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

Want to Comment on a blog post? Look for and click on the blue No Comments or # Comments at the end of each post.

Archive for August, 2011

Claire Wolfe

Pix from Montana

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

I have about two more days of deadlining before I can get back to serious posting. In the meantime, here are some pix from the Montana ranch where L. and I stayed over the weekend.

Here’s our cabin:

Cabin where we stayed in Montana

The cabin featured solar power, a composting toilet, a claw-foot bathtub, on-demand hot water, and despite the satellite dishes, a blessed absence of all electronic media.

It was a short walk from our hosts’ house, but our nearest neighbors weren’t human. This is Ben, a rescued Belgian draft horse, and one of his buddies.

Belgian draft horse "Ben" and friend

In the same pasture were Highland cattle. They’re a hardy breed that can endure a brutal climate. Because they keep warm with their heavy, almost bison-like coats, they produce lean meat, closer to game than to grocery-store beef.

Here’s the father of the late (but absolutely not lamented) steer who now occupies several freezers, including L’s and mine.

Highland bull

Despite their fierce looks and long horns, Highlands are known for being gentle. One morning the family’s two teenage girls (who are responsible for the livestock) took us into the pasture. We were surrounded by horses, cows, calves, steers, and Papa Bull, many of the animals crowding in for attention, others just watching while hanging back cautiously, but nobody (including Papa there) minding the intruders. I was more concerned about where Ben might accidentally put his dinner-plate hooves than what Papa Bull might do.

The ranch was beautiful and serene. In the mornings we went outside with cups of tea or chocolate and watched deer watch us then calmly return to their browsing.

Our hosts were great people — and what amazingly nice, mature children. It was good to be back in rural Montana, even though it was even better to arrive back home Monday night.


Thanks, L, for the use of your photographs.

Claire Wolfe

ATF does it again

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

As if promoting the local scoundrels wasn’t bad enough

(Here’s the non-editorialized version for those who’d rather have their news filtered through the MSM rather than through Sipsey snark and righteous outrage.)

Claire Wolfe

Raffle rifle — before picture

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Here it is: The “before” picture of the rifle a reader generously donated for me to customize and raffle.

Rifle to be raffled -- before (undecorated) picture

Next step: Sometime in September I’ll be posting two or three custom camo candidate designs for you to vote on. Sometime in October (assuming no major glitches), I’ll have the rifle painted and ready for your online inspection.

Claire Wolfe

I’m ba-a-a-ck

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Returned from a lightning trip to Montana last night bearing warm memories and a freezer full of Highland beef (which my friend L. and I will divvy this morning, with some going to my vet in part payment for excellent dog care).

I also returned with the generously donated raffle rifle. It’s not the Mini-14 we talked about but a rebel rifle that offers even more potential for Customized Claire Camo.

I should be posting photos later today. Also plan to be catching up with both email and deadlines. I had less Internet access on the trip than I anticipated and am behinder than I intended. But so it goes.

Thank you all for your patience. More soon.

Claire Wolfe

New from Jake

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Chapter 32 and if all goes well, Chapter 33 by the time this post goes live.

Claire Wolfe

Yes, Hardyville Tales is still available

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Stickied. Scroll down for newer posts. You can stop and buy books first, though. :-)

Yes, I’m still selling autographed copies of Hardyville Tales and will continue at least through Christmas (hint, hint — am I subtle, or what? :-) ).

Here it is …

Claire Wolfe

Two from S.W.A.T.

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

People sometimes ask how I feel to be writing for S.W.A.T. magazine. Am I conflicted? Hooboy, am I.

The short version of the reason I write for S.W.A.T. is that Rich Lucibella, the publisher, is more stubborn than I am. The slightly longer version is that I have the utmost respect for both Rich and Denny Hansen, S.W.A.T.’s long-time editor.

I think Rich and I are pretty much attuned, philosophically. Denny and I … not always so. But he puts up with me in gentlemanly fashion and both guys have always been wonderful to work with.

Both are also men of integrity. When I saw Denny’s “Briefing Room” column in the newest issue, I asked Rich for a link so I could show you (very little of the magazine is usually put online). Here you go: “Needless Tragedy?” Denny writes about Jose Guerena. Keep in mind that this is by a veteran SWAT cop talking to other SWAT cops. Denny has already received some first-class hate mail. And delivered at least one excellent smackdown.

While sending digital links, Rich added one for my latest S.W.A.T. column: “Who Let the Guns Walk?”

That article was written with the invaluable help of two other men of integrity — David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh. Everybody anywhere who writes about Project Gunwalker owes salutes to them. In this case, my gratitude is more personal; they reviewed the article, suggested many improvements, and saved me from myself a time or two.


P.S. I have a pdf of Denny’s Briefing Room column, though not my Gunwalker article. If you can’t read the digital-magazine versions, leave a comment using a real email address and I’ll send you Denny’s column.

Claire Wolfe

Brilliantly sarcastic signs

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

A find from MamaLiberty. Brilliantly sarcastic responses to completely well-meaning signs.

Not all are safe for work. But most are pretty darned hilarious. And some of them make a wonderful amount of good sense.

MamaLiberty and I both sort of favored this one:

"I am not a number" signpost



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