*** This profile is old, I do not currently reside in NC (I'm in Seattle). I am moving to Asheville this summer to attend Daoist Traditions Classical Chinese Medicine program. My current-ish profile is Meticlueless. I'd love to hear about your wonderful city! ***
The whole world knows the beautiful as the beautiful, and this is only the the ugly; it knows the good as the good and this is, indeed, the bad.
Something and Nothing producing each other;
The difficult and the easy complementing each other;
The long and the short off-setting each other;
The high and low filling out each other;
Note and sound harmonizing with each other;
Before and after following each other --
These are in accordance with what is constant.
Hence the sage dwells in the deed that consists in taking no action and practices the teaching that uses no words.
It makes the myriad creatures without being their initiator,
It benefits them without extracting any gratitude for this;
It accomplishes its task without claiming any merit for this.
It is because it lays no claim to merit
That its merit never deserts it.
I am studying primitive living skills, ethnobotony/herbalism and Taoist martial arts.
My life these days basically revolves around the following: Attempting to make fire, foraging for food and medicine, and working on projects that make those two activities easier.
I'm also back on my kung fu regimen which will only increase with time. Daily morning and evening meditation and form work
Attempting to make fire by friction using various combinations of wood.
Making a bow, arrows, and clothing for fall deer hunting.
Walking lightly, attempting to minimize my ecological footprint.
Presumably, in that order.
The Tao Te Ching, The Wandering Taoist, The Circus of Dr. Lao, Algebra (by Saunders Mac Lane), Snow Crash, Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go, The $50 and Up Underground House Book, Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times, Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski, Discovering Wild Plants, The Greyhawk world/series
Garden State, Igby Goes Down, Idiocracy, Office Space, The Honor of DongFang Xu, Drunken Monkey, Anything Shaw Bros., Death to Smoochy
I don't watch much tv anymore now that I'm spending so much time in the foothills, but these are some shows that I think are certainly worth watching
Curb Your Enthusiasm, Trailer Park Boys, The Mighty Boosh, Sealab 2021, The Wire
These are some of my all-time favorites, Check them out.
The Dirty Three (Sea Above, Sky Below)
Skeleton$ (Stepper a.k.a. Work.)
Silas Blak (Black Cop)
Homeboy Sandman (Not Really, Couple Bars, Parallel Perpendicular, Peace & Love, Illuminati)
Pharoahe Monche (Evolve)
I've also recently gotten into alt country/bluegrass... Gillian Welch, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Avett Brothers, etc
healthy and ethically foraged/harvested/grown food
Music, the kind that endures. Music that elicits deep feelings from within, music that challenges and expands my interpretation of what is...
Maintaining proper body structure
Getting off the grid
How to improve my awareness
Native plants and their uses
Mathematics (Categories and how they can be used to relate various domains to one another)
Syllables and Word play
Zero and Infinity
Am I self-sufficient? Self-sustaining? Having a minimal impact on my surroundings? If not, what do I need to do to make myself so
Down in Olympia working on my friends "hogan" (Really it's an open-faced shelter, but the book that inspired it called it a 'hogan') and forging knives.
I've never shaved, ever.
Or, you know, if I strike your fancy.