This blog chronicles the importance of and efforts to return to Mother Earth in spirit and in body. This journey is not one of primitivism or reenactment of an earlier age. It's hope is to inspire me to find the middle ground between necessities of the 21st Century, the need to find a simpler way of life, and our ethical responsibility to protect the land and preserve our natural resources.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Setback

"One farmer says to me, 'You cannot live on vegetable food soley, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;' and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plough along in spite of every obstacle."
—H.D. Thoreau, Walden
This blog came up in discussion at work yesterday. It is not a secret. And if you enjoy it, I'm flattered. But its purpose is to allow me the space to articulate thoughts. My adult training has prohibited me from writing effectively in a journal; I have the learned requirement of writing to be read (whether I will or not). I write and edit, edit and write. That is my method. I am no Mozart who, as legend has it, made no corrections of any kind. (This simply is not true, anyway. Among his works are drafts, sketches, and corrected manuscripts.) This blog however, is not a vehicle, that when well marketed, will help me gain respect from my contemporaries, or make my cause seem more genuine. It is a testament to a dream and the faith I have to see it through. First and foremost, it is for me.

The simple interests I take (privately) are misconstrued as an attempt to undermine the essence of my work ethic. Is it not enough that I am jerked and worn by my oxen that I must be hypocritical of what sustains me? Is it too much to ask that the work environment be pleasant and host the engagement of a civil tongue?

"Yet we think that if rail-fences are pulled down, and stone-walls piled up on our farms, bounds are henceforth set to our lives and our fates decided?
—Henry David Thoreau, Walden
And my dreams cannot be extinguished by another. Perhaps that's all they are—dreams. But only I can and will determine that.

6 Comments:

Anonymous borgwoman said...

Okay, if that the laptop owned by your employer was your only computer, what are you blogging on now, the library computer? If you do have the use of another computer, maybe you should have stored your stuff there and transfered stuff on a regular basis in case this might happen. Possibly, was there a company rule against using the company property to store non-company blueprints and such? Have you actually been fired, and if so, was this the cause? Anyway, it's always good to have hardcopy and other backups for important stuff. Surely you have something like that for the really important stuff and this isn't the end of things, right?

Have you ever seen a British TV comedy called "The Good Life", which was called "The Good Neighbors" in the US? It would have been from the late seventies or early eighties. It's about a guy who quits his job on his fortieth birthday, buys some goats and pigs, and then turns his suburban home into a small farm. All a bit silly, but I liked it.

I hope this is not the end of your little blog, even if you do have to go to the public library to write it.

Good luck

Friday, July 21, 2006  
Blogger cabinboy said...

No this isn't the end. Perhaps I came across a little self serving. Yes, I have access to a library computer and there were no restrictions on the computer I was using. Yes, again; I could have backed-off the files and didn't that was my mistake--and I blame nobody else.

I guess what I meant to impart is that nobody will determine whether or not my dreams are valid. I will renew. In fact, that's what I'm doing at the library.

Friday, July 21, 2006  
Anonymous borgwoman said...

Do you have much of a garden where you live now? Is that sort of thing what you are already into, or do you just like the idea of it without having actually tried it?

Friday, July 21, 2006  
Blogger cabinboy said...

I am well suited to this lifestyle and have been working toward it for some time. I have successfully grow gardens that both astounded me and my neighbors with produce. I do not have a garden this year because of a lack of time and interest in putting any more effort into my current lifestyle. I have been known to enjoy hard labor.

Friday, July 21, 2006  
Anonymous borgwoman said...

Well, it's good to hear that you like that sort of thing. Sorry you can't do it right now.

Do you like the Square-foot Gardening books? I have the old one, and there is a new one that I haven't read yet. There was one in the series that was something like Cash from Square-foot Gardening or Square-foot Gardening for Profit or something like that, but I don't own that one and it's been a while since I read it. It said useful stuff like don't waste your time planting corn if you're trying to save money, but if you like really fresh corn enough to go through the headache of fighting the ants for it, go ahead and plant corn.

I like the idea of gardening, but it just seems like something always goes wrong with it. I have a lot of peppers this year, but no tomatoes. I guess it doesn't much matter, I haven't done much with the peppers yet either. Anyway, it's like a hundred and three or something, and I just can't deal with it now.

I have to go now. I don't have cable, so I go to my brother's place to watch Stargate and such.
It was fun talking with you. Write back and tell me if you've seen "Good Neighbors" when you're not so busy with research.

Friday, July 21, 2006  
Blogger cabinbabe said...

Is the cabin now a pipedream or a real dream?
Will you live alone there?

Monday, July 24, 2006  

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