the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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ATTN: Back-packers, bike-packers, food historians, those concerned about scurvey!


Here’s another fascinating lıttle nugget of nautical history.

In 1845, the famed Captain Sir John Franklin, 127 men, and a very interesting list of provisions embarked on a mission to discover a Northwest Passage and never returned. Ice-locked with lead cans and lacking enough food for the strenous task of surviving an arctic winter, the crew died of starvation, lead poisoning, and scurvey.

PBS provides this awesome (if admittedly somewhat voyeuristic) look into the plannıng that went into the packing of provisions brought along on this trip.

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Out of the nest


This honest essay comes from our friend Drew French of Living the Dream Farm (

Originally posted on Kung Fu Farmer:

Lets talk about farming.

“Once you decide on your occupation you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success and is the key to being regarded honorably.”

-Jiro Ono

I am a farmer. To be honest I hadn’t really said that, to myself or to others, and really felt it in my bones until recently. I had been living my life without examining it too closely, in a whirlwind of action and reaction that almost led to a nervous breakdown. I hadn’t really known why I always felt so frustrated, overworked, stressed out, and worn down to the bone. Living this way damaged my relationships with everything and everyone, including myself and my body. I could go on about causes and effects, reasoning my…

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an encyclical letter on care for our common home

664px-Giotto_-_Legend_of_St_Francis_-_-15-_-_Sermon_to_the_BirdsRogue Pope strikes again! Pope Francis has been surprising since he spoke out against capitalism, and he continues to impress by speaking out to give progressive opinions about the critical issues of our times. This year for Pentacost, he released this letter imploring his dioceses to, in short, enter the environmentalist movement. We believe his sentiment (regardless of the words we would use to describe it) is nondenominational.

Please read, practice, share, disseminate!

An Encyclical Letter on Care for Our Common Home

(The Holy Father, Pope Francis)

“More than fifty years ago, with the world teetering on the brink of nuclear crisis, Pope Saint John XXIII wrote an Encyclical which not only rejected war but offered a proposal for peace. He addressed his message Pacem in Terris to the entire “Catholic world” and indeed “to all men and women of good will”. Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet . . . to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.” 

Just goes to show, some pieces of history only become more relevent with time.

Read the full letter here!


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