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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 the ‘Mind and Spirit’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

And for your amusement:

Klintonerd√§mmerung, aka behind the scenes at Chapaqua. (Tip o’ hat to BW)

And watch a pair of pups grow up. That one on the left really needs a carpet to run on.

Claire Wolfe

Harry Potter and the Secrets of Freedom

Monday, August 10th, 2015

I assume most everybody knows the Harry Potter stories, but if you’ve never read the books or seen the movies, be forewarned that this post contains major spoilers.

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Claire Wolfe

Just Sunday

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Mid 60s with a gentle breeze. A few horsetails of high cloud in a blazing sky. Going to be ice tea weather in a few hours.

This year’s wild blackberry crop is enormous and right on schedule. The dogs and I enjoy handfuls of sweet berries on our morning walks. I’ve so far done no serious gathering as I don’t have a stove to make jam or syrup (and a hotplate is too tippy). I’ll soon head out with a bucket and grab some berries for the freezer.

The dogs wait patiently for their share. They could easily gather their own from the low vines, and they do when I’m not picking. But the moment I stop to grab a handful they stop, stare, and wait for the meager share I dole out even though they could get more, faster, on their own.

No doubt there’s a message about the effects of the welfare system in there somewhere.

Though the berry harvest is exactly on schedule, the September spider crop has arrived early. I have to be careful when I step out my back door or when walking in places where vegetation presses close on the logging roads. Ick! To get a faceful of spiderweb — or worse yet, a mouthful of spider!

First sign of fall — too soon. What with the conspiracy of minor disasters that kept May and June so unproductive, it seems more as if summer should just be beginning.

I finished that one segment of ceiling Friday (pix later) and am now plunging in to delayed spring cleaning.

Pardon me; I must go tear the kitchen apart.

Claire Wolfe

Quitting the full-time grind

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Mohit Satyanand talks about how he gave up full-time work and why he highly recommends it.

One might wish he addressed the economic realities more clearly. Or at all. But he waxes lyrical about the delights of doing nothing.

(I can wax lyrical on the subject of creative idleness, too. And no doubt will do so after I’ve finished the ceiling, met my next deadline, caught up on my email, and spent some time contemplating how I’m ever going to get the house foundation repaired and the plumbing replaced.)

Claire Wolfe

So glad to be here

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

This has been one of those weeks when craziness piled 20 tabs high in the browser. It’s one of those weeks it’s especially clear that the world out there is not only rapidly going nuts, but is fragmenting into specialized segments of insanity, all threatening war with each other.

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Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Don’t have much

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Sorry I don’t have much for you at the moment. Been a weird week. When not feeling inert (probably lack of sleep + gray weather) I’ve been busy beginning or resuming long-delayed spring projects.

Picked up another 75 pounds or so of broken glass and rusted metal from the lot across the street. Scrubbed stale cigarette scuzz out of Old Blue. Am gradually de-nailing, cleaning, and sanding 150 pieces of beadboard for my ceiling project.

It feels good coming to life again.

If I do too much my ankle reminds me to slow back down. And unfortunately the ankle’s idea of “too much” is still way less than the rest of me is ready to handle. (I’m ready to tackle that complicated ceiling; the ankle says it’s not getting on any kurflussed ladder for hours a day.) But we compromise.

My brain and body are full of summer.

Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, July 20th, 2015
  • I’ve lost count. How many “anti-violence” activists and “anti-violence” groups have been busted now for weapons violations, assaults, or homicides? A big number.
  • The fedgov can’t manage to charge a single mega-banker for wrecking the U.S. economy through fraud and malfeasance. But the state of New York (via the ever-present, ever-righteous Cyrus Vance, Jr.) can manage 184 counts against a tiny, family-owned bank that was apparently just trying to police itself.
  • Uh oh. No surprise. Sandra Bland, that young woman who “committed suicide” in police custody last week was reportedly a vocal activist against police brutality. Well, guess they showed her, didn’t they?
  • The science behind introversion and extroversion. (Yes, this subject fascinates me; you can tell.)
  • Cannabis may help treat bone fractures. Darn! Why didn’t somebody tell me that two months ago?
  • The house that saved their marriage. Most of us don’t have the resources, but I’ve thought this sort of living arrangement would be great ever since, as a teenager, I read about writer Mary Wollstonecraft, who (clear back in the 18th century) had a similar living arrangement with philosopher William Godwin.
  • The velociraptor poodle?
  • Joel already blogged this one, but it’s too good to pass up. This wannabe robber survived, but if there’s a non-fatal runner-up category for the Darwin Awards, he’s a shoo-in. (I read in another article that, in addition to everything else, the helpful customer was a high school wrestler.)
Claire Wolfe

What we do for love

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Over at TZP, I wax emotional about (among other things) distrusting emotions.

Claire Wolfe

Living small, living simple: hype vs reality

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

So I linked to (yet another) article about small houses. Which led Joel to link back to me and also to a very funny blog about people who actually live in the things. Which reminded me of tidy-up celebrity Marie Kondo (because you have to be mega-tidy to survive small-house living).

Which reminds me that, now that I’m living in normal-sized houses again, it’s time for another perspective in tiny-house living.

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Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
  • Okay, these small houses may not be “tiny” in Tumbleweed terms. But boy, I’d take any of ’em in a heartbeat.
  • What a diaper-wetting crybaby. Using the government to ease his hurt feelings, of course.
  • Upon his 85th birthday, Thomas Sowell looks back on the uneducated people who helped raise him above his roots.
  • People who radically change their spending habits via radical rethinking. They’re inspiring. Entertaining. Great examples. But how come they always seem to be young urban dwellers without, you know, gigantic house remodel projects going on? Or six kids to feed? Don’t get me wrong; giving up a daily Starbucks or buying fewer cosmetics can be a big thing to a yuppie & it’s a great mind change. But the rest of us …
  • Jim Bovard … theater critic??? (And critic of DC’s empty culture.)
  • For those of a certain generation: the story behind Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz.”

For those who need a Joplinesque reminder:

And a bonus, from Reason TV, the TSA’s 12 signs you’re a terrorist:



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