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Survival mode

I realized that I was fooling myself into thinking where I was on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  

I kept thinking that I had met and satisfied my  physiological, safety, longing/belonging, and esteem needs. 

While some are met, the idea that I had the luxury of self-actualization without insuring the requisite needs is what could have been bothering me for most of my life. Scarier even, is that I am now seeing how it could be the root of so many of society’s current ills.

This thinking came after reading the article in the New York Times, In praise of mediocrity. My take away is that I (we ?) have fooled our selves into thinking we in the Western Civilization, have ascended to top levels of the hierarchy because we have “overcome the exigencies of brute survival.”

I have not.   I used to think so.   I am no where close. 

This is not even a case for the often mentioned mantra Hustle and Grind.  This is a call for the return to the basics.  To identify what my needs are as a human being and then solve the problems that in the way of those needs.

Time to go into survival mode.

Long time ….

Been a while since I made a post on my own website.  While I can say it was due to work, I was posting stuff to FB.  No problem.  Time to return to the real world.

Time to get my projects of the drawing board and into reality.

Veranda to dish….

On June 20th, I took the step to self reliance and purchased an vertical aeroponics system from Al Henry [] a local(USVI) hydroponics system maker and this weekend harvested the first of many produce.

Here is the system



Plants are :

Thyme & Oregano
Collard Greens
Onions (Scallions)
Sweet Marjoram
Swiss Chard
Mustard (Greens)
Lemon Grass


This is a time lapse of the system(click on image to start animation):

And the resulting meal that used produce from the system.

Day 0001 of Donald J. Trump as POTUS

My name is Stanford Mings.
I am a survivor living in St. Thomas, USVI
I am broadcasting on all Social Media.
I will be at the Lindquist Beach (now called Smith Bay Beach)
some days at sometime…
… when the sun is highest in the sky.
If you are out there…
If anyone is out there…
I can provide food.
I can provide warm weather.
I can provide beer.
If there’s anybody out there…
… anybody…
You are not alone.