Blog: Self-Reliance and Self Discovery

Blog theme: Can you manage in a changing world?

Let's Talk About Self-Reliance and Discovery

Do you know yourself (the question posed since Socrates)? Are you self-reliant enough to survive in a rapidly changing technological world? What can you do to prepare? Can we together make it easier for humanity to weather through these changes?

Self Reliance/Discovery

Could You Survive Out There?

By Gary F. Bengier | May 2, 2020

Let’s talk about self-reliance. Life is different now with the coronavirus, and no doubt it will not be the same when the pandemic is at last overcome. Social distancing has left most of us practicing new habits to compensate for things we took for granted: where to find toilet paper; how to fix a leaky… Read More »Could You Survive Out There?

Climbing Mytikas-Finding Zeus

By Gary F. Bengier | May 8, 2020

I have had a bit of a climbing bug over the years. Let me be honest: this came about because I was—and still am—a bit afraid of heights. I decided to face that fear head-on. So I started climbing some (relatively easy) mountains. These are not “climbed Everest” stories. These are merely “guy afraid of… Read More »Climbing Mytikas-Finding Zeus

Self-Reliance: Build Your Own Dream Tree House

By Gary F. Bengier | May 22, 2020

Treehouses can be an excellent opportunity to do something yourself, without undue reliance on anyone else. I’ve found if you embrace your independence and are methodical, then lots of problems fall away, and your path forward clears. This attitude also teaches one to be more methodical in doing any project, perhaps being more “zen.” Which… Read More »Self-Reliance: Build Your Own Dream Tree House

Is there any good hiking in Scotland?

By Gary F. Bengier | May 30, 2020

“So, Paul, is there any good hiking in Scotland?”   Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! That was the innocent question from my brother-in-law, Don, that started it all. The three of us—myself, Don, and my friend Paul—were sitting around a campfire at Benson Lake, deep in the Yosemite backcountry. It was a slog to… Read More »Is there any good hiking in Scotland?

Restaurant Self-Reliance

By Gary F. Bengier | June 12, 2020

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by. We’ve heard the bad news resulting from the pandemic which has forced restaurants to lay off their staff and to close their doors, many forever. I cannot forget the heartbreaking story (New York Times, April 23rd) of Gabrielle Hamilton, owner and chef of NYC restaurant, Prune, and author of… Read More »Restaurant Self-Reliance

Climbing the Matterhorn

By Gary F. Bengier | June 20, 2020

“Oh, so you like the summits?” Joe Denkensmith, from Unfettered Journey   I like mountains. As I mentioned in a previous conversation, I have had a climbing bug over the years. Let me be honest: this came about because I was—and still am—a bit afraid of heights. I decided to face that fear head-on. I… Read More »Climbing the Matterhorn