( The following post was originally published in May 2016, But the question of what lies ahead for America still remains.)
As I sit in my “Hamshack” (office) gazing out at a beautiful spring day in the Ozarks, I’m reminded of how fortunate we are as Americans. Then, as my eye is drawn to the ticker of news at the bottom of my TV screen, my pleasant reverie is quickly gone!
Most of the news is so terrible that we become immune to it.
“50 Christians beheaded by ISIS”
“Suicide bomber kills 20”
“Russian fighters buzzing US Navy ships”
“Borders ignored daily by waves of immigrants”
I’m just numb. And that doesn’t even begin to cover the horror of watching our nation being pillaged by self-serving politicians, our Constitution being systematically rewritten, our freedom to live our life as we wish being constantly stripped away if you are a Christian and not gay, our military left a fragmented ghost of itself, and insane environmentalists who think we should go back to a pre-industrial society.
It just goes on and on, ad nauseum!
There is no unbiased news left in this country. Every channel spins… Continue reading
Always count the cost of what you get free…
How would you like to start slashing those electric bills immediately? Like today? It’s possible!
One of the most overlooked ways to cut electric costs is through passive solar. The sun provides free energy to the earth that can be used to power our lives.
You’ll see passive solar used in most textbooks on solar energy and they somehow make it sound like a new theory of electricity. Folks, it’s not complicated. It’s been around since Neanderthals lived in caves.
Passive means exactly what it sounds like. You don’t have to do anything to get it and the best part is that it’s either free or relatively low cost. It means using the sun for heat or shielding yourself from the intense heat. It is a critical part of any on or off grid power system.
Before you start thinking about using solar/wind power, on-grid or off-grid, you should first consider energy efficiency in your homes. It’s nothing new. American Indians in the southwest built cliff homes over a thousand years ago. These little energy efficient dwellings were homes built into the side of cliffs. This sheltered them… Continue reading
First, let’s say that being self-sufficient and living an alternative lifestyle means different things to each of us. It’s both a journey and a destination and begins with small steps.
It starts with a dream of being independent and then we develop that dream into reality. Yes, it does require motivation and hard work. But don’t be fearful, it’s not as hard as you think! If you are fed up being stuck in an overcrowded city, where you’re surrounded by people speaking every language but English, where criminals roam the streets freely, and the noise and stink never stop, well then….Read on…
- You’ll regain your freedom:
Freedom from being a wage slave.
Freedom from constantly having to worry about your job.
Freedom from an unpleasant overbearing boss.
- You can say good-bye to long commutes. No more snarling traffic and road ragers. No more breathing the fumes of cars and trucks. No more wasted time which you could use for your own benefit.
- No more dress codes. Dress the way you like and the way that expresses you best.
- Forget about going to a gym and paying dues. Forget training for marathons or running down hard pavement. Get… Continue reading
1. Sitting in the dark really sucks. Subscribe to my blog now and take the first step to follow my Off grid power plans.
2. You’ll be able to charge your phones and other devices no matter what.
3. It’s not that hard to get started. Subscribe to my blog and I’ll give you the help you need to have Off grid power in simple steps.
4. It’s good for the environment.
5. You can reduce or even eliminate your electric bill as you build out your Off grid power system.
6.In the event of an extended power failure (tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.) you’ll be the only person in your neighborhood with lights, television and radio, to get current news and emergency information.
7. The wonderful feeling that you are in charge of your life, and not dependent on “Big Brother” for everything.
8. It’s a great first step in becoming independent, and starting your own self sufficient lifestyle.
9. A small system can move with you relatively easily.
10. When your… Continue reading
I live in SW Missouri in the rolling hills of the Ozarks. Near me are a number of Amish communities. The state of Missouri says there are over 9,000 Amish from several sects living here at the present time. Their numbers are growing rapidly as Amish from other parts of the country are moving to Missouri.
One of the highlights of visitors touring our area of Missouri is seeing an Amish family in their plain clothes traveling slowly down the road in their old fashioned, horse-drawn buggies. There are often cars stopped in the middle of the road photographing Amish homes, farms, and people. They desire privacy and anonymity, but the tourists don’t respect their wishes. It’s quite common to see the tourists laughing and pointing at the Amish folk, and their lifestyle. It reminds me of the way that most of society views people who live alternative lives, or the prepper community. We often make fun of those who are different, or things we don’t understand.
These tourists tend to romanticize the Amish and believe that they live totally independent from the world around them and that their life consists of churning butter and taking warm, fragrant loaves… Continue reading
A New Direction
I love to read blogs. Prepper blogs. Survivalist blogs. Homestead blogs. Self-Reliant Living Blogs. When I decided to start my own blog I was faced with several important decisions. What direction should mine take? The Prepper Lifestyle of living offers so much necessary information that I started there. I enjoy many of the prepper websites and have my own favorites.
But as I was writing for my blog I realized that’s not really who I am. My real love is living an alternative lifestyle, which I’ve been doing for my entire adult life. Although my parents lived conventional lives my mother was a faithful reader of Mother Earth News. You could find me sprawled out reading them too. What I liked most were the articles about people who went off-grid and were in remote and/or rural locations. I didn’t know it then but they filled me with a desire to live like this.
Is total self-sufficiency possible?
However I also liked my “creature comforts”. Electricity. TV. Especially grocery stores! I’ve spent many years trying to balance the two with limited success until the last few years.
I have learned that living a self-sustaining lifestyle is very… Continue reading
You think you’re ready for anything because you’ve been prepping a long time? Your food supply looking good? Your water supply in place? Your medical supplies on hand?
How ready is your family? “Great,” you answer. “We’ve discussed all the possible things that can happen and what we should do.”
That’s what I thought about my troops. Then I decided to run a little experiment. I chose a Saturday when everyone was home, including grandkids and some of their friends.
My Little Experiment
All I did was disconnect the satellite TV dish from the box. You would have thought World War III had started.
Within minutes I had a riot brewing as my hamshack was flooded with hysterical kiddos. They stormed in announcing that they couldn’t get their favorite programs. In fact, one said, “It feels like my umbilical cord has been cut.” (She’s the dramatic one.)
I acted surprised. Soon the room was filled and from all sides they were demanding that I do something and that I do it right now! I went into the living room, looked at the TV and said, “Yep, it’s not working.”
They weren’t amused.
Grabbing my phone, I made… Continue reading
What Ham Radio operators do.
On May 22, 2011 an EF5 tornado roared through Joplin, Missouri, Less than ten minutes later one third of the city was destroyed and three fourths was heavily damaged.
158 people were killed outright with another 1,200 injured. Joplin’s only hospital was left mostly destroyed, power was out throughout the city, and roads were impassable due to debris. Continue reading