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First Aid Refreshers, part 7: Athlete’s Foot

February 29, 2012

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athlete's foot

Our feet are so taken for granted.  They carry us from place to place, support us for long hours of standing, and endure many a painful fashion statement, yet most of the time they do so without major complaint.  When one does get injured, boy are we ever aware of it, though.  On the whole, […]

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More Alternatives to “Throw-Away” Items

February 28, 2012

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making good use of resources after teotwawki

A while back, I did a posting on some food storage items you may want to look into as alternatives to things like plastic ziptop bags and wraps.  Also, we’ve covered cloth diapers and “baby wipes” here.  This time, I want to look at a few more handy household items that are usually disposable, but […]

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Wheat, part 2 (Can I grow it and how do I store it?)

February 27, 2012

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growing wheat to survive

In the first installment of this series, I covered the differences in the various types of wheat and their uses.  This time, I want to focus on the growing conditions needed for wheat and options for storing it long term. Can I grow my own wheat? Good question- one just about every preparedness-minded person gets […]

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Quote of the Week: Kierkegaard on the End of the World

February 25, 2012

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end of the world clown

A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that’s just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.  ~ Søren […]

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How to Light Up Your World, part 1: Oil Lamps

February 24, 2012

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using oil lamps after the end of the world

“Light” and “darkness” have been important features since the creation of the world.  The two opposites provide division of our days and help set the rhythm of our body clocks.  In addition to providing us the opportunity to see once the sun has gone down, light has always been important to people as a source […]

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Pouring the Foundation of the Root Cellar

February 23, 2012

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the foundation of our root cellar

Truck after truck slowly lumbered up our quarter mile driveway to our house, each delivering an integral component for our what will soon be our primary long-term food storage location. A Cement Truck First, came the cement truck to pour the footing that will support the whole structure. Despite its subterranean walls, a root cellar […]

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Book Review: The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual

February 22, 2012

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ham radio as a survival skill

“Whoa, I don’t even understand some of these questions. I’ve got a long way to go.” Those words echoed through my mind as I thumbed through the question pool for the Ham Radio Technicians License for the first time. The Ham Radio License The Technician Class license is the first of three License classes available to […]

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Alternatives to Baby Wipes

February 21, 2012

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alternatives to baby wipes

We’ve talked about diapers and why it is wise to stock cloth ones.  One of the main reasons for acquiring  cloth “nappies” is because you would quickly be in a literal mess if disposables stopped showing up regularly on store shelves.  The same would be true with disposable baby wipes. Most parents are accustomed to […]

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Wheat, part 1: What kind do I need?

February 20, 2012

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what kind of wheat to store

Just about every preparedness guide will tell you to store wheat and lots of it.  What many do not say is that there are different types of wheat and it matters which types you buy and what you do with each. Whole grains should be an important part of most people’s diets, so why isn’t […]

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Quote of the Week: Nietzsche on Perseverance

February 18, 2012

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survive anything

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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