On Bringing Guns to the Backcountry

This entry is stemming from a Facebook discussion I had a while back.  Now, I don’t write this blog to be edgy or controversial.  The world has too much of that.  However, since guns are such a polarizing subject, I’m afraid that what I’m going to say is going to be lost or misconstrued.  On…

Small Scale Anarchy

Common questions about anarchy involve how exactly it’s all going to work.  How will we care for the sick and needy?  Who will build the roads?  While potentially interesting, these discussions are misguided for a few reasons.  First off, the person asking them usually isn’t interested in an answer.  Disregarding the real virtues non-aggression, they…

Fishing Season Debriefed

In this entry, just like the title says, I’m going to talk about the past fishing season.  I’d like to talk about what I did, what worked, and how I’m going to move forward next year.  My hope is that it’ll be instructional for people who are interested in the topic or who might want…

Trying To Become Tom Bombadil

Tom Bombadil appeared in Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring, and I want to be more like him.  In the little bit of researching I did, some articles refer to him as a nature spirit or wood sprite.  Some say that he’s the oldest being in Middle Earth.  A lot of that is drawn from interpretations…

Ben Stone’s New Book

I will first say that this book is fantastic.  Having said that, this is going to be a hard entry to write.  Ben Stone is a man that I greatly admire.  I got turned onto his podcast a few years ago when I was kind of going through a rough patch.  I was working an…

My Sierra Zip Stove

This has been my go to stove for the past ten years.  It’s the Sierra Zip Stove, made by ZZ manufacturing.  Winner of a Backpacker magazine award for best stove, this stove has accompanied me on  countless overnights, through Maine’s 100 mile wilderness 4 times, and cooked my food nightly for a month as I…

Primmies and the North Pond Hermit

Have you ever gotten into a conversation, left absolutely flabbergasted, and then thought long afterward about all the things you should have said?  This is about an experience I had with that.  It all came out of a conversation with a group of Anarcho-Primitivists regarding Maine’s North Pond Hermit. The North Pond Hermit was a…

Grampy’s Boat

I can’t remember exactly how it came up, but my father mentioned one day that Grampy’s old boat was sitting in a heap of trash and brush out back. He said that I could have it if I wanted.  To say the least, the thing was in rough shape.  The paint was peeling off.  It…

Why?

Doing the right thing is important. So is spreading ideas. To my mind, making people do things that they don’t want to do is wrong. It’s the basis of all evil. Be it force, fraud, or coercion, any injustice or wrongdoing can easily be summed up as someone made someone do something they didn’t want…