written

all our feelings felt

when the well runs dry

and all we have is our self.

And much much later

when our pain is great

and our friends have died

when the days grow longer

and every tear’s been cried

Through all of this

all that will matter

is how well we loved.


( poem written upon waking Saturday, September 27, 2014 by Christine Schoene Maccabee )

Middle-East Chronic Quagmire

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2014 by Drogo

It seems like the typical quagmire triangle going on in the Middle-East again: US Senators arming rebels against Asad, then betrayal and the rebels turn on us, next our leaders want to go to war for resources, and so we arm Asad to fight the rebels, …. later war against Asad because we armed him again to get oil resources!!! Fighting a large group of people because of a few criminal terrorist acts is like bombing Chicago because someone murdered someone.


Posted in Events / Celebrations with tags , , , on September 17, 2014 by Drogo

SCOD Award

criteria: The ‘SCOD Award’ is presented to projects or people that protect natural environments, advocate educational cooperative communication, and create local organic resources or products.

candidates: alternative communities, organic farms, activist artists and musicians, environmental architects, grassroots movements, and the products of these people.

SCOD members decide the award winners among the group in anarchistic democratic fashion. SCOD will attempt to contact the winners, and announce the awards publicly regardless of whether the winners accept the award. Small scale winners can be chosen monthly and large scale winners annually.

Practice Jeet-Kun-Do

Posted in Education / Schools, Health & Fitness with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2014 by Drogo

Come study Jeet-Kun-Do with Master Drogo in Harpers Ferry or Frederick!!

Gifts or Trade accepted in return for safe practice space and instruction.


China and Japan continue to influence ‘The West’ greatly in many ways. Chief among the ways Asia affects us are martial arts, culinary arts, visual arts (film and animation), and spiritual arts (Buddhism). Although Buddhism is a religion from Hindu India; it is much like Christianity is to Judaism, in that it spread and flourished better away from its origin.

Chinese had the ‘I Ching’ (Yi Jing) Book of Changes by 1,000 BC. It had 64 hexagram symbols for a divination and cosmology system, to balance life elements, process events, and change lives.

Three philosophical leaders emerged in China around 500 BC: Lao-Tzu, Sun Tzu, and Confucius. Lao-Tzu (Old Master Li Er Dan) is given credit for Taoist book the ‘Tao Te Ching’, Sun Tzu (Sun Master) for the ‘Art of War’, and Confucius for the strict civil commentaries called the ‘Ten Wings’.

Taoism (Daoism) is living in harmony with the Tao (Way), and choosing the path of Nature using the Tai Chi (Taiji life-energy) symbol (yin-yang opposite energies in dynamic balance), and 5 elements. The Five Trigrams: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Metal. Contrary forces define each-other, contain elements of each-other, and can even attract each-other (magnetism). Taoist 3 Treasures: compassion, moderation, and humility. “The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao,” according to wu-wei (non-action under-standing).

‘The Art of War’ is a military strategy guide that views violence as evil and prolonged war as non-profitable; therefore the book is dedicated to avoiding conflict, and being swift and deadly when necessary. “If you know your enemies and yourself, you can win a hundred battles without loss.” (Chapter 3, last verse)

Yet for others, the clearly defined rules of Confucius allow for civic success, which to them is most important for structured living with social hierarchy. Knowledge leads to sincere thought, and then virtuous action. His humanism advocated reciprocity, in the form of the Silver Rule: “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” (Analects XV.24)

Beyond these Chinese basics, Buddhism (Chan Mahayana) was added later. Buddhism developed monastery schools for martial and healing arts; including: kung-fu, weng-chun, tai-chi, chi-gong, and feng-shui. Chan (meditation) Buddhism became known as Zen in Japan. Later in Hong Kong, Bruce Lee absorbed his weng-chun into his own theory of Jeet-Kun-Do.

In Jeet-Kun-Do styles are tools, and we should be fluid with them like water. It is a universal theory that allows you to use what works best for you, no matter what style it is. Styles are all fingers pointing to the Moon; it is not about the fingers, it’s about the glory of what is above.

In ancient Japan success in Shintoism (Way of the Gods) meant following the “spirit way” and worshiping nature gods (kami). Shinto faith was later integrated into Zen Buddhism (as with Taoism and Buddhism in China). The 5 elements of samurai (warrior) kenjutsu (sword method) are: Earth, Fire, Water, Wind, and Void. The ‘Book of Five Rings’ by Miyamoto Musashi (1645 AD) is similar to the Chinese ‘Art of War’. Japanese Martial Arts include: Kendo, Bu-jitsu, Ti-jitsu, Nin-jitsu, Ju-jitsu, Judo, Aikido, and Karate (hand peasants).

Zen Buddhism includes meditative kensho, zen riddles, zen satori (enlightenment), zazen sitting, kinhin walking, Rinzai, Soto, and Sanbo Kyodan. Buddhism asserts that pacifist religions and virtuous lives are possible without the idea of a creator god. The Universe is self-sufficient, and does not require any superior power to govern it. They do believe in enlightened souls, perfected spirits that have transcended karma; arihants, siddhas, bodhisattvas, and buddhas which are essentially saints, angels, or gods (depending on semantic interpretation). Gods are simply less important in Buddhism than meditation and compassion, to end the cycle of suffering.

– Master Drogo Empedocles, from his book ‘Way Too Much: Successful Living’

Master Drogo has been practicing Karate, Tai-Chi, Ti-Jitsu, Weng-chun, Kungfu, and other martial arts since he was in elementary school (25+ years). 

Spring Samurai

Home-made Deodorant

Posted in Health & Fitness with tags , , , , on September 12, 2014 by Drogo

Stink-B-Gone home-made deodorant recipe:

equal parts of,

baking soda
corn starch
arrow-root powder

Mix these together dry in a bowl. Add enough extra-virgin coconut oil to make it the consistency of frosting. Put in 4 oz. mason jar. It works really well and a little bit goes a long way.

~ B.B.