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What on earth am I doing here?

Well, pretty much the same thing I always do when I’m not in work-avoidance mode: writing about my old favorite topic, personal freedom.

The name of the blog says it all. The writings here will be about “living freedom” in our own lives (rather than waiting or fighting for it to be politically bestowed). The blog’s name also says that freedom is a living thing. Okay, not a “living and breathing” thing like a dog or cat or you or me. But freedom will live as long as human beings breathe.

As Viktor Frankl made so eloquently clear, freedom can live in individual hearts and express itself in action even in concentration camps and gulags. Surely, no matter what political atrocities our politicians commit, we have the capacity to be and feel more free than they ever intend to “allow.”

Politics is a great game. More exciting than the average Super Bowl. Watching Scott Brown come out of nowhere this week to whup the arrogant Martha Coakley in Massachusetts — and perhaps throw a monkey wrench into that Rube Goldberg contraption of a health-care bill — was a hellacious hoot. (Here’s a hysterical “Downfall” video of it, too.) But Scott Brown is just another politician. R, D, liberal, conservative. Doesn’t matter in the long run. The only “answers” any mainstream politicians have are: more government, more spending, and more control.

And we know how well that’s been working out, don’t we?

We are our own best hope for freedom. Sure, “do politics” if it interests you. But the most important work we’ll ever do is creating freedom in our own lives even if the world goes all to heck around us.

Unless we’re already pure-hearted saints of liberty (and I don’t know about you, but I’m not), that often means changing ourselves — our habits, our attitudes, our assumptions, our actions, whatever. And it seems that most people would rather do almost anything but that.

But I think Backwoods Home people are different than that. Better. You guys out there are already oriented toward changing your lives, being more independent, and thinking out of the box.

So here we go. Glad to be with you. Wish us all luck …


  1. Dan
    Dan January 21, 2010 2:32 pm

    Good to see you back on the site!

  2. Marion
    Marion January 21, 2010 3:59 pm

    Looking forward to more blogs. Enjoyed the youtube video.

  3. Marlana
    Marlana January 21, 2010 4:14 pm

    I’m excited to see your blog up and running! Your articles are always an inspiration and I love reading your thoughts on freedom. I look forward to all you have to share!

  4. Judy
    Judy January 22, 2010 12:28 am

    Claire, just wanted to say WaaHoo your back! Judy

  5. Claire
    Claire January 22, 2010 2:31 am

    Judy, Marlana, Marion and Dan — THANK YOU! for the very warm welcome. I’m sorry I took so long to get your comments posted, but (due to an email outage today) I didn’t know the blog had gone live yet.

    I’m excited to begin, and you’ve sure made this a great first day.

    Wahhoos and yeehaws back atcha. 🙂

  6. rockchucker
    rockchucker January 25, 2010 8:00 pm

    Hiya Claire.

    Yow. I don’t pay attention for a while, and you up and move to the hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh desert. Well, got you in the aggregator now.

    Do Twinkies stay fresh up there?

  7. Paddy
    Paddy January 26, 2010 9:31 pm

    I had been wondering what happened to Claire. I am very pleased to see that she is back!

  8. live life to the fullest
    live life to the fullest February 1, 2010 6:34 pm

    Good post as always. Thanks for sharing. I really envy your writing skills.

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