Down-Home Good Sense on Independence Day
I pinch-pruned basil destined for pesto, savoring pungent leaflets; munched down the first Sugar Snap peas, a few celery leaves, sprigs of parsley. Also added savory thyme to the pot of beans simmering in the solar oven.
Fantasyland? Not really. Try common sense. Here's why:
This day in the US, freedom! is celebrated, freedom from 18th century super-power tyranny, the Fourth of July.
For beautiful, for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesty
Above the fruited plain...
I grew up, hand on heart, singing "America the Beautiful." Even when three feet tall, the national anthem struck me as shrill, and a strange hymn to explosions.
Mind you, I also grew up with duty/honor/country, and a deep respect for public service.
The amber waves of grain have morphed to GMO, to "Frankenfood." The breadbasket of the world of yore, lies poisoned. And, hand on heart, Tyranny-R-us.
A political commentator, PCRoberts, not on board the globalist express, mentions that the USA has destroyed seven (resource-rich) countries in fifteen years.
Just in case of citizen disagreement or impudence or outrage, take note: Billions of hollow point bullets the government stockpiles? For domestic use. What?
So, where does a cool morning stroll through the garden come in, beneath apparent force fields of power über alles?!
Down-home, the "buck stops here" in community, family, and good neighbors. (Be one.)
I mentioned a solar oven. It's sunny and bright today. Cooking beans could take several hot hours indoors. I set the pot in the oven and will move the structure once or twice to catch the rays. That's it.
I have no financial interest in any of the simple at-home can-do which follows. It's just good sense, and bottom line, we're all in this together.
Water: Consider a gravity-filter which requires no power or water pressure, and can safely purify river and lake water. Long used by the Red Cross in disaster areas.
You might be surprised how many eager-beaver young folks are indignant about worthless college degrees, debt and the grand finale of flipping burgers.
Many long to learn useful skills, and especially how to form community and local self-sufficiency.