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Two Steps Forward and One Step Back

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Sometimes the greatest learning we can ever achieve comes from the process involved rather than the conclusions drawn. In fact I am surprised how often I actually disagree with the ‘answer’ provided by someone else, but still have learned so much from the thought process and logic path presented either by the author or utilized by myself. Even when I find no value in the presentation or the conclusion, there are times when I still find it very useful seeing in stark relief wrongheaded thinking being rationalized and presented as right. Sometimes the best lessons are learned from really screwing things up or from witnessing someone else doing it wrong right in front of our eyes. Continue reading Two Steps Forward and One Step Back

Sovereignty Series: Lost in America

 

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As a young adult studying world history in high school I often wondered what happened to various countries that had turned despotic or dictatorial when previously they were republics or somewhat benevolent kingdoms. The list is endless and needs no repeating here other than a few recent examples for illustration purposes.

Just mention Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy and especially Japan in the run up to World War II and opinions are quickly offered by both apologists and those who wish to point fingers. All these countries were at some point peaceful and civilized, or at least not extremely dangerous to themselves and to others, before they tipped over into utter insanity and were consumed by their ‘self’. Continue reading Sovereignty Series: Lost in America

Four Score and Seven Beards Ago

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Within a few weeks of moving to the mountain in June of 2013 Mrs. Cog and I found ourselves in the one and only bank within 10 miles of our new place opening a checking account in order to conduct (local) financial business as needed. The manager, a pleasant woman married to the realtor who sold us our place, helpfully informed us the locals were all on ‘Mountain Time’, meaning things got done when they got done and not necessarily when we thought they should get done.

I was familiar with the term, or more accurately the concept, since several decades earlier I had been married (briefly I might add) to a young woman who had spent most of her formative years on a Caribbean island. Yes, my ex-wife operated on ‘Island Time’, which for her meant if it was going to get done it would eventually get done, though not necessarily by her. It was her one redeeming quality. Continue reading Four Score and Seven Beards Ago

A Kept Culture

 

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My thinking on a variety of subjects has changed over time and I expect my understanding will continue to evolve as new information, knowledge and propaganda enters my orbit. Contrary to popular belief this is a good thing because it means my mindset is not as static and rigid as some, though it is most certainly worse than others.

One of the great questions of the ages is why we, and by ‘we’ I mean anyone other than ‘they/them’, tolerate the abuse we receive from the hand of our masters. While the mistreatment is most often handed down on an individual basis, “We the Abused” outnumber the abusers by at least 10 to 1. And I count among that ‘1’ all those who enable, support and carry out the abuse. So why do we tolerate something we can clearly stop if we so wish? Continue reading A Kept Culture

A Change of Seasons

I have noticed how much more emotionally impacted I am by the change of season now then when I was a younger man. As the leaves begin to turn and the first crisp wisps of cool autumn descend from the north, all kinds of memories flood the mind and overload the emotions. In fact the other day while walking to the neighbor’s house I found myself tearing up a bit as I drank in the fall spectacular and thoughts of my younger years flooded in.

Much of our perception of ‘now’ is so heavily influenced by what ‘was’ that I am no longer certain if we ever truly know what ‘reality’ is. It is one of the reasons we are so effectively controlled and manipulated by advertising, education, government and politics as well as our ever evolving culture. As I like to say “Where we stand depends upon where we sit”.

We launched Two Ice Floes in February of this year, on Valentine’s Day to be exact, and have watched our baby grow and evolve over the last eight months. The life blood of Two Ice Floes is our membership and its heart can be found in the forums. While the ongoing conversation slowed a bit during the summer months as everyone enjoyed the warmth and activities that come with the season, now that fall has arrived and the kids are back in school with household routines re-established, as expected, we have noticed a distinct uptick in activity.

Essentially five or ten years from now these next few years will be looked upon as Two Ice Floes’s youth, when we were all trying to find our place within the growing community. How we perceive Two Ice Floes then will be heavily influence by what we are doing now. I for one am very excited to be a part of this little experiment. How about you? Please consider joining the crew today and become a founding member.

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Image is of the Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.