The man who does not attach;
He will surely be his own defense.

After that, while Rachel took a nap in the back, I went trail-blazing in the car to find the Arkoma Basin. I drove to Warner and then went south towards Porum, then west on 266 back towards Chacotah, then left on some farm road (on the county line) into a labyrinth of farm roads. When I felt like I was on it, I found what seemed to be the perfect site: a place of decaying made-made structures; a neglected place but one I thought I could find my way back to (so I thought!). The problem was that I couldn't find my way back the way I came. I drove on roads that really require four-wheel-drive vehicles. While I was wandering around, I saw a gas well, and later, an oil derrick mounted on a truck. Eventually, being completely turned around and not knowing at all where I was or what direction I was going (the sky was overcast) I came out of the maze by our campsite!

I was named Oscar Wilde and was very wild grappling with questions concerning life and death. A friend helped me out by driving very fast backwards with Rachel and me in the car. We didn't wreck and I thanked him for helping me work on my questions so skillfully.

The fossil fuels, which include petroleum, natural gas, and coal, are so named because they are thought to be the result of the distillation of plant and animal remains within the crust of the earth over a long period of geological time. The chemical energy stored in fossil fuels originates in the process of photosynthesis, which in turn uses energy radiating from the sun in the form of light and converts and stores it in organic tissues. However, when we look at the energies involved in each individual stage of the process which takes solar energy, locks it up in fossil plants and animals, and releases it when petroleum or coal is burned, we see that fossil fuels is a very inefficient way of providing energy.1

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