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In this section of the web site I am listing my grandsons writings concerning survival, emergency actions and camping. He is currently 11 years old and I guess he will take after me eventually and be a writer. Well here are his first articles that he has completed.

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September 2014

September 10, 2014 - "Catnip an Edible and Medicinal Herb” I think we’re all familiar with the effect catnip has on kitties, but did you know that it’s edible and medicinal for humans? Catnip actually has the opposite effect on people that it has on cats. Where felines get crazy hyper when they chew on the plant, it actually acts as a calming sedative in humans. It’s a very gentle and safe herb, even for babies. Click here

September 9, 2014 - "Fortify your home against attack in five simple steps" By Ryan. You’ve decided to shelter in place, either of your own free will or under the advice of emergency management personnel (insert ad hominem here). While we strongly recommend bugging out to a secure location outside metropolitan and rural areas the reality is – not everyone has the bankroll for that. So sheltering in place is the only option for some of us. click here

September 8, 2014 - "Things to keep in your car" . Sometimes we’re so focused on the “big picture” we forget little things, like common sense emergency preparations for everyday life. One of those steps everyone should take today is building a basic supply kit for your vehicle. Here are a few items everyone should keep in their trunk. Click here

August 23, 2014 - "Booby Trap Files" This weeks selection of articles and reading material consists of various items concerning building Booby Traps. There is some interesting reading in this file. Naturally our disclaimer says for educational use only. You are cautioned to use the information at your own discretion. These will be replaced next Saturday.

August 15, 2014 - "Water Files" This week I have approximately 100 files in our E-Book downloads on the subject of water. Next to  food this is the most important item you can learn about to protect and keep yourself and your family safe in an emergency condition. I will leave these files up for a week and will than replace them (Aug 20th).

August 7, 2014 - "Food Storage Files" The best topic to start your survival plans with is food storage. Once you have that taken care of you can readily move on to additional subjects. Since I have had several inquiries on how to go about creating an effective food storage plan and what the best practices would be for one I have now uploaded about 100 different files relating to food storage. These are from my personal library. I will be leaving these files online until next Wednesday (Aug 13) at which time they will be removed and additional information will be posted. I hope these will be of use to those starting out in prepping or even to the more experienced people as well. These files can be found in the E-Book Download section.

July 14, 2014 - "flourless Pancakes" I have heard that this does not taste exactly like our normal pancakes however it could be useful in a SHTF scenario. My wife and I are going to experiment with this idea and see what types of fruit we can use similarly. We will keep you posted.

July 11, 2014 - "Why Terrorists will Strike US Hospitals" By Keith Pounds. Hospitals in the U.S. are under direct threat from Islamist extremist attacks for a myriad of reasons. An examination of terrorist attacks on hospitals internationally – and the reasons why terrorists have targeted them – would shock most administrators, doctors, nurses and patients. Click here

July 11, 2014 - "Rethinking the concept of retirement" It’s a funny thing how certain concepts have permeated throughout our culture and are just simply accepted as ‘normal’ without question. Even when faced with the reality that a given ‘normal’ situation is in jeopardy or worse, may all together cease to exist, we as a society still measure and plan our lives based upon what we thought was supposed to happen. If we feel we are entitled to it, then not only do we cling to it, but we do so with anger and righteous indignation. Click here

July 11, 2014 - "Management of Unknown Contacts" by Craig Douglas. I’ve been on the road now teaching citizen self defense courses for about a year, and it’s been very educational for me. I’ve been able to improve my own course work based on student feedback and more importantly I’ve been able to prioritize the presentation of my material. As everyone probably knows at this point I’m a fanatic about contextually underscored training. We should always be examining the problem and focus our solutions accurately. Click here

July 11, 2014 - "How to Keep Raccoons and Other Critters Out of Your Garbage" There is nothing worse than going to pull the garbage cans out front on garbage day, only to find that they have been ransacked by critters–critters with an obvious lack of basic table etiquette.  Picking up remnants of garbage is not really my favorite past time–because of the rain, it’s usually a soggy gross mess. Click here


July 5, 2014 - "Essentials for Building Off-Grid Houses" Bill White. Between high energy costs (which are expected to keep rising) and the uncertainty in the world today, the idea of going “off-grid” is gaining popularity. Preppers aren’t the only ones who are thinking in these terms, as others are seeing the potential benefits of getting off-grid and not having to pay their monthly utility bills. Those that do end up saving a bundle on their monthly budget, as well as gaining the security of not having to depend upon our aging infrastructure. Click here

June 29, 2014 - "It’s not to late to start preparing or getting self-reliant" It is never to late to start getting prepared or self-reliant. No one knows what will happen in the future though we can make educated guesses based on history or what has happened to people but the biggest thing you need to do is start/begin. That is often the hardest step to take so it’s okay to whine we have all been there.  While I do think there is time to prepare you will need to prioritize how you spend your money because things are getting tight and you can’t afford to make many mistakes. Click here

June 29, 2014 - "Cream Cheese Substitute Cashew Cream" Drizzled on fruit, swirled into coffee, spread on a warm muffin–cashew cream is a dairy-free delight you can dollop atop just about anything, without guilt! Made from just two ingredients–raw cashews and water–simply adjust the liquid for a thinner (“milk-like”?) or thicker (“frosting-like”?) cream. Drop in some vanilla, coconut, almond or even mint extract for a flavor twist on the natural, nutty taste! Click here

June 27, 2014 - "10 Uses for Stinging Nettle" by Rebecca Potter. When I was a child, I was deathly afraid of stinging nettle. You too? Some of us still are! And why not, with that infamous sting it delivers! If it feels like an ant bite, it’s because nettle’s formic acid is the same as in an ant’s salivary glands. Not exactly rolling out the welcome mat for us, is it? Luckily drying or cooking the nettle plant will neutralize the formic acid, making it safe to handle and ingest. And there are so many reasons to use this plant, I would definitely urge us all not to judge this book by its cover. Click here

June 27, 2014 - "Protect Your Feet: How to Avoid Getting Trench Foot" by Josh. Your feet get pretty rough treatment during disasters. You go from driving most places and being able to rest and take off your shoes and socks frequently to almost constant walking with few chances to get some new socks or clean your shoes each day. This can actually do a great deal of damage to your precious feet, and so it is extremely important to know how to keep them from suffering from foot conditions such as Trench Foot. Caused by a constant exposure to moisture and damaging temperatures, Trench Foot is a truly horrifying condition that will likely become terribly common for refugees in the event of a major disaster. Let’s see what you can do to minimize the chance of losing a few toes. Click here

June 27, 2014 - "45 Ways to Save Money on Your Monthly Bills" by Patrick. It’s no secret that life is expensive. The bad news is, it gets more expensive every year. Inflation drives up the cost of living, gas prices go up year after year, and the older your kids get, the more they eat (so learn to save money on your groceries now). There is a little good news, though – there’s a ton of ways to save money on your monthly bills! Click here

June 27, 2014 - "How to make a spear" Here is a video giving you some very simple instructions on how to make a spear. Well worth watching. To view click on the image below.

June 17, 2014 - "Wild Packs of Dogs in SHTF" By Dave7. Prior to making clear the steps of dealing with or utilizing Wild Packs of Dogs in SHTF, I would like to walk you through some aspects of natural law that will place your mind in the right position to accept the information you are about to receive. I ask your patience and attention to what I offer in the first parts of this article, as I understand more than just the human world and have spent a few night with nature in its natural state, without much convenience. Click here

June 11, 2014 - "12 Proven Remedies That Will Save You the Cost of a Doctors Visit" Lizzie Bennet . Modern studies into ‘old wives tales’ are turning up surprising evidence that many of these nostalgic old remedies actually work. Click here

June 11, 2014 - "6 Effective and Natural Alternatives To Ibuprofen" Joe Martino. There are a number of reasons to avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen often. You may be seeking alternatives because you experience pain but like to stay away from conventional medicines. Alternatively, you could be someone who just learned about the potential dangers that come with taking aspirin and ibuprofen regularly and are ready for something different. Ibuprofen and Aspirin have been linked to anemia, DNA damage, heart disease, hearing loss, hypertension, miscarriage and even influenza mortality (these are just 7 of the over 24 adverse health effects it’s been connected with.) Click here

June 7, 2014 - "Everything about Colloidal Silver" by Thomas Corriher. Two thousand, three hundred years ago, Alexander the Great was surveying his battlefield and drinking water from silver urns. He knew nothing about bacteria, but he knew that silver containers have a seemingly miraculous way of keeping water fresh. Silver has been used for thousands of years in different forms for its health benefits. Throughout the middle ages, the wealthy gave their children silver spoons to suck upon to stave off illnesses. People have known about the benefits of silver for so long that it is incorporated into legends. Silver is the recommended agent for killing vampires, werewolves, and various forms of the so-called undead. According to ancient legend, a silver dagger was all that a knight needed to vanquish evil. Click here

June 7, 2014 - "10 Reasons to Keep a Garden Journal" By Shelle. It’s not too late to start this year’s journal! Today, as I was preparing this post, I pulled out my garden journal from 2005. I was homeschooling our youngest daughter and we created our own nature journals to keep track all the things we were learning. Why not keep your own garden journal this season. Click here

June 7, 2014 - "DIY Waterproofing with Wax" By Great Northern Prepper. I have packed away many cans of Scotchguard that I rotate through every fall/winter season (sometimes summer depending on where I am).  However I have also packed away various bars of wax for DIY waterproofing. You can go with paraffin wax however it is much more involved so I will focus on using a much easier method, otter wax. Click here

June 6, 2014 - "Try these 10 steps to help Scouts develop resilience" By Mark Ray. These days reading, writing and arithmetic are just a few of the skills children need to learn in order to achieve success. These “three R’s” sometimes get lost in a sea of other skills, including critical thinking, multitasking, leadership and teamwork. And then there’s the fourth R: resilience, the ability to bounce back when obstacles challenge or prevent us from achieving our goals. Resilience might be the most important skill of all, because it can mean the difference between success and failure in every area of life. Click here

June 6, 2014 - "Do You Follow the Herd?" Do you find yourself standing in a long line, just because everyone else is? Do you find yourself following a slow line of cars, for no good reason? If you do, you may be the victim of a very predictable and instinctual behavior. Click Here

June 6, 2014 - "Home Water Test Simpler Than Expected" By Linda Holliday. Up until a toxic chemical oozed into the Elk River in Charleston, W. Va., last month, we thought most pollutants could be smelled, seen or tasted. We were wrong. Click Here

June 4, 2014 - "Homemade Weed Be Gone"

June 3, 2014 - "Mail center Security Video" Here is a short video on developing a mail center security program. It has many good hints in it. Click on image below to view the video.

June 2, 2014 - "My Top Five tips for lowering an Electric Bill" I write this now, coming from about 4 months, give or take, experience now at reducing our electricity bill each month. Energy here in Fairbanks, Alaska is expensive.  In fact per the US Energy Information Administration only a few other states are higher.  In case you're curious, Hawaii is the most expensive with New York and Connecticut following.  We're number four on this list.  Unfortunately for us here in the Golden Heart City though, we have a nasty little surcharge added onto our bill due to a legal issue that our Electricity company had some time ago, so it pushes that cost per kWh up around an extra .9 cents.  That doesn't seem like a lot but when you multiply that times 400, 500 or 800 kWh. It adds up. Click here

June 2, 2014 - "Four Tips to Prepare Your Motorcycle for an Emergency" Shutterstock. If the worst happens and a catastrophic emergency takes place, you want both your home and your mode of transportation to be fully prepared. For people who own motorcycles, there are a number of emergency prepping steps to take that will help your bike become a two-wheeled survival machine. Click here

June 2, 2014 - "Last Minute Power Option so that you can still check into Facebook!" By Jane Baldwin. The storm came, you lost power and you were working on your computer. You’ve probably just lost your work if your program doesn’t have an auto save, because who remembers to save every 2 minutes?  You try the phone, and it’s down. The TV is down. Your cell phone sits unusable because you forgot to recharge it last night. So…what caused it. You can’t call the electric company because the phone is down. But even though you might not have phone service and you might not have power, you might still have wifi. But if you’re just relying on being plugged into the wall, you’ve got no options. Click here 



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