Wednesday, February 7

10E2606: Up Mountain Switchel - Stronger Together

Spiritual vitality, the force of life itself, is something each of us has within. Through building skateboarding parks in Native American communities, art and media programs, and supporting healthy living, the Stronghold Society nourishes indigenous knowledge to build leaders of the future. A portion of your purchase of Up Mountain Switchel products goes directly toward real impact. You. Us. Stronghold. Together.

To learn more about Stronghold Society and to support their life-changing work visit the Stronghold Society website.

I have recommended this brand of Up Mountain Switchel before, and here - switchel being a pre-revolutionary grabyoubythethroat mix of ginger, lemon and sweet (in this case maple).  Not only is is great and great for you but they are good people doing good. You can buy the OG or their carbonated version at NY area Whole Foods and all around VT - or direct here

They get the 'unique swag' prize for sure with those coveralls... Mixes v well if you drink like that - or just get high on life with it. 

Monday, November 27

10E2604: Steele - orange 'steeletex' | $35

Natural Canvas Tote
Tall (17"L X 7"W X 24"H)
Steeletex base (tear and water-resistant, antimicrobial vinyl-coated nylon)
Made in Chelsea, MA
$35.  three-five...
Run don't walk... shop.

Monday, November 20

10E2603: Forestbound Carry All/On

With a nod to plumber's/utility workers bags...
  • Fully lined with beige cotton canvas
  • Large interior pocket (9" x 11")
  • Leather boot, handles and buckle straps of top grain cow hide
  • Removable leather shoulder strap with durable metal hardware.
  • 17" wide, 13" tall, 7" deep. 
  • Made in the USA.
Forestbound Original. $125. Only one of these in the 1940s frogskin style.  Insanity...

Friday, November 17

10E2612: Ursa Major - Mister Shave | Giveaway

File under Keep It Simple.  MISTER SHAVE! From Ursa Major, elevating your regime with products that work.

Giveaway time 10e readers:  How? Visit and email me or tweet/RT at me and cc @ursamajorvt with your favorite ingredient in their products.  Winner of a Mister Shave box set will be drawn at EOD Friday - that's 5pm EDT around here... UTC-5.

Mister Shave gift set is boxed and ready to give and go - includes;
  • Stellar Shave Cream (5.3 fl oz)
  • Fortifying Face Balm (2.5 fl oz)
  • NEVER any petrochemicals, sulfates, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance, color, glycols, silicones or PEGs.

Get a second set at right now - Free shipping on all US orders.
Ok. SSsssshhhhhh. Secret info time. The best part of ordering from Ursa Major via that link above or here is they give you a few 'travel' ready samples... you get to pick... go on.  Stocking stuffer gold.

Pair it with a tiger maple handled razor while there... thirty bucks. Wood sourced in New England
Gillette Mach 3 and Venus compatible (comes with one Mach 3 cartridge) -see, face or legs...

Monday, November 13

10E2611: Walden doc, and bonus E.O.Wilson

Not only a celebration of Henry David Thoreau, but a primer for those that did not quite know much more about him than one word - Walden. These places are 10 minutes away as I write this - desktop vacation for readers hopefully.  Notes by Jeff Cramer (archivist at Walden Woods Project), Doris Kearns Goodwin (historian) and E.O. Wilson (see below).   You may not be aware but Don Henley (of Eagles fame) had a huge role in protecting Walden Pond from development the late 1980s and his inclusion is worth the price of admission here, in this 20 minute short above created in cooperation with Ken Burns.

Late to the party me... E. O. Wilson one of the interviewees in WALDEN above, naturalist, myrmecologist (studier of ants), the father of biodiversity - and natty professor.  Much more here.

 Staff Photo Justin Ide/Harvard University News Office.

In 1965, Wilson, then a young entomologist, was one of the first scientists to grab hold of Hamilton’s equation [rB>C, where r is a relatedness factor, B is the fitness Benefit to the altruistic organism, and C is the Cost of genetic fitness to the organism for carrying out the act of altruism]  and used it to explain altruism he observed in ant colonies. Wilson quickly became an evangelist for the idea, championing the theory that altruism had emerged through natural selection as a means to pass on genes to the next generation, not as a selfless act of moral transcendence.- via World Science
A rethink by Wilson followed much later - read the article to find out what happened next...