After a lifetime lived in cities, Dan Dailey is creating an off-the-grid spiritual retreat in the remote desert wilderness of the West Texas mountains near Mexico.

Wandervogel Diary is his narrative of the life experiment he has underway at the retreat, Estrella Vista, aimed at living in harmony with nature–plus anything else which happens to be  on his mind.

The name of his blog derives from a back-to-nature youth hiking movement that flourished in Germany before WWI.

“I named the blog ‘Wandervogel’ in recognition of the large number of young people who pass through my life like ‘wandering birds,’ especially as a result of my youth justice advocacy work,” he says. Since 2005 Dan has devoted himself to helping young people who, as a result of extreme abuse, commit parricide. The website for his nonprofit youth work, called The Redemption Project, can be accessed at: www.redemptionforkids.org.

Browse his daily Diary for short essays on subjects as diverse as family, education, juvenile justice, the economy (from a cycles perspective), earth- and nature-based spirituality, green building and architecture, off-the-grid living, West Texas life and people, etc.

The historical Wandervogel movement–as well as Dan’s West Texas homeland–are described in detail at http://www.wandervogel.com/, a new camping and hiking business Dan is establishing for his kids. You may wish to visit the store website to periodically monitor his progress, which has been proceeding in maddenly slow-motion due to the rotten economy.

All blogsite content (except scraped visuals)  Copyright © 2010, 2011, 2012 Dan Dailey


25 Responses to “About”


  1. 1 eric
    June 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I am a big fan of John Well’s and found the link to your site. I am impressed with what I read on your blog.

    I live down here in Corpus Christi, Texas (the wind energy capitol of the world).
    In time I hope to aquire property and go ‘off the grid”. Im sick of ever increasing utility bills. I figure I can go solar and wind energy cheaper and cleaner than any corporation can provide.

    I will check your site.

    Good luck on your endeavors.

    Eric

    • June 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you, Eric. As admirers of John, we’re both in the same club. I hope the Diary meets your expectations. I welcome you thankfully as a reader.

      Dan

    • 3 anonymous
      July 27, 2011 at 3:00 am

      Please see this. How can anyone possibly help James Prindle? His X step-father is 34, not 40, and at the time of the crime, the mother of James and her then husband Jefferson Sanders, were separated. She had left him because of his abuse and crack addiction and is now divorced. Why do you believe so strongly James is innocent? Convince me.

  2. 5 dale johnson
    November 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Dan, As always I really appreciate your thoughts and I visit my land vicariously through yours and Johns website. Hoping to make it out there this month or next.

    I have been wondering how I could give you something back and I might have thought of something as I enjoy all kinds of music like you. When I dont want to actively search or pick music I go to Pandora.com and choose an artist that I like and it creates a radio station based on that artists music.

    By the way has Paul had any success with his water witching?

    Dale

    • November 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm

      Dale, your suggestion about Pandora is excellent, and I hope other visitors will check it out.

      I have been listening to Pandora for more than a year-and-a-half since one of my kids told me about it. It is a marvelous tool for establishing a single song, artist, or cluster of artists as the center of a musical target.

      Using the results of what Pandora calls the “Music Genome Project,” new music is automatically served up which has some relation (genre, artists, etc.) to those selections you’ve placed in the center of the target.

      Pandora is a painless and pleasant way to research new grooves.

  3. 7 Kevin Ryan
    January 4, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Hello Dan:

    It was great Christmas shopping with you on 12/24/10. The stockings were stuffed and in time so were the guests. Jayne produces a children’s play that includes whoever shows up under 16 years of age with whatever talent they wish to present. The plays have moved from inspired works to our most current which was a spoof about the decline in the belief in
    Santa Claus. Our 4 grandsons are the key players and always seem willing to participate. The rest of the event has faded but the play lines still make me laugh when they come to mind!

    I am impressed once again by your latest casting of yourself. Off the grid yet contributing more than most folks including me. I am very much in the grid making the best of a very difficult real estate market in Arizona. I am a member of the Local Kiwansis Club which has a stong focus on children’s issues. I call us “secret agents for good” as many people know the organization name but nothing about the goals. We are good at operations but not marketing ourselves. I enjoy the organization and when asked, I say we are focused on “fun, fellowship and service, in that order.

    That’s it for now. Have a wonderful new year and keep up the good work.

    Your old friend,

    Kevin

  4. 8 Andrew Joseph
    February 24, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    This is my first time i visit right here. I found so many interesting stuff in your weblog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I’m not the only one having all of the enjoyment here! keep up the great function.

  5. 9 czyszczenie nagrobków
    February 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks a bunch for one more valuable post. Ive been checking this web site often for the past number of months, and its currently one in all my favorite sites! . I work on an internet site that has very similar content, would you have any interest write a guest post on it? Shoot me an email if you are interested!

  6. 10 karen Sulewski
    March 11, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Hi Dan, found you via wells….. what do you need for the kids? Clothes? Books? Shoes? let me know, I have land on the ranch but live up here in New England where there is plenty of thrift stores and free stuff, I can help.
    All the best

  7. July 5, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Hey Dan, just got on to your “about” page & from your photo on that , I see that you are an “old fart” like us (Alex’s Aussie Gang). No shame in that, but welcome to the club and more power to your elbow with the good work that you are doing. Not just for Alex/Amber, but all of these other ones for whom you are caring. Wish we (Alex’s Aussie Gang) were in a position to help some of these others out too, but, God willing, we may be able to do so in the future. Cheers. £ance.

  8. July 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Actually, Im far more confounded that anyone with a straight face could equate the taking of money with the taking of life or liberty. Im far more comfortable with the government taking my money than with the government taking anyones life or liberty and I have far less difficulty reconciling that position than I would ever have reconciling the notion that the government should take your life or liberty, but keep its filthy, corrupt hands out of my wallet.

  9. 13 Coventry
    September 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Big thumbs up – thanks!

  10. 14 Gopos24
    May 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Whoa, i stumbled on to this site and i find it refreshing that someone else also cares about juvenile justice reform in the states, we as a society often overlook this important topic.
    Keep up the good work!

  11. 15 Dean
    May 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I was searching for more about John Lauber which led me to your wonderful diary. Thank you for caring and sharing.

  12. 16 Andrew Rich
    May 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Hi, I have been reading your diary with great intrest after reading about Paul Gingerich being sent to prison, its been a while since ive seen any reports from “inside” guardians and im realy interested to know how he’s getting on with his life at the moment. Forhim being a child it can only be most awfull some of the things ive read already about his life with how he’s been treated, As a child i used to dream that America was a fantastic country and i would love to be there, and now i feel ashamed of how it fails to look after its most vunerable, Its a sin and gives me pain inside to try to feel how it must be there. I have sent an email to him offering my support, i wasnt sure if he would recieve it or not but i included the extra stamp on there if another ear or heart would be welcomed. I was also considering sending a book or two for reading material but im unsure of the security issue, maybe you could clarify this for me?

    Your a very caring guy and your diary is full of great reading so thanks for sharing this with the world, I can only wish that the usa would take some example on how to protect the young children of there country like they do here in england. I feel ashamed to have loved america in my life.

    All the best

    Andy

  13. 17 Elias ulloa [Shadow squad airsoft team]
    July 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I read this and i have somthing to say,
    schools are not just hostile in the way you portray, but also in two other ways, supressing the right to BE a dreamer and to be creative. Also, its a social wasteland, if school never existed thousands if not MILLIONS of kids would still be alive, without people to tease them they would have never commited suicide and would have lived a full life. School vs humanity, wrong vs right, living vs being. i cant even get my airsoft team strait because schools tell us airsoft is to dangerouse and is a stuipid idea, and they brain wash parents……….

  14. November 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Dan,

    My name is Chris Miller and we met at the storage lockers there last month. You were helping to unload your friend and I was unloading our stuff for our upcoming move down. I didn’t even know you had this blog until today – i’m glad I found it. I just shared a post a couple of days ago on our blog (www.our180.com) about a run in I had on the way down with BCSO. I thought you might find it interesting. You’ll recognize it by the bright yellow “Warning: Police State” image on the homepage.

    Anyway… I look forward to chatting again sometime. We’re expecting to be down full time by February.

    Take care

  15. 19 nila
    July 7, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Every weekend i pay a visit this site, because i want enjoyment,
    since this this web site contains really pleasant funny stuff too.

  16. September 29, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Is there any news of Alex King? He seems to have dropped off the map!

    • September 29, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Alex is going to be released from prison in December, and we are assisting him with his plans for establishing a new life outside the bars. In the interest of his privacy, we are not elaborating on his plans. However, I will tell you that because he will be leaving prison without any hooks in him, he will be leaving the state of Florida.

  17. 22 Daryl Watton
    October 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I stumbled upon your blog after having just recently viewed “Young Kids, Hard Time” on YouTube. The Colt Lundy story touched me. I realized most references to him online are rather dated as if the world has forgotten about him and this saddens me. I’m not a wealthy person nor do I have any helpful connections but I feel compelled to do something. Would a friendly pen-pal letter from me out of the blue be well received by any of these boys or young men? I’m not a fan nor a member of any religious organization, nor do I have a political agenda. I just feel called to respond and reach out somehow. I’m a professional teacher in Canada who has recently eschewed institutional schooling for ideological reasons. Is there an organization though which pen-pal activity is coordinated?
    PS Is there any update on Colt Lundy (as if it’s any of my business)?

  18. 23 Angela
    February 6, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Dan, today i saw your link to the David Childress blog you wrote about….share itself around Facebook. I absolutely sorry to say i disagree. I’ve known David almost my entire life. Up to the day i moved in to the day he killed his mother. I understand your blog is an interview to “HIS” side, or his version. But i must say everything he is portraying is not the truth. If you want you can more than contact me. Every other day i saw him around my complex and couldn’t after awhile go outside. He was merely a bad violent kid since he was in elementary. There is no excuse to him killing his mother because he was unloved or a failure of the system. He was more loved than ever by his parents since his sister went off to college and settled down. I was there the day his brother in law and another family friend who lived in the complex moved out the family’s possessions. The dad and sister couldn’t bear to walk in. The tub still having some blood from when they beat her. His room had beyond anything a kid could ask for. He killed his mother for the most pathetic reason…even he stated himself. BECAUSE HE WANTED TO. WHY NOT? and BECAUSE SHE WOULDN’T LET ME SEE MY GIRLFRIEND. He was abusive to his mother. To others. So i hope your time is spent on kids who are really failures of the system who actually hurt other people to defend themselves rather than people like David who claim they were failed and trying to portray innocence.

    • February 7, 2014 at 9:38 am

      No one has a corner on the truth, and the one thing I have learned through this work is that there are many explanations of the same facts. Thank you for your comments, but I would encourage you to maintain an open mind and consider the truth of what a 14-year-old was perceiving.

  19. 25 Alannah
    March 1, 2014 at 12:00 am

    What has been happening with Paul Gingerich and Colt Lundy – you haven’t wrote about them in a long time


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