This is Matt and Lori Birkholz broadcasting to you live from The Mists (aka The Cloud).
Welcome to our web site.
Ahoy, Earthlings! We're feeling less and less like residents now, and more and more like Visitors. While we figure out what planet we want to be from, we're just going to be a post office box (mostly a web site) probably until after The Collapse.
This is our photo dump, lately a pic of every perch we've landed on. The descriptions and captions are brief, mostly to help us... remember things. It begins just before Lori's “foreign assignment” to Intel Eire in 2004.
Here are the latest dumps:
After three years and our transmogrification into "free spirits" (full-time RVers), we had no way to get to our ranch (having sold off the old Ford Explorer along with most everything else)! We rented a Toyota 4 Runner in November of 2022 just to see how bad the rodent damage was, and it was bad. A year later Lori had finally traded her convertible for a Jeep, and we got to the ranch twice, carrying many gallons of water, trying to beat back the rodent invasion (otherwise still hanging back from the... other invasion).
No matter. At this point the “construction camp” is so civilized that we are content to wait a bit before building, a decade if need be. We do not intend to strand capital in the path of an invasion.
The latest Ranch Log entries:
We owe a lot to our heritage and find the stories of our elders surprisingly relevant and instructive. So we have gathered what little we have that did not come from “history” books, and consider the nearest, the real-est, the most personal, more precious than all. These are the stories — likely the ones that first put pen in hand, and often the only story to make it whole onto the page.
Our Contact Information
514 Americas Way #14595 Box Elder, SD 57719-7600If you would like to send something small, we use the mail forwarding service Americas Mailbox. We tell them where we are every couple of weeks. For large items, please email, text or call.
If you would like to send email, specify matt or lori before @birchwood-abbey.net. Send to elders if you would like Matt and Lori to receive a copy.
We will answer the post, not the phone. Interactive access is jealously guarded.
The interlaced border and silly font were inspired by gifts from Lori, The Spirit of Celtic Art by Sebastian Coleman, and Paul, The Rigante by David Gemmell. It seems Matt caught A Bit O' the Irish during our year there. He claims this old Celtic legend “haunts him.”
Sometimes an incautious friend asks “What in blue blazes are you talking about?” Sometimes they even challenge us to be specific. So now we have an Our Abbey web page.
If our abbey is not completely mental, it is a cyber-abbey, a digital cloister wherein privacy and security are sacrosanct. The abbey's network is all GNU/Linux. Our servers are Debian and our desktops are Pop!_OS or plain Ubuntu. We like to buy RYF (Respects Your Freedom) hardware and will even attach such devices to our Inner Sanctum: the cloister Ethernet.