I recently read a Twitter thread by Free Northerner that started in reply to this tweet:
Here is the text of what Free Northerner wrote:
I occasionally browse the site Art of Manliness, although I feel like some of their older content is far superior to some of their newer content. Anyhow, today I saw this article, which is the first I’ve heard of The Strenuous Life. It looks like Brett did a good job with it, and like it … Read more…
There are different ways to consider progress and success.
3 years ago I was debt-free, had enough savings to live comfortably for about 6 months, and was giving away approximately 1/4 of my income to charity. I worked out regularly, could bench press 405 for 2 reps, and could run a mile in 6 minutes 10 seconds (I never was able to break the 6 minute mark). I also wrote regularly, with some of the writing being posted here.
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Part of the reason I have posted so little over the last two years or so is because so much has changed. I have changed, my life situation has changed, what I see every day has changed, my focus has changed. I intend to start writing again, but my writing and focus will be different. I thought I’d start by sharing some of the changes.
With a lot going on the past two months, I neglected to post at the end of September. I’m going to gloss over less interesting purchases (do you really want to know each time I buy more chicken feed?) in the interest of actually getting this done. My first project for September was cleaning out … Read more…
Yesterday morning, while browsing the free listings on craigslist, I saw an ad for free woodchips. I opened it and saw it was an ad for a website called ChipDrop where you can sign up to receive free woodchips from local tree service companies. As I read more about it, I saw that you can list any and all species you will not accept, choose whether or not you will accept logs in addition to chips, and that you are guaranteed to receive only one delivery per request (rather than coming home to discover 8 deliveries in your absence), and that the woodchips are guaranteed to be no more than 2 days old.
My first project completed in August was mulching the trees and lilacs I planted earlier in the summer, and putting ashes around the spruces. 2 of the 10 spruces died, but thankfully it was the ones at either end of the line, so they are all still evenly spaced. At St. Vincent’s, I found a well-built older, wooden child-size rocking chair, which I bought for my son at a cost of $12.
On my list of major purchases to make for quite awhile has been some sort of pantry for my wife’s kitchen. I found an old entertainment center on the side of the road, and it has become our new pantry. I spent $7 on a bottle of Old English scratch cover, and $50 on two galvanized steel buckets that each hold 50lbs of flour and fit nicely in the bottom of the pantry. While I was at the hardware store for the buckets, I also bought a flyswatter for $2 and a new dustpan for $8.
Yesterday, some woman calling herself “pamelaparizo” showed up in the comments, and proceeded to leave a comment longer than the original post, in which it became clear that she was attempting to teach Deep Strength, the blog’s male proprietor, and had no interest in learning. However, her very long and very wrong comment, rather than being dismissed out of hand, received a medium length answer from Earl, and an exhaustive refutation from Deep Strength.
But even though Deep Strength lowered himself to answering her ridiculous arguments,
Sunday morning, after Divine Liturgy and coffee hour at church, I drove 2 hours to meet with a couple like-minded men–one that I’d met before, and one that I hadn’t. We smoked our pipes and talked about farming, hunting, St. John Chrysostom, rifles, pipe tobaccos, and how to reach out and help other men. I enjoyed myself immensely.
Naturally, one of the topics that came up was the previous days “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. We discussed whether it was overall positive or negative. We discussed why right-wing activism is doomed in our current environment, and why it might have been better to have the unannounced torch-light rally the night before, but then just not show up for the advertised rally. We talked about the priestesses of satan that had showed up to express the devil’s disapproval of the rally. And we talked about what the proper path is for Christians.
The simplest project I completed this month was to mount my .22 caliber pellet rifle above the door from the kitchen to the back porch. This was in order to make it handy for shooting rabbits that have been decimating my tomato plants. I went to Ace Hardware and bought 2 brass coat/hat hooks for a total of $10, and mounted them above the door. This has made it much easier to grab the pellet rifle when there is a rabbit in the garden.
Another project had to do with the chickens. We were steadily losing chickens–always during the day–with no sign of what was taking them. I bought some light plastic netting at True Value for a total of $55 and covered the entire pen. A few days later, I saw a black cat outside the pen, apparently foiled by the netting. I shot it with the pellet gun, and we haven’t lost a chicken since.
When I originally fenced the chicken pen, I used free welded wire fencing given to me by a friend that had moved. But at the chickens have grown, the space became insufficient, and too-heavy traffic meant that the grass was being destroyed. So when
This came up on Twitter, so I thought I’d share it here as well. Sadly, many OTC cold remedies and cough drops contain soy. I’ve used a homemade, soy-free remedy for years, and it outperforms any OTC cold remedy by leaps and bounds. I also find that smoking a cigar when I feel a cold coming on is helpful. Anyways, here is the recipe.
I’ve been thinking about what I can do to make a difference. My focus is not on reforming society from the top down, but from the bottom up. The survival of Christianity in Russia despite the years of Soviet persecution is an example of how regenerate families eventually destroy degenerate government. The fall of America into today’s cesspool of moral turpitude shows how degeneracy in families quickly leads to degeneracy in government. So here are 12 ways that you can have a positive impact on the nation and your community. None of them require you to be married or have children–these are things that can be done by anyone, no matter his situation.