As I backed my back looking for backup in the backyard to back down…I’ll be right back

My Earth roots call me and when they do I give them full attention to avoid the remorse and regret that might creep into my thoughts when I bounding across the surface of Mars on a mission, alone with my gear but connected to the ever-present local overlay of the universe we shall call the ISSA Net (Inner Solar System Alliance Network).

Most recently, the Earth roots look like an acronym called the TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a supranational organisation that, similar to the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, serves as a nongovernmental body.

Given that I sit in the rectangular box-shaped architectural feature called a living room in which a 39-inch Emerson HDTV plays light classical music sent by the Charter Communications cable TV service through a Cisco Explorer digital cable TV converter box while I sip blackened liquid called Donut Shop coffee heated and dispensed from a Keurig coffee machine and type this blog entry on an Apple iPad (2nd generation), I am a corporate weenie, so take this blog entry with a grain of salt and a dose of tautological Möbius strip reality.

In my future, the concept of individual nations that are full of people who elect/select their leaders is passé.

Instead, people will often identify themselves with their tribal histories but they will live under the umbrella of a single fully-integrated global system, a seamless interchange of goods and services, with the requisite enforced laws and regulations to facilitate the interchange.

We will have the perceived freedom to not participate in that system, a freedom that few will exercise due to early indoctrination into the system, hooked on the chemical cues from conception, and verbal/visual cues from prebirth.

En masse, we will continue to transform this planet and flow with the transformational changes to the environment.

Meanwhile, a small group of people work on an escape plan, designing, testing and building the transportation devices that will carry life-supporting equipment off this planet.

The majority of the seven-plus billion of us and our ecosystems are serving that small group.

Thus, rather than an enemy, the TPP, TISA and similar organisations serve our extraterrestrial exploration plans.

Today is Friday, July 4th, 2014, according to the calendar on this tablet computer, many times more powerful than the computing system that powered the Apollo 11 Moon exploration spaceship, the day that a group of people, primarily Northern European men, declared independence from the rule of law governed by a monarchical leader in Great Britain during the 18th Century A.D.

We on Earth’s sister planet 200 marsyears from now will have vague memories of that event but it pales in comparison to the announcement of the first sol of operation for the Inner Solar System Alliance, an organisation not tied to one geographical feature or even one group of humans, but a consortium of sets of states of energy all created from components of this universe (terms such as human being, robot, cyborg, etc., will have fallen into disuse by then).

Be not afraid of the future.

Embrace change.

Celebrate your ancestry at the same time.

Barbara’s bartering banter

Barbara, tell us your story:

Bartering as a Lifestyle

I’ve learned to live on very little money in order to support my lifestyle as an artist. I haven’t had medical insurance since 1985 and luckily I’m very healthy but whenever I have needs, such as dental work, and once, a doctor, I asked around and found someone I could barter with. I’ve bartered for airline tickets, amazing places to live, places to stay while I’m traveling overseas and this continent, and car repairs. I usually barter my art, but I’ve met people with skills such as massage, hairstyling, jewelry making, and bookkeeping, to name just a few, who have done well with barter. If you are willing to work, create art, or have something to trade, then you’ve got something you can barter with. I’ve found that there are many times people might not want to spend money but will barter.

When I quit my systems analyst job and didn’t want to be stressed out about money, as a single person I learned that caretaking other people’s property allowed me the freedom to make my art. This lifestyle has landed me in extremely beautiful places, with my rent, utilities and, depending on the situation, food, salaries, vehicles, and use of swimming pools, as part of the deal. On this blog site I intend to tell my stories as well as those I’m collecting from other people, and pass on some web sites that will help you meet up with other people interested in bartering.

In my twenties I traveled around the world and found wonderful opportunities for work exchanges along the way. In Australia I lived for a couple of years in the outback where I rented a house on a two hundred acre farm for the low rent of $80 a month in exchange for keeping an eye on my landlord’s cows. In Bodh Gaya, India I spent a couple of weeks in a Thai Buddhist monastery, in exchange I spent an hour a day helping one of the monks with his university studies. In Israel I lived on a kibbutz for three months and did a variety of jobs in exchange for everything I needed. I learned that honest, loyal, hard working people were really appreciated and could get jobs anywhere in the world.

In my thirties I finally settled down and worked as a computer programmer until I sold two of my short travel stories to a magazine and a piece of art that I’d created was accepted for an important juried show the City of Los Angeles was sponsoring. I quit my job and began looking for ways to survive as an artist, which in L.A. meant long-term house sitting and scenic painting for movies.

In my forties my first creative work exchange was as a scenic painter for the New Hope Theater in Pennsylvania. I spent the summer painting sets in the Pocono Mountains while living in a beautiful resort hotel. I stayed for two months in an apartment in Venice Beach, CA in exchange for doing all the black and white still photography for a video project an artist friend was working on. On vacation in Jamaica I met a woman who lived in a beautiful villa on a hillside overlooking the Carribean and ended up house sitting it for a week when she had to go away. While there I learned wood carving from a local artist.

One of my favorite work exchanges was for a real estate investor in Bel Air, CA. For three years I worked two days a week as his office assistant in exchange for a salary and a nice little apartment in one wing of his house. I had full use of the grounds and swimming pool. It was while living in Bel Air that I began carving large sculptures for the Treepeople Park in Beverly Hills. I finally left Bel Air to do a summer work exchange at the Avondale Forest Park in County Wicklow, Ireland where I carved a large sculpture (see photo above) from a famous tree that had died. After this experience many of my work exchanges were art related.

Several times a week I will update this site with these stories and many more. I’m hoping to interview Ryan McDonald of The One Red Paper Clip fame, have a piece on house swapping, do an article on business barter sites, and much more. Don’t get me wrong, money is great, but if you don’t have much, there are alternatives with bartering. World travel, living in millionaire homes, the sky’s the limit on what you can manifest.

You can see some of my work on these blog sites:

If you have questions to can contact me at:

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Barbara’s Bartering Blog

A call to action for flying model hobbyists!



AMA’s Areas of Concern Regarding the FAA Interpretive Rule for Model Aircraft

On Tuesday, June 24th AMA issued a member alert expressing concern over some provisions in the FAA’s interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft established by Congress in the FAA modernization and Reform Act of 2012. In that alert, we let members know that we would be following up with today’s alert that explains AMA’s concerns in greater detail.

We need you to take action now and respond by July 25, 2014 to the FAA Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft that was released June 23, 2014. The Academy has reviewed the rule and is extremely disappointed and troubled be the approach the FAA has chosen to take in regards to this issue.

FAA’s Interpretive Rule

To help you respond to the FAA, we have outlined AMA’s major concerns in the bullets below. A more in-depth explanation of our concerns can be found at AMA’s Concerns.

Throughout the rule the FAA takes great latitude in determining Congress’ intentions and in placing tightly worded restrictions through its “plain-language” interpretation of the text.

The FAA uses the plain language doctrine to create a regulatory prohibition of the use of a specific type of technology.

FAA’s overreaching interpretation of the language in the Public Law is evident in the rule’s interpretation of the requirement that model aircraft be “flown strictly for hobby or recreational use.”

Although the FAA acknowledges that manned aviation flights that are incidental to a business are not considered commercial under the regulations, the rule states that model aircraft flights flown incidental to a business are not hobby or recreation related.

The rule overlooks the law’s clear intention to encompass the supporting aeromodeling industry under the provision of the Special Rule, “aircraft being developed as a model aircraft.” The rule’s strict interpretation of hobby versus business puts in question the activities of the principals and employees of the billion dollar industry that supplies and supports the hobby.

The Public Law states that when model aircraft are, “flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator of the aircraft (must) provide(s) the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport) with prior notice of the operation. However the rule indicates that approval of the airport operator is required. Although it is understood that making notification to the airport and/or ATC will open a dialog as to whether the planned activity is safe to proceed, there is no intent in the law that this be a request for permission on the part of the model aircraft pilot.

The Interpretive Rule establishes new restrictions and prohibitions to which model aircraft have never been subject. This is counter to the Public Law which reads, “The Federal Aviation Administration may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft or an aircraft being developed as a model aircraft,…” if established criteria are met.

The Interpretive Rule attempts to negate the entire Public Law by stating, “Other rules in part 91, or other parts of the regulations, may apply to model aircraft operations, depending on the particular circumstances of the operation. This in and of itself makes model aircraft enthusiasts accountable to the entire litany of regulations found in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, something that was never intended by Congress and until now never required by the FAA.

How to Respond to the FAA.

All AMA members, family and friends need to take action now to let the FAA know that this rule significantly impacts the entire aeromodeling community and that this community is resolute and committed to protecting the hobby.

There are four methods to submit a comment. Emailing your comment is the fastest and most convenient method. All comments must include the docket number FAA-2014-0396. Tips for submitting your comments.

Email: Go to Follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically.

Mail: Send Comments to Docket Operations, M-30; US Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

Hand Delivery: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Fax: (202) 493-2251.

DEADLINE TO COMMENT: On or before July 25, 2014

First in flight?

A game changer? Maybe. A 3D printer pen was used to create the frame for an RC plane that flew. Amazing? Yes. Fun? Definitely!

Now I need to get out there with my new Academy of Model Aeronautics and Rocket City RC memberships and do something just as fun and creative.

Guess my choroplast RC plane building days are behind me…