My multi-year plan for achieving my goals and objectives

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The pursuit of every dream must start with a vision. Without a vision of your goals, your dream will remain but a mirage in the distance. You know it's there, but you haven’t a clue how to grasp it or why you pursue it, to begin with.

You see this often. People mindlessly chase money and wealth in pursuit of their dream of riches without having a tangible reason why. And after having secured their dream of riches, they experience nothing but misery, unhappiness, and unfulfillment. …


Environmentally sustainable options for managing water use for small-scale homesteads

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I’m continuing to envision and plan for operating an environmentally sustainable homestead one day. One vital aspect of homestead ownership is the proper management of water that is environmentally sustainable and responsible. Establishing a conceptual understanding of how water use can be managed properly is one small but important step in my journey on teaching myself the knowledge necessary in managing a homestead responsibly.

I don’t want to end up as the proverbial dog that manages to catch the car and not know what to do next. In my family’s…


An introduction to Masanobu Fukuoka and natural farming techniques

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I wrote in a previous article that I dream of owning an environmentally sustainable and responsible homestead one day. I’m continuing to explore agricultural practices that align with my goals. I came across a farming method known as natural farming. Several practitioners based in Japan, such as Masanobu Fukuoka, Yoshikazu Kawaguchi, and Mokichi Okada have successfully implemented natural farming techniques.

For this article, we will cover the natural farming techniques advocated by Masanobu Fukuoka.

Who was Masanobu Fukuoka and what led him to develop natural farming?

Masanobu Fukuoka was born on February 2, 1913. He graduated from Gifu University with a specialization in…


A symbiotic and harmonious relationship between satoyama and its community

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What is the satoyama (里山)?

Satoyama (里山) is a Japanese word that translates to the village (里) — mountain (山). The satoyama can be loosely described as as a geographic area that borders areas that are known as the hitozato (人里) and okuyama (奥山).

  • Hitozato (人里) translates to human (人) village (里), or more colloquially as an area or a settlement which humans inhabit, typically located in a rural community.
  • Okuyama (奥山) translates to remote / far away (奥) mountain (山). …

Human actions have consequences, some of which can result in the extinction of entire species

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A few weeks ago, my family went on a hike in North Shore, on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. An employee from the Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR) waved my family down and asked us if we wanted to see something we probably never seen before. Under her escort, she took us to a location on the marked trail just outside of cordoned-off area and pointed to a well-camouflaged albatross.

Based on our interaction with the HMAR guide, we learned that the albatross was…


I feel nostalgic for my childhood home

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Every now and then, I think of the neighborhood I grew up in in the 1980s through the 1990s. We were one of the youngest families when we moved in, and the only one with school-aged children. By the time my parents decided to leave, they were one of the oldest.

One of my neighbors was an elderly working-class Italian American couple. The husband was a locksmith and his wife a professional baker. We were invited over to pasta or lasagna often and on special occasions, she made cioppino (seafood soup). …


It builds character. Trust me.

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My father has always been a DIY and Fix-It-Yourself (FIY) kind of guy. As a child, it drove me crazy that I had to partake in home repair and renovation projects that my dad undertook on his own, instead of hiring a professional or a contractor.

We built sheds, fixed the roof, painted the house, built patios, laid bricks, built walls, and a bunch of other projects. He probably would have done electrical work had it not been against the law without a permit and a license.

I recall that one incident in which one of my dad’s projects ended…


Cherishing every moment before it becomes the memories of the yesteryears

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I can’t remember the last time I changed my children’s diapers. There were plenty of accidents during potty training; a frustrating but necessary step for children growing up. On numerous occasions, my daughters have eliminated on my chest during that brief moment between ‘soiled diaper off’ and ‘new diaper on’. And there was that one incident in which my infant son managed to squirt a bit in my mouth on the changing table as he was giggling. My wife distracted me as I was changing our son and in…


A story of my dad’s mechanical typewriter

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Whenever something pissed him off, my father wrote letters on his mechanical typewriter to express his displeasure. Since English was not his native language, the letters would inevitably be filled with grammatical errors and typos.

On one occasion, my dad felt that an airline wronged him during a business trip. Upon his return, he grumbled something about the gate agent and being randomly selected for booking on a later flight and unprofessional conduct on the part of the airline. He pulled out his typewriter and wrote a letter to the airline while mom…


Five ways I overcame life’s challenges

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My high school gave out paper plate awards towards the end of senior year. Seniors voted for various categories or recommended their cohorts for write-ins. While my high achieving friends got awards like:

  • Most likely to become President
  • Most likely to become a millionaire
  • Most likely to succeed

I got selected for a write-in category:

Most likely to become a dictator

At 5'2", I am considerably below the average stature for men in the United States, which is 5'9". I might be an ENTJ and a control freak, but I’ve never thought of myself as a dictator.

I suppose my…

Y.M. Saegusa

Husband, father, and future homesteader. Editor of https://medium.com/ymsaegusa

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