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Click, Click, Click: Postmortem Of Our Recent Really Dumb Prepper Fail

It was a lovely fall day out at “The Place”. Spice was doing her last mowing of the season, and we had been out picking up chunks of the trees we recently removed. Work was done, and after a bit… Continue Reading

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My Prepping No-No: I’ve Made The Same Mistake Over & Over, Don’t You Make It Too!

I”ve made many prepping mistakes over the years, and hopefully I have learned from at least most of them There’s one that I have made over and over, and yet I have to struggle every day not to make it… 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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10 Survival Things I Learned in the Amazon Jungle

Several years ago, I had the privilege to go to the Amazon jungle. It was a trip of a lifetime, and I have no desire to go back. The experience taught me much that directly relates to prepping. ALWAYS Have… Continue Reading

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10 Survival Things Learned During The Eclipse Of 2017

The Eclipse of 2017, in a sense, was a mini-SHTF mass-movement run through. No, there were no major problems, but we did see mass movements of people into areas of the country that do not have the infrastructure to handle… Continue Reading

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Hidden Danger: Spiders Can Hurt Preppers, Maim Or Even Worse

All he did was take a hike in the woods of a state park.  At the time, we didn’t notice anything amiss.  A thing like that shouldn’t take the wonders of modern medicine to keep from killing a guy, should… Continue Reading

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Ahead on Points: 6 Prepper Wins and 3 Prepper Fails on a Hiking Trip

I just got back from a hiking trip in the mountains, and wanted to share my experiences:  The good to encourage their use and the bad to save you from learning the Hard Way.  I had to be very selective… Continue Reading

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Avoid This One Critical Mistake I Made When Buying Ammo As A Prep

Here’s a lesson from the School of Hard Knocks. Sometimes buying ammo is a mistake… or at least buying the particular ammo that you put in your shopping cart is.  I’ve made a lot of prepping mistakes over the years,… Continue Reading

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Podcast: Five Health Things To Consider Before The SHTF

Spice and Salty spill the beans on “health things to consider BEFORE the SHTF” in this week’s Beans, Bullets, Bandages & You podcast.  Recorded on a road trip to the People’s Republic of Illinois, the duo discuss a veritable plethora… Continue Reading

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Escape From New York: Execution

The first thing you need to do when disaster strikes in an urban setting is recognize that something is wrong, and get out of the building. If you are wrong and nothing is happening, you can always go back inside,… Continue Reading

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Paranoid Prepper’s Escape From New York: Preparation To Flee

As I mentioned all the way back in my first post, I have had occasions to “Escape from New York”.  On a normal day, New York City is a nuisance to enter, and a nuisance to leave, not quite as… Continue Reading

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BOL Invaded By Green Aliens! (And NO, It’s Not In Roswell, NM)

Spoiler alert:  It wasn’t These aliens: Having to weed a prairie is just not right.  I blamed the morning job on the blamed fool that decided that Sericea lespedeza would make a great import to northeast Missouri.  “It’s very hardy!”… Continue Reading

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Book Review: Island of the Lost

Island of the Lost:  Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World, by Joan Druett The story is so improbable I’d have thought it a pretty heavy-handed morality tale … except it’s true.   Two ships, with two very different crews… Continue Reading

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This Crap Isn’t Funny Any More – Diarrhea Can Kill You

There we were, driving down to the land of salt water and waves for a winter vacation…when the norovirus hit.  Good readers, I was never more glad to have our emergency med kit than when raging diarrhea hit during a… Continue Reading