171210 Travel
Free People
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As is my custom, I did not announce that I was doing a lot of travelling throughout November and early December. I arrived home late Friday night. I wrote most of my last novel on Amtrak. I haven't got around to editing, yet. Tomorrow sounds like a good time to start.

Amtrak is growing on me. I have meet a number of interesting people. A businessman sat in front of me on the most recent leg of my last journey. He was astonished at the comfort, because his previous travel had centered around flying. This time, he had time and decided to try the train from Chicago to Texas. Union Station in Chicago looks like what airports used to be with little shops and minimal security. The station in San Antonio is like the Juneau, Alaska airport circa 1980. They open it fifteen minutes before the train arrives, and close it fifteen minutes afterwards. There is no parking.

The train itself has an observation car and a dining car. Every seat has access to an electrical outlet for those who cannot forsake their electronics. I typed day and night without fear of losing my battery. The dining car served three expensive meals. I did not mind, because twice the chef was worthy of a four star establishment. I had the prime rib and a lot smaller things. My dinner companions over the eight days covered the rest of the menu. I did not spend the entire eight days in one trip, it took four separate trips to be on the train that long.

I'll be taking the train again soon.
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171124 NaNoWriMo
Free People
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171106 NaNoWriMo
Free People
40alatariel
The book has 12,317 words. I am on target for writing 2000 words per day plus a few more. It is good to be ahead of the curve. Technically, 1,667 words per day is average, but I have found that taking one day off per week makes the other days go more smoothly. Saturday looks like a good day to take lay off the writing.
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171029 Freezing
Luther
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Thankfully, I set the water dripping last night in the face of high winds. I woke to -1C, which is 30F. Cabin temperature is about 50F, so I am heating water.
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171027 Thirty Years Ago
Free People
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Thirty years ago, I expected that Social Security would not support me in my old age. Current projections say that it is still on track to fail before I do.

Twenty-five years ago, I knew that there would be strife and war between 2017 and 2023. That seems to be proceeding exactly on schedule.

Twenty years ago, I realized that Global Warming was a hoax, because none of the hysterical predictions from the ‘70s and ‘80s had come to pass. Neither have many noticed that the predictions from the last twenty years have failed to materialize. Computer sources do not count, because they can be and have been changed. I have HARD COPY in the form of textbooks and scientific journals to back my claims.

Just over fifteen years ago, some said that we had just witnessed Pearl Harbor, I said that it was merely the Lusitania. For those who don’t know history, the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 made a few people angry, but it didn’t lead to the US entering WWI, which was already raging. The bombing of the US territory of Pearl Harbor, on the other hand, lead to a declaration of war the next day and had Americans swamping the recruitment centers for months. The Twin Towers had almost no effect on recruitment.

Ten years ago, I considered going off grid. It was impossible to live without breaking some law somewhere. Just owning a farm and raising livestock on it broke several federal laws. Selling my extra eggs without a license broke more than a few laws. Doubt me? Try running any kind of business. My sister wants to start a business and asked me to be her bookkeeper. I see ulcers in my future. Laws for small businesses are more confusing and even more restricting today.

I started blogging nine years ago, so many of you know what has happened since then.

Five years ago, I stopped making too many predictions. Instead, I became a wise prepper. No, I do not have a dugout with a twenty-year supply of freeze-dried foods. What a waste of money! No, I have stuffed my head with the knowledge of how to survive without the usual amenities. Knowledge is far more important than mere supplies, which could be lost in too large of a variety of ways.

Five years ago, all I saw was the end of civilization, so five years ago, I wrote a book about the end of the current civilization. Some liked it, but no publisher did. There is still a hard copy floating around somewhere. For NaNoWriMo 2017, I have decided to write another future history. That will be my prediction.

171009 A Passage to Live By
Free People
40alatariel
Whenever I get down or frustrated, I have to return to true wisdom. A lot of people have been ragging on God, blaming God, and supposedly showing proof of the nonexistance of God. Do they really think that everyone needs to be tightly controlled in order to keep them from doing bad things? If so, which human or group of humans could possibly be qualified to judge and control them? Whose standard would we use? The result of taking God out of everything leads to removing a great Power for Good. Argue if you must, but this physical world runs on spiritual power. There are two diametrically opposed spiritual powers; there is no good in the Devil, and no evil in God. The secret to Satan's success lies in the secrecy of his moves.

This is why people blame God for what Satan orchestrates. Every period of extreme unrest has taken a generation or two to be developed. Why is a simple message of love now viewed as hate? This simple message has been carried by imperfect people. Then, Satan holds out the carrot of power to dissuade people from true power, which requires self discipline, i.e. work. It takes tremendous effort to discipline one's mind, and people are lazy.

Satan is called "the god of this world" in 1 Corinthians 4:4, so calling weather events "acts of god" has some truth to it. Hurricanes are not, however, from the True God. Even Christians have bought into the lie that God hurts people. No, He doesn't hurt people, but if people run from Him, they may find themselves caught in Satan's storm without any protection. The storm, strife, pain, cooties, etc, all belong to Satan, not God. God does not have multiple personality disorder. Instead, He had His identity stolen.

This brings me to a great passage that gave me an AHA! moment this morning. It won't win an argument with the worldly, but will comfort those who know how the story ends.

1 Corinthians 1:18-20
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?


The love of God in the renewed mind in manifestation wins, not eros.

17080927 NFL
Free People
40alatariel
The NFL and MLB lost me years ago when they started talking about things other than the game. Even my dad has declared that he will check the stats in the paper rather than watch political stuff invade his enjoyment of sports. He also quit getting the daily paper, so he is talking solely of the Sunday edition. I just watched a couple of guys on You Tube explain how this is the death of football. Even some Canadians I know are shaking their heads and asking what does sports have to do with politics?

Exactly! People watch sports to escape the politics, but now sports are political, too. Someone suggested that we drop all professional sports and return to sandlot ball and city teams. I am for that.

170919 Blogthings
Free People
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No, I haven't posted a lot of "real" stuff lately. Sometimes, I hide real stuff inside of the Blogthings. All it takes is a most rudimentary knowledge of html, which I picked up just by looking at some of the code. Then again, if you didn't know what the original was supposed to look like or say, how would you know what I changed? I should learn more ASCII codes, or get my durn computer to the shop. That should read: Get the MONEY to get my computer to the shop...

You Are "All You Need is Love"

You are compassionate, kind, and giving.

You truly believe that love can heal the world.

In some ways, you are a bit of hippie.

You feel like people make life too complex.

Happiness is often as simple as just allowing yourself to be happy.

There isn't much people really need in this life.

If you're truly loved, then you're blessed.


170911 Blogthings
Free People
40alatariel
You Think Freedom is Luxurious

For you, luxury is all about being able to do what you want whenever you want to. Not listening to anyone.

You value an independent lifestyle above all else. And you're willing to make sacrifices to make sure you live on your terms.

If you had all the money, you'd do whatever you felt like. You'd love the thrill of living outside the system.

You may not have the means to live a fully independent life, but you do what you can to march to your own drumbeat.

Whenever possible, you take the autonomous path - even if it means more responsibility and hassle.

You prefer to look after your own life and to make your own choices. You chart your own course through this world.


170907 Blogthings
Free People
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You Are a Hot Dog

You are fun loving and quick to tell a story or joke. You always know how to have a good time.

You never quite feel settled. You have the spirit of an adventurer.

You are imaginative and very visual. You can play out whole movies in your head.

There's so much in this world that interests you. You like to dabble in a little of everything.

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