Heating with Wood

Heating with Wood

In a world where so many products amount to little more than fads and distractions, one cutting edge piece of technology has lately won me over: the modern wood stove.* With it, I plan to heat my home this winter entirely with wood. Free wood. I came by this plan […]

Practical Action Adventure

Practical Action Adventure

Soon I’ll have completed courses in motorcycle riding and professional driving. I’ve considered these courses for years but always ended up dismissing them as frivolous. Surely such unproductive and expensive forms of entertainment are a sign of priorities out of order. But lately I’ve come to view these activities as […]

The Order

The Order

If I’m honest with myself about whose life really resonates with me, it’s Gandalf. For a long time this bothered me. I was worried you couldn’t like a wizard without wearing black all the time and playing D&D or LARPing. Instead I wanted to identify with Aragorn, seeing as how […]

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

It seems easier sometimes to find nourishing whole foods in foreign lands than in America. Like these fish: My first day in town I ate the one that looked prototypically fishlike. Besides costing less it was also less intimidating than the ugly, whiskered one. The woman laughed as I began […]

Einstein Internet Sugar

Einstein Internet Sugar

One of the best things about my home is that it’s one of the last places on earth that doesn’t have sugar or Internet, two addictive substances that are a threat to me. Both are tantalizing. Both are everywhere. Both are cheap if not free. Sugar, I am convinced, shortens […]