Archive for the ‘Free-Range Life’ Category

Asshat Village

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 19:47 1 Comment

The article begins: Recently, in Silver Spring, Maryland, drivers at a busy intersection witnessed a spectacle you don’t see much these days, outside of the “Hunger Games” franchise: two children, aged ten and six, walking alone. An onlooker alerted the police. The cops scooped up the kids, drove them home in a patrol car, and [...]

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Kid Kontrol, or, Organized Insanity

Friday, April 20, 2012 11:14 No Comments

Whenever I see this intellectual debris being touted in the media and the self-declared childhood consulting community, I am reminded that America is becoming a wasteland of mind-numbing idiocy where the masses of mini-authoritarians are hell-bent on managing, planning, and dominating every aspect of human living. Children are usually the target of the totalitarians-at-large, and as [...]

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Not Your Modern Reality TV

Saturday, February 18, 2012 21:19 3 Comments

Do you think John Fairfax, “a flesh-and-blood character out of Graham Greene, with more than a dash of Hemingway and Ian Fleming shaken in,” flinched at life? At 9, he settled a dispute with a pistol. At 13, he lit out for the Amazon jungle. At 20, he attempted suicide-by-jaguar. Afterward he was apprenticed to [...]

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The States That Rob You the Most (and the Least)

Sunday, July 24, 2011 16:05 No Comments

This article on Yahoo Finance is hardly a surprise, but it is worth a mention here. The article lists the ten states with the highest tax burdens and the ten states with the lowest tax burdens. The highest tax states are predictable – if you follow this stuff at all, you’ll get at least 7 [...]

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Gathering Local, Staying Vocal

Sunday, May 22, 2011 21:45 6 Comments

A couple of years ago, Forbes published an interesting piece: “The Locavore Myth: When Buying From Nearby Farmers Won’t Save the Planet.” Here’s the first paragraph. Buy local, shrink the distance food travels, save the planet. The locavore movement has captured a lot of fans. To their credit, they are highlighting the problems with industrialized [...]

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The Essence of Egg and Chicken

Monday, March 21, 2011 21:00 1 Comment

Joel Salatin, farmer, author, and lecturer, uses the story of chicken farming and eggs to tell a story of values, success, and the necessity of writing one’s own legacy that is rife with principles. Joel communicates a great summary of the free market when he says, “If we devote ourselves to sacredness in our vocations, [...]

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From Free-Range to Safety Corral

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:59 6 Comments

Toys are no longer fun things for playing. They “develop gross motor skills,” “develop spatial awareness,” and improve “concentration and memory while reinforcing dexterity and hand-eye coordination.” Lenore Skenazy, the original Free-Range Mom, has written a great column published in today’s Wall Street Journal: “Parents Are Taking the Fun Out of Toys.” Lenore is noted [...]

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