Freedom can get messy, let’s clean it up

I recently moved to the wonderful free state of New Hampshire, and I love it.  However, I was making some hard cider when I discovered that I packed up my racking cane without cleaning it.  It had some stuff growing in it.  I learned two things through this experience:

  1. There is a really simple way to fix this that I discovered which has also proved my philosophy on sanitizing correct (see video), and
  2. I need to follow my own cider-making advice and clean things immediately after use so I don’t have to go through excess effort in cleaning them in the future.

I may have stumbled on a fast-brewing method for making hard cider, so if it all pans out I’ll happily provide the recipe here for any of you to use at home.

Thanks for checking in, and remember…

“Produce your freedom, or life will produce your chains.”  -Me

Speaking is a Martial Art?!?

If you haven’t heard the phrase “Verbal Judo” before, check out the video above.  Words have immense power, and instead of provoking tragic conflicts, we can all begin to practice avoiding them.  We can influence peoples actions easier than we may think, and hopefully the tips above help you to deescalate conflicts before they become violent or chaotic.  Enjoy the show, and remember, “Produce your freedom, or life will produce your chains.”  -Me

The tragic lessons continue

What do awareness and fire extinguishers have to do with a terrorist attack?  No, this is not a corny joke, but if you’ll have to watch below to find out.  Hopefully by the end of the video, you will think differently and become a better first responder.  I know that term typically refers to police, firefighters, EMT’s, and other emergency personnel.  They are the second responders, you are the first.  They are typically great people who want to help you, but when disaster strikes, they are usually a few minutes away.  That’s not a judgment on anybody, that’s just reality.  You can wish it wasn’t so, but I invite you to wish in one hand and spit in the other and see which fills up first.

I sincerely hope this helps you stay safe and today’s crazy world.  Thank you for stopping by, and please share your thoughts and comments.  And as always…

“Produce your freedom, or life will produce your chains.”  -Me


When tragedy strikes…

Some truly terrible things have occurred in the past few weeks, and from what I have seen, people have fairly mixed emotions and ideas relating to these tragedies.  One thing they all seem to have in common is a desire to do something, fix something, or have a magic answer.  I have very bad news – I can’t give you one.

What I CAN give you is more powerful and meaningful for your life and liberty.  Rather than debate with each other over political policies that won’t happen anytime soon while waiting for the next major event, we can do something in our own lives to empower ourselves should we have to face the unimaginable.

I started this series to share my thoughts and ideas on what we can do as individuals to mitigate the ill effects of the pure lunacy we are seeing in the world.  I started with physical conditioning because I think this has huge benefits elsewhere in life, and I think we should think about our physical shape in a very specific way as it relates to disasters.

I hope you stay tuned and take control of your own freedom.  I wish you all the best and hope you remain safe wherever you may  be.

The Guerilla has left the building… For now

If you saw my guerrilla gardening post before, I have great news – it failed.  Wait, what?  That’s right people it’s a good thing, because I learned.  If I hadn’t tried now I could have failed next season instead, and lost an additional year.

The short explanation is that I picked the wrong site.  This was a small plot not well taken care of near my apartment.  Unfortunately one day I checked in and everything was uprooted and dead.  We did hav a nasty storm before the plants really got established.  Maybe that was it, but I don’t think so since the biodegradable pots were broken as well.  

Maybe someone saw me plant it and said something.  I think someone saw it and got rid of it when they started cleaning up that area to seed it with grass and repair it.  Either way I have a more neglected lot in mind for my next attempt.

My suggestion to fellow guerrilla gardeners is to make sure your plot is not too close something that is maintained.  If someone decides to “fix” the area by planting grass, you’re hosed (pun intended).

I’ll let you know how the next plot progresses.  Happy gardening!