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House Plant’s Secret Identity Revealed: Aloe, Prepper Gold

When we came back from a day at the lake cooked to a painful red, Mom would pinch a leaf off one of her few houseplants, split it open with a nail, and smear the slightly sticky/slimy but clear and… Continue Reading

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Now is the Time for a Prep on the Cheap

 If you could buy an insurance policy for $1 that had the potential to add significant food – pounds and pounds of it – to your family’s larder should something dramatically bad happen in the next six months … would… Continue Reading

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PrepperPsych 101: Daring to be Wrong

“I am a scientist.  In my field, it’s considered to be a good thing to change one’s ideas based on evidence.”  This quote has been attributed to Albert Einstein.  In his youth, Einstein was an extremely committed and vocal pacifist.… Continue Reading

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Cold Turkeys: Prepping For When Your Meds Run Out

A week or so ago, a friend of mine up and quit taking his prescribed medications.  Didn’t think it would be any big deal; just a few days off the blood pressure drugs until he could get in to see… Continue Reading

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PrepperPsych 101: ‘On Top’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Most Important’

 Today the shelves are bare of bump stocks, because last week some evil S.O.B. did great evil, and one thing he used to do it was a bump stock. Bump stocks all over the news, people freaking out that they… Continue Reading

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Natural Family Planning for Preppers

It’s hardly ever talked about … but it can be of vital importance.  During a crisis, access to normal health care, including contraception, might be interrupted.  It might be a really bad time to add a baby to the family… Continue Reading

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PrepperPsych 101: Somebody’s Watching

Sometimes Salty is smarter than I am.  (Most of the time?? Always??)  He was definitely smarter than I was about the security cameras.  When he put out a couple dummy cameras (red light run by a battery, no real recording,… Continue Reading

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PrepperGuns 101: Guns for Smaller People

The man charged straight at me. He was huge, nearly three hundred pounds and over six and a half feet of nothing but muscle and violent intent, and he was unbelievably fast. I backpedaled rapidly but coolly as I shot… Continue Reading

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Emergency Foods: What to Do About Allergies and Sensitivities

If you’re not inclined to be a label reader you might not have noticed … but many prepper foods are pretty big on the ‘processed’ scale. The problem is that means there are many, many ingredients in each food. Lots… Continue Reading

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Conservation & Why It Matters For Preppers

One common theme that runs through the prepper community has always baffled Salty & Spice, and that’s the apparent lack of concern for the environment… the same environment we depend upon for our daily survival.  Spice & Salty are conservationists,… Continue Reading

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The Reluctant Spouse, Part III: When the Reluctance Isn’t About Reason

Millennial Gothic - A comment on today's society

In previous posts of this series (Part 1, & Part 2), we’ve talked about how to approach the topic of prepping with a reluctant spouse, and some talking points to counter some of the common objections. There’s even a podcast meant to… Continue Reading

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The Reluctant Spouse, Part II: Four Ways to Counter Objections

Grant Wood - The Perfectionist

In Part I of this series, we looked at how to find out just why The Spouse is reluctant, and how to approach bridging the gap.  We then recorded a podcast for for preppers to play for their reluctant spouses.… Continue Reading

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The Reluctant Spouse, Part I: Three Approaches to Bridge the Gap

As in every other aspect of life as a couple, things go along much faster and more smoothly if spouses basically agree on goals and means.  So what’s a person who sees a need to prep to do when a… Continue Reading

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The Most Food Per Foot? Part 2: The Taters are In

It was a great plan: This post is something of a morality tale of gardening.  Back in the spring, I wrote a post on one of this year’s garden experiments:  The Tower of Potatoes.  The plan is you build a… Continue Reading

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Should Essential Oils Be on a Prepper’s Shopping List?

The internet’s a wonderful thing, where you can wander down a path, take a left turn, and end up somewhere entirely unexpected.  That’s what happened when Salty sent me a link to a research article that seemed to indicate that… Continue Reading