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I've written here before about my son, Daniel. Many here know him. Though he has mostly lurked at Daily Kos, posting only a single diary (written when he was 17), in a way he grew up here. He has accompanied me to three YearlyKos/Netroots Nations: Chicago '07, Austin '08 and Pittsburgh '09. After that, my fortunes took a turn for the worse as I joined the ranks of the long-term unemployed and we haven't been able to afford to attend one since. If things were otherwise, we'd have been to them all. It's hard to imagine anything more stimulating and fun - Woodstock for grownups.


Daniel was seventeen when he first joined me on a trip to Chicago for YKOS'07. One of the many highlights of that trip for him was meeting claude and Ben Masel. They both taught him a lot in a brief period of time and he has never forgotten it.







Below, backstage with John Hobbs as his guests at Vince Gill and Amy Grant’s Christmas show where John was the keyboardist and band director in December, 2008.


Daniel has also joined me many times to march for peace and justice in Washington DC and elsewhere.




Below, Daniel and Doc Zombie just before the big anti-death penalty march in Atlanta on September 16, 2011.

daniel and doc zombie at the order window at nicks

Below, at the march on Wells Fargo, November 2, 2011.


Daniel is now a senior at a local State University majoring in Language and Culture. He has become fluent in Spanish and is working on it in Japanese and Mandarin and has spent two weeks UPDATE: make that five weeks in Shanghai, China on a study abroad program. He anticipates further travel and his mastery of Spanish opens up virtually the whole of Central and South America to him. His dream is to become a globe-trotting permaculture designer/evangelist/teacher spreading the gospel of permaculture and greening the earth.

Cultivate Abundance is the name of Daniel's new blog. He's also just starting his first farm. It's owned by an uncle, but he's been given free range to permaculturize it and he's going about it with great zeal. He's been doing his homework for quite a few years now, and his focus has been impressive. There is very little about permaculture he doesn't know. He's also developed a broad familiarity with a number of related topics like plant biology, mycology, green architecture and soil science. He hopes to one day establish a school, or perhaps a series of schools around the world, to teach and spread permaculture.

I wrote this diary a few months back about the things Daniel has taught me about permaculture and related matters, Emergence of the Hive Mind – Orchids in the Cracks.

As a new farmer, Daniel decided he could use a good dog. He has now adopted a fairly remarkable dog named Bear. He found him on the website for the Homeless Pets Foundation, and fell in love. From their description of Bear:

Bear can tell you just how awful it is to be on the end of a chain. His family got him as a pup and chained him to a tree in the back yard and there he sat. For years! He never got to run, play or join his family in their fun, not to mention never getting to seek cover from storms and heat. Thats no life! Reported by neighbors, the family gave up Bear to a shelter.

Bear is a big boy, just shy of 90 pounds! Gentle giant applies here. He's super sweet and loves to be petted and talked to. He's a real pushover and ready to live the life he's always dreamed of. He's a young guy but not a puppy and walks well on a leash and likes to play with toys.


Above, Daniel with Bear, the sweetest dog in the world. He's the calmest, friendliest thing. It's sort of amazing considering his history. The next door dogs were raising hell barking at him. He just calmly looked at them like, "Sup?" We've yet to hear him bark. Daniel and he are totally bonded and Daniel is already click training him. He learned all about that here.

Daniel has just launched a KickStarter project to finance his present permaculture venture. It's a modest effort, he's seeking to raise a thousand dollars, mostly for seeds and supplies. He first submitted a five or ten minute video about the project but it was rejected by the KickStarter reviewer, who explained that since he was an unknown, he needed to say a lot more about why anyone should think he'd be successful. He needed to demonstrate his expertise and potential and explain himself better. That he has done and his project is now approved. The resulting unscripted video is quite long and very thorough. The length may challenge anyone without a strong interest in permaculture, but it's a great overview for those who are. The video is available at his kickstarter page. It won't embed here for some reason.

Link to Daniel's KickStarter project.

With any luck at all, I believe Daniel is going to go a long way and do a lot of good.

Please join me in wishing him well, and thank you all for your kindness, friendship and support over all of these years. We're mighty proud to know you.

Some cool links:

The Permaculture Institute
Edible Forest Gardens
FinchJ's most excellent diary on Agroecology
The rest of FinchJ's work (h/t surfbird007)
DWG's The end of world as we know it . . .


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