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The Art of Bartering

One of the often-overlooked topics in prepping is barter. bar·ter – ˈbärdər, verb (gerund or present participle: bartering) exchange (goods or services) for other goods or services without using money “he often bartered a meal for drawings” “they bartered grain for salt” synonyms: trade, swap, exchange, sell SX3, a gun shop and range in Payson, […]

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Speaker of the House Boehner Resigns

The “coincidences” just keep piling up. Today, September 25th, 2015, John A. Boehner announced that he will resign one of the most powerful positions in the world – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Background In these United States, national government is divided into three branches: The Executive Branch: the President of the United States […]

Blood Moons of 2014 and 2015

Wake me up when September ends

Some years ago a song by Green Day was popular – “Wake me up when September ends”. It was a somber song. Summer has come and passed The innocent can never last Wake me up when September ends Like my father’s come to pass Seven years has gone so fast Wake me up when September […]


We’ve got bees!

GREAT NEWS! Though it was too late to get pictures, my boys and I were able to pick up two starter hives, truck them ~80 miles North, and install them last night! We didn’t look for queens, we just checker-boarded some empty foundation frames in, added a deep super, and refilled their feeders. One of […]

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How and Why to plant Lombardy Poplar trees (video)

Almost everyone wants big, tall shade trees in their yard. These trees trade irrigation for: cooler temperatures, lower cooling bills, more enjoyable time spent out-of-doors, climbing “toys” for children, habitat for wildlife, a privacy screen, a noise barrier, a natural fence, a snow fence, and more! At the end of their live, they can be […]

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The Prepper Mindset

If you ask a dozen different so-called “preppers” what the first thing you should do to start down the proverbial “prepper’s path”, you’ll probably get at least a dozen different answers. None of which would likely be wrong, per se, but all of them likely pass over the one, singular step that any person needs to […]