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Book Review: Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide

February 12, 2013



For years, I’ve been interested in wild edibles and healing plants. I wish I knew someone locally with whom I could apprentice, but alas, I do not. The next best thing I can do then is travel to the experts when possible and read everything I can get my hands on. One of the great […]

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Book Review: The Penal Colony

November 20, 2012


Old Prison

According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office in California, it costs the state over $47,000 to house a convicted prisoner for a year. 2/3 of the cost are for security and healthcare expenses. Those figures are from 2009 and have probably increased significantly since then. $47,000. That’s a lot of money to incarcerate a single individual for […]

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Book Review: The City of Ember and The People of Sparks

October 8, 2012


The City of Ember

Shared literature is one of the best parts of adolescence, I think.  It takes some doing on the part of the parent, but I think it is well worth the effort for the connection you can make with your child(ren). One good possibility is the Hunger Games trilogy, but I want to share a lesser […]

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Book Review: The Western Front by Archer Garrett

September 20, 2012


The Western Front Review

How will life as we know it come to an end? Will be it through some cataclysmic event such as an EMP that destroys all technology in the blink of an eye? Will it be through an economic collapse that suddenly causes a governmental collapses and thrusts countries into utter anarchy? Authors in the apocalyptic […]

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Lessons from The End of Marking Time by CJ West

June 8, 2012


Are you being watched?

Are you being tracked at this very moment? Are you sure? Would you bet your life on it? The End of Marking Time That’s the premise of The End of Marking Time by CJ West. The book takes place four years into the future. During those four years, the world has changed. Significantly. The US […]

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Book Review: The Call of the Wild

May 23, 2012


Lessons from The Call of the Wild

I recently finished reading a classic. I think I was supposed to have read back in high school, but didn’t. In retrospect, I’m glad that I didn’t since if I had, I probably wouldn’t have picked up again now. This short book chronicles they life of Buck, a dog who is stolen from his posh […]

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Book Review: The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

May 8, 2012


Zombies: the undead

Almost a year ago, the Assistant Surgeon General for Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta wrote a post on his official blog entitled, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.” It quickly caught the attention of the some in the main stream media including Fox News. Some thought it funny; some thought it odd; some thought it was a […]

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Book Review: Terawatt

April 30, 2012


A solar EMP brings on TEOTWAWKI

I’ve noticed an increase in EMP/solar flare stories lately.  It’s a great event for a novel since the circumstances become dire so quickly and you can jump right into the action of survival.  I read another one recently that I thought you may enjoy:  Terawatt. This story is set in the summer in Texas at […]

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Book Review: Surviving the Fog

April 5, 2012


surviving the fog

I have been concentrating my reading time on gardening related topics lately and in my shift of focus, I have forgotten to review some of the books I enjoyed this winter.  One of those was Surviving the Fog by Stan Morris.  I was only prompted to remember my oversight by the recent realization that the […]

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Book Review: The Nuclear Catastrophe

March 9, 2012


Nuclear Awareness Day

Sunday, March 11, is the one-year anniversary of the nuclear disaster of Japan’s’ Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant  and so, in consideration of that, I have a very fitting book review. You know my penchant for novels in the preparedness and disaster-survival vein, so several weeks back, I downloaded a few more for my Kindle.  One that […]

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