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General Update: Mettlecraft, Vagabond Playlist, Temple Remodel, the Receipt Story, etc.

Lot’s going on in these parts.  Video below.


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General Update: Mettlecraft Month, Temple, etc.

  • Mettlecraft month is halfway through — not too late to join in!  Click here for details.
  • Temple remodel is moving forward.  This weekend I started working on the altar, took down the old tapestries, etc.
  • Powhatan language study is progressing.  I’ve moved beyond just numbers and vocabulary and started memorizing verb conjugations.

Watch video below for more details.



TWO MARTIAL ARTS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. 100% free and operated through my non-profit, Cabal Fang is martial arts for personal development, self-defense and fitness. Bobcat Frontier Martial Arts is just $19.99/month and that’s your choice if you’re interested in Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble — the fighting arts, survival skills, lifeways and ethos of the colonial and indigenous peoples of North American during the frontier period (1607 – 1912). What are you waiting for — enroll today!

General Update: Powhatan, Martial Arts, Temple, etc.

If you try to stay in place the world will pass you by.  Like the vine of the grape, we must grow and climb or else we will stagnate and be overgrown.

Things are changing in these parts, so watch this space!



TWO MARTIAL ARTS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. 100% free and operated through my non-profit, Cabal Fang is martial arts for personal development, self-defense and fitness. Bobcat Frontier Martial Arts is just $19.99/month and that’s your choice if you’re interested in Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble — the fighting arts, survival skills, lifeways and ethos of the colonial and indigenous peoples of North American during the frontier period (1607 – 1912). What are you waiting for — enroll today!

A Training Montage and an Announcement

If you try to stay in place the world will pass you by.  Like the vine of the grape, we must grow and climb or else we will stagnate and be overgrown.

Things are going to be changing in these parts, so watch this space!



TWO MARTIAL ARTS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. 100% free and operated through my non-profit, Cabal Fang is martial arts for personal development, self-defense and fitness. Bobcat Frontier Martial Arts is just $19.99/month and that’s your choice if you’re interested in Frontier Rough ‘n’ Tumble — the fighting arts, survival skills, lifeways and ethos of the colonial and indigenous peoples of North American during the frontier period (1607 – 1912). What are you waiting for — enroll today!

Cabal Fang Temple is Offical

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Just got this yesterday. We’re official!

Yesterday we received the incorporation documents in the mail from the SCC — Cabal Fang Temple, Inc. is a bona fide corporation officially authorized to conduct business in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

We’re still not a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation though.  That’s a designation that comes from the IRS and we are still completing the necessary paperwork.  All we have so far is our EIN which is 81-5406720.  

I have been talking about building a proper temple of Cabal Fang for years.  And at various times over those years,  people have given me “the look.”  You know what I mean.  The head tilt.  The half smile.  The “isn’t that nice” look.  Those annoying looks were all my fault, because I didn’t do a good job of making my vision clear, didn’t let my passion shine brightly enough, didn’t demonstrate my determination.

Those days are gone.  From now on we’re going to be clearly demonstrating our vision, passion and determination.

The current tiny Cabal Fang Temple will be replaced by big, beautiful and functional structure.  As soon as we get our 501(c)(3) designation and we can collect tax-deductible donations there’s going to be a fund drive to build or buy a suitable temple space.  See below for a slide show of what we’re trying to do.

And since every temple needs a priest, I’ve been ordained as an Interfaith Minister and I’m attending the Ekklesia Epignostika seminary in pursuit of Holy Orders with apostolic succession.

Look out world, here we come.

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This is FICTIONAL. This is what we want to create, not what is. Yet.

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This is FICTIONAL. This is what we want to create, not what is. Yet.

 

Temple Plaque Carving

As part of my renewed and continuing effort to beautify the Cabal Fang Temple, yesterday I completed a wooden plaque for the door.

I started by gluing some wood scraps together.  I purposely used different types and thicknesses of wood to give the work more dimension and a sense of age.  Then I did a freehand sketch of the Cabal Fang Emblem and carved it out.

I then painted the entire board gray, let it dry,  sanded it down, painted it black, sanded it down again, and gave it a coat of wood stain and polyurethane.  I’m really pleased with the final effect.

My Tajine Recipe, More Temple Pics, and your WOD

The Cabal Fang Temple in the morning fog.

The sun rises behind The Cabal Fang Temple in the morning fog.

Every since I read the book Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine De Saint-Exupery I’ve had a fascination with North Africa and its flavors.  I experimented with Moroccan cooking and spiced coffees for months, and then I kind of got out of it.  Then last night, out of the blue, I started craving all those crazy spices.  So I made this — my first Tajine.

wpid-20151103_195341.jpgMitch’s Quick ‘n’ Dirty Tajine*

  • 1 lb. Free Range Ground Beef
  • 2 sweet potatoes boiled and cubed
  • 1 cups of cooked fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 snack-sized box of raisins
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with onion and garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt or to taste
  • optional: a dash of Cobra Spice Mix

Brown beef and drain while  your peeled and cubed  sweet potatoes are boiling and your brown rice is cooking.  When done, add all of it the pot.  Throw in peas, raisins, tomatoes and spices.  Put a lid on it and let it bubble on very low heat until heated through.  Like most stews, it’s much better on the second day after the spices settle in and permeate the ingredients.  This is two servings for me, which means it’s actually four servings.

And now for your Cabal Fang WOD.

  • Dumbbells: 6 x 12 of Two-handed Bench Presses, Curl-ups, and Goblet Squats (should take about 20 minutes).
  • Standing Contemplation: Set timer to beep every minute and change stances when it does.  Do Horse stance (thighs parallel to floor), Left Front (left thigh parallel to floor), Right Front (right thigh parallel to floor), Left Back, Right Back, Left Crane, Right Crane, and Horse once more.  Total 8 minutes.

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* I know, Tajine is supposed to be ladled over couscous.  But I don’t eat white carbs, and very rarely even brown rice or wheat bread.  So I subbed brown rice and threw it all together in the same pot.