Archive for West Virginia

Liberal – definition

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2013 by Drogo

Liberal – being a liberal means being a kind and generous person, that often gives and accepts freely love or gifts, and prefers to give wisely rather than hoard wastefully; in accordance with the merciful teachings of morality from the Bible.

Liberal ethics are based on the Golden Rule “love thy neighbor, and love thy enemy, as thyself”.

A liberal thinker is an artist because they can see the beauty in all creation.

The greedy rich based on wealth entitlements are not more deserving of loving support than the middle class teacher or the poor coal miner. A liberal can keep preserved land conservatively for the public, giving it to future generations while keeping it from selfish aggressive greedy individuals.

Liberal libertarians are socially liberal and fiscally conservative.

Liberal log-cabin Republicans are kind conservative members of a republic.

Liberal civil rights Democrats are the best type of citizen in a democracy.

It is rich corporately bought selfish Democrats and Republicans that are a problem for any democratic republic; and are identified by the evidence of evil and corruption.

No one can be entirely liberal, just as they cannot be entirely conservative in all things; as wise people will seek balance, and humans will have contradictions and complexity.

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Blackberry Cove Herbal Book

Posted in Book Reports, Food & Drink, Medical, Nature Studies, Organic Agriculture & Horticulture, Organic Gardens, Pagan, Trips, Walks with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2013 by Drogo

BLACKBERRY COVE HERBALS

West Virginia Wise-woman healing with wild herbs in the Appalachian Mountains; according to organic, rural folk-traditions.

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2nd Edition (Full Color):  Paperback book

2nd Edition (Full Color Illustrated):  Kindle ebook

2nd Edition (Greytone Illustrated):  Paperback book

3rd Edition (Text Only):  Kindle ebook

 

 

Seeking Tristate Local Eclectic Band Members

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Music Reviews, POB Audio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2013 by Drogo

I am hereby searching for musician band members to form a local band of some sort, here in the Tri-State area (Frederick Maryland, Harpers Ferry West Virginia, and Leesburg Virginia). I am more concerned about dedication to collaboration, rather than musical “talent”, since talent is relative. Quality is important, and we must be the arbiters of achieving mutual satisfaction. I am an eclectic musician myself, open to various styles and genres; and am searching for other creative people willing to negotiate musically in order to record and play for fun.

Prospective Band Members :

1.   Must live locally and have means of transportation.

2.   Must have phone or internet means of communication.

3.   Must have at least one musical instrument they can play.

4.   Must be willing to record or play live cooperatively and have fun.

5.   Must be open to almost any style or genre of music or sound.

* NO AUDITIONS

I play keyboard, native american flute, primitive drums, vocals, etc…

Hear some of my past collaborative recordings with SCOD on Soundcloud.

Please contact me via email if interested: drogo76@hotmail (com)

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BackCreekDaddy Productions

Posted in Film Reviews, Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2011 by Drogo

Founded in Hedgesville, WV 1997

***RPG File Footage***
The Drac Black Tape (various times throughout 1997 – 2000)***Feature Lengths***
Thrillogy of Horror
– Crossover Alliance (2002)
– Broken Alliance: A New Beginning (2004)
– Out of the Darkness (2005)
Evil Awakening (2010)
The Pawn (In Production, eta 2011)

***microMOVIE***
The Black Estate (2009)
– Co-Produced with Nee-Va Jade Productions.

***Stories***
Revenge is Best Served Dead (2005)
– Written by M.W. Hess

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BackCreekDaddy INTERVIEW 1

Name of Person interviewed:  Edgar (Mark) Hess
Reason interviewed:  Films

1. Why did you start making your films? :
It started with role-playing games, started making little skits. And then decided why not make a film.

2. Describe your films:
They focus around a self made vampire; the good guys and a government agency always try to take him down.

3. Tell us about your Community in relation to making films and showing films:
As far as the community goes there has been no problem with our filming locations. Our showing of films have only been distributed among the cast, family, and friends. Not to be sold or rented.

4. How important is Film-making in your life?
Well my film making brings together the family and friends. It gives us all something to laugh about. It is a good creative outlet.

5. Do you have any other plans for future “Development” of these or any other goals?
Currently writing a new script. Hoping to have an all original soundtrack so it can be publically shown.

6. Give some advice for anyone wanting to do what you have done:
My advice is if you want to do it, don’t say “I can’t,” just do the best you can and look back at it as a creative fun project. You just might surprise yourself.

Thank you Mr. Hess, Blessed be.

Harpers Ferry Magic, Elemental Intro

Posted in Pagan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by Drogo

I.     Elements: of Nature, Existence, & Us

Elements specific to Harpers Ferry (listed in book)

 

Air        Gemini Mercury, Virgo Hephaestus, Libra Amore’ Harmony

East      Paralda, Aiet, Yellow Amarillo, Winds, Zephyr, Seraphim

East Rises the Sun between the 2 mountains, dawn drifting to DC

East Coast United States, Wake Up Flying, Good MorningWelcome!

 

Fire                Aries Mars, Leo Sol, Sagittarius Jupiter Yang Heart

South           Deas Energy Catalyst, Red Life Flame, Djinni, Tan Delta

Metal forged by fire was used in the First Federal Armory for Firepower!

Fighting brings Flux, John Brown’s Raid, and Civil War blood stained.

 

Water    Pisces Fish, Aquarius Well-Spring, Cancer Yin Moon

West      Aqua Iar, Blue Niksa, Liquid Waves, Poseidon Triton

Setting Sun over Charles Town Races, Pouring Gateway to WV!

River waters of the Potomac and Shenandoah float downstream to DC.

 

Earth         Taurus Mithra, Capricorn Saturn, Scorpio Pluto

North    Tuath Terra, Green Brown, Virdant Herne, Anubis Geo Ghob

Geology; Shale Limestone, Red Clay Soil, Black Silt Dirt, Sand & Mud!

Woods full of deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, and plants grow.

 

Spirit Synthesis of Place, Metal, and More

Geographic Geometric Triangles

 

Diagrams of the tri-state area, plan in relation to perspective view.

Energies converge here throughout time, conflicting and combining;

Flowing together and merging as the Potomac and Shenandoah…  

* excerpt from the 2006 book “Harpers Ferry Magic” by Drogo Empedocles. Please document your reference if you share this post.

 

Musician Chris McKinley “Rise of Tides”

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Interviews, Poems, Rhymes, Riddles, Song Lyrics & Analysis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2011 by Drogo

Chris McKinley

Band “Rise of Tides”

1. Why did you start “Rise of Tides”:

To make waves, big waves, little waves, all kinds of ripples in space. Though, it was actually another band when I started, called Sidewalk Renegade. The name Rise of Tides came from an old song we wrote called, “Saw You”. The intro lyrics went:

“Improvised discreetly
A coupe disguised keenly
Masquerading as democracy…
I see waves crashing and crushing
I see masses combined as One rushing
To the lands where the sands of time are sold by the dime
Appearing here before my eyes
A rise of tides”

And so that’s the kind of vision that Rise of Tides was born out of, and the way we found the name.

It’s been an ongoing process of co-creation. Initially I was just a shy poet at heart that was fortunate enough to be encouraged to sing and suddenly found in music that most potent form of communication and greatest fulfillment I’d ever experienced, so the rest just fell into place.

2. Tell us a little bit about your band:

It’s really just us and our hearts, so perhaps saying anything’s saying too much when the music itself is the best communication.

We are like minded artists with a shared deep appreciation for the power of music, (art in general)’s capacity to effect change and inspire progression, inside one’s own self and the outside world.

We all have a deep love for the art, are moved and inspired by that vital, most open expression this rich medium grants us. We enjoy music of every variety (that is, honest music made for open-hearted creation’s sake) and find the phenomenon of sounds as music fascinating for when brought together they seem to be able to engender high-level communion, fullest communication, share joy, make sadness beautiful, offer reflection, empathy and personal connection, even revelation in so many emotionally riveting ways.

3. How does your music express progressive ideas?
Rise of Tides supports all progressive movements where Peace is the Way, supporting eco-consciousness, co-creation, self-reflection, and growth through expansion of self.

I would say that there’s a lot that can be read into lyrics-wise, for those interested, though it’s the music the guys in the band create that gives the context.

For me our music simply feels like a natural evolution of rock music with various influences that help us push the boundaries, thus in this way it could be said to be progressive as well (though commercial radio may have confused things a bit over the years). Fortunately we’re no longer limited to radio to explore and find new music to appreciate.

4. What are some of your favorite progressive ideas?
I’ll provide a few quotes that chime with me.

“The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he he has attained to liberation from self.” -Einstein

“To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men,—that is genius.” -Emerson

And Martin Luther King Jr:
“I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values….
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring….
This call for a world-wide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men. This oft misunderstood and misinterpreted concept — so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force — has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality.”

5. How important is “Organic” design in your life, as opposed to simple mechanical design? For example in the food you eat, buildings you live in, and work you do…

Poetry, music and artistic-activism are my life’s true work. Aside from that I’ve been health conscious as far as what I eat and drink for a large part my life now, buying from organic farmers through Fair-Trade whenever possible. Especially by supporting local farmers by visiting local farmer’s markets.

I support the rising world revolutions for peace and justice, free and open software movements, the KillerCoke campaign, GnosticMedia, TragedyandHope, among many other positive-action groups.

Organic just makes sense. Eco-consciousness allows us work with naturally efficiency that is most conducive to long term enjoyment and survival of this living, Earthen mother-ship. The excess industrialization our living planet suffers can be heavy and distressing, I’ve found it helpful to remember this wonder that has created us as such able stewards and this gives me great hope, understanding that this is all just part of the process. Ever seen Woody Harrelson’s flash-poem? “Thoughts from Within?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj0GZQdCct8

6. Do you have any other plans for future “Development” of these or any other goals? Advice for others?

Rise of Tides supports Ubuntu/Linux and the free and open software movement and look forward to doing a lot of work in this regard. We are excited to be kicking it off this year with the Ubuntu partnership and RiseofTides.com coming very soon, as well as new tracks from our first official album release!!!
We are presently preparing a couple of new members to tour with us, though very soon you shall be able to find us supporting various righteous, progressive movements, positive campaigns, festivals, benefits and would love suggestions if anyone knows of something they feel Rise of Tides should be involved in.
Advice for others? To live an authentic life. To question everything. To seek Truth and inquire within. Love without condition. Be willing to be wrong in order to know what’s right. Watch Paul Stamets Ted Talks on 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World. Stay young at heart. Always leave room to grow, and don’t eat the yellow snow, unless it’s after a reindeer that looks like he thinks he’s flying and you want to go flying with him, then go for it, but really, that’s at your own risk.

Chris’s related links:

www.riseoftides.com

links to the band’s pages
http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/riseoftides
www.myspace.com/riseoftides
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rise-of-Tides/307767516256

Video for Lullaby can be found online as well @
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAKgUb0B9T8

Woody Harrelson’s “Thoughts From Within”

Woody Harrelson’s Video for his Poem