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Max Hick’s Mad Morphs (Roam Free 012)

For those with a fear of snakes… listen in.

Max Hicks is a friend and business owner, operating a reptile breeding business as well as a snake removal operation. Max not only lives with many reptiles (check out the full house tour below) but also crawls under houses to pull them out by hand, oftentimes dealing with rattlesnakes and their relocated dens.

Max is a dear guy who has a big heart (and big cojones, many would argue) for animals, specifically reptiles. I loved our conversation, and certainly hope to continue it again soon with more crazy stories.

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Josh Casey of Hug a Root Family Farms (Roam Free 011)

The other day I was able to walk through the land that Josh Casey, founder and operator of Hug a Root Family Farms in Abilene, Texas, cultivates.

Birds sing from the nearby trees, leaves of radish and carrot reach to the sun, and when you nudge the soil just a bit, the earth comes up rich and black.

I filmed a tour through this acreage from which Josh feeds thirty families. Throughout he explains his road to restoration, from morbid obesity and addiction to the liberation through food he provides not only to multiple local families, but to his own.

The film leads up to when I sat down to set up the podcast equipment on his front porch with a half gallon of kombucha and the birds singing in the breeze.

I hope you enjoy this episode. It certainly has been my favorite so far, and I am excited to keep up this trend of increased value.

Please share this episode and the message of Hug a Root. If you are in the area, Hug a Root is always looking to add partners to its list. The contact info via social media is below, listen to the episode for details.

Hug A Root Family Farms social media:

@hugarootfamilyfarms everywhere

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hugarootfamilyfarms/

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/hugarootfamilyfarms/

My SM:

@jloveroads everywhere

FB: https://www.facebook.com/jloveroads/

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/jloveroads/

 

This episode on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/josh-casey-hug-a-root-family-farms/id1342400253?i=1000415298087&mt=2

 

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Catheryn Priddy (Roam Free 010)

THIS MARKS EPISODE #010!!!!!!!

I am satisfied within myself with the fact that most others never get here, even though I didn’t beat those fools in The Mortuary Podcast. 🙁

Oh well. I’ll lambast them on this show here soon.

BUT in the meantime, check out this wonderful conversation with Catheryn Priddy.

Cat, as her friends call her, is an alternative model, and uses her modeling to fuel online direct sales for clothes and such. She also is in the academic world studying psychology, with her goal being to be a marriage and family counselor. Fascinating.

We talk her processes of entering these fields, her difficulty in deciding what to stick with, and her merging of arts and commerce (a trending theme in this show) to enable the former and encourage prosperity.

I loved talking to Cat, and I think you will too.

Enjoy!!

Cat’s photo:

Jennifer Crowder, @jennifer_crowder_artist

Cat’s Social Media:

@catheryn.paige

Me:

@jloveroads everywhere.

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Clint Sherman (Roam Free 009)

Stoked today to bring to you the almighty Clint Sherman and the songs of Blackland Fever.

Clint is a powerful and lyrical Texas songwriter, blending his six-string roots with the rock and roll sound of his band.

I was able to sit in his garage and kitchen and talk with him of music, business, the business of music, and to listen to a couple songs, one of which is unreleased.

Check out Blackland’s latest EP, “Shot in the Dark” (for which I took the cover photo, on a trip to New Orleans), everywhere music is sold, or at the links below.

<3

Shot in the Dark (latest EP):

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/shot-in-the-dark-ep/1378479699

Amazon:

https://amzn.to/2KdbRGX

Spotify:

Blackland Fever:

FB: @BLFeverTX

Insta: @blacklandfevertx

Twitter: @BLFeverTX

Clint:

@clintshermanmusic

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Alex Sullivan’s Wild Ride (Roam Free Podcast 008)

An entrepreneur, business owner, and already experienced repo man and drag racer, Alex Sullivan is a man among men at the ripe age of 24.

Alex is the operator of J&M Used Cars in Garland, TX, an operation with two locations and a whole lot of experience. The business has existed as a family operation for 30 years, and Alex has run it for the last 6.

I strove to get from Alex the lessons he’s learned in his already illustrious career, about how to establish confidence at an early age, how to develop competence as a means of security and success, how to be prepared for dangerous situations in life (just listen for the repo stories-the South Dallas one is scary).

(and also guest-starring is a slightly-inebriated yet always-hilarious Fabian Granado for comic relief.)

Enjoy!

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INFINITE CONTENT FOREVER! (aka my new email list)

I’ve been dilly-dallying around this for a while, but today I finally went and done did it: I hopped on Constant Contact and started my email list.

This is basically a way for me to send out all the cool stuff I’m doing to y’all in an easy and efficient manner. If you like the podcasts, blogs, health tips, videos, social media stuff, creative writing, etc, then type your email below to make sure you get it weekly.

If you like my blogs, podcasts, and other content and would like to get them right to your inbox, put your email below! I'll also be sending coaching discounts and other cool stuff, so check it out! <3


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Akecheta LLC, 41 La Escalera, San Antonio, TX, 78261, http://joshuaramseur.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

I really appreciate the feedback I’ve gotten so far about all this stuff, and it’s been a dream come true to connect with others on the things I’ve created. This will help to get it to more people and thus let me create more!

I’ve also got lots of projects in the works, so if you’re interested in cool films, interviews, photos, ebooks, books, etc, then definitely subscribe, because all that and more is headed in your direction.

Love y’all!

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5 Greatest Summer Books You’ve Never Heard of

Happy summer! It’s time to bulk up your reading list.

Didn’t think you’d have homework, did ya? But that’s what tends to come with the territory of a Western summer: the guilt of freedom and the need to sweat to make it seem worthwhile.

I mean, if you’re on a beach then you gotta be working, right? I guess the logic is that there’s no gain without pain, even when you’ve finally made it to paradise.

We really gotta learn to chillax in the USA. But first, use your Puritan work ethic to devour some of my favorite books you’ve definitely never heard of.

  1. Gifts of Unknown Things by Lyall Watson

One of the most profound and insightful books I’ve ever read is also one of the most poetic and entertaining to read. This is very rare. Typically when a book is profound it’s about as fun as a box of wheat crackers, and entertainment doesn’t have a stellar academic background. But Lyall Watson sure as hell does.

Watson was a trained ethologist, botanist, zoologist, biologist, and likely many other -ologisms who was basically a globe-trotting supergenius interested in the fraying boundary between science and spirituality wayyy before it got popular today. Having completed his academic training at an early age, he set off on a journey to discover the world that took him many places, including the Pacific Islands where this book takes place.

In it Lyall and his crew are swept onto the shores of Nus Tarian (name changed in the book to protect the islander’s privacy) and discover an island populated by wonderful people who are also at war for the very soul of the island. Religion and magic collide, with the conflict itself centering around a young girl who seems to have the unreasonable powers of controlling the weather, manipulating time-space (with dancing), healing the sick and raising the dead. Highly recommended for both scientific content and artistic quality.

2. The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave

If you haven’t heard of Nick Cave, we’re not friends. Kidding (just barely), but seriously, if you’re not aware of the rock-god legend of our day, get out from under that rock and listen to these, and watch this. I’ll wait.

Anyway, Cave produced a heavyweight literary achievement of deep critical clout just a few years ago that is mostly in poetic form. What’s even more profound is how very readable and hilarious it is.

The work centers around a tour of North America with Cave and his band. Along the way Cave describes America in his graphically colorful, hallucinatory style (check out this incredible novel of his youth) and includes, among other things, love letters to his wife and audience, with whom he returns to nearly every night. He even collaborated with Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, with whom he made one of my favorite movies of all-time-ever, to do readings from select cities via YouTube video.

The fact that Robert Johnson makes an appearance is a solid reason for it being a perennial favorite. What’s more, the book got its name from Cave’s writing the majority of it on airplane puke bags, the photos of which are printed before each typed version.

This is obviously a titan work of art. It’s short, it’s entertaining, it’s “literary”, and it’s got pictures (and video). Check, check, check and check.

3. The Joke That We Play on the World by Joshua S. Porter

You may be noticing a trend here.

I love real-life stories by people who do great things, particularly in the way of artistry or some kind of spiritual exploration (if you’d like to keep that high vision of me, don’t scroll down). This book is exactly in that vein.

My favorite band of all time is Showbread. I know you’ve never heard of them, and that’s a huge crime. Because this band is like the best of all rock bands rolled into one super-smart, super-talented, and ludicrously hardworking musical machine.

It’s over now (sigh, cry), but when the band was still going it was headed up by the fantastic Joshua S. Porter. This man’s done everything from novels to audiobooks to double-albums to film, and yet this memoir seems to top (most of) them all for me.

It chronicles the history of a young band starting up and moving into full-time career mode as an indie staple in a weird niche (Christian punk). Woven in are accounts both beautiful, hilarious, and harrowing of life on the road and the interpersonal struggles that exist there, as well as personal philosophies about art, business, beliefs, and the meeting of the three.

Absolutely essential for anyone starting a band or just trying to do some personal project, whether artistic or entrepreneurial. You’ll probably have to email Porter personally to get a digital copy since the paperbacks are all out of print, but I’m pretty positive the man would shoot it over, and it’s well worth it.

And it’s got glossy! photos! too!

4. Solitary Fitness by Charles Bronson

If you thought that 70’s action movie star was the real Charles Bronson, you, sir, were mistaken.

This is the real man among men right here. Charles Bronson is the fighting name for Charles Arthur Salvador, an English prisoner who has been locked up in solitary confinement for more than 24 years for everything from robbery (for a girl) to beating the hockey sticks out of the guards. With all that time on his hands he’s learned ALOT about exercise and strength conditioning- so much so that when he got out of the clink (like twice) he competed successfully as a bareknuckle boxer and could whip the boys at the local gyms for lifts.

How does he do it? A helluvalot of pushups, sometimes 2000 per day to be exact, as well as strict diet and meditation.

Of course, what makes this book such a good read is not the workouts or fitness strategies, but the stories and crazy British hood rat language everything is written in. Sure, the breathing techniques are super valuable, and the philosophies life are great (summation: eat real food, do pull-ups, don’t go to prison), but the book is packed also with great art by the author, as well as wacky photos of early-2000 British models performing the exercises (think shea butter, spray-tans and spandex).

Even if you don’t dig the book, check out the film Bronson by Nicholas Winding Refn. It’s one of my favorites and sure to turn you on your head (for handstand pushups lol). And also the handwritten original copy just got auctioned off, which is cool.

5. Tracks by Louise Erdrich

So I’m going to try and throw in a book not written by a crazy (or artistic… basically the same thing) white dude about something wild and/or hallucinatory. And my pick for this is Tracks by the excellent Louise Erdrich.

Another hallucinatory work of great profundity that’s also crazy readable (noticing a trend here?), this work of fiction focuses on the winding paths of those displaced by Indian removal. The tale is written deeply Southern Gothic, with Erdrich describing so well the terror of the dark swamps and dense forests which swallow up those encroaching on tribal lands.

The character who carries this story is a young native woman who seems to have a deep magic yet no particular cares, and her beauty gets her in trouble with the changing world time and again as death follows in her wake.

100% honesty: I’m actually still working on this one. But so far the writing ins excellent, and I’m stoked to put this fantastic find up with Marquez and other lyrical writers.

BONUS:

Casanova in Bolzano by Sandor Marai

aaaand some more:

The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski

Rodan By Rilke

Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

Happy Summer Reading!

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Paul Shreve Helped Invent the Internet (and He Writes Great Songs, too)

Oftentimes in our society we see a strange division, that of the artistic from the technological. Those who are “creatives” or artists are supposed to be those without technical skill, are believed to be those for whom business and innovative prospects are just out of reach.

My guest this week clearly does not get this belief.

Paul Shreve grew up in the deserts of California and worked his way out of his small hometown to the sunny beaches of Santa Barbara. There he went to college while working a variety of jobs, most notably making money playing in orchestral pits for touring productions such as Godspell and multiple famous folk acts.

As both a songwriter and performer Shreve had budding talent with which he was also making a living. But it wasn’t until Shreve got a night job hooking up strange connective wiring systems at universities that he really hit it big.

Shreve was putting together some of the very first ever connections for what would become the Internet. Working first with California universities and small companies, Shreve later transitioned to the world’s first big Internet company, Cisco Systems. Cisco took him all around the world, and he settled in London, where Shreve lived for a decade with his family.

An aspect of Paul’s job which stands out the most is his work in the Middle East. His biggest mission there was to make sure that the Internet stayed free and unhampered, especially for women and minority groups.

Paul performs often at his current residence of Austin, TX with his friends Jeff and Pete, the former of whom is on this podcast as well. They perform two excellent original songs live, two performances which I was stoked to capture.

We owe a whole lot of of our connected life to this man, and I am honored and grateful to have sat down with my friend to talk about these amazing adventures at his beautiful Hill Country abode.

Enjoy!

Check out Paul’s record label, Goose Creek Music

https://www.facebook.com/goosecreekmusic/

goosecreekmusic.com

And Paul’s original tracks here

soundcloud.com/paul-shreve

Check out the Patreon community!

https://www.patreon.com/jloveroads

 

 

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Humanity’s Spiritual Connection to Food

It has become more and more apparent to me recently that what humanity is lacking is what I have been trained in all my life: a deep connection to the soil, specifically through our food.

This is what I learned fishing and hunting growing up. This is what I learned from my Grandmother though my Chickasaw ancestry. This is what I’ve learned after trail running for a decade. This is what I’ve learned from my shaman friend and teacher. This is what I’ve learned from my Holistic Lifestyle Coach training. And this is what I’ve been shown these last few years as I’ve tuned in more and more to my spirit and the ancient wisdom of my body.

The truth is that when we listen to our bodies more and more with regards to what we consider to be the “basics” of life, specifically food and water, we can begin to determine the natural way of being which is our inheritance, and the natural state of health which is our birthright.

I have been trained through the various ways above, through direct and ancestral experience, to link up with my food sources, to determine what is good and best for my being, and so for the health and restoration of the rest of the world.

This is so much more than wellness. And I believe this is where our world is heading. Because the truth is that we need a way of being in the world that is much denser, much more ancient than the flighty, abrupt measure of graceless rhythm that most of us inhabit, that I have inhabited up until relatively recently. Our true state is that of a deep remembering, a true knowing based upon our relations with the seasons and other creatures within it.

And the grace of this knowing, of this asking for truth is that you certainly get it. One cannot stretch out their hand for long in this world before it is filled; one cannot long in the body for true sustenance without satiation.

So, my friends, a few guideposts at this stage:

Eat organic as standard. The neurotoxins and hormone inhibitors in pesticides destroy the biome of our gut, thus destroying our genetics and the manner in which our children come into this world. Much of our relations with neurological disorders and other serious disabilities are defined by this; current projections state that in less than 20 years 1 in 2 children will be born with autism due to glyphosate in the gut. The good news is that all toxins can be flushed from our human system with simple detox methods based upon a diet of clean, real, water-filled (fruits and greens) organic food.

A second admonition: eat local. My friends who are local organic farmers are saints of this present age. They dedicate their lives to the good cause of sustaining those who are awake, of energizing and supplying life to our bodies. They deserve your support, as your body deserves the real food.

Local organic farming methods are the way of restoring the soil. Today, we know that our produce is 3-8 times less nutritious than it was in the fifties due to conventional farming methods. The ways of tilling the soil yearly and killing microorganisms with pesticides releases carbon (ironically our vitamins and minerals) into the atmosphere, destroying soil health. This is entirely unacceptable, especially when we consider that our bodies and those of our children are composed of this soil through our food.

Instead of supporting this deleterious and insane way of divorce from ancestral standards of a future of health, support the work of such dutiful healers of the land as Gray Gardens, or Hug a Root Family Farms. These local farmers rotate crops and let land rest, laying down soil nutrients and other restorative agents in order that the land might be left better than how they found it.

Vote with your dollar, or better yet, vote with your state of being. Other essential methods of cleansing are replacing household cleaners with non-toxic, natural cleaners and learning how to fast, which is probably the most effective and certainly ancient technique for restoration.

Make yourself a vehicle of such light that others are unable to resist asking about your fantastic life energy and wealth of presence, how you bring this to every room, without effort and with restorative intention. The truly evangelistic way of health is one where you reach out to others much less than they reach out for what you obviously have. 

And let’s all realize our inherent spiritual heritage in the land. After all, it wasn’t more than 100 years ago when we all actually lived in that way. Our bodies have deep memory, and simply restoring them to their natural way of being will be the asking they have longed for to remind you consciously of your natural belonging.

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Vegan and Back Again: A Story of Restoration and Deep Guidance

So, I broke vegan today.

 

Just a couple people flipped out, so that’s ok.

The truth tho is that I’ve been dealing with this craving for meat these last couple weeks that at some times has been unreal. I really haven’t had that kind of craving in a damn long time, and I was trying to figure what it was when I did something I’ve been developing these past few months:

I checked in with my body to see what it wanted.

And when I checked in, my body was like,

“Duuuude that bison and bacon Epic Bar sounds sooooo good right now….”

I was slightly horrified.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my body. And in these past few months, I’ve really taken great pains to pay attention to it, to see what it wants, to listen to and respect its needs.

I listened when it said I needed to quit grains. I did so, and all of a sudden my digestive issues went away, my energy went way up, and color started coming back into my skin.

I listened when it said it needed more raw plants. I pretty much went fully Raw Vegan for a couple months (fruitarian for a few days), and my body was 100% right. My allergies pretty much went away, drive and concentration went up, and I started clocking way more sleep than usual.

But when my body cried for MEAT, I did trip a bit.

Last night I had a bit of a come-to-Jesus moment. I was up till about 3 AM thinking about abundance, spiritual connection to the land, and how to eat to heal the world. I think about this stuff all the time, about future generations and causal actions I take which affect them. But this time I got hit hard.

And, as usually happens in these times, I had a serious revelation:

We have to restore our BODIES in order to restore the PLANET.

And the key to this is actually LISTENING to what our bodies are telling us.

And you know what the funny thing about Restoration and Listening is? The first step in both is REST.

REST for us humans is dropping out of our minds, into our bodies. It’s checking in at the level of our souls, and making sure we have the spiritual backing to any decision before we make it.

Y’all, the vegan thing is amazing, and I’m so glad I did it. I had 3 1/2 years without meat and nearly no dairy, and it healed a lot of me. This process was one I’m thankful for and have learned a lot from. I know now that my body was REALLY wanting to get cleaned out from all the nonsense junk it had had thus far, and plants certainly did it.

And guess what? That phase was a step of spiritual cleaning-out and restoration. And so is this one. But it was also a process up to this point.

For the first couple years my standards were that I just avoid animal products. While this was a blessing for a while, it led me to eat a ton of stuff that really destroyed my body.

GUYS, the point is NOT just to AVOID SOME FOODS, the point is to EAT REAL FOODS AS YOUR SPIRIT DICTATES.

We are all on our own spiritual path, and the reality for some will certainly not be the reality of others. In fact, the worst thing we can do is to create divisions within ourselves and start infighting about specific dietary nonsense.

If we are awake to eating good food, why should we shut down somebody else who is also awake, even if they have preferences that seem different from ours?

The reality is that it’s not just perennial plants that will save the world, but also animals. And at this stage in our conscious evolution, we NEED animal ag that is about the restoration of grasslands. This is ESSENTIAL to our thriving.

So my standards have changed. I believe now in restorative agriculture on all levels, perennial plants and restorative meats being on the forefront of the agricultural revolution that will save the world. For this, I am eating as organic as possible, and as local as is practicable.

In my dream of the world I see food forests with acres of perennial, organic plants ready to eat, being tended by chickens, hogs, and goats, as well as vast grasslands with bison and cattle.

ALL of these factors restore the land.

ALL are essential.

And I intend, with my diet, to support the restoration of this planet in exactly the manner my soul dictates.

And good lord, that bison and bacon bar was good.

😉