Stone Soup

(Italicized text originally found here: http://www.extremelinux.info/stonesoup/stonesoup.html) Once upon a time, somewhere in post-war Eastern Europe, there was a great famine in which people jealously hoarded whatever food they could find, hiding it even from their friends and neighbors. One day a wandering soldier came into a village and began asking questions as if he planned to stay for the night. “There’s not a bite to eat in the whole province,” he was told. “Better keep moving on.” “Oh, I have everything I need,” he said. “In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you.” He pulled an iron cauldron from his wagon, filled it with water, and built a fire under it. Then, with great ceremony, he drew an ordinary-looking stone from a velvet bag and dropped it into the water. By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come to the square or watched from their windows. As the soldier sniffed the “broth” and licked his lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome Read More

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Proposal Letter to Paul Wheaton – the Duke of Permaculture

April 23, 2015 Re: Asking to add a section “Ubuntu-Contributionism Communities” to your forum list. Dear Paul Wheaton; Hi, my name is Karin Lacy. I’m a Lightworker of the First Wave, presently living in Mount Shasta, Northern California. I’ve watched a lot of permaculture videos over the years, and I would love to co-create with some special permaculture people and turn a bare piece of land into a garden and homestead for a small self-sustaining community. I just subscribed to your email newsletter because I enjoy watching your videos and to feel your powerful and refreshing energy. You are such a shining Light in the global grassroots movement of making the world a better place. (smile) Your introductory paragraph on your website caught my attention: “This is paul wheaton’s daily-ish email that is usually about permaculture and making a better world through learning good things rather than being angry at bad guys. To learn more about this email (and possibly helping with devious plots on world domination) visit http://richsoil.com/email.” So I thought I’m going to address you in an Open Letter which I will also put on Read More

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