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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Here’s a story for you

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by Claire | 13 Comments »

“The Haunted Beach.” (pdf, about 4,600 words)

I submitted this to a short-story contest/anthology a few months ago. It was rejected. Maybe because it was no good. Or maybe because the theme of the anthology was “optimism.”

The rules said submissions could have dark elements but needed to be optimistic overall. I thought this story just bubbled with optimism (after said “dark elements”). But you can probably see why contest judges might disagree.

Bountiful day!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by Claire | 3 Comments »

It was impossible to get a decent photo (which, I guess, says the camouflage was effective), but that Big Ole Heap O’ Camo and olive drab just below is a USMC wool sweater (always did think those were sharp looking) and a military poncho and poncho liner. Those were just a few of the items in one package I received today from someone I know won’t want to be named.

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That type of poncho liner is better known as a woobie for the comfort it offers cold, weary soldiers. It’s also one of the few pieces of military gear in steady use since the Vietnam War. Together the poncho and liner serve as a mild-weather sleeping bag (pdf.)

I’m going to love these warm blessings come wintertime. The poncho and woobie will go into the stuffsack provided and live in my vehicle in case of strandings in the woods or by the roadside.

Then there was the second package:

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These were gifts from two people who are the secret soul within The Zelman Partisans.

The knife is one of TZP’s just-arrived custom Kershaws and the embroidered-logo tee shirt is from TZP’s Queensboro store.

Beauties. Both of ’em.

The blade has a spring-assist and two alternate opening mechanisms, a thumbstud and a flipper, both ambidextrous. When my knife arrived, the pivot screw for the blade was a smidge tight and the blade opened sluggishly. A quarter turn with a T8 torx-head screwdriver bit (per the enclosed manual) took care of that in five seconds. Snap! the blade leaped into position with nearly the speed of an automatic knife. Snap! I love that sound.

Now I just need to practice my one-handed opening technique.

But oh! The dilemma! I now have two sleek Kershaw spring-assist folders — different models, both gifts, both perfect EDC knives. So which one goes in the pocket and which in the car? Or which in the pocket and which in the Maxpedition jumbo pack?

Decisions, decisions. But the bottom line is that nobody can have too many uber-cool knives. Simply not possible to have an excess of interesting blades.

Big thanks!

Tuesday links

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 by Claire | 19 Comments »

Mighty General with a Mighty Wurlitzer

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 by Claire | 21 Comments »

Just had a unique experience: watching Buster Keaton’s great silent film The General on a big screen, accompanied by live music from a “Mighty Wurlitzer” theater organ.

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Never before and probably never again. Not in a little berg like this one, anyhow. I love The General. And Buster Keaton was a gorgeous man with a magnetic screen presence, amazing directing and acting talent, and colossal daring (those stunts! he really does them). But I’ve never seen The General on anything larger than a mid-sized TV.

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Took a while to get things started. First they had a presentation by a “real film buff.” She had obviously gotten all her information about The General and the historic Great Locomotive Chase that inspired it from the same place I got my information — Wikipedia. But she had a Master of Fine Arts, so her info must be better.

The movie itself seemed sloooooowww and static at the start. Modern movies are not only a lot better, but they know how deliver more information during their opening credits than old films delivered in their first half hour.

But once the comic railway chase got underway … wow. This experience I’ll remember forever.

The General is about a dauntless (if also hapless and inept) Southerner in the War Between the States. Movies may be better now, but that’s something you couldn’t pull off today without some government-schooled jerker-of-knees accusing you of being a racist.

Now, for the chance to see Fritz Lang’s Metropolis on the big screen ….

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Weekend links

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 by Claire | 4 Comments »
  • The case against modern science. Fom the editor of one of the world’s most eminent medical journals. (H/T SC)
  • It’s the time of year for dragging up old commencement speeches. The best ever, of course, was from J.K. Rowling at Harvard in 2008. But two years ago, Joss Whedon gave one as only he could give it.
  • Senate panel gives the okay for medical marijuana for veterans. It’s a step. And at the fed level where steps are badly needed.
  • But oh! The horror! We’ll soon all be home-brewing heroin. The government! Must! DO SOMETHING! About this! (Tip o’ hat to SC)
  • The art of avoiding war. (I’m posting this not for the author’s conclusions about U.S. warmaking matters, but for the history and tactics described.)
  • Yep. Just gets creepier and creepier.
  • But enough of the serious stuff. Have some gods. And angels and such. Transported from classic paintings to now. (Via Never Yet Melted. Which also offers this.)

Friday updates

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 by Claire | 21 Comments »

And some cool custom knives (below)

My ankle was feeling good enough this morning that the boot was actually more of a nuisance than the break.

Got Ava back from Furrydoc’s kennels. ‘Bout the second thing she did was body-slam herself right into that leg.

How did I end up with such a lunatic dog? She was amusing when she was a year or two or five years old. But she turns 10 this fall. Why can’t she just sleep a lot like a good senior dog?

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MJR, who sent this article decrying the current trend in “loud manliness,” said he was sorry it wasn’t more inclusive of women.

Actually, I think it’s perhaps more inclusive of us than we need it to be. Enough — and often too much — has been said about the rights, privileges, strengths, and demands of women. We’re equal now, and frequently ahead, in vast fields of endeavor. What’s left to achieve is detail. Yet now we’re innundated with ignoble, attention-seeking whines about how women are all victims of a mythical, male-blighted “rape culture.” Faugh! I’m embarrassed for the decent people of my sex.

I’m much more concerned with what’s being done to boys in increasingly female-dominated institutions. And how men of the future will manage to remain strong, vital, useful, self-respecting men. I’m horrified that boys and young men are being subjected to such toxic views of who and what they are. This toxic reversal is worse for male well-being than the stupid “sugar-and-spice, behave like a lady, submit, and be sure to be lousy at math” line was for us girls who grew up in the not-so-distant dark ages.

I don’t agree with the author of the linked article that manhood was easy and automatic in the past. I recall how often men had to struggle or even fake some faux ideal of manhood. And hey, it was guys who got drafted, guys who got stuck with a ton of dirty work. Manhood has never been easy. But I surely do agree that real manhood — and real womanhood for that matter — essentially consists of girding the loins and getting on with life.

/rant

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Ahem. Now go check out the cool custom Kershaw knives just arrived in the TZP store. These are Ken Onion-designed spring-assist folders and sharp tools in every sense of the word.

Thursday links

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by Claire | 11 Comments »
  • Another terrific one from Ken at Popehat. How to spot (and counter) covert advocacy of censorship.
  • I’ve never downloaded anything from a torrent site. I’m against any form of piracy that deprives creators of the rewards they’ve earned. Still … The Pirate Bay has panache.
  • The usual anti-gun and “hate group” suspects band together to promote ballots over bullets. Um, yeah. Good luck with those ballots when you’re being threatened by thug government.
  • The liberation of Dachau and the righteous rage of the liberators.
  • “Oh, my gold!” Yet another company tries to do what egold did. (The poster says BitGold isn’t available to U.S. residents; I poked around the BitGold site and didn’t see anything about that. But I don’t doubt that avoiding all U.S. entanglements is a good start on surviving in this kind of business. Never mind that it would take a huge chunk out of your market.) (H/T Y.B.)

If you’re not up on your Internet memes, this new Delta Airlines safety video will leave you going “HUH???” If you are a meme-ista, see how many you can spot. (Hint: They’re listed behind the “see more” link.)

Wednesday links

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 by Claire | 20 Comments »

And in developments on the home front, if I’d had any doubt whether my ankle was actually broken or just badly sprained, I’d be doubting no more. The thing is itching fiendishly. I always thought the notorious itches had to do with the reaction between tight casts and dead flaky skin. Turns out it’s also from the healing. Thank heaven for being able to scratch! I think if I were wearing a cast, long about now I’d be trying to bite it off like a wolf with his foot caught in a trap. Still. Itching. Good sign.

I know political bumper stickers aren’t really your thing …

Monday, May 18th, 2015 by Claire | 5 Comments »

But Hillary really doesn’t want this one to be your thing.

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In response, David Codrea is offering his own Hillary graphic for download, with proceeds going to help Mike Vanderboegh on his pro-gun travels.

I think this may be cheating, but …

Monday, May 18th, 2015 by Claire | 12 Comments »

When it comes to Dumpster diving, for sure New York City must be prime territory for doing it well.

Everybody has a different idea for what makes really fine simple living. And how to get there.

Going stir crazy

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 by Claire | 22 Comments »

Six days and 6-1/2 hours since breaking my &^%$#@! hecky-darned ankle, I’m going stir crazy.

I’m trying to be such a good girl. Aside from an itty-bitty pretty much token walk each morning and afternoon for Robbie (three or four doors down and back, wearing the fracture boot, of course), I’ve been sitting around with my foot elevated, applying heat, gentle massage, and just today a lovely cayenne-pepper cream MamaLiberty told me how to whip up.

Every book I have around the house is a deadly bore. I’ve developed computer vision syndrome (better known in the real world as eye strain). And I’m now on my second-in-a-row viewing of the entire Harry Potter movie series, which is the only thing keeping me from going bonkers.

Yesterday morning I woke up feeling half-human for the first time. I ventured a slightly longer walk in the afternoon — and paid for it today. (That pepper cream really helped, though!)

Tomorrow I need to fetch Ava from Furrydoc’s boarding kennel and that’s going to be interesting. She’s an energy hound who expects to walk/run at least two miles a day in addition to sessions of tennis-ball fetching and tug-o-war. Haven’t found anybody else to do that for her. Sorry, Ava.

But I’m not complaining. Really I’m not. And not feeling sorry for myself (though I’m unaccustomed to fussing over my health and dislike being babied, even if I’m the one doing the babying).

I’m feeling lucky it wasn’t worse. And lucky I have a job I can do while sitting around with my feet up. And lucky to have a little (or a lot) of help from my friends.

Besides, as a person who appreciates aesthetics, I find the colorfulness of this experience quite entrancing.

Don’t click on the “more” link unless you appreciate rich colors where bland color ususally prevails. This is what things look like six days (and 6-1/2 hours) after the event. The swelling’s gone down considerably but the colors keep “improving” all the time.

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Weekend links

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 by Claire | 24 Comments »
  • The Boy Scouts: doing their best to close the gender gap. (Yeah, don’t ask me how that became their mission.) By Eagle Scout Jim Bovard.
  • And don’t even get my friendly local Scout leaders started on the Michelle Obama-inspired (recently) new requirements for the cooking badge. Where’d the fun go? Any kid who had to learn cooking that way would probably avoid the kitchen for the rest of his life.
  • You want to be treated with dignity? Behave with dignity. (Via ML who, like me, doesn’t agree with all Ringer’s points but thinks the overall piece is spot on.)
  • Six months later, they still haven’t been able even to question the cop who slaughtered Tamir Rice.
  • Religion of peace. C’mon, moderate Muslims. Step up, please.
  • The loathsome Section 215 of the USA-UnPatriot Act is set to expire next month. (I love sunset provisions.) Congress actually seems to be in a reform mode — well, a reform-ish mode — about the surveillance state. Courts, too. But I’m picturing the heads of the Uber-Government (in the No Such Agency and other places) cackling wickedly and rubbing their bony hands together over their Black Mamba capes. Laws? Regulations? Courts? Constitutions? Bwaaahahaha! The little fools! Don’t they know they can’t stop us?
  • How to take over a small country. (The kind of humor that really isn’t funny.)
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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