This is a sort
of anti-blog — I post about once a year, though that could
change as our little situation gets even more interesting. My purpose
here is to discuss some of the strategic, ethical, moral, and spiritual
issues that attend Apocalypse and, to a limited extent, provide
resources for preparing.
you're inclined to get serious about preparing, one of the best
places to come up to speed is Jim Rawles's SurvivalBlog
covers every conceivable aspect of self-sustainability in challenging
circumstances (as, for example, when the world as we know it rolls
off a cliff). There are daily contributions from astute, well-prepared
readers, along with commentary from Jim. And be sure to check out
the SurvivalBlog archives (I often copy past and current items to
Word files and put them into subfolders within my "Survival"
folder.) You might also consider accepting Jim's "Ten Cent
Challenge" (a dime-a-day contribution to SurvivalBlog), to
support his excellent work.
sorts of clamor in the financial sector as to whether "the
bottom is in." Don't look now, fraidy-fat-cats, but the bottom
won't be in on this one until most of us are gone from this planet
-- not that that is likely to take more than a few years, now.
No, the financial
and political pundits don't get it yet; their big picture just isn't
big enough. What they're missing is why all this collapsing
needs to happen: they're missing the meaning of it, the spiritual
dimension of it; and they don't understand the inevitability of
it. Those are the things I try to talk about in these pages.
gone, and you may conceivably have wondered how I've been doing.
Did I already mention that I divided my new 160 into four parcels
and settled families on the other three? It's been working out well.
We're a diverse group agewise and even, in some ways, with respect
to backgrounds and lifestyles; but we're all very much on board
when it comes to earnest preparing, and there's a lot of sharing
We're on old
Chimiriko Indian land, and one of our partners is himself Chimiriko.
He has led us in setting up a sweat lodge ... and getting very sweaty.
Which has given us a common spiritual focus that is entirely compatible
with the religious beliefs we bring to the table (and they range
from fundamentalist Christian to New Age Buddhist).
We feel blessed
to have been led by Spirit to this land. We all feel, deep in our
bones, that it's meant to be a place of refuge in the days ahead.
26, 2007 — Back Again
between entries should be ample demonstration that I ain't no bloggin'
fool. Nope, been busy out there in the real world (which, in case
you hadn't noticed, is coming down around our ankles ... or up around
our ears ... or something). Yep, got a gravity-fed water system
installed at the new land, slapped in a Pelton wheel to run off
of it, tossed in a few solar panels and a way-uptown Outback inverter
and power panel, and I'm up and runnin'. Even nicked a free 1150-gal.
propane tank off the Forest Service.
And let me tell
you about my four -- count 'em! — 40-ft. shipping containers,
stuffed to the gills with all the detritus I've accumulated on the
Road to Apocalypse (speaking of which, read that little number
by Cormac McCarthy yet?). I even buried one of 'em -- biggest root
cellar in three counties!
OK, gotta run
-- the goats & ducks & dogs (new puppy: half-wolf, half
chocolate Lab, a real monsta) & cats are waiting for breakfast.
And it's about that passive solar house I haven't built yet. See
you in a few months!
18, 2006 — I'm Back (But Not for Long)
seen much of me here lately, but I hope you've been having fun poking
around without me. It's about the 160 acres of undeveloped land
I found last month. It's land that was homesteaded in 1885 and has
never sold since. It's out over the mountain from here, in the next
watershed north, ten miles farther away from all the stuff that
it's getting to be a good idea to be getting away from. Not that
there's really any escaping it.
I also haven't
been reporting in because I reached a point where more stories about
peak oil, the economy, the environment, and all the rest, just didn't
seem to be telling us anything we don't already know. Namely, that
it's all going south, lickety-split.
I did find my
eyebrows rising the other day, though, when James Lovelock, Mr.
Gaia Hypothesis himself, up and announced
his conclusion that the world has already passed the point of no
return on climate change, and civilization as we know it is now
unlikely to survive. Yep, he says, "Before this century is
over, billions of us will die, and the few breeding pairs of people
that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable."
But like I say,
this isn't exactly new news.
This site is,
of course, old news too, and my page-view stats have gone all to
hell. But I didn't set out to blog & flog you daily with cry-wolfie
recountings of the obvious. I mean, you either get it or you don't,
right? Hopefully, you're already headed north, and later for reading
Still, I have
missed corresponding with you — no one has said boo to me
in weeks via the email link over on the left there (hint, hint).
And I do hope
that when things really get rocking and rolling, and just before
they pull the plug on the Internet, you'll drop by and lift a glass
with me to the good old days when the Apocalypse was just a gleam
in our demented eyes and self-sufficiency was just an entertaining
A Strategy for Apocalypse