Our Homestead: Pt.2 Gardening Year Two

This year we are experimenting with square foot gardening. Last year’s garden was a success and this year we wanted a higher yield. Our hope is to maximize our small lot (5500 sq ft) with this method and also grow a larger variety of food. We dismantled one of the raised beds that we built […]

The Currency of the Future

In case you have not heard there is a new currency on the block. The blockchain (or public) ledger is a technology that has allowed us to exchange currency or make transactions with transparency, while reserving the right to share our identity. The blockchain is a global public ledger. We can see all of the […]

Experiencing Life without Television

For a long time there has been this desire in my heart to live life without a television in our home. We have experimented with living by candle light and growing our own food and hanging clothes to dry. My most recent experiment has been with two sleeps. All of these endeavors have been a […]

Our New Pencil Sharpener

When I was a kid every classroom had a hand cranked pencil sharpener. We were not even allowed to use pens. Even the house I grew up in had one. We used pencils for everything. I recently discovered that these tools still exist and are actively manufactured. I had to have one. For the low […]

Dancing Vapour

This morning I had the opportunity to hang laundry on the line in the cool October air. With my back to the sun I watched the vapor of my breath dance in the sunlight. Everything about this moment was peaceful, wonderful and calm. In this moment I remember that I wanted this to be a […]

Our Homestead: Pt.1 A New Beginning

This summer we made a go of starting a few raised garden beds on our property and we loved it. The excitement of watching your seedlings grow into food producing plants is amazingly inspiring. Each day we watered our plants and watched them grow and blossom. Then the bees came and began their work of […]

Getting Up in the AM

Each day I get out of bed in almost the same way, dragging my butt. The ritual is the same most days. I get up, iron my clothes, shower, get dresssed, pack my backpack and head out the door. Some days I make coffee, other days I buy coffee. The problem is that I go […]

Rich People Problems

Stuff! I feel like I can never get rid of all the stuff I have. Well the truth is that stuff has value and isn’t completely useless. That is true for many people. We are afraid to throw our stuff out or just part with it, because it actually can still be used by someone… […]

Living by Candle Light

Recently our family began to experiment with living by candle light. I had read an article about a couple who had also done the same for about a month and had some interesting discoveries. For our family the draw was calmer evenings and more intentional living. God created the sun, sunset and sunrise. We effectively […]

Distracted

When I was a younger man in the mid 1990’s, I enjoyed writing. I wrote essays and poems and even letters. I would write for hours and later share my work with my friends. We would hang out in small groups and share poetry and essays we had written. I wrote on paper and sometimes […]