Yule -- Endings & Beginnings
We bid farewell to the dying Sun of the old year at sunset on Saturday, thanking and honoring Him for all that had passed beneath His gaze, good and bad.
Why this blog?
The world is changing, and we are seeking Haven.
Heinlein on Specialization:
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization if for insects."
Basics: Of Matter and Energy (How the world works, Part I)
Goddess and God, 0 and 1, matter and energy...
Basics: Life on Earth (How the world works, Part II)
The Sun is the most important source of energy on Earth.
The energy supply anomoly
Earth's dynamic equilibrium has continued for aeons.
"Once we accept the reality and magnitude of energy descent, we begin to ask what 'sustainability', 'sustainable systems' or 'sustainable system design" might be. ..."
Basics: Part IV, Human Needs
In locating, designing and building Haven, we seek to create a local system that is a move toward a sustainable culture and lifestyle of the future -- a home where we might be much more self-sufficient than we are now at Berkana House.
The Mountain Peak
"When we picture the energy climax as a spectacular but dangerous mountain peak that we (humanity) have succeeded in climbing, the idea of descent to safety is a sensible and attractive proposition. ..."
Land for Haven
The basic requirement, the sine qua non, for Haven is land, for we humans evolved as land creatures.
What others have said about land
After re-reading my last post, whose basic point is that we must have land before we can build Haven, I was moved to search for quotes about land.
I have been so fortunate, all of my life, regarding water!
What an exciting and frustrating time!
A small sign of progress...
Our house has been re-listed, and was shown yesterday for the first time since the crash last September.
Letter to President Obama
I mailed the following letter to President Obama today, snail-mail.
Well, Lee (the guy in the picture, holding the big, newly-forged knife) is going to be surprised when he gets home -- the yard is covered with pieces of trees.
Uh, Surprise?? Dear...?
Lee didn't say a thing.
Cultures of Place
I've been re-reading David Holmgren's Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.
My hoped-for Croning
I am in the process of preparing for my Croning.
My apologies for the long silence.
Crone Retreat: Hekate's Sickle (March 24, 2009)
This day it is a year and a day since my last menstrual period began.
Crone Notes (March 2009)
The following are notes I took and musings I wrote while studying and meditating about the crone, and my Croning, during my Crone's retreat last March.
My Croning (April 18, 2009)
I was ritually acknowleged and proclaimed a Crone and Wisewoman of my spiritual community on my 58th birthday, April 18th of this year.
Toward Sustainability (April 5, 2009)
During my Croning studies, and into April, I read the 30-year update of Limits to Growth, first published in the 1970s.
Prime Selling Season (April-July, 2009)
Finally the prime season for selling houses was upon us, and I was desparate to sell our home.
Lee and I have always valued books as repositories of knowledge.
Dance (written July 27, 2009)
I have been reading Dacher Keltner's Born to be Good, on our hard-wiring for pro-social emotions and behaviors, and in the chapter on Love, I have found another important clue to community-building: dance.
Update written July 27, 2009
It has been some time since I posted here, due in large part to the demise of our old computer.
The end of a listing -- the Wheel turns!
Lammas came, and our listing ended -- still no offers, after a year on the market.
An experience of living... (written October 4th, 2009)
There is an experience of living that I want and need and seek and have -- and I do not wish to lose sight/touch with it.
Update written November 20th
Since we sold our home, Lee, Galadriel and I have been living temporarily in our tiny 21' Itasca Phasar motorhome.
First, I am resolved to gather, organize and complete our tax data ASAP, so that I can get it to our tax preparer and have completed tax returns to submit -- not just to the IRS and the Oregon Dept of Revenue, but also to our mortgage broker.
It is another brilliantly sunny day down here at Flood Central in Vernonia.
First, I am a bit surprised at how many entries I managed to make in this blog, during this past year of upheaval. Second....
What a year of changes this has been! The first nine months of 2009, our house was for sale, and we were incredibly stressed by the process of trying to sell it in this market, with the burden of the expenses of the remodel needed to prepare it for sale. I was Croned in the spring. Finally we sold in September and moved temporarily into our little RV, and out into the country near where we expect to settle. That's where we still are. We are looking for land for Haven, and doing what we need to do to get pre-qualified for a loan, while trying to minimize any such loan. We are temporarily homeless, officially, I guess, but with definite prospects.
My eagerness to buy and move onto Haven's land is tempered by my anxiety to make a wise decision in choosing the home we expect to live in for the rest of our lives. (And by the effort to complete our taxes and jump thru other such hoops now required to obtain financing...)
It is an exciting time.