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My Forever Annual Song of Winter

2016-12-15 Every year it seems like I am compelled to write something about how great winter is and how lame are people who whine about it. It's an evergreen. Because each year I get stunned yet again by people who it really seems would know better…

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RIP Uncle Kent -- my gateway to civilization

2016-08-22 I’ve been outdoorsy all my life. But I’ve also had the good fortune to be exposed to civilization. Among my biggest influences in that regard was my Uncle Kent. My immediate family was quite suburban, being happy to get that far from lower places…

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Outdoor Sport: IT'S NOT SERIOUS!

2016-07-04 OK... all outdoor sport needs to be taken back from the Serious People. Bike Parties have started to do this, working from the urban core on out to S24O's and Coffee Camps. -- Gaining THOUSANDS of new bikers, mostly people who had found NO PLACE in the outdoor establishment before their casual rides showed up…

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Here's How to Get CLOUT for Outdoor Sport!

2016-05-14 Hey, if bikers and canoers and such want to fix their situation instantly just set up a licensing system and excise tax like hunters, fishermen, boaters and ORV drivers use. OK, here's my rant about it, kitchen sink and all…

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A Pow-wow of DIYers: Rootsimple chats with OYB

2016-04-24 Thanks, Erik, from Rootsimple.com! He just did an interview with me for his podcast. He and his wife have a biz, host events and teach classes along the lines of OYB only they're in LA. Their scene also is totally pro…

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Fellow Toilers in the Field: DIY Educators

2016-04-13 I recently visited family in LA. We have a friend there, Leyna Lightman, who is car-free and bikes around town in her sparkly gold helmet, teaching classes, working in gardens and bakeries, and helping people get together…

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What folk culture is USA proud to share?

2016-02-22 I recall watching the "Long Way Round" movie about Ewan McGregor and his pal motorcycling around the world. They were riding through a Russian sort of country at one point and lodged with folks who showed them local hospitality…

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How to Stay Warm in Winter: Be Active, It's All Relative

2016-02-12 It's a commonism: winter is cold. People don't like to be cold. So they don't like winter. Case closed. But wait a minute. Isn't every temperature colder than something and also hotter than something? What makes a temp "cold" for someone? Why miss out on entire parts of reality for such reasons? It's a fact that beauty is in the eye…

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The Normalizing of Reality (Seasons R Us)

2015-10-04 Sometimes my OYB quest makes me laugh. I enjoy trying to encourage folks to just get out there and have some fun. Every day. In the fresh air. Year 'round. But why is this weird? Why do I even have to try to do it? How could it be otherwise? Doesn't everybody need fresh air activity every day year 'round? I mean, it MUST be necessary for health, right? Any population that does NOT do it will be sick…

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Grampa Walton -- Will Geer: a Radical with Woody Guthrie, et al

2014-05-08 The things you learn from a cartoon. I watched the intentionally obnoxious "American Dad" last nite, the "gay episode" and the dad mention "Grampa Walton" in a rant. That caught my ear since I grew up watching that show and I liked that actor…

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