Here is my blog for writing mostly about the history of small towns and settlements that people live in smaller than cities!
Best Crops To Grow In The Summer
Plenty of people like to talk about what food is the tastiest to have in the summer or what is the best dish to cook during the warmest time of the year, but very few people discuss what is the best food for someone to grow during the summer for a good harvest either in late summertime or early fall. So this time, I am going to be talking about the three best crops for those with a green thumb & a pension for gardening to start growing in the summer months to make themselves some delicious meals in the near future.
Astral: Dragons of the Stars
There weren't always dragons in the valley, but there were - for as long as we can remember - dragons in some part of the galaxy & the universe. The dragons are a unique race that are not native to this planet - they come from a planet in a solar system far beyond the veil of our horizon. On their native homeworld, the dragons soared through the atmosphere with the wings they were blessed with as part of their person. Thanks to the specific way the air and climate of their home planet was formed, the dragons could fly for miles through the sky without a single care. This gift of flight from the universe also allowed the mighty beings to easily travel from place to place without having to worry about the obstacles we regularly come across when we have to walk or ride a beast of burden to get to our destinations.
Creating My Own Business
I know this letter comes almost a week after Mother's Day, but better late than never. My mother told me that even if I enjoy my job, I should work towards creating my own business - to create something for myself that I can be proud of and call my own. While having a stable job with a Fortune 500 company in corporate America is good, my mom reminded me that companies are always subject to layoffs and letting their workers go at any time with little, if any, forewarning. One day, you could have a career of your dreams with one of the largest corporations in the nation - and the next day, you could be packing your things & preparing for unemployment because the shareholders decided you were an easily replaceable cog in the corporate machine. Because of this fact of life, you need to be an entrepreneur who has their own business on the side in addition to your main stream of income.
Company Town Intro
This vocal.media blog of mine is related to history and stories about small human settlements or towns, allowing you to see the history & function of small settlements people do not think about when they focus on larger countries or organizations. One of the types of smaller townships or settlements with an interesting history that not a lot of people talk about is the company town & how this particular form of settlement came to be a part of mankind's history. So, what is a company town? According the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a company town is a "community that is dependent on one firm for all or most of the necessary services or functions of town life (such as employment, housing, and stores)". In such a community, almost all of the stores & housing and sometimes utilities are owned by one company and said company is the main source of employment for the town. As stated by the Canadian Encyclopedia, there were plenty of corporate towns with high ideals that try to actually make life better for their residents without simply trying to abuse workers. That being said, many if not most company towns have been - and still are- regarded as controlling and/or exploitative. Some company towns are more or less created in an unplanned manner and can easily collapse due to various issues, but I am getting head of myself. I will be writing plenty of stories on this blog in the future about company towns and similar small corporate settlements, but this will be a general overview that people who know nothing about company towns can refer to when I talk about these types of towns. That way, I do not have to explain what a company town is every single time I mention one in my writings.
The Smallest Primitive Settlement: North Sentinel
Many people know very little about a very remote and mysterious region of the world - an island known as North Sentinel Island. This island has a very interesting and fascinating geography. The island is mostly covered in tropical and subtropical moist leaf forests. These kinds of forests are home to more species than any other ecosystem in the world! Most people who study the forests believe that over half of the species on the planet live in these kinds of forests! This fact seems to be confirmed from a 2011 article from the World Wildlife Foundation called Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest Ecoregions. However, when it comes specifically to the North Sentinel Island, we do not know the exact composition of the terrestrial flora and fauna on the island. An expedition to the island in the year 1880 led by the adventurer Maurice Vidal Portman reported that the environment of the island was both open & "park-like" with the massive jungle & numerous groves that were available on the island. There were groves of bulletwood trees and specimens of Malabar silk-cotton tree. Animals on the island include the Indian boar and coconut crabs and a huge diversity of bird life.