Kids that played……

I recently learned of a book about kids in America. The book is titled “Free-Range kids” ( Amazon.com). The writer talks about children that play and imagine, get dirty and tire themselves out playing. I guess you could say my children were one of the few Free range kids that this writer talks about.

On the farm my kids wandered the yard, which was about 2 acres in size. They could also go on the full 60 acres if they chose to. The woodsy areas full of life and wonder.

Before my daughter was born, my son and I explored the 60 plus acres.  The land had sat fallow for many years. I always enjoyed exploring the woods. to see the creepy crawly things.  One particular spot my son loved was his ship. It was two small, sapling size tree trunks growing on the edge of a back water pond, that was fed by the creek.

I recall the first time we were at the ship. It had started to rain and we decided to get back to the house. Paul being only 3,  tried to go around the trunks on the water side. He slipped and fell into the water. I was so shocked that it happened, I looked down into the water to see him laying on his back, looking up at me thru the water. I jumped down, into the water, scooped him up and set him down on the bank. Looking him in the eye, I asked him if he was okay, he looked at me with all the indignation in the world and said “I’m all wet”.  I will never forget him looking at me thru the water. No fear in his eyes just surprise.

He spent many an hour on that ship sailing the seven seas. I would venture down with him and check out the creek on the property. He would hunt for frogs, salamanders and tadpoles. Sitting by the back water and watch tadpoles dart around. Sometimes we would catch a few and take them up to the pond that was in the front yard. We would watch the miracle of transformation as the tadpole slowly turned to frog.

My two children would spend hours in the summer exploring the yard, swimming in the above ground pool, picking blackberries and blueberries. Watching for frogs in the pond. Catching gardener snakes. Even catching salamanders that are not seen much any more.

I grew up in a typical suburban neighborhood. Every house looked the same. I always knew after school a bunch would be out playing and riding bikes. Some days I would wander into the woods behind our house and explore or play some imagined game. In the winter I would walk on the swamp that was frozen and pretend to ice skate. The pond was not that big but it was big enough for me.

I became a creative thinker from all this play when I was young. I did not die from critters in the swamp. I did not get diseases from getting dirt on me. I did receive a few bumps and scraps from the pavement and the trees I climbed. But I certainly survived.

I became hardened. I knew what real pain was. Not being alone, but I was comfortable alone in my skin. I learned life has ups and downs. And yes people get hurt but they live. Not like today’s kid that cannot go out in the rain. Or walk to the park. Or swing on a swing. I see kids today take a fall on a skate board or bike and they are thru. They ball, and ball until mommy comes to the rescue. It is to bad mommies of the world have to save their children from what. Really the saving is from bullies not trees, from predators not dirt. Start allowing kids to imagine, start allowing them to get dirty. start allowing them to explore. You might be surprised at their independence at home.

Related Material:

http://www.amazon.com/FreeRange-Raise-Self-Reliant…

https://http://www.facebook.com/FreeRangeKids

www.freerangekids.com/feed

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_range_kids

Obama making U.N. climate agreement that doesn’t need congressional approval

An example of UN policy and Agenda-21.

BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades!

There was a about a minute of Fox’s news time spent on this story that should be making everyone madder than hell. Most of the report was spent on Podesta, the architect of this nasty Executive Order coming down. Apparently Podesta has been at the U.N. for over at decade working on his plan of redistributing America’s wealth. Podesta, now one of the most dangerous people in the administration. He worked for Clinton, so if anyone has any illusions of what a Hillary Presidency would look like, look no further. This is not the first we heard of him. Recall

Obama’s Podesta wants to give the U.S oceans to the U.N. December 12, 2013 — bunkerville

President Obama’s new staff adviser, senior progressive strategist John Podesta,  is a key player in an initiative seeking more government regulation of the  oceans and the ceding of U.S. oceans to United Nations-based international law.

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The New Trade off Energy vs. Ecology…

No one ever talks about what happens to families and their lives. Just like the save the salmon on the Columbia river the sage Grouse will be the same thing. Big energy is just across the border in a neighboring state. The ecology faction has now swooped in and identified something that will or may be the savior of Montana land. These people feel that if one state has a threat against land then there needs to be a trade-off to save land.

The sage grouse is just the reason to take land from people that have had land in their family for generations. It matters not what these people have done for generations. It matters not what these people do on the land they love. It matters not what it will do to communities that may be struggling to make a living. If the organizations cannot convince people to sell their families land, they will regulate them and tax them off the land. All they need to do is get and endangered species act that encompasses a large area of a state.

Nominal tracts of land is what they will go after first, then they will prey on the bigger land owners to do their civic duty and donate the land. Then if they cannot tax them off the land or regulate them off the land they will eminent domain them off the land. All for the Agenda-21 direction in the name of stewardship in perpetuity and sustainable development.

Your question might be who is they?

http://www.care2.com/news/member/914755234/3704621

Rocky Mountain Wild Homepage

http://www.voiceforthewild.org/general/sage_grouse_protection.html
These are just a few that will take the stage…

Trade off…

Anytime there is a controversial plan for something related to energy the ecology groups and earth-firsters come out in droves. They will create an environment of controversy enough for the different companies to bend a little. They (big companies) have their own requirements when doing any project. The biggest one is their mitigation plan. In plain English how much land will they set aside to offset the amount of land that they use for their project along with how much land will be affected by doing business. If they don’t buy land outright to put into conservation themselves they may donate the money to a mitigation bank that is being steward’s by a trust (i.e. non-profit). Mitigation banking was established in the early 90’s, to satisfy a U.N. policyon environment. Makes it real easy for big business to satisfy EPA policy just pour some money into a NGO that stewards land???

I saw this take place live on the Columbia River. This issue started with need for the Columbia river to be dredged. The Columbia River normally gets dredged for maintenance. This time was different, they said that the river needed to be dredged deeper than ever before. Now why would it have to be dredged deeper. Then the announcement was made, if 4200 acres of ditched a diked flood plain was returned to the lower Columbia estuary, then it would be safe to dredge the river.

The 4200 acres was to save the salmon. The purchasing of land for salmon recovery took off like a rocket. This would make it sustainable for salmon. (see the word sustainable).  For the next 5 years NGO’s working with GO’s started every project they could dig up, to save the salmon. They also bought land like crazy, (only if they could buy it for nothing) even with unethical business practices, to get it.

With save the salmon moneys 4200 acres did not have to be purchased, as long as 4200 acres of floodplain were returned to the lower Columbia estuary. Often times this meant buying a piece of land and creating a flood plain that also flooded other Peoples land.  This accomplished big business moved in and announced the building of a Liquid Natural Gas terminal(for the loading and discharging LNG in bulk). The LNG ships needed the river to be deeper. The land that was flooded all on the Washington side of the river. And FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)chose the location on the Oregon side , for the terminal. Trade off, Trade off, Trade off.

The mitigation plan complete for the LNG terminal and how much land would be affected by the LNG ships as well as the operation of business at the terminal. All is safe for the fish and everything is then sustainable.