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Pipe-Dream Pub Prophesy & Proposal 1997

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Futurist, Pub Library, Roleplaying / Reenacting, SCOD Status Update Reports, Society Clubs or Social Groups, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2019 by Drogo

The Future of the Middle Ages

 

Written in 1997 by Drogo to Pipe-Dream Pub fellowship (edited and digitized in 2019)

 

Why West Virginia?

 

The rugged, rocky, rolly hills and blue ridge mountains with verdant valleys are a backdrop for snow, rivers, rain, fog, and dusty heat. Cold snowy winters and hot sweaty summers combine with landscape that has the same climate (more or less) as England. Farmland and coal mines; sturdy, beautiful, and backwards in beautiful country ways: a perfect medieval setting for a dwarven tavern.

 

Why Harpers Ferry?

 

While maintaining a hardy mountaineer heart, the spirit of Harpers Ferry has guarded and sustained freedom despite its quaint, hobbiton, touristy appearance. Historic Harpers Ferry has been defined by influential travelers, and thrived in their wake. The guests and visitors act in spiritual freedom immortally, like a chronic hysteresis. As Shirley Dougherty puts it, “History always repeats itself in Harpers Ferry.” Native American sacred land where the Potomac and Shenandoah shed tears of love that ran together between the mountains and formed the rivers. Peter Stevens 1730, Robert Harper 1750, surveyed by George Washington 1797 and Thomas Jefferson for the Federal Armory 1830, John Brown’s Raid to free the slaves 1859, President Clinton and Gore Earth Day 1998 (?) and many other important figures and events are part of our legacy. 

 

Prophecy Proposal 1.  We Try Living Together

 

Trial By Sword and Stone

It is summer 2001 and I have graduated from SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design). In past summers I worked for my Father and HABS (the Historic American Building Survey) as an architectural draftsman, but this summer I have joined the National Guard, and applied to the NPS (National Park Service) Design Center in Harpers Ferry. Three of my history and design friends have taken advantage of the lucrative job market in the DC area, and are currently renting from my parents for metropolitan commuting. The four of us are in a partnership written by round-table contract, and use the school-house in back for a studio office. We also host Gallery exhibits and shows downstairs with antiques, and sometimes entertain B&B guests. There is a substantial flow of money as we prosper.

 

Prophecy Proposal 2.  We Decide on the Pub Site Land Location

 

Trial By Earth 

A link is established in 2002 between 4 other partners, making 7 of us in the Pub Fellowship. We prepare for the Pub by sharing expenses and seeking land. Eventually we find the best site and purchase the property. Acquisition of ideal, strategic site land that is agreeable to everyone may prove to be the most difficult task of all. The amount of variables involved may seem overwhelming.

 

Prophecy Proposal 3.  Investors, Funding, and Financing

 

The Round Table Trial

It is now July 7th, 2003 and the four of us already in town, meet with our newest 3 members at Jefferson’s Rock. Perched upon the Rock of Ages we announce our time is nigh, calling out their arrival into the valley. The rush of the rivers generates a roaring cacophony that titillates our napes as we raise our heads high to the mountains, and declare our individual rights and strengths. Our proclamations echo through the gap, and fly down-stream towards the Capitol of our Nation; flooding the ears of the mundanes. We shout in unison “One for all, and all for one!!! Tally-ho to the Pipe-dream Pub! Hurrah!! Hooray!!! Vivate!!! Liberty!!!” With 7 investors we now can get enough loans and grants and easements. 

 

Prophecy Proposal 4.  Swear Allegiance Fidelity

 

The Trial of Camelot

Discussions and blueprints of the Pub follow after savings are spent in addition to other sources of funding for Pub property and materials. We archive written insurances and oaths of fidelity to the financial, material, and spiritual fellowship. The Sacred Seven can never fall so long as is planned for, with good will and reason. No one will unite if there be an unproven doubt in their mind or gut. We are philosopher kings united by the power of moral reason. None shall be untested, and with good fortune, none unspoken. And with all said, none unbroken. If a break arises it shall no doubt crack with at least one, but before a downfall the crack shall be filled by the spirit of the remaining 6. Even if 4 of the 7 fall, 3 is quite a magic number (in and of itself), and cannot be denied despite trials, though it be less than 4. If nightmares dare to cross o’er the river Styx into this world to turn 5 away from 2, the 2 will prove stronger (though they be fewer), because of the intimate nature of our number. But if the reality remains a dream of one, or the 7 be undone, to the deep dark abyss with this paper and the Pipe-dream shared by none. Each of our dreams must be thus defined and communicated through speech, writing, sounds, drawings, models, and bodily gestures as completely as possible, in order to compare how our individual desires for the collective dream correspond.

 

Prophecy Proposal 5.  Building Construction, Operation, and Sustaining Success

 

The Quest for the Holy Grail

Construction or restoration of the Tavern will ensue. The vision of Camelot will for the first time, be in sight. The combined knowledge of the Pub Fellowship of philosophers will prove a multifaceted tool of inexhaustible energy. As philosophical knights of the round table, we will support each-other as bees in a hive; our Queen is Wisdom (Sophia). Buzzing with ideas, skills, and events our vision will take shape, as hunters acquire resources and exchange places with guards to defend, direct, and build. The material cards we have saved in our hands, will emerge for this ultimate power play. There is such a joyful vitality of powerful energy to the Pub collective, that none spare time to doubt if the dream was worth it. We dance to our own rhythms while we work, so that even the most mundane tasks feel successful. We follow the verdant path of the Goddess in our productive frolicking and fiddling. Indulging in a labor of mind and body, we manifest an artistic functioning time machine, or vehicle for atmospheric revival and mental transportation. The Pub work is life affirming.

 

Maps are drawn and schedules made. The property of the Pub is large enough for a Tavern or Inn (a few acres). The Pub site is nestled away in woods, yet strategically accessible near a major interstate intersection within the DC metro area. There is ample parking up front. A long driveway wraps around back to stables of a half-timber two-story structure. There is a blacksmith’s shop and grounds for birds, cats, dogs, and horses. The main door is hard wood with heavy elaborate iron hinges, and a strong knocker handle ring. The door opens onto the ground level (first floor) bar and hearth of the Pub. All of the doors can be barred from the inside, chain-locked, pad-locked, and key-locked. By day the interior is lit by diamond pane windows, and later by a grand fireplace, candles, and chandeliers at night. Primarily a wood paneled hall with swords, shields, and various artifacts and mathoms displayed on walls and relic racks. The bar is adjacent to the fireplace, with a stair leading up between them. Bathrooms are behind the stairs, with a gallery hall for internet connection. Six tables crowd the room and pipe smoke hangs about. A fiddler rests on a stool in the corner, bar-wench Debbie serves ale, and Brynna (celtic female lark) sings before the fire. All forms of alcohol and herb are sold here, without the stress of an elite menu. If any food is sold, it consists of simple soups, breads, and common organic vegetables. The atmosphere is alluring to farmers, hunters, truckers, and bikers; but also to role-players, SCA, history buffs, reenactors, and even your average curious tourist or excited vacationer escaping from the rat-race.

 

Using the same chimney as the main hall, is the Library for quiet drinking, meditating, and studying. Upstairs is where the owners or bar-keeper lives; private bed-rooms, a study, and guest rooms. The blacksmith lives underground and guards the wine cellar, with dogs. The basement cellar links directly to the stable, bar, and oubliettes. The west wing of the Inn will have a dining hall and more guest rooms, and the east wing will have a kitchen and office. Blessed be, so mote it be.

  • END

[ AUDIO RECORDING of Drogo reading his original letter ]

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SCOD as a Way of Life

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Interviews, SCOD Status Update Reports, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2019 by Drogo

Why SCOD works for me  – SCOD is not one specific place, it can be anywhere that fits it; more importantly SCOD is a way of life or thinking and being. I spent most of my life helping other people with their visions, mainly bosses, clients, or my parents where we had a property that combined our creations, but now that we sold our property im finally getting a chance to express my own thoughts with my work, so im content so long as i can do that. I like documenting the good work of others in communities for SCOD, and while i do it i see what fits with me. SCOD gives me a chance to investigate places without too much pressure to give up everything to join them, being a guest for a limited time seems sensible with low risk. My dedication is to my work, sometimes in cooperation with other partners in SCOD, or my own place again, if i find what fits me. SCOD villages of the future would be adaptable enough for all kinds of personalities and social situations, to allow places for permanent and transient flux sustainability. Until more potential for renewable energy with guaranteed basic living rights is realized in more places (in part thanks to more scod collabs); a safe bed-room, transport, and communication is all i need to live my adventure. – Drogo 2019

“Go out there and find the ones who have not given up on dreaming of a better tomorrow.” – Tomorrow Land

Thank You Letter to Loved Ones

Posted in Economics, relationships, SCOD Status Update Reports, Services, Sales or Trade, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2018 by Drogo

by Drogo Empedocles

Thank you to my loved ones. I say ‘loved ones’ instead of supporters, because ‘support’ emphasizes an engineering role towards production of projects alone, but I want to make clear the importance of emotional support roles that do not need to be concerned with financing and the basics of survival, but can embrace many factors necessary to thrive (joy, contentment, excitement, encouragement, etc). Friends, family, and fans are all very important success elements in human lives. I feel love even for strangers that support my work, because by showing support and affection for my art, writing, music, and designs of any kind they are validating an extension of myself; much like having children or pets are expressions of existence. The Arts are about expressions of our lives (animus), as they take energy to create. Art may not be alive the same way as biological organisms, but art works have psychological presence which can validate our personal feelings, our entire lives, or even the ontological concept of Life itself.

My patrons financially supporting me include family and friends specifically on Patreon: Beamer, Chuckles, Aeyla, Wim. Thank you for helping validate my life. I was blacklisted and shut-out of the main-stream job market due to my anti-authoritarian rebellious attitude towards creativity, self-expression, and desire for freedom at a young age in grade school. Those that believe in competition may not have ended a decade of soccer playing as a senior on the losing team, and perhaps have not been embarrassed enough to destroy egotistical ambition, even when based on hard work and practice. Part of my reason for publishing my old school art and writing is not just to show progress, or even hopes at shared nostalgia (which I do value greatly); but more importantly for other people, I want to support the role of modern art movements to validate the worth of every individual life, no matter their skill, for the sake of sustainable co-existence in civilization. Everyone is worthy to be recognized as an artist, one who can express themselves using their own bodies and other mediums. What people do with their art is subject to public views of course, but a right to peaceful life once we are born should perhaps be more a priority in culture than it is. Many out-dated terms like ‘earning’ often do nothing towards civil rights in society, where one percent can ‘earn’ millions of dollars, and refuse to share with millions of people. In economic theory of a limited supply of currency, this makes no sense to extract national wealth and only allow the most selfish to have it.

Despite my own personal problems and failings, which are many, at this point in my adult life I have paid off all of my debts (college & car), and helped other people as well, in my own ways. My non-profit group SCOD may have no income to pay members, but it is made of all those every associated with it, inspired by it, and who inspire SCOD projects. There are so many important projects still possible, as SCOD School remains free; if we were to charge eventually it would solidify staff and pay using a business model with office secretaries for bursar, treasurer, and accountancy; and lawyers for all legal matters. Yet economic theory is still very hotly debated in our minds, even after years of many personal transactions among members, paying bills is a fundamental challenge to creativity and free-will. Our projects are not always financially successful, but we have redefined success itself in the Arts to allow for organic sustainability, regardless of monetary systems or politics. I would like to now list and describe some of my own projects, which often tie into SCOD and involve cooperation with others.

Book, Blog articles, poem communications, Designs, Art, Music, etc… [to be continued…]

Audio reading of letter, recorded by Drogo on Mixcloud

The Non-profit and Grant Paradox

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Legal / Laws, SCOD Status Update Reports, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2017 by Drogo

Non-profit groups have a grant writing Catch-22 paradox that is a real problem for grass-roots activists. There are several dualities that cause dissonance for fund raising functionality. Income is often very vital to motivate groups of people.

About PAY motivation:

  1. Members need to be active often without pay to advance the cause.
  2. People need to pay bills, and are not motivated to follow-through with difficult missions without pay.

About LEGAL status:

  1. Group needs to be legal to get 501C grants.
  2. Group cannot be legal without members paying fees, and being active enough to fill out the applications for grants, and then carry out the mission functions.

Lesson:

Groups need members who believe in the mission strongly and have the personal will-power and discipline to contribute at least equally, regardless of pay. Trust and dedication to the team is vital. Groups can function on a basic level, without all members trusting all other members; the minimum amounts of trust can be between pairs of friends, that help other members to stay involved.

SCOD 2016 Status Summary

Posted in SCOD Status Update Reports, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 25, 2017 by Drogo

annual newsletter update

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America has made some progressive changes recently, in response to Corporate control of our government. There is a reason i can be friends with Satanists and not Trump fans; Satanists are not generally for poisoning all of Nature and literally sacrificing all humans to a god of Greed. There are 2 ways we THE PEOPLE are changing things now with Bernie Sanders and liberal media and actors (Justice Dems): 1. direct campaign funding from citizens 2. lawsuits against corruption. That is happening now so there is a chance for change. Next would be direct voting for president, and then later maybe have a presidential council, and further decentralize power from one person, to the will of the majority of people, balanced by judges which mitigate the sides of issues.

We Stand United rallies / Standing Rock Water Protectors / the Resistance Comedy Army = those groups will keep pressure until their leaders funding it figure out how to actually drain the swamp, and who to replace them with. if people could have voted more on local issues, and national advocacy we could have saved many lives have more social workers that are employment therapists able to get people what they need to live. Political Party leaders that are funded by Corporations are owned by them.  DEMOCRATS bribed news outlets to only pit Hillary against Trump, because the party heads were sure she could beat him. That is the main reason that Bernie Sanders was not given much media attention during the race. Knowing the history of the WV Coal Mine Wars , i think this is what is happening with Federal Government currently; the companies behind the 2 parties are just pitting us against each other to serve their mutual billionaire goals; so they both need to go. We cannot let corporate commercial tactics stop us from co-creating a better America. We can call Congress anytime, every day 202-225-3121, and find local political names and numbers. Years ago, i made a ‘Blackwater Mercenary’ video where i acted like a member, and tried to expose how ptsd, authoritarian control, and propaganda affects soldiers, and messes us up. I got so much right-wing hate after 30,000+ views i took it down. Now is the time for more people to talk about these issues. As a martial arts fighter and a solider veteran, these issues are important to me. We need a more caring LOVING president to give power back to the people, by decentralizing control and giving value economically to each individual life, and a system for direct democratic voting. People Power = Humanity.

I do not consider the ‘inauguration’ to be valid. One president for a whole continent that doesnt count a valid popular vote with only 2 corporate rich parties as the options is what evil Empires do. Impeachment based on Constitutional grounds is valid.

nina turner on Success = “3 bones: wish bone, jaw bone, back bone” finite disappointment, infinite hope. The elites that rule America, have been playing a shell game with our minds through propaganda. To break their power over us, ignoring them and continuing with our lives as though they dont exist does not work, as we will continue to serve them by existing within their system which fuels them. To break their power, we need to know who they are, and how to empower the masses more; which not only includes economics, but also education and wisdom of communal compassion which does not allow for tyrants.

SCOD is studying the art of space and time between people in community; in regards to communication, trade, and living. I’m thinking of how to do a SCOD concert in the future; by paying the first 50 people to show up, regardless of talent; to express themselves and honor Nature. maybe at Baker Park, or a spot on the AT…. a public space with minimal electronics; no large speakers; mostly acoustic, recorded by multiple devices. Emphasis on FREEDOM of self expression in honor of Nature. YOU and everyone that shows up are the headliners.with a few organizers , it might be a one time performance art thing, since it would cost me hundreds; but it maybe be something i might be willing to do one of these years.

reasoning: apathy and business of Capitalist life, ive been studying this area scene, and i have found it difficult to get people to show up even for something they agree with. Plus the economy sucks for most Americans. like a mini local economy boost for artists and musicians ; since i dont see it happening with politics. the point is to show them that they have VALUE and should have value within our system. Paying someone just happens to be what our current system that controls everyone uses to tell people they are worth anything. If we get some of that power, we can shift it more than having no clear power i think. People like me are feeling disenfranchised and have real fears of not being able to pay bills to keep them alive.

More GREEN Party goals: Curb costly sprawl development by helping more counties create smart, sustainable plans to guide future growth; Stop rollbacks on laws that protect our waters from pollution created by development; Ensure new renewable energy facilities are sited to both protect our agricultural land and make it easier to generate more renewable energy; and Protect our transportation wins that increase accountability from repeal and vetoes.

success in business is a synergy of factors: loyalty, luck, skill, motivation, communications, delivery; choose partners that are proven in at least some of those areas. being an artist or author is similar to inventing because it is so easy to get lost in the excitement of the unknown, success and failure ratios every hour; it is often hard to remember the big picture scale when a small aspect of a job feels uncertain, as though everything rests on that piece (when usually it really doesnt).

old people and architecture : ive been studying aging to try to address it in relation to SCOD; designing living from cradle to grave. 2 main issues with aging: 1. when do you pass power to younger people? 2. how much do you want to challenge a body with steps etc? those are the 2 biggest problems im trying to work on how to handle inheritance of power, and how much does each person want to work for their basic daily needs. so often i hear stories where the boundaries of power in a family are fought over

many people think old people should be able to take everything with them to the grave, others think younger people just naturally take on responsibilities when they see fit . where does dementia begin, and what steps are taken at what points to take power against their wishes for their safety?

joy of experience can be in purposing the process of play ; The end of a song is not usually the goal; the purpose is the process of playing. my lectures still take days to prepare even if i just use audio to record them; i go over the materials, practice reading, and tie the subjects together with recent notes. new SCOD job: I want to pay someone to contact potential scod teachers and filter out their responses.

RANDOM Ideas: exquisite corpse – cooperative drawing game; One person’s hero can be another person’s tyrant; and visa-versa; “Standing Rock reminded us that the machine can be paused.” – Belafonte

One ancient Venus statue was made from a wooly mammoth tusk, and is one of the earliest symbols of Sex, Love, and SUSTAINABILITY 35,000 BC Germany.

95,055,000 Americans have no official jobs or no employer income in 2016 and HALF of America are lower-class!! For some reason, the public media Unemployment Reports from the US Department of Labor are not listing the largest and most important number. According to their own data charts (which do not copy well as a direct link for specific info, perhaps on purpose) the Bureau of Labor Statistics ‘Household Data’ Table A-1; in November 2016 there were over 95 Million Americans not employed total. To clarify, over 95,000,000 (ninety-five million people) have no ‘outside-the-family-home’ income. Most workers are jobless in America. Over 38 million men and almost 57 million women of those jobless are adults over the age of 16 (seasonally adjusted).

Our election and political system should be put on TRIAL by people that are more interested in making the system better for the masses, above making their own personal profit for a limited time during their public service; and view the trial through a lense of Social & Environmental Justice; rather than for rich tyrants and profit corporations. a jury representing the population fairly should deliberate and make judgments that focus on restructuring incentives rather than penalties.

SCOD Utopia type 3d video game virtual reality scod ; the challenge is how to negotiate and counsel people lol

the enemy is internal and external dischord but it can also be transformed into love ; so you win when everyone is happy and respects eachother seemingly out of free will ; oh yeah anger and hate can turn into love or humor. you could have emotion levels and blood pressure points, you could do punk rock hybrid beatnik utopia ; or a hippy-new age combo; choose from 50 different types, dope scod styles; viking taverns and juice bars

SCOD is looking for lawyers, programmers, and accountants

I spoke with Dr. Sadler on the phone, and he said he was interested in doing some SCOD classes. Greg Sadler said we should charge something so people feel invested . maybe only have some videos for free (same as now), but for mentoring charge

and anything with the school charge he also said get more teachers than you need because people flake out. baby steps to getting a school organized….best thing is i dont have loans or sponsors demanding i pay them back to do it, so we have time.

“The idea that anyone should have to pay thousands of dollars to learn is bs.” – Dr. Sadler

Also I am making more books and art to share with others locally and around the World. I was born to artists, and raised in an art gallery to be an artist and also to make books. I was told by everyone that the very things I am best at, I cannot make a living doing. So I got a Masters Degree in Architecture, to please the people that told me what reality was. My education in architecture taught me that what I really should be doing is art and writing and music. Despite my ability to publish numerous books, organize art shows, sponsor musicians, and plan environmental projects with my non-profit organization I founded called SCOD; I have learned the hard way that asking for money is the only way to pay bills and hire other artists and creators too. I am best at doing what I love. Please help me to be successful at serving society through the arts. Thank you! – Patreon

I should admit i am still terrified by things i have learned, that went into the writing of this Thesis.  “We were brought over here as slaves, and Lincoln turned us into unpaid interns.” – Kayne West, i just read this quote today, it startled me as a profound statement. Trump has the same type of New England racism that HP Lovecraft had, and I say that respectfully because I love Lovecraft. To clarify, H. P. Lovecraft wrote from a fear of ‘the other’, and a big part of that horror was the racist belief that other races are inferior and sub-human. I am far less racist than i was before i was educated, but i still understand the gut feeling that allows it expression, and to me this is why it is classified as HORROR.

currently SCOD is legally considered a ‘unincorporated nonprofit association’, and should probably stay that way, until we figure out how to get AND have gotten thousands of dollars in donations. None of the paperwork or reasons for incorporating seem to make any sense otherwise. we have no income to give grants or pay for services. maybe the scod school is the key to funding; we ask for money to make videos to teach children how to think, and about important life issues as an infinite series.

SCOD also made connection with associate Jennifer Hopkins-Jerome and her Youtube talent with knitting; and we also worked with other associates too.

Reason for SCOD: Nature and History will have their way with us, but we must know what powers we have as individuals to better our lives, regardless of anything.

We need to take the power back from “rich and famous” role models, and share it amongst everyone. [we can do with governments, what church leaders can do with religion – make it work by and for the common people] internet is the tool; there is inherent schizophrenia in the capitalist system i think..

“seems the good journalists… the ones actually doing their jobs get marginalized for ratings, or corporate interests at best, imprisoned or removed at worst. It’s ironic and almost silly in a grim sort of way that we have access to and ability to make view and share news world wide, but are still relegated to tiny little echo chambers and prepackaged creations of overarching and uncaring outlets based on”shares and likes”.. Thomas Paine would be frothing at the mouth for the access each individual has.. the ability to literally SHAPE public policy AND produce literature and knowledge in the hands of literally everyone… then he, Jefferson, Franklin and Adams wold probably collectively sigh and scream when they see what actually occupies the bulk of the news and information that is actually consumed…” – Tom O.

“to me now the resolution of much of the worlds misconceptions have got to do with healing the notion of two genders and instead seeing all as a reflection of the fem where its true development began expression…to cut off a lifeform from that connection is to drive it away from love and sanity” -Nina Tewsley

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Dear fellow children of Mother Earth,

We can use any freedoms we can find to celebrate our lives and learn more about others. Light and Dark – we need both, like night and day, we have both. Good sleep is as important as waking consciousness. Our ancestors lived in round houses with Nature, in Africa and England and America; we have much in common when it comes to Earth heritage. Balance means having both good and bad, life and death powers; too much of one, needs more of the other for harmony. Show people it is ok to grow our hair long to the ground, like roots to the Earth. This is Threshold Guardian, SCOD wisdom.

SCOD is a way of thinking, acting, and living that questions existence, designs environment, and believes in the ability to find kindred spirits with the desire to build and live together sustainably. We should value the work of our friends, as part of their life’s art. We are all artists inside, if our neocortex brains allow free expression. If we feel uneasy about our arts, remember that acceptance is part of serenity and happiness.

Beamer in Thurmont MD powers his house on 100% solar. The panels will pay for themselves in 6-10 years. Families on homesteads have designed their own lives around animals and plants, to be very self-sufficient. Perfection is not possible, unless we redefine success, and live within our means and our dreams. Then perfection or bliss can be found in the smallest every day events and thoughts. Be well, blessed be.

I value all the lives of my friends, and the art that is their lives. This is a value system i have always been aware of, that has helped set me apart from the normal world of competition, more and more consciously as the years go by. people can use any of my ideas and take credit for doing a “better job”, or refuse to appreciate anything of mine – whatever, they did this when i was very competitive, and many will continue to judge me no matter my hair, dress, or respect for others.

Special thanks to Aeyla of the Hill People for helping so much with many projects!!!

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Some one else’s good, is not always your good; but often some kinds of cooperation are possible if negotiated.

Be well, and let’s have a great 2017!!! Yours truly, Drogo

SCOD Report 2015 Fall – Quest for New Cahokia

Posted in ecovillages, Organic Development, SCOD Status Update Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2015 by Drogo

Aeyla and Drogo conducted a long-distance road-trip vacation-sabbatical from Maryland to Missouri, for the purpose of scouting various sites for case studies and potential projects. First Cahokia was visited and studied for historic perspective on environmental architecture.

Cahokia=mound

Then the Boe family farm at Schoen Ridge was visited to investigate potential for a medieval long-house and eco-village. Finally on the way back home, Mark Twain’s boyhood home was toured for literary, economic, and social wisdom. In Indiana, we visited Pat Long; who took us to  Traders Point Creamery: Organic Gardens and Green Architecture (see Barns & Restaurant in photo above). Many other adventures were had along the way, but those stories are for another time when a more detailed account can be recorded.

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Sometimes you need to get lost to find yourself; because you can find things while being lost, or lose things when found. Found objects can be lost, and lost objects can be found. A full spectrum of lost and found. Animals have agendas like food and dominance , but are easier to handle. People are like dogs, sometimes they keep trying to bite me, regardless of how i am. Nature is not fair, but compassion is priceless.

All the most important SCOD factors are present with the Boe property. The Boe family homestead is a working farm run by the family with NO full-time paid workers; so it truly is a small family farm of apx. 80 acres and 50-70 animals (fluctuates). The largest city nearby is St. Joseph. The Boe farm is north of Savannah, south of Ravenwood (Ravensborg?), and adjacent to the village of Rosendale (whose buildings are selling for ultra low prices of $500-$1000).

Modest Proposal for Fee of Services as Architect:

We can list all our concerns over the months, and work out issues during scheduled and paid meetings, so we dont waste tons of time in endless debates. we could schedule Longhouse meetings for just before Equinoxes and Solstices, so 4x a year or when funds or needs are low only once a year. perhaps i can only charge for changes and additions, and trade the main drawings for future ability to live there for free for several months or something. Pay shows respect of commitment to a project, beyond the practical need to pay bills. paying me for each meeting, will allow client control on their budget. At $20 an hour, meetings should be reasonable to do things gradually. we can do meetings on skype, or phone, or chatting with text on facebook or email. friends that are like family, loved ones, are special clients with whom there is a trust of sharing, and options should be patiently felt out and pressure alleviated, even for final decisions when they are organically arrived at by all. my role is still the same as before the trip, i dont want to micromanage a scod project without pay or owning it, BUT i can say visiting did clarify the viability of the site and the family’s sincerity towards concept and kindness for sure. In addition, Karen’s volunteering posting in SCOD group certainly proves she believes in the concepts intellectually; but there is no funding for those of us running that social media aspect.

In the mean time; I recommend the Boe family to save money; and collect, cut, and store wood to dry on site: 2″ large flat slabs for tables and beams; 4x4s, 6x6s, 12×12″ etc at various lengths as long as possible. i think we will work things out as we have thus far, continuing to organically define our collaborative art to make everyone happy. There will always be more to do, in a world of ‘way too much’, but we can take breaks and remember to play.

Seeking Authors for SCODzine!

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Philosophy, Poems, Rhymes, Riddles, SCOD Online School, SCOD Status Update Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2014 by Drogo

‘Grass Root Words’ is a Naturalist periodical journal for essays, poems, and short-stories on inspirational themes like history, education, evolution, environmentalism, civil rights, philosophy, arts, and discoveries in science. Contributing authors include all ages; alive or dead; famous or infamous. This is like a grass-roots ‘Leaves of Grass’, except anyone can be in it, not just Walt Whitman.

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Volunteer authors can email me (Drogo) drogo76@hotmail or find me on Facebook and send their short writings (poems, essays, or short stories) for ‘Grass Roots Words’ SCODzine Kindle ebook collections. I will publish anything less than a page that fits! Send your writing any-time because late-comers will just be added to a later issue.

Grassroots – any organic social group supporting at least one common cause, as opposed to a movement that is organized by official power structures. Many local volunteers in various places can lead to massive unified parties, like patches of grass.