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Music – AMM Trip-hop

Posted in Music Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 8, 2016 by Drogo

AMM = Appalachian Mountain Militia

Band:  J.B. C.O.D.I.A.K., A-Rob, and Mac Hatfield

Remixes by Drogo Empedocles

“Hey You Guys” aka “People Please Wakeup” (Eco Rap)

AMM Beat 150

“Real Talk” ft. CODIAK, Arob, & Mac

“Screwface”  ft. CODIAK, Arob, & Mac

just some favorites….

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Harpers Languages

Posted in Languages, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 7, 2016 by Drogo

Languages of Harpers Faery

These are not all the languages, nor are they full dictionaries of the languages, merely a basic guide. It is worth noting that these languages usually have their own alphabet and cultural interpretations of symbols; in addition to word and name differences. In this guide we only use Common symbols for simplification of quick universal translation. There are some hybrid words between human and faerie languages, because cultures have cross-over evolution blending.

Human Languages

Common, most common words of all Humans (Base Root)

Basic, words of Bards

Art, words of Artists

Northern, words of Nordics

Southern, words of Sothians

Eastern, words Atlantians

Western, words of Peaceans

Faerie Languages

Fae, most common words of all Faeries (Base Root)

Nom, words of Gnomes

Dwar, words of Dwarves

El, words of Elves

La, words of Fairies

Gob, words of Goblins

Tol, words of Trolls

Org, words of Ogres

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Fae, most common words of all Faeries (Base Root)

Hello / Bye – Aey / La

Please / Thanks – El / Le

Give / Take – Nam / Tenna

Trade – Namtenna

Yes / No – Ha / Na

Nom, words of Gnomes

Hello / Bye – Oi / Noi

Please / Thanks – Wawa / Washi

Give / Take – Glee / Fill

Trade – Gleefool

Yes / No – Ah / Ha

Dwar, words of Dwarves

Hello / Bye – Dow / Tow (also bring)

Please / Thanks – (none) / Warsh

Give / Take – Ship / War

Trade – Warship

Yes / No – Da / Nac

El, words of Elves

Hello / Bye – Ey / Le

Please / Thanks – Ell / Lee vat

Give / Take – Nam / Tenna

Trade – Namtenna

Yes / No – Ha / Na

La, words of Fairies (mainly fairy-elves, but also includes some Pixies and Sprites)

Hello / Bye – Ay / La

Please / Thanks – Al / Le va

Give / Take – Nim / Tinna

Trade – Nimtinna

Yes / No – Ha / Na

Gob, words of Goblins

Hello / Bye – Ya / Ye

Please / Thanks – Yaa / Yee

Give / Take – Lob / Greb

Trade – Gob

Yes / No – Yee / Ka

Tol, words of Trolls

Hello / Bye – Raw / Ash

Please / Thanks – (none) / Tank (means ‘you do not need that’)

Give / Take – Ka / Graw

Trade – Trogg

Yes / No – Tog / Rah

Org, words of Ogres

Hello / Bye – Ho (announces presence)

Give / Take – Grip / Grap

Trade – Gripgrap

Yes / No – Og / Ra

Swallows Are Back!

Posted in Nature Studies, Poems, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 29, 2016 by Drogo

ON THE WILD SIDE for June, 2016 by Christine Schoene Maccabee

The Swallows Are Back !

“Birds, the free tenants of land, air, and ocean,

their forms all symmetry, their motions grace…”

James Montgomery, British Poet

I often wonder how many other people feel a thrill when the swallows return to our area in early May. In late April this year I began to watch for them with high expectation. Every year the swallows are drawn back to my home like a magnet, much to my amazement and joy. Their nest of mud and grasses, lined with soft feathers, is perched in a corner of the eaves of my A-frame house. Due to the strength of this nest, and how well it is “glued” to the wood, it has lasted through many a fierce storm. It is the second nest the swallows created there in more than 20 years, the first one falling down just a few years ago. That particular spring, upon their return, they built another strong nest in the very same place, and I expect it to last just as long as the other one.

The first sign of the return of my feathered tenants is their excited chirping, and my day is immediately happier upon hearing them. They sound like they are having a lively conversation, which I guess they are, and my loneliness is displaced by their cheerful company. Since arriving here several days ago, the mated pair has been zooming all day through the skies eating whatever they can find. Every spring and summer they keep my atmosphere completely free of mosquitoes, so no Zika Virus here ! However, due to all the rain and cool weather this spring, the flying bug population is not so great yet. Hopefully the birds had plenty of food while traveling north after wintering somewhere in Mexico or some country in South America. Some swallows winter as far away as Argentina !

I wish I knew my swallows’ entire story, but at least I do know part of their story here in northern Frederick county. I have seen mothers, and fathers, sitting on their nest until the babies hatch. Thereafter the wonderful partnership of the parents continues, taking turns feeding the nestlings, and themselves. It takes a lot of energy zooming around all day. It is a true joy to watch them fly far out over the fields, gathering what they can at lightening speed, and then bringing the food back to their eager nestlings. Usually there are four young ones, and once these fledgelings leave the nest the mother and father occasionally settle down to raising 4 more.

Birds, as we all know, are amazing creatures. We humans are fascinated with both their flight, and their songs, not to forget their amazingly artistic colorations. Many a poet has written eloquently about them and artists such as Audubon have painted detailed representations of them (more than 1,000 to be nearly exact!). Songs like “The Little Red Lark”, an Irish ballad, portray their amazing flights and songs, and airplanes were invented as we grounded humans decided we too had to fly. This idea may or may not have been a good one. After all, birds are following their natural inclinations, whereas humans do not, and we are definitely polluting our planet with all our unnatural contraptions, are we not ?

So, perhaps that is why I am so mesmerized by birds, particularly the swallows. They are so small, seemingly so vulnerable, and yet they can fly such long distances with the greatest of ease. In fact, once here, it is estimated they can fly the equivalent of 600 miles a day in quest of food for their young, according to the Audubon Field Guide to North American Birds. So how is that possible ? you ask.

In my research I have learned, as many of you likely already know, that birds are very light (as light as a feather in fact) due to the fact that their bones are hollow and filled with air. Also, according to a book on Natural History by Bertha Parker, connected with a bird’s lungs are tiny air sacs scattered throughout its body. These air sacs act like tiny hot-air balloons ! Therefore a typical swallow weighs far less than a mouse, lizard or frog of the same size. A birds streamlined body is another help in flying. Humans have tried to mimic these qualities, the closest coming to gliders of various types, and hot-air balloons. I will not say anything about all the other larger, costly, heavy planes, especially of war, which have completely digressed from Nature’s perfect plan.

So, back to feathers. Feathers also serve the purpose of protecting birds from rain and cold. They shed rain because they are a little oily and the intricate parts of the feathers are cleverly put together in lovely, serviceable patterns. Feathers also keep the birds body warm, trapping the heat ; think of your down sleeping bag. This winter I remember telling my chickens to huddle close and keep warm, as I closed them up for the night in their unheated coup. I even worried a bit, but they weathered the cold winter beautifully as they are fully and thickly feathered.

I am in total admiration of birds in general, and sometimes I wish I were as free as they are, unfettered by coats and boots and layers of clothing, and independent of automobile expenses. I envy them for their ability to fly and feed themselves without growing their own food or going into a grocery store.

However, as Popeye so wisely said, “I yam what I yam, and tha’s all what I yam”, and there is no escaping that fact ! I do rather like having two strong legs, and arms I can reach to the sky with, giving praise for all the wonders of life. I am also thrilled to have my swallows back here for another season. I will miss them when they gather to go south in August, and I can usually tell when the time is coming by all their excitement as they zoom around my house with their happy, chirping fledgelings, full grown by then, and fully independent. Sigh.

I wish I could fly free as a bird, and be light as a feather !

Christine is a Master Wildlife Habitat Naturalist and can be reached at songbirdschant@gmail.com with any questions or stories of your own.

Environmentalist

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Environmentalism, Organic Development, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 27, 2015 by Drogo

An environmentalist is not purely one type of strict practice, nor does it mean that an environmentalist does nothing to pollute or kill things. Not all environmentalists are pacifists, vegans, or political radicals. Perhaps some of the best environmentalists are more strict about their actions regarding anger, diet, or society; but snobbishness is not the heart of environmentalism. Environmentalists think and act in many ways that they and others believe are good for Nature and individual habitats. This does not mean that we all do more than one type of thing towards natural goals, nor does it mean that we never do anything that hurts others or their environments, the truth is we all are consuming resources from living and non-living things on this planet; which pollutes to various degrees. The ultimate environmentalist is a non-existent person; for even in death we pollute some; therefore the next best thing to never being born, is safe, painless, and legal suicide options. Since we do not have safe, painless, and legal suicide options, and our deaths would only leave the worst types of people on the planet, we should at least do what we can, within our own capabilities and circumstances, which for some people will be more diet based, and others will be more political, and others will be both mixed or more personal and not subject to the judgment of others, because of decisions they have made that are not observed by anyone else.

Here is my response to anyone that says you have to practice only one type of eco-thing, or all types of eco-things, to be environmentalist; you see it starts getting like Christian ‘Sin’ to shame all those not practicing your particular belief, and claiming that one branch is superior to another because they have figured out the ‘word of god’ more than others… Certainly i believe vegans are good little environmentalists in their own ways, just as vegetarians and omnivores do good for the environment by not just eating meat products exclusively; but to say that someone is not an environmentalist because they do or do not contribute in some ways to the system is fucking bullshit. Why? Because the issues are more complex within and without any system; for example no one thing in this World is the cause of everything in this World, FOOD, MONEY, JOBS, TRANSPORTATION, POPULATION all are pollution factors but they are also connected and not exclusive to all environmental problems.  – Drogo Empedocles

Wear A Sprig of Thyme

Posted in Book Reports, Pagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2014 by Drogo

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Plant Spirit Magic and Healing – by Linda Ours Rago

Humans and plants exchange energies through their bodies and dreams to co-create medicinal magic. When you need healing for yourself or others, call your Plant Spirit Guide to you. This green magic handbook by renowned herbalist Linda Rago will help you to live more spiritually with plants; and is an aid to her Sacred Space Conference workshop. It is 34 pages with some illustrations by Drogo Empedocles.

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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.

Drogo76@hotmail.com

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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). 

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Future of SCOD

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Organic Development, SCOD Council, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2014 by Drogo

“Sometimes i think about the future of SCOD. It is very much a reality for me. i have been involved with another group of friends that originally began as a book study group based on the works of Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael and later, his other books. This evolved into a discussion group concerned with cultural collapse, environmental collapse and sustainability. This group of friends has maintained relationships with one another since 1997. Many, many people have come and gone in the group, partially due to the mobility of our culture. We had a picnic in the park today and talked about how we came into the group and what made us stay. Over the years we’ve talked about deepening our commitment through tribal ventures, community, etc. None of that has really happened on a grand scale but what has survived is the give support-get support that Quinn talks about in his books.
That brings me to SCOD. i was drawn to SCOD because of the similarities. We don’t have the luxury of physical closeness that my orignal group has (although some of us in our Ishmael group are several miles from each other) since SCODians are spread all over the country… and some outside the country. However, because of the internet we are able to share things on a daily basis. We can ask for advice, learn new things, share our own experiences and ideas. …or just be there if someone needs a friend. Developing local groups is the best way to create commitment, but not always feasible. The SCOD village and pub would make a huge difference as a place to bring all these practices into fruition. There are so many talented, active, caring, sharing people in this group and it would be awesome to get lots of them together in one place.

It is my hope that for those of you that are able, to reach out and be there for each other. As time goes by you will find it is one of the best investments you’ve made in your life. But for now i am content to have all of you people as my friends. Thank you for enriching my life so much and helping me to continue to grow.”

– Karen Boe