Get Ready

January 24, 2015     My winter garden

Before I start what will be a rather short blog today, I just want to let those of you who have inquired know that I’m feeling better, though not back up to snuff, yet. Thanks for your prayers, healing thoughts, good vibes, friendly incantations and loving concerns. They mean a great deal to me.


Maybe it’s the “We’re really good guys” propaganda from Davos as they lap up ever more of the world’s wealth, the multi-trillion dollar relay race of QE taking place around the world, the unfolding disaster in the oil patch and its knock-on effects, the constant stream of “Russian invasions” in Ukraine (dang, those Russians are busy little beavers), the slowing global economy, the growing potential for blow-back from our machinations and meddling in the Middle East and North Africa, or the impending rigors that climate change will demand of us soon. Certainly it’s the increasing number of warnings from bloggers and news sources I’ve come to trust around the internet. Some of it is plain old gut feeling.

Everything I see and read is saying, “Get ready for round two.” Unless you’re in the top 20% of Americans who are doing pretty well, economically, you probably haven’t fully recovered from round one, back in 2008, which means it will be that much harder this time, recovery will be much slower and much less – if at all.

I’m not trying to “scare” people; (I’ll leave that to Homeland Security and the FBI sting operators.) But when you hear all the happy talk about the economy accompanied by all the “be afraid; the terrorists are coming for us” talk, you know the Gov is trying to distract us from something.

I don’t think things will fall apart tomorrow, or even in the next month – although those black swans do have a way of gliding in for a landing at the most unexpected times. I do think we might be heading into real trouble by the end of the year. That’s not the time to be trying to get ready.

So, what can you do to get ready? John Michael Greer’s Involuntary Poverty is where we all probably should have started a decade or two ago. If you’re late getting started, here’s a good post to start with.

For those of you who are already involuntarily poor or on small fixed incomes, you might read through the Doom and the Working Poor series linked at the top of this blog for ideas.

There are many other blogs with ideas and ways to lower your dependence on the infinite growth, consumer driven systems that are failing and simplify your life.

Learn to garden. Grow as much of your own food as you can, even if it’s container gardening on your apartment balcony.

Learn some useful skills that don’t depend on this oil energy dependent economy or look around your community for ways you could make a living from ones you already have.

Get out and stay out of debt.

Learn to “use it up; wear it out; make do or do without.”

Make these changes permanent.

Above all, start now.

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10 Responses to Get Ready

  1. graveday says:

    Isn’t it ‘make do’ or ‘make doo-doo’? Regardless, for a second I thought I saw a chicken hiding in the foliage in that pic you posted.
    There are so many issues flying around like those winged monkeys in Oz, but it only takes two to scare me, the state of the oceans and the accompanying climate weirding.
    Chill hours around here is supposed to be about 600 to 800 yearly. Lately I’ve heard we’re getting about 60. The fruit and nut trees think this is fruity and nutty, at least as far as I can tell. And it’s not just me, I was talking to a big time walnut grower and he concurs; climate weirding is taking a toll on his harvest.
    It’s taking a toll on me.

    • theozarker says:

      Hi grave, here the weather is just a little weird, so people can say, “Oh, it’s always been like that,” not realizing that what’s happening in other parts of the country and the world aren’t going to stay there and leave the rest of us to our cozy lifestyles.

  2. Silvia TIC says:

    You are not the only one with those feelings, Linda. Something big is going to hit us all this year, we should all prepare…all the best.

  3. alexiapl3 says:

    So glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better. And thank you for your post. As always, I’m on the same page as you are. Plan to look into Involuntary Poverty. Sounds as if it might be a very worthwhile read.

  4. theozarker says:

    Hi, Alexia. Thanks, and yes, J.M. Greer, over at the Archdruid Report has quite a lot about involuntary poverty in his blog posts (and books). Probably sooner rather than later, all of us will be practicing it – voluntarily or involuntarily. We might as well be ahead of the curve. 😀

  5. Diane says:

    In my struggles with life, I lost track of your column for a while and I see I came back to a really good one. I’ll be checking out the links to involuntary poverty as well.

    “when you hear all the happy talk about the economy accompanied by all the “be afraid; the terrorists are coming for us” talk, you know the Gov is trying to distract us from something.”

    I think you hit the nail on the head here Linda. Doing what government has always done is only going to get us more of the same. Only now we have to take the “hockey stick” into consideration and realise our position on the hockey stick is much more precarious. Collapse has gone vertical.

    Take care of yourself Linda, your words are a great help to many. Thank you.

    • theozarker says:

      Glad to have you back, Diane. Yes, the whole west seems to be caught in Einstein’s classic definition of insanity. And I agree that climate change is only going to make it much, much harder to cope.
      Thanks for the kind wishes and words.

  6. John Ludi says:

    Happy to hear that you’re feeling better my friend. 🙂

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