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Tucked away deep in the woods at the southern edge of the Tug Hill region of New York. Dragonwood is our off-grid sanctuary. Six acres of pond and gardens bordered by forest on three sides.

The project began in 1995, when after a long search, Debe and I purchased the property from a local logger. To date we have built a cabin, a bridge, out house, two sheds in addition to expansive gardens and stone work. We have a generator, propane lights, refrigerator and grill, a wood stove and modest solar system. A dug well and small stream suitable for watering gardens and other needs and a nearby spring for drinking water.

The Dragonwood Chronicles will serve to document the project with photographs and notes. Future projects will include additions to the cabin, a root cellar and a studio building.

Comments and questions are always welcome.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Nation Trending Libertarian

Re-posted from the Daily Paul

National Polls Confirm Growing Libertarian Trend

Posted May 27th, 2009 by WhitfieldGeorge

AUSTIN, TEXAS - May 26, 2009 - Three highly-regarded national polls have confirmed a growing Libertarian trend in U.S. politics. The Pew Research Center, the Washington Post with ABC News, and Rasmussen Reports have published their findings on American political attitudes in 2009.

"Across the board, these polls tell us that most Americans believe in the free market economy, are skeptical of big government, and take a moral stand against government intolerance and bigotry," said Patrick Dixon, chair of the Libertarian Party of Texas. "This is the essence of Libertarian thought, and we welcome the results of these national polls."

The Pew Research Center published its annual report on political values and trends last week entitled Independents Take Center Stage in Obama Era. This report concludes that
"the proportion of independents now equals its highest level in 70 years" and that these independents are more likey to be economically conservative and socially tolerant.

The Washington Post/ABC poll released in April shows yet again that 5% of Americans identify with a party other than Republican or Democrat. Despite the personal popularity of President Obama, this same poll indicates that 87% of Americans are concerned by the growing federal deficit, and 53% were not confident in the government's ability to cut wasteful spending in the President's economic recovery package.

A Rasmussen Reports poll released on May 11 asked 1,007 adults "which of the following will be the biggest threat to the country in the future -"big business", big labor or "big government?" Fifty-nine percent (59%) of politically independent Americans viewed "big government" as the greatest threat, virtually unchanged from the 60 percent measured the last time the question was asked in 2006 - before the financial crisis and election of Barack Obama.

"Despite the two-party and two-philosophy slant in these polls, Libertarian trendlines are emerging," notes LPT Executive Director Robert Butler. "I look forward to the day when these organizations acknowledge us for who we are: a truly distinct philosophy, and not a mish-mash of the Republicans and Democrats. There has never been a better time to be a Libertarian."

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Food Safety Act of 2009?

Hopefully you have heard of HR 875 "The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009" and have joined the fight against this sweeping piece of legislation that will forever change farming and gardening as we know it.

Ever wonder how "Pork Barrel" spending gets approved? Most often it is tacked on to an otherwise decent bill. Buried somewhere at the end of lengthy legislation and either goes unnoticed until after it has passed or in many cases is accepted as just part of the price of doing business in Washington.

Who doesn't want a safer food supply? We have all heard about the peanut scare and other food safety concerns of late, so it stands to reason that most Americans will simply assume this is a good bill without any knowledge of what is in it. Members of Congress seldom ever read entirely through every bill they vote on. The bills are lengthy on purpose so it is too time consuming for every one to be read and dissected. Most in Congress rely on staffers to skim bills and then get briefed and weigh opinion voiced by constituents and peers to determine how they vote

HR 875 is currently in committee and is moving along "under the radar" of the media and therefore most Americans are unaware of the broad implications of this bill.

HR 875 is driven by lobbyists from "Agri Biz" giants ADM, Cargill, Monsanto and others. The bill was introduced by Rosa L. Delauro (D- CT) whose husband Stan Greenberg's firm has Monsanto as a client and who has recieved over $180,000 in campaign contributions from "Agri Biz" political action committees (PACS).

In a nut shell, this bill will change agricultural laws and regulation to the point that small farms, organic growers, farmers markets and road side stands will be all but put out of business. Open pollination seeds will no longer be legal and food grown in your own back yard for your own consumption would actually violate some provisions of this legislation.


Friday, May 15, 2009

Some Recent Photos

Here are a few shots I took a week or two back. Anyone who may have read the post on planting garlic last fall here is a shot of the plants this spring. They are doing well and we have applied some fish emulsion fertilizer. The Rhubarb is also looking good. Deb dicourages any mowing until the forget-me-nots have gone to seed ensuring an ever more plentiful bloom every year.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

“It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” Henry Ford

Saturday, May 9, 2009

America "Freedom to Fascism"


This is a must see. A real eye opener.

Senator Durbin, D- Ill.

"And the banks -- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created -- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place,"

I'm glad to see there are some who are willing to call a spade a spade.

Friday, May 8, 2009


Ok I know some of you have noticed more politics on here all of a sudden. Hey I have to go where my passion takes me. I guess that's the artist in me.

Anyway I'll be posting some planting pictures soon. The garlic we planted last fall is doing marvelous and the rhubarb is up. My blueberry bushes are not doing well and we will have to address that. Also on my to do list is a new bed for the asparagus. I have a raised bed idea that I intend to make mole proof. I had a real decent asparagus bed going but each year the moles end up eating more and more of the roots. I have tried several things but to no avail. I have a plan - stay tuned.

Anyway back to the politics. I am now actively working for the Libertarian party and the Campaign for Liberty. One of our current initiatives is to generate support for House Resolution 1207. HR 1207 is legislation introduced by Congressman Ron Paul to Audit the Federal Reserve. As of today there are now 143 bi-partisan co-sponsors. I urge everyone to write, call or e-mail their representatives and urge them to support HR 1207.

I could go into some detail here but for more information I suggest you vist ronpaul.com or just google HR1207 and a ton of information will come up.

To be honest at the out set I was doubtful that this thing would get anywhere. Now with almost one third of the house already signed on this thing actually has a chance. We need to really push now and if we can get it through the house it's on to the Senate where the effort begins anew. In fact many of us are already contacting our Senators to lay the ground work.

The Obama administration promised transparency. Let's see if they meant it!

Join us and contact your representative today!
"A constitution of governement, once changed from freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost, is lost forever." - John Adams


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