Open for Business

It’s been a while since I said Hi.  I’m sure you all understand.  Work, home, commitments all conspire against us to do all the other things in life we do when we aren’t paying bills and keeping our families fed.  It’s been a good time though because it’s given me the chance to look back and look forward and understand some things that I didn’t before.  Things I may have sensed but not really had the time to contemplate or appreciate.  It’s funny how things are revealed to us.  Sometimes we sit in a quiet room for days trying to fathom some mystery of the universe and the answer comes to us in the midst of the busiest day we can imagine.

It just goes to show that one of the greatest skills in life we should try to cultivate is simply being open to what life presents us.  You never know when that still, small voice is going to whisper the answer or a truth in your ear.  We can prepare ourselves as much as we can through prayer, meditation, and introspection but the word will come when it comes; not before and not after.  We simply need the patience, perseverance, and preparedness to wait for it to happen.

Take a moment before you start the day and stop.  Ask yourself, “Am I open to the possibilities the universe has to offer me today?”  If you are, you will be surprised what is out there, waiting to enlighten your day.


Spring Cleaning

As Winter draws to a close here in the Northern Hemisphere, thoughts turn to the approaching Spring.  Warm days spent outside without the need for several additional layers of clothing.  Opening windows sealed for five months to let the fresh air in.  The simple enjoyment of those extra hours of sunlight every day.  If you live in a cold weather climate like me, you know the exquisite pleasure of all of these rituals.

One other ritual we associate with Spring is the Spring Cleaning.  The advent of warmer weather turns thoughts to opening windows and doors and cleaning up the things accumulated during those long Winter days and nights.  In a similar vein, I would like to take this opportunity to clean up the Resources section of the site over the next couple of weeks.  If you have any favourite books, blogs, or resources you’d like to suggest please leave a comment with the information and I’ll be sure to add it.  Likewise, if you’ve found anything that needs to be removed from the Resources section, let me know and I’ll clean that up.  Let’s make this the best collaborative site for Paleo and Primal resources available!


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Building a Community

When I came up with the idea for the Paleo Campfire, it was first and foremost about building a community.  Community building was important to me for two reasons.  First, is discovery and fellowship.  I want to find like-minded people in my geographic location to share experiences with.  Walks in the woods, dinners out, and gatherings.  Our ancestors were social animals that spent as much time together in communion as they did out finding food for the day.  Despite conventional wisdom, the Paleolithic life was not a constant, harsh battle against the elements and Nature for survival.  They had plenty of time to be with family and friends.

I’m a telecommuter with two kids.  Most days I don’t even have the limited social interactions of the office environment.  Finding a clan of like-minded people has become very important for me.  The social aspect of our lives is undeniable to begin with, it only becomes more true when you decide to take a life path that isn’t shared by the general population.

The second is to provide this sense of community to the world.  Paleo / Primal living isn’t strictly a North American trend.  All over the world people are discovering the wisdom of dispensing with the Neolithic foods we don’t need to survive.  I want to build a network where we can all talk together, share ideas, and provide encouragement.  Just as I’m sure our ancestors visited around to the surrounding clans in their larger community, we too should be able to move about in a medium for sharing and visitation.  The Internet only extends our reach past the places our legs could realistically carry us.

I would be honored if you’d like to strike out on this community building experiment with me.  Head over to the About the Campfire page for a form to send me your information.  Send as little or as much as you feel comfortable with and I’ll update the site.  The only requirement is a name but this can be a nickname if you desire.  We want to make this interactive but safe for all of us.

I look forward to hearing from you.