Archive for animals

Princess and Her Pets

Posted in Book Reports, Dr. Dippie, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 15, 2016 by Drogo

princess pets

Princess and Her Pets – a book for pet lovers

Princess loves her pets. They can do no wrong. Her pets only know peace, love, and fear; unlike bad people. Princess keeps her pets well groomed. She loves to pet them, comb them, and bathe them. She gives them treats when they are good, and they are always good. Her pets cause sneaky mischief, stinky stink-stink, and have a silly habit of killing people; but Princess loves them one and all!


SCOD Food Cooperative Concept

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Economics, Organic Agriculture & Horticulture, Organic Gardens, Services, Sales or Trade, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2014 by Drogo

SCOD Food Cooperative ideas by JF & JT based on our post-bubble recession economic reality and independent personal finances:

“I have been exploring the idea of a virtual cooperative for the trade of services, labor, skills, and instruction similar to a cross between Ebay, Bit-Coin, and Linked-in with maybe a little bit of a D&D style.

I’m thinking it would work something like this:

A merchant would setup a standard merchant style account showcasing their skills, wares etc… in an online profile where they could search other merchant profiles. This account can be further refined as membership evolves to the trade guild level. Services or wares can be brokered directly or they can go into a bidding pool.Services or offering could be bid upon by others to determine a fair market exchange for labor, goods, and services as well as establishing a found for a virtual economic system.

Every account starts out with 100 ‘trust point’ credits to purchase the service, etc… from another merchant offering a different service and some other desirable arrangement. Once the transaction is completed by the service provider, the receipt of the service transfers a previously agreed upon amount of credits to the service providers account. Problems or disagreements will be mediated by guild leaders.

The virtual cooperative only works if people continuously participate to retain credits in their account.No money ever changes hands and credit cannot be bought directly through the web application. Every member is initially set up in the ‘commons’ until they have acquired enough proficiency to join a guild. Prospectus must be invited and approved by members of the guild they are seeking membership from. Guilds will be broken down into the various subtypes Artisan, Teacher, etc…”

 – JF


We aren’t really left with any options. It’s at the point if we want health in our lives, we have to work for it. What we need to do is sit down and figure out the dietary needs of everyone who wants to be involved, plot out who will be in charge of what, and figure out an effective timeline that will keep everyone fed through the winter months. I’ll set up a wiki and link it to the SCOD group.

I’ll be hunting a fair bit this season. I can work to provide deer and turkey at the least. I’m good for beans and corn as well. the more the merrier. I’m going to create this as a private wiki, so I just need email addresses for those to be added.

So who (around here) would like to buckle down with me in a cooperative to feed all our families on organic, home-grown, locally raised, or locally hunted food? We’ll need to cover all areas – protein (meat and non-meat sources), eggs, fruits, vegetables, and grains. Mushroom growers are also welcome!”

– JT


(see modern economic theory article – Post-Bubble Recession Economics)

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


Harpers Faery Zodiac

Posted in Pagan with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2013 by Drogo

HF Zodiac

  1. Dragon – Yang Fire – April – 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
  2. Horned Snake – Yin Water – May – 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
  3. Unicorn – Yang Wood – June – 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
  4. Winged Ram – Yin Air – July – 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
  5. Lion Monkey – Yang Earth – August – 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
  6. Phoenix – Yin Fire & Air – September – 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
  7. Werewolf – Yang Earth – October – 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
  8. Gryphon – Yin Air & Fire – November – 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
  9. Centaur – Yang Wood – December – 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
  10. Minotaur – Yang Earth – January – 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
  11. Mermaid – Yin Water – February – 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
  12. Rabbit Turtle – Yin Wood & Water – March – 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

This Zodiac is Monthly and Annual, so your Birth Month Animal can differ from your Birth Year Animal.

Fire 3, Air 3, Water 3, Wood 3, Earth 3

Organic Sources for Clothing Material

Posted in Nature Studies, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by Drogo

Plants Used for Clothing Material

1. Flax known by the ancients as Linum (thus linseed oil & linen textiles)

2. Cotton

3. Hemp

Animals Used for Clothing Material

1.  Sheep for Wool

2. Skins of Animals for Leather

3. Silk Worms for Silk

Hopper’s Furry Tails

Posted in Book Reports, Fictional Stories with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2010 by Drogo

Hopper’s Furry Tails

Hopper’s Furry is an anamorphic book about personified animals, living where we live, long before humans ever existed. This book is a fictional prehistoric history of the Town of Harpers Ferry, in the tradition of Wind in the Willows.

Author:  Walton D. Stowell II

Copyright:  2010

Published:  Self-Published but currently unavailable for sale

People Prefer Sports & War

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2009 by Drogo

Hypothesis Question: What major activity do Americans most prefer?

Hypothesis Presupposition: People prefer watching or playing sports and war, rather than engaging in education, art, meditational exercise, or helping others through peaceful activities.

Supporting Evidence: Major TV Network News, Sports, Films, History, US Congress budgets

Sports & Wars have evolved technologically; but I wonder if we are advancing our values as a civilization, treading water, or really just sinking like the Roman Empire. Granted NFL Football is not as violent as Gladiator fights, but the budget and fervor must be similar. The height of civilization is how tall its stadiums are, and how high the explosions are.

Which do you prefer?

[Choose from Sports, Art, Animals, Education, War, or make your own]