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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.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Second Vermont Republic

The Second Vermont Republic is a nonviolent citizens' network and think tank opposed to the tyranny of Corporate America and the U.S. government, and committed to the return of Vermont to its status as an independent republic and more broadly to the dissolution of the Union. Members of the Second Vermont Republic subscribe to the following set of principles:

1.Political Independence. Our primary objectives are political independence for Vermont and the peaceful dissolution of the Union.
2.Human Scale. We believe life should be lived on a human scale. Small is still beautiful.
3.Sustainability. We celebrate and support Vermont's small, clean, green, sustainable, socially responsible towns, farms, businesses, schools, and churches. We encourage family-owned farms and businesses to produce innovative, premium-quality, healthy products. We also believe that energy independence is an essential goal towards which to strive.
4.Economic Solidarity. We encourage Vermonters to buy locally produced products from small local merchants rather than purchase from giant, out-of-state megastores. We support trade with nearby states and provinces.
5.Power Sharing. Vermont's strong democratic tradition is grounded in its town meetings . We favor devolution of political power from the state back to local communities, making the governing structure for towns, schools, hospitals, and social services much like that of Switzerland. Shared power also underlies our approach to international relations.
6.Equal Opportunity. We support equal access for all Vermont citizens to quality education, health care, housing, and employment.
7.Tension Reduction. Consistent with Vermont's long tradition of "live and let live" and nonviolence, we do not condone state-sponsored violence inflicted either by the military or law enforcement officials. We support a voluntary citizens' brigade to reduce tension and restore order in the event of civil unrest and to provide assistance when natural disasters occur. We are opposed to any form of military conscription. Tension reduction is the bedrock principle on which all international conflicts are to be resolved.
8.Mutuality. Both our citizens and our neighbors should be treated with mutual

To learn more click on the Second Vermont Republic Flag in the side bar.


KV Abbott said...

I was pretty sure there would be nothing that could get me to consider moving home to Vermont. Now I am re-thinking that. I would actually consider moving back just to join this movement. Will it gain traction? Will it ever get anywhere? I don't know, maybe they are just jousting at windmills but inmy opinion it is indeed a noble cause!

Sticomythia said...

Please come home, we need you ! And run for public office while you're at it !!!

Sometimes I have my own doubts... is secession merely an intellectual exercise?

The next morning, however, I realise that little things such as peak oil and possibly collapse, may mean that we have to be careful what we wish for.

Please stay in touch. I love what you are doing with your land, and am doing a similar project here in the Green Mountains.



KV Abbott said...


Thanks for the kind words! I seriously think about itat times.

I'll be in Vt. to visit my brothers later this month.They both are in the Jamaica, Stratton Mtn. area in southern Vt..

Whether or not I ever make the move back I support liberty movements everywhere and the Vt. movement is obviously near and dear to my heart.

I actually have one branch of my family tree that can be traced back to before the American Revolution. The roots run deep!


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