KahnVurj.me Blog is Now Higher-Octave.com

We enjoy visitors, especially family.
We enjoy visitors, especially family.

New Blog

Some of you have been with us since Mary started our blog as “Let’s go to Idaho”. However, most are more familiar with our blog as KahnVurj.me. Because of our blogging hiatus, many have been wondering what we’ve been up to. Wonder no more. We are now back with a totally revamped site, Higher-Octave.com. The content will continue to chronicle our lives to keep friends and family updated. But it will also include an emphasis on homesteading. We hope that our experience will assist others who share in this lifestyle.

More to Come

Higher Octave will include new features. With such busy schedules, few have the time to sit down and read. So, the first new component will be the Higher Octave Podcast. This will help our listeners to stay informed while driving, working, playing, etc. Episodes are already being recorded.  They will be published as soon as the “back-end” stuff gets setup.

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Church, God, Guilt

iyou chooseI was born, raised, schooled (and guilted), Catholic. Later in life I toted my kids to Methodist services which seemed to ease the ‘guilt’ of previously not making them go to church, as my parents made me. After that, I discovered a few mega churches which operated as nondenominational but screamed BAPTIST. Now, I read the Bible and various other informative texts.

If you want to lose your faith, make friends with a priest. ~ G. Gurdjieff

Continue reading “Church, God, Guilt”

Hey Olive, You’re 1!

A letter to my grand daughter.

Dear Olive,

Woo hoo for one year of life on this planet! What a year it’s been. You’ve gone from a beautiful lump on my lap as I sat in the sunshine of your parent’s loft in Mt Laurel to a feisty, inquisitive busy little body scooting all over the place finding each and every spec or pebble on the ground (to attempt to insert into your mouth). I feel so blessed to have been able to see your cuteness each week for the past year. Continue reading “Hey Olive, You’re 1!”

Education vs Learning

Presented without comment (see more of Erica’s writings at AmericaViaErica):

Coxsackie-Athens High School Valedictory Speech 2010

Here I Standby Erica Goldson, 2010-07-07
America via Erica
America via Erica

There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, “If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen? The Master thought about this, then replied, “Ten years.” 
The student then said, “But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast – How long then?” Replied the Master, “Well, twenty years.” “But, if I really, really work at it, how long then?” asked the student. “Thirty years,” replied the Master. “But, I do not understand,” said the disappointed student. “At each time that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. Why do you say that?” 
Replied the Master, “When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path.” Continue reading “Education vs Learning”

2014-08-21 Generator & Well Pump Fixed

I’ve posted a bunch of problems of late. I’m actually kinda embarrassed by such negativity. There’s so much for us to be thankful. We are very blessed. This post has a couple of positive developments.

First, not included in the video, the diesel generator is now working. Seems that it just had some bad fuel. It hasn’t been tested thoroughly yet, but it ran for about 15 minutes under load without a hiccup.

Second is an update on the well pump: