Walden, Part 1

Transcendentalism is a philosophical movement that developed in the late 1820s and 1830s in the eastern United States as a protest against the general state of intellectualism and spirituality. The Unitarian church, Harvard Divinity School, Concord, Massachusetts, and Ralph Waldo Emerson were at its epicenter. A core belief of transcendentalism is in the inherent goodness of people and nature. Society... Continue Reading →

Was Marco Polo a Silverback?

Today's selection -- from Imperial China by DK. Marco Polo’s book, "Description of the World," awakened Europe to the wider world:"Marco Polo was born around 1254 into a prosperous merchant family in the Italian city-state of Venice. When he was six years old, his father, Niccolo, and his uncle, Maffeo, left Venice on a trading mission, passing through... Continue Reading →

The Prince of Common Sense

[Occasionally you read something that causes you to say “Why didn’t I think of that?” Friend, author, and fellow Vermonter, Bill Schubart suggests in this piece that we might consolidate some of our state colleges, already experiencing enrollment declines, and repurpose the campuses as prisons. It's an idea that makes so much sense that I'm... Continue Reading →

Hyper-inflation and Y-O-U

[Silverback Kent (Sintra Silverbacks) is our go-to guy for crypto-currency. He published this several weeks ago, and I thought it might have relevance especially for those Jungle dwellers who are living on a fixed supply of bananas. You can keep yourself up-to-date on the financial world by subscribing to his newsletter, Kent's Corner available on... Continue Reading →

You Are What You Drive

Ray Magliozzi [Ray Magliozzi is the inheritor of Car Talk mantle on National Public Radio. This article was suggested by SB Jerry (Quaker SBs). And what does he drive? "For transportation I drive a 2014 Ford Explorer, only 80,000 miles so good for another 7 years maybe.  That is our road trip car, lots of... Continue Reading →

Al’s Other Bikes

Before we stray too far from SB Al's custom, vintage eBike, let's see some of the others in his collection. His partner, Silverbelle Vance Smith, counts among her many design credits, the Defiant Woodstove made by Vermont Castings. While in Pandemic mode, Vance made some Christmas ornaments from Styrofoam balls and pushpins They look very... Continue Reading →

“At 75, How Fun is Life?

Silverback Ron, Muskegon SBs [What makes a great Silverback? Bravery? Strength? Ability to protect the troop? Size of the harem? Nope, it's the willingness to take on ambitious, foolish projects without regard to the impact on bank account, reputation, or perception of sanity. Last fall, the Digest introduced you to Silverback Ron who builds, and... Continue Reading →

Badass Silverbelles … Larkin Poe

These ladies define "badass." From their website: Rebecca & Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe are singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist sisters creating their own brand of Roots Rock 'n' Roll: gritty, soulful, and flavored by their southern heritage. Originally from Atlanta and currently living in Nashville, they are descendants of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allan Poe.... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday, Dolly

[This is old news, but new to me. While Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson spent their millions to blast themselves into space, and Bill Gates pals around with the Jeffrey Epsteins of the world, and Elon Musk writes bizarre songs about Harambe, Dolly Parton does simple things to improve the lots of people in her... Continue Reading →

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