Preparedness Notes for Thursday — February 25, 2021

February 25th is the birthday of bluegrass music legend Ralph Stanley (1927 – 2016). His harmonizing and high tenor solos had an almost haunting sound to them.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 93 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three-day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (a $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, that have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  4. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum-sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  5. An assortment of products along with a one-hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  4. A transferable $150 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Round 93 ends on March 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.


  1. I was pleasantly surprised to see my father, Ralph Stanley, front and center when visiting the survivalblog this morning! Thanks for helping keep his memory alive and sharing his music. Blessings and well wishes from Kentucky.

    1. Rick,
      Glad to see a family member of Ralph Stanley is a regular of SB! As a fan, I was confused when I saw your name, and wondered if you could clear up my confusion: I thought Ralph had 4 children from his third marriage; two sons named Ralph II and Tim, and two daughters named Lisa and Tonya. I know he was married twice before. Were you a son from a previous marriage?

      1. Seymour Liberty,

        Ralph and my mother never married. To the best of my knowledge, I’m the youngest. Ralph II is 10 months older than me. Tim isn’t Jimmie’s and Ralph’s son, but Ralph’s from a previous marriage. Ralph also has another daughter named Michelle from his time in Florida. Carter also has at least one other daughter than I’m aware of. We all stay in touch, from time to time. Thanks for saying hello!

      2. Seymour Liberty,

        Ralph and my mother never married. Ralph II is ten months older than me. Tim, to the best of my knowledge, is Ralph’s son from his marriage prior to Jimmy. Ralph also has a daughter, Michelle, who lives in Florida. She is the oldest of us as far as I know. We keep in semi-frequent contact with one another.

        Thanks for saying hello.

  2. One of my fondest memories is seeing Dr. Stanley and the Clinch Mtn Boys sing at the winery in Florida in 2012. The family was so warm and sweet to all of us that night.

    1. I will keep saying this:
      * some of the tax-burning loudmouths in Salem, Eugene, and Portland are nincompoops, and deserve a ‘special place’ to nincompoopery each other.
      Those few individuals have nothing in common with the rest of us.

      Any artificial line — state, county, federal — includes a tiny minority of tax-burning loudmouth flakes and a seething quietly-raging majority of tax-paying work-going bill-paying decent folk.

      And please, do not get me started on Oregon unelected governess Kate ‘Moonbeam’ Brown… or her dictates.
      Missy Moonbeam deserves a special ‘special place’.

  3. I hadn’t heard Ralph Stanely music before this post, but have now listened to many of his songs. “I’ll Fly Away,” and “This Little Light of Mine,” are two of my favorites. I call them happy music.

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