AUDIO: Friday Night Radio Theater

The girls all prefer listening to a story over watching a film because you can “do stuff” while you listen.

Featured image: A Saba Freudenstadt 8


The Deerslayer, Part 1 – 13:22

The last of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales


Rene Robert Cavelier de La Salle 15:06

René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle was a 17th century French explorer and fur trader in North America. He explored the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico.


Amazing Death Of Mrs Putnam – 25:16

A woman calling the police is shot while she’s on the phone. But she was really killed two hours earlier!


Spawn Of The Sub Human – 24:38

Dark Fantasy was a series dedicated to dealings with the unknown.  It aired as a horror drama on NBC between 1941 and 1942.

The Question Concerning Technology

The essence of technology is by no means anything technological.


“Technology is not equivalent to the essence of technology. When we are seeking the essence of “tree,” we have to become aware that That which pervades every tree, as tree, is not itself a tree that can be encountered among all the other trees.

Likewise, the essence of technology is by no means anything technological. Thus we shall never experience our relationship to the essence of technology so long as we merely conceive and push forward the technological, put up with it, or evade it. Everywhere we remain unfree and chained to technology, whether we passionately affirm or deny it. But we are delivered over to it in the worst possible way when we regard it as something neutral; for this conception of it, to which today we particularly like to do homage, makes us utterly blind to the essence of technology.”

Further reading:  The Question Concerning Technology, MARTIN HEIDEGGER

I Can. Do You?

Here’s my favorite tomato sauce recipe. It’s really quite easy and you don’t need fancy equipment.

Surprise!  It’s Harvest Month and we are busy canning.  Admitted, my filled jars do not have pretty little checkered cloth covers and prettily handwritten tags decoratively dangling from their sides.  I will make sure to adorn them thus when the girls do the canning and I am sitting on the kitchen bench, responsible for the decorative parts only, in about 20 years or so.  Until then, I will pay more attention to what goes into the jars than to their pretty appearance on the pantry shelves.

But enough rambling.  I wanted to share one of my favorite canning recipes with you, for what it’s worth.  I won’t give you exact amounts because you have to eat it, so you figure out how much pepper you like in your tomato sauce, if any, and whether you like it to be more or less garlic-y.  The ratios are pretty much arbitrary.  The vinegar helps keep the sauce fresh.  I use apple-cider vinegar because it simply tastes better than the white stuff.

Oh, and one last thing:  You need no pressure canner for this one.  The jars are processed in a hot water bath, so this can be done without special equipment, apart from the actual jars you put the sauce in.  You can buy them at just about every grocery store at this time of year, usually in 12-packs, for about a buck per jar.

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Tomato Sauce

  • tomatoes, as many as you have.  For thicker sauce remove seeds/ the watery inner part (which I never do; I rather add tomato paste to the sauce when I actually use it).  If you grew the (heirloom, not hybrid) tomatoes yourself, save some seeds for next spring!
  • peppers, as many as you like.  Save seeds from them as well.
  • onions, two or so, more if they are small
  • garlic, about two cloves per 5 quarts, or more if you like
  • oregano, a good bit, either dried or fresh
  • basil, also a good bit, either dried or fresh
  • apple cider vinegar, about half a cup for 5 quarts worth of sauce


Cut all the vegetables into chunks and bring to a boil in a big pot.  When it’s boiling, turn down the heat and let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes.  Fill into hot, sterilized jars, leaving about 1/4 inch headspace.  Put lids on, but don’t screw them on real tight.  Just enough for them to be well in place is enough.  Process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.  Remove from water bath and let cool for about 12 hours before labeling and storing away.

If you have a jar or so left over because you don’t want to process a lonely jar in the big canner, just use it fresh or freeze it.  Incidentally, I freeze all liquids in wide-mouth mason jars; just make sure to leave a lot more headspace than when you can because liquids expand when they freeze.

Since our girls love tomato sauce, but prefer it smooth rather than chunky, I pour the sauce into a mixer and puree it before heating, but it’s not necessary to do that if you like chunky sauce.  For us, this recipe takes care of all our surplus tomatoes, all the ones we do not turn into fresh salsa or eat straight off the plant.

Survival Can-dle

Need ideas what to do with an empty tobacco can, besides storing matches, or a small sewing kit in it?  Here is one.

Pipe tobacco cans are very versatile.  They have a great size and a close-fitting lid that screws on and off.  Much too good to just throw away when empty!  Look at this fine example:


Need ideas what to do with a tobacco can, besides storing matches, or a small sewing kit in it?  Here is an idea:  Make a survival candle.  All it takes is some paraffin (the kind you can pick up at just about any general store) and a bit of leftover wick or thick cotton thread, or even an piece of pipe cleaner, and hey presto!, you have a candle that doubles as a stove if need be.


Plus, it’s fun to make.  Try it out!

The 1719 Hans Herr House in PA

Cruising the Hans Herr House website turned out to be a wonderful little history lesson this morning.

Photo by Mike Herr, Lititz, PaThis place was mentioned in one of our daughters’ Math problems and we had no idea what it might be.  So we looked it up:  The 1719 Hans Herr House, in case you haven’t heard of it either, is the oldest still standing settlement in Lancaster County, PA, and a registered historic landmark.

Here is their website:

1719 Hans Herr House Museum and Tours

hans herr3What a great museum!  They have a wonderful virtual tour that takes you all around the Hans Herr house and grounds, including a drone-view video of the whole area.  Individual things in the house are described, and their original German names are given.  So you see the “Kuechenschrank” (on the left), some Faesser (barrels for food storage) in the basement and Werkzeuge (tools) in the house, for example.  My favorite room is the children’s bedroom up in the attic, right next to the big chimney.

There is more to the museum than “just” the Hans Herr House.  Here is how they describe their museum:

The 1719 Hans Herr House Museum contains buildings and exhibits tracing the formation of Lancaster County and early America, including three Pennsylvania German farmhouses; several barns; a blacksmith shop, smokehouse and outdoor bake oven and an extensive collection of farm equipment spanning three centuries. The 1719 House itself is the oldest building in Lancaster County and the oldest Mennonite meetinghouse in the Americas.

Cruising the 1719 Hans Herr House website turned out to be a wonderful little history lesson this morning.  Technology DOES have its merits, after all.

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As above, so below

It is not that the order of the cosmos was conceived on the model of social institutions, but, on the contrary, these institutions were founded on the basis of analogy with the cosmic order.

~Rene Guenon

As above, so below.

On Earth as it is in Heaven.

My new favorite word:  Doppelschifffschraubenturbinenschnellpostdampfer 

Which beats my old favorite word:  Antidisestablishmentarianism

New evidence suggests Stone Age hunters from Europe discovered America

A remarkable series of several dozen European-style stone tools, dating back between 19,000 and 26,000 years, have been discovered at six locations along the US east coast. Three of the sites are on the Delmarva Peninsular in Maryland, discovered by archaeologist Dr Darrin Lowery of the University of Delaware. One is in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia. A sixth was discovered by scallop-dredging fishermen on the seabed 60 miles from the Virginian coast on what, in prehistoric times, would have been dry land.

Source: The Independent

Congress Quietly Pushing Bill to Require National Biometric ID for ‘ALL Americans’

“Under the statists’ National ID scheme, you’d be forced to carry around your National ID card, tied to this massive database, chockfull of biometric identifiers like fingerprints and retina scans,” Paul noted. “Without this ID, you won’t be able to legally hold a job — or likely even open a bank account or even board a plane!”

Source: The Liberty Beacon

We are well into a geomagnetic reversal right now.

LINK: Rise of the Machines

“Perilous to us all are the devices of an art deeper than we possess ourselves.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien

“Perilous to us all are the devices of an art deeper than we possess ourselves.”

“This is truly terrifying. This technology, these machines, and the minds behind them are not benign. They are the result of–at best–a misguided will. Far from encouraging human flourishing, they will destroy it. We are seeing the re-emergence of human sacrifice–this time upon the altar of technological and economic power. “

Source: The Distributist Review

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