Category «Originals»

Am I still thankful?

Am I still thankful? Before I can answer this question, I must ask another: was I ever thankful? Well, yes. I think I was thankful. Not because my mother insisted I tell the table why I am thankful expecting me to answer with the usual colloquialisms such as “I am thankful for family and friends.” …

Lessons unlearned.

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, Calamity Jane fired the closing shot of the Great War. The war to end all wars, they called it. [1][2] “I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast …

Mourning thoughts.

05:17AM 04 NOV 2018 This morning I woke in darkness to the sound of a light rain on the metal roof of this half-built cabin. It was a little chilly inside but not too chilly for November. The dial thermometer which hung on the inside wall read 62F. I slept hard through the night and …

Shadow banned? I guess I’m doing something right.

I made an interesting observation this week: the AAL FIREARMS homepage isn’t listed in Google’s search results. In fact, it has never listed on Google for the year this website has been active. At first, I assumed it was because Google had not yet indexed the site. However, after building the site to a decent …

The farmer-less market.

There has been a summer-time farmer’s market in Philipsburg for about three-years. It’s a little market situated at one of the only vacant grass lots in the four-block “downtown”, except there is a problem. This particular farmer’s market doesn’t have any farmers… Since the goal is for our land to make us money rather than …

Kashmir and Ladakh, India

I had a great opportunity to travel with a group to India for two-weeks. I took quite a few pictures and kept a daily journal. The first half of our trip was near Srinagar, Kashmir. The second half of the trip we drove over NH-1, the Leh-Srinagar road, to Leh, Ladakh. I have adventured through …

Mama Liberty: A living spirit.

Updated: 02 December 2018 After a brief but rapid decline from cancer, my dear friend and mentor, Susan Callaway, has died. She has been living life as a self-owner for many, many decades and has encouraged unknown numbers of others to live by her example – myself included. While her body has died, her spirit …

Life goals become retirement goals. Then, you’re dead.

Every few months there is a situation or event that compels me to reassess myself. With the impending death of a very close friend and mentor, I am giving myself the “once over” – once again. My friend’s illness has been rather quick, but not a complete surprise. I will write a “Remembered” piece at …

Letter to the editor: Individualism

The following is a letter to the editor I wrote regarding an opinion written two weeks previous. My opionion was published in the Philipsburg Mail on 7 June 2018. The letter I am responding to is Amundson’s opinion (PDF). Dear Editor: Regarding Norris Amundson’s letter that published on 24 May 2018, I could not agree more strongly …

Embrace the gun culture.

I believe not in the equality of outcome, but rather, the equality of opportunity. This is not new idea. [1][2] Since the founding of freedom this was not a distinction that required note, but it seems to be increasingly important to seperate these obviously contradicting ideals. [3][4] Equality of outcome is holding every individual back …