In this 175th Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I am going to be talking about Escape Velocity: Blogging is Art with Atlantis Gazette.

You might be wondering:

  • What is the Atlantis Gazette?
  • What is Escape Velocity?

These are REALLY good questions, and I am glad you asked!  Let’s take a second to give you a preview of what is coming in this episode.


Hall of Heroes

practicing gratitude quote

“It’s hard to have a bad day when you START your day with gratitude.”

As part of intentionally Practicing Gratitude, I am starting this podcast episode by recognizing some folks who have been active on Small Scale Life.

  • Adam from A Modern Frontier for having some food and drinks with me last week in the ideas become reality and have him on the show!
  • Dan, Sue and Jules for all their work removing buckthorn off of Eagle’s Ridge.
  • Danny and Ryan for their help with moving a 200-pound clawfoot bathtub.
  • Two new members to the Small Scale Life Facebook Group. Welcome to the group, Julie and Johanna!
  • Small Scale Life Facebook Members John, Catherine, Judy and Joshua. Thank you all for being active and commenting! I appreciate that!
  • Cal Massey for the interview on Atlantis Gazette and being on the Small Scale Life Podcast.

Thank all of you for listening to this podcast episode, and if you want a shout out in our next Hall of Heroes, get active and participate on Small Scale Life.

What are you grateful for?  Maybe you should tell that person or that organization.  Give it a try!


What is Atlantis Gazette?

Blogging and Art with Atlantis Gazette

It’s Julie and me! Source of Photo: Atlantis Gazette Instagram Page

The Atlantis Gazette is an art, business and lifestyle blogging and podcast project started by my friend Cal Massey from California.  As he describes in this episode, Atlantis is a mythical and fictional city that disappeared under the ocean.  The Atlantis Gazette is a newspaper dedicated to people doing cool things in the world.

Cal has big plans for the Atlantis Gazette, and he starting his launch by interviewing people like Russian Painter Sasha Syssoeva and me on his Instagram Channel. Cal will eventually rebuild his blog site and develop a YouTube Channel.

After my interview with Cal on his Atlantis Gazette Instagram Channel, I wanted to talk more to Cal in order learn more about him and his project.  In this podcast episode, we dig into his journey and his plans for his podcast, blog, art, book and game projects.

To find out more about Blogging is Art with Atlantis Gazette, check out his links:

Instagram: Atlantis Gazette

Instagram: Thorny and Friends

Etsy: Cals’ Atlantis

YouTube: Atlantis Gazette

Instagram: Marna’s Botique

Instagram: Marna’s Gifts

What is Escape Velocity?

This is part of a new project here on Small Scale Life called “Escape Velocity.”  Many people have ideas, dreams or even goals for starting a side hustle or business; however, they never act and never start. Some launch and fail.  Others launch and get enough momentum to escape the gravitational pull of an ordinary life, job or career and start a new side hustle and business.

In my mind, I see the Escape Velocity Episodes as a way to bring togetgher Financial Freedom and Building Community aspects of Small Scale Life.  I am interviewing people who are on the path to creating a new side hustle or business. Since I have started and failed three times at being an Amazon Associate, I felt I had a few things to learn. I want to ask these motivated people the following:

  • What was their tipping point?
  • What inspired them to change?
  • How did they start?
  • What challenges did they face?
  • What lessons did they learn along the way?

By listening to these interviews and stories, maybe you’ll be inspired to launch on your own.  Maybe you’ll achieve escape velocity and move forward to explore new worlds and boldly go where no person has gone before…..

Do You have a Side Hustle or Business? Let’s

Some of you have great projects, side hustles or businesses. Perhaps you would like to share your story with our audience. We (I) could learn from you, and it would be FREE advertising for your project, side hustle or idea.

Share your story by being on the Small Scale Life Podcast!

Send a message to me using the Contact Us page on This is your chance to teach us as we continue to learn, do, grow and be a little better everyday!

Show Topics: Blogging is Art with Atlantis Gazette

Blogging and Art with Atlantis Gazette: Owl on Meditation, Prayers and Purpose

Source of Photo: Atlantis Gazette Instagram Page

During the Blogging is Art with Atlantis Gazette Episode, Cal and I discussed the following topics:

  • Who is Cal Massey?
  • What is Atlantis Gazette?
  • Topics and Subjects: Blogging is Art in a Business and Lifestyle Blog
  • Long Term Vision for Atlantis Gazette
  • Audience (1000 True Fans) and “Finding Your Voice”
  • Business Ideas: Art, Books, Board Game, Card Game, Patreon?
  • Always Provide Free Content for People to Enjoy

Cal has been a follower of Small Scale Life since a year after starting Small Scale Life. About half way through the interview, he asked me a few questions about Small Scale Life and the philosophy behind it and this new Escape Velocity effort.

  • What is the purpose of Escape Velocity?
  • Content Creation (Podcasting, Vlogging and Blogging) is Art
  • Importance of Folk and Building Community
  • Eagle’s Ridge: The Gathering Place
  • Future Book Writing Projects
    • Resilience Movement
    • Wicking Bed Gardens
  • Future Show: California Water Rights and Wicking Bed Gardens



Special Thanks

For Small Scale Life Podcasts, I would like to thank Sean at Osi and the Jupiter for the intro song "Harvest."  Sean wrote this specifically for us, and I really enjoy all of his work.  You can find more Osi and the Jupiter at their Bandcamp site:

I would also like to thank Austin Quinn at Vlog Vibes for the intro and outro music. For more information abut Austin and Vlog Vibes, please see the Vlog Vibes YouTube Channel:



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