(You can also use this list to
organize your Notebook)
SKILLS, HAPPINESS, MANNERS, & MORE
Happy New Year!
This is the month where many of us take stock of our lives and plan for the new
year. We commit to improve ourselves, change course, or make other adjustments that
will better our lives and the lives of others. Actually, many of us do those
things on an ongoing basis all year long. We have personal philosophies and
snappy sayings that help us through the charms and challenges of life.
Something that often gets lost in our modern world is the role "manners" play in
every day life. Yet, manners are the foundation of society. Shouldn't we act in
a "manner" that we would like others to act?
That's a pretty good philosophy for both people and nations.
Tell your story
SENSE and NO SENSE to you!
List your goals, philosophy, snappy
List your favorite things: people,
film, art, literature, vacation, games, hobby, etc..
FEBRUARY: LOCAL SELF-RELIANCE, DIY, AND "MADE IN AMERICA
This is the month when we
focus on the importance of SELF-RELIANCE... what we can do for ourselves as
individuals, local communities, regions, and as a nation. First and
foremost, it really makes sense to know about primitive skills and survival
methods to be prepared for any natural or manmade disaster. Second, in order to
be a strong and independent nation we need vibrant local communities with
not reliant on imports of products and services from far away places.
This applies to any nation. It does not mean that we don't cooperate with other
nations on many matters. However, it does recognize that heavy reliance on
imports constitutes a slippery slope of dependence on others, including the loss
of knowledge, skilled craftsmen, and jobs. So, let's learn how to take care of
ourselves and our communities!
Your thoughts? List the ways you would make yourself, your local community, and our nation more
self-reliant. Ask your local government if they have an emergency plan as
well as supplies of food,
clothing, shelter, and energy in the case of a natural or man-made emergency.
webpages on DIY
and Local / Made In America. Lynn
also publishes on this subject: WildFoodies.org and
MARCH: GOOD HEALTH, BAD TOXINS,
& THE ENVIRONMENT
The first rule of good health is to embrace the good and avoid the bad! You
can't be exposed to toxins and consume a lot of junk food, then expect to feel
great. It's also important to understand the connection between our
natural environment and public health. The earth is a closed system, so whatever
we pollute will always come back to haunt us. Our wild plants and animals
have their uses for food, fiber, and medicine, while cultivated plants and
animals are not what nature intended, so we don't really know how healthy they
are to consume. And unfortunately, anything you buy could be contaminated with
heavy metals and other toxins, either on purpose or by accident.
Therefore, it is probably best to make as much of your own stuff as possible
(food, medicinal herbs, clothing, toys, etc.). Lastly, think twice about
your doctor's advice. Unfortunately, most doctors have been been educated to
prescribe drugs and perform surgery, which can do more harm than good.
It's also really important to take responsibility for your own mental well
being. As much as you can, surround yourself with positive people and
Choose the arts (music, film, fine, etc) that inspire and uplift you,
wear colorful clothes, and decorate your home to be your sanctuary!
Lynn's websites on
Health & Waste Issues:
List the ways you can be more healthy, avoid toxic
exposure, and create unnecessary pollution.
APRIL: MONEY & SOCIETY
This is Tax Month, so it's a good
time to focus on money and society. Money can be a tricky thing.
Money can incentivize both good and evil. The goal is to encourage the first and
discourage the second. In most countries, it is recognized that there
needs to be a "safety net" for the disabled, indigent, elderly, widows and
orphans. However, it's also important that
everyone either work or contribute something to society in some way. It's
not all about money, it should also be about making sense.
Money plays a
huge role in our lives and deserves our close attention. Here are some questions
for group discussion:
Would our local communities be prepared if all the money
disappeared, if the banks got hacked?
Does it makes sense to have an
'economy' that does well, while the citizens are
Should there be a
floor on savings rates?
Should there be a
cap in interest rates?
Should there be a
cap on the national debt or any debt at all?
Should there be a
cap on wealth?
Why isn't the
Anti-Trust Act enforced?
services should be for free?
Should we use 'local' currency
and barter instead or more frequently?
Is The Federal
Does it make sense
to export jobs we need and import goods that we could be making ourselves?
Why does the federal government repeatedly permit Wall Street to sell junk
bonds, hedge funds, derivatives, and other "funny money" that will eventually implode and take down
much of the economy?
Did you know that if your
bank fails, that owners of derivatives are ahead of individual bank customers
when attempting to recover their losses; and that there are trillions of
dollars of derivative debt?
Does it make sense to pay people welfare or
unemployment, or does it make more sense to have a workfare and training
programs with the government the employer of last resort?
SOURCES, SOCIAL MEDIA, & CENSORSHIP
Sensical Society meetings can help sort through the news we get and what it
means. Too often, instead of getting news, we get propaganda from the right and
left of the political spectrum. And too often, the advertisers play too big a
role in what news we see and hear. And now we have lots of Big Tech
companies exercising censorship. So, its a good idea that our news and
communications come from many sources and all sides of the
List your favorite news sources and social media platforms.
TOWNS AND LOVELY COUNTRYSIDE
When we look out over the landscape,
either urban or countryside, we should see beauty, diversity, and
utility working in concert. Cities, towns, and villages should unite
residents in a common purpose to create a society that is vibrant and happy, as
well as make products and services that they and others need and enjoy. Urban
blight and ugly architecture should
be a thing of the past, as we return our towns and countryside to their rightful place and
function - to serve and inspire. Urban planning and its architecture should include a wide range of
styles, avoiding the monotony of a "development", and including lots of parks and gardens to provide
food and recreation. Our countryside should be reserved for
farming and parks. And farms should include lots of hedgerows to stop
the winds and erosion, as well as provide a sanctuary for wild life. Our
homes should be beautiful, well-built, and non-toxic, and our cities, towns,
villages, and countryside should be as diverse and lovely as nature itself.
Some of the world lives like
this, Americans and others can too.
List the cities, towns, and villages at home and abroad that
you most admire? What can you do to make your town a more functional, beautiful,
and enjoyable place to live?
Independence, Citizenship, Military, & Public Service
This is the month America
celebrates its independence and honors its Founding Fathers and all who fought
for our freedoms. Nations require a
supportive citizenry and a military. However, doesn't a 'volunteer' army create a disconnect between
society and its domestic and foreign policy, as most citizens have nothing to
lose, no "skin in the game"? Are "volunteers" the best soldiers a nation can provide? We might also take
a close look at how many of those wars we fought were necessary, and how many
were not, if any. It's important to honor our fallen soldiers, but also
admit mistakes and learn from both. A nation is also like a family home, you
need security to defend against invasion. And isn't that what illegal
immigration is all about? Going into other peoples' country without an
Americans of a certain age be drafted into military or public service? What jobs
that could be included under "public service"? What American wars were necessary
and which weren't, if any?
But can we be an independent
nation if we allow unlimited illegal immigration?
Importance of Travel, Recreation, & Sports
"All work and no play makes
Jack a dull boy." Sometimes we need to make ourselves go away, see new sights,
and try new things. Travel sharpens our perspective on life, makes us appreciate
more what we have, and often discover new and better ways to live our lives. In
a similar vein, recreation focuses our attention on fun, and that can be
something different for each of us... going to concerts for some, picnicking for
others. Meanwhile, crafts and hobbies are an everyday release that
millions enjoy from woodwork to knitting. And lastly, sports is yet another
outlet, whether you are an athlete or a fan. Sports, includes any physical
activity from dancing to darts. And physical activity is not only
good for your body, it is also good for your brain.
What places do you like to travel to, hobbies you
would like to take up, fun things to do, and physical activities to engage in?
SEPTEMBER: EDUCATION &
Let's face it. Most of us
were bored out of our minds in school because it was... boring! It didn't
challenge us nor teach us the skills we needed to know to make our way in life.
Our educational system should teach skills as well as knowledge. We should know
about wild foods and animals and how to use them, as well as computers and high
technology. We should know how to make and repair things. Some studies say that
people learn better when they are moving. Others learn best when they see a
subject in context of a work or natural environment. We learn best through
personal experience, which is why we need schools near open space and farms with crops
and animals, as well as craftspeople to show students how to make and repair
things. Plus, we should have free educational materials for every grade level online as well as in print, so
that parents can be sure that their children are on track. Education should be
exciting and fun...but it's looks like it will be up to us to make it that way!
Your thoughts? Let's list things we need to know, skills we should know
how to do, and how to make it fun and exciting.
OCTOBER: Conspiracy Theories, Aliens, & Spirits, seriously!
This is the month of
Halloween and ghosts
and goblins, so it's a good time to consider subjects that are often considered
off-limits. The supernatural, orbs, spirits, and near death experiences (NDE)
are a great source of public interest with lots of books documenting personal
experiences. It's also interesting to consider 'mind over matter',
telepathy, and other brain-consciousness connections. The existence of different
dimensions introduces aliens into the conversation, as our government has at
last admitted that they exist, sort of. And lastly, 'conspiracy theorists' are a
frequent target of those who either don't agree with a certain assessment of a
situation. That is why the Sensical
Society is here, to open peoples' minds to new information and other
Have you or someone you know
had experiences with the supernatural or aliens? Suggest books,
documentaries, websites, etc., that cover these subjects. And what
"conspiracy theories" turned out to be true or false?
NOVEMBER: Voting, Democracy,
This is the month of
general elections, when citizens have the right to vote for the candidate of their choice. Or do they?
are important questions about voting integrity that need to be asked. How can
you be certain that your vote was
counted accurately if the voting process is not transparent - such as by machine,
mailed-in, drop boxes, etc.? Did you know that before the Civil War all voting was "open",
there was no secret ballot. So, it was hard to miscount votes. Not so today.
And why are we voting for a
person and not an issue - as in a referendum, sometimes known as
'direct democracy'? Isn't it often the case that the people you vote for, once
in office, do not fulfill their campaign pledges? And then it's really difficult
to remove them. Then there are the issues of campaign
financing, gerrymandering, voter suppression, out-of-date
registration roles, at-large office holders, and other tactics that unfairly
impact representation. Meanwhile, opinion polls and exit polls come from
anonymous sources, but they can be used to 'shape'
public opinion as well as reflect it.
Then there's the question of what kind of
government do we want? Many people see the failure of any 'one type' of
government or economic system (capitalism, socialism, fascism, communism, etc.)
which can quickly concentrate money and power in the hands of a few. And thus
many nations prefer a hybrid model that encourages individual entrepreneurship,
but also guarantees employment and provides a safety net. Many countries
see the need for free health care, education, and other public services, but also provide a private
What is your
idea of a good political system and a fair election? And what do you think
about referendums and direct democracies? What kind of government do you want?
DECEMBER: GIVING, THE ARTS, & INSPIRATION
This the month of giving and
receiving. So get out that checkbook or log on to whatever and support your
favorite charity or non-profit. This is also the month of beautiful holidays. And beauty feeds the
soul. So, we might also focus on the importance of The Arts and their effect on society. In this context, the arts include
the performing and fine arts, including: paintings,
sculpture, architecture, fashion, design, music, dance, film, and literature. It
is so important for people to create and expose themselves to art that
'positively' inspires them, lifts their mood, and feeds their soul. Have a Happy
Your thoughts? List the
charities you would like to donate to. What are your favorite films, music,
literature, etc. that inspires and entertains you in a positive way?