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Trying to Earn a Living While Living in the Country

By Cam Mather Sometimes I write articles for the local paper that’s published every second month. It’s a great little newspaper/magazine but my most recent article elicited a tactful “please stop promoting your business(es) in your articles” from the editor and publisher. And herein lies the great, eternal country living/homesteading dilemma… how do you earn …

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The All-In-One Independent Living/Preparation/Homesteading Workshop

By Cam Mather On October 20th we will be hosting the “The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-On, Solar-Powered, All You Can Grow Workshop” again here at Sunflower Farm. I think the workshop gets better each year. Every year we take more steps towards independence and self-sufficiency and so we have more …

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My Recurring Nightmare

By Cam Mather Do you have a recurring nightmare? One of those nightmares that often reflects something that you dread in real life? Like the one where you’re late for an exam and you get there just as it’s over and you fail the year … or the one where you have to speak in …

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I Quit Facebook

By Cam Mather Facebook sucks! I don’t even know why I joined, but after being on it for a while, I think it really bites. Most of all, I’m creeped out by all the data Facebook keeps about me. I have no doubt there are numerous other ways I’m being tracked on the web, but …

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DVDs Still Work for Me

By Cam Mather I live near the Village of Tamworth, which is home to the greatest video establishment on the planet, “Village Video.” Tim Kidd is the owner of Village Video. I have blogged about Tim before because he is an integral part of our community. He is a volunteer firefighter. This is very important …

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The Extreme Sport of Running a CSA

By Cam Mather Over the years I have been reading about CSAs.  “Community Supported Agriculture” or CSAs deliver a basket of produce to people once a week during the growing season, so the members share in the harvest. They take the ups with the downs. Now as I reach back into the recesses of my …

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Spending Time Together, 24/7

By Michelle Mather A couple of months ago Cam wrote here about how hard it is to get back into the “working for someone else” mode. He had been temporarily working down the road at our neighbour’s woodshop. When he first floated the idea of working for our neighbour for a few weeks I thought …

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The Positive Vibe of a University Town

By Cam Mather I have an “H.B.A.” You’re probably thinking that’s an “Honors Bachelor of Arts.” Well, in my world it means “Half a B.A.” because that’s how many credits I’ve got. After my R.B.D. (Radio Broadcasting Diploma) from Loyalist College I went to Queen’s University in Kingston as a mature student in Commerce. And …

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“On the Road” vs. “The Road”

By Cam Mather There is a book by Jack Kerouac called “On The Road.” It’s considered to be a classic. It’s the defining book about the ‘beat generation’ who broke all the rules and set the new bohemian standard for existential coolness. I use many of these terms not really knowing if I’ve got them …

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Measured Out in Coffee Spoons

By Cam Mather In my on-going “life as a song lyric” series, where I live vicariously through music, I was recently taken back to my suburban life. It was one of those “angry Cam” days when a whole series of things had me in a pissy mood… climate change/idiots & morons/May weather in March exposing …

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