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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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Review: America Stone

October 23, 2012


Using the America Stone

As the husband of a loving prepping and homesteading wife, I don’t receive neckties and shaving kits for Christmas and my birthday. I don’t remember the last time I got soap-on-a-rope as a gift. Instead, Laura and the kids give me things like books and videos on survival, multi-tools, and bug-out bags. I have a wonderful […]

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Dull Knives are Dangerous

October 22, 2012


keeping your knife sharp

It may seem a bit counterintuitive, but a dull knife is far more dangerous than one that is sharp. Why? The answer makes sense if you really stop to consider what happens. The Perils of a Dull Knife A dull knife doesn’t serve the purpose for which it was intended. You want a knife that will […]

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Adding a Zippo Lighter to Your Prepping Supplies

July 16, 2012


A Zippo in your prepping kit

Zippo lighters. They are a classic piece of Americana. It’s hard to imagine some of the classic American motion pictures without the ever-present Zippo lighter. First created in 1933 by George Blaisdell, the Zippo lighter was propelled into notoriety during the Second World War when service members began carrying them. In fact, during the war […]

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The Herb Companion: A Review

April 16, 2012

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As you have probably noticed from previous posts, I am a student of edible and medicinal plants.  I was delighted to find out there is a whole magazine called The Herb Companion devoted to those topics.  I put a subscription for it on my Christmas wish list and my mother kindly gave me one. After […]

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More Alternatives to “Throw-Away” Items

February 28, 2012


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

February 24, 2012


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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Cloth Diapers, part 1

January 4, 2012


The benefits of clothe diapers

We are pleased to announce that we are expecting another blessing around Father’s Day!  So, in honor of the upcoming event, I thought this might be a good time to give a run-down of the various choices available these days in cloth diapers. The “Old-Fashioned Kind” If you were cloth diapered as a baby, most […]

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Using Chlorine Bleach to Disinfect Water

December 15, 2011


using chlorine to purify pond water

As Joe has noted several times in previous posts, the human body does not last long without water.  So much of our body is composed of it and it facilitates so many biological processes that we must have a pretty steady and generous supply of it for good health. Storing and Collecting Water Storing a […]

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Gift Ideas for Preparedness, part 2

November 30, 2011


More what to get a prepper for Christmas

If the first round of gift ideas didn’t help you out much with those difficult-to-buy-for people on your list, here are a few more I’ve come up with. Natural fiber merino wool long johns or socks A roadside emergency kit with jumper cables, tire plugs, etc A vehicle bug-out or get-home kit lovingly put together […]

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