Letter Re: Five Things Women Need, by J.W.

JWR, Another great article, thank you. One of the things I would like to comment on, that unfortunately must be strongly considered when working with our youth, is “prohibited places”. Volunteering and picking up the kids at my children’s school, I am constantly un-holstering and securing my weapon (at home or work, never in the car) BEFORE I make the trip. I carry wherever and whenever I am legally allowed. However, there have been times I was late because I realized I was armed and had to turn around to secure my firearm. Could you imagine the joy of the liberals in NYC with the headlines “Store owner brings gun to school for show and tell”. I do not need a perp walk. So, deep concealment is not an option for me, and I will do all I can to remain law abiding and not lose such a precious right, especially here in NYC, where it is so difficult to obtain a carry permit. The Donald said he will fix that! I hope and pray. So ladies and gentlemen, be ever vigilant and look at the various methods of protection, legal weapons and self defense in “prohibited places”. JWR, perhaps … Continue reading

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Sarah Latimer: Inspiring Family Unity and Heroic Identity- Part 1

We’re preparing to see lots of green, and I don’t mean money. Irish Americans and actually Irish everywhere, as well as many who aren’t Irish but enjoy the celebrations, are gearing up for the annual festivities of St. Patrick’s Day, so “green” items are in all of the stores and either are or soon will be in the ads as well as notices about special events. So, what does this mean for us in the survival community? Well, I was thinking about the ethnic and national pride surrounding this day. On this day those in our communities who we had no idea were of Irish heritage will wear green, shamrock hats, and buttons saying “I’m Irish” or something similar. Sometimes the garb actually borders on the ridiculous, but it is all part of the fun and pride in passing on the tradition. It’s as if the Irish come out of the woodwork and those who have any connection, regardless of how remote, to Ireland proudly exhibit their connection. For some, it is also a religious connection. They may point to God’s intervention upon a nation and His work to cleanse and protect a land, as the legends tell us of … Continue reading

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Letter: A Filing Methods For Digital Libraries

Dear Editor: This e-mail is offered as an addition to other discussions in SurvivalBlog of this subject, such as, Preserving a Digital Library. Having messed around with computers since the early 1970s and, having lived through multiple computers on multiple versions of operating systems, I settled on a simple filing system for digital content that I save. As an engineer, I love to invent things but I don’t like reinventing wheels when there are so many about that can be used for my purposes. My filing system is exactly that – a re-purposing of an existing filing system invented in my home state of Wyoming. It is called the Yellow Pages. (see Wikipedia.). Ma Bell figures highly into the design. For those that don’t know who “Ma Bell” was, then do a web search on it. But, I digress. My filing system consists of only two folders on my computer. These are: White Pages Yellow Pages So, if I were to have an article about George Washington, then I would save it in the following folder: White Pages W Washington, George Items that are not about proper names are essentially, subjects that might be found in a Yellow Pages. For … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Surviving Science

HJL, Your surviving science log reminded me of a high school chemistry class experience. The year before had been physics. That class I aced with no problems. (I had lots of garage experience with levers and such.) However, chemistry was something I couldn’t get my brain “wrapped around”. In chem class we had the typical of the times (1959 to 1961) chem class desks that included flasks of hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, sulfuric acid, and some glycerin for lubricating the glass tubes for going through the rubber stoppers used in various experiments. We had desk partners; mine was a typical girl (sorry) who memorialized the week’s chapter and vomited back the answers on the Friday test. (There was no association of the subject with the real world.) I, on the other hand was always asking myself, “Can I use this somehow?” Later in the year, (remember that for later), I came across a formula in the text book that was only half there. That irked me. I thought I should remember the rest of the formula. (I do have a good memory, even for stuff I don’t care about.) I paged back through the previous chapters until I found what … Continue reading

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Surviving Science, by Funtripmom

What happens if you decide to homeschool and you failed science class, not just one science class but practically all of them? On the other hand, what happens if you decide to homeschool and you got an “A” in chemistry, but you never did anything to merit that grade, and therefore you don’t know the first thing about chemistry? That about sums up my science class record. I either didn’t do very well or I passed with flying colors all to the tune of helping the teacher grade papers. At the time I loved it. I thought, “This is grand! I don’t have to do the work, and I pass anyway!” However, it wasn’t grand, at least not as I look back on the experience. I really could use that knowledge right about now. What happens if you decide to homeschool and you get to LEARN science right along with your children? That’s exactly what I decided to do. I never intended to homeschool my children, but life has a funny way of placing you in situations that you never planned to be. I’m thankful I found myself in this position, but I wasn’t happy about my lack of knowledge … Continue reading

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Letter Re: The Home Library

HJL, I have thought on the topic of the home library and what books it should and should not comprise, at least in terms of there being a set of bookshelves, which all family members have access to and are encouraged to read and use for study, whether one homeschools or not. A Bible and a good concordance thereto top the list, and I believe that the King James Version, in modern type, is generally the best overall. For intensive Scripture study, in fact, I usually print out a Book or chapters from the KJV from a reliable .pdf file. I can then underline or highlight as I see fit and can carry the pages in a binder. I believe a good parallel translation Bible can be useful in determining the meaning of words, so long as the parallel translations are not objectionable in the intent of the translators. However, I believe there are many modern translations of good intent. Among the Bibles I would have in my library would be a good Geneva Bible, but only if the typeface and spellings were modern while the book was otherwise complete and the notes unexpurgated. Specifically, it has to include the … Continue reading

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Our Founding Fathers Were Right, by a Florida Mom

Our Founding Fathers were right, about education, too. Have you ever wondered how a generation with one-roomed schoolhouses produced so many great thinkers? Have you wondered what types of books were available when Abraham Lincoln studied on his own? Unlike many instructional books today, the educational books our founding fathers used were designed for simplified teaching, and self-teaching. They used McGuffey’s Readers, Harvey’s Grammar, and Ray’s Arithmetic. These were not grade level books; they were progressive level books, and they produced great thinkers who became great men. Pioneers could only pack a few books with their belongings, so they picked the best. You’ve included many resources in your prepping library, but have you included these? Are you ready to teach another generation “Reading, Writing, and ‘Rithmetic”? Basic Library The Bible is the bedrock of our faith, but the King James Version is also great literature. Familiarity with its phrasing and concepts allows you to see its reflection in the documents of our nation’s founding fathers. McGuffey’s Readers(primer through the 4th reader) begin with a primer to teach reading and spelling. However, the sources they used were good literature and taught a sound moral code. By the time you’re in the … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Surviving Homeschool, by M.

I am always excited to read about others Home-Schooling or “home educating” their children. I am a veteran of home-schooling our four children through high-school (or secondary school, for our international friends). They are all now married with small children of their own, and each have become competent adults with a sober view of the future. When we started, home education was only a few years legal in my state. Before the birth of our first child, we had already met two families of “renegade home schoolers” who were educating their children at home secretly because they were appalled by the state of our public education locally and could not afford a private school. They shared their passion for their children and for education with us “newlyweds” and in doing so they planted the seed that would later become our own. Back then, finding good curriculum was a chore! The Internet was young, and finding other home schoolers was serendipitous. Now, everything is online. Quality materials can be found for every learning syle and subject. I am so grateful for the pioneers of home schooling! I used to tell people that home schooling isn’t for everyone. I have since realized … Continue reading

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Surviving Homeschool, by M.

As I began this homeschool journey, my expectations and reality have clashed more times than I’d like to count. Being a former teacher, I love to make lesson plans and think of how I can relate a topic or subject to incite excitement and see the light of understanding dawn on the student’s face. I love that part of teaching. (Most teachers do.) However, the daily life of homeschooling was much different than that of a typical school room. My days start when I wake up and don’t end until I go to bed. I am always “ON,” which makes each moment I spend with my children a blessing and not so much at the same time. I’m not their teacher; I’m their mother. They don’t revere me as most children revere their teachers in school. I’m just the mom that swaddled them as a baby, fed them, did their laundry, or helped them with a skinned knee, so what do I know of multiplication tables or science? I may just be Mom, but now I’m a homeschooling mom– ultimately responsible (along with my husband) for their entire education. Not only do I need to education them on living life … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Caring for Babies in a Post-Collapse World

Mr. Hugh, I would like to add to the article on caring for babies. My mother-in-love told me that when her daughter was born, she contracted a stomach virus within hours after birth. She survived the virus, but her intestinal tract was very sensitive. The pediatrician put her on a formula of goat’s milk and rice water– water drained from boiled rice. This might work for the baby in your scenario as well. Goat’s milk is an excellent alternative to human milk, and rice is a grain that is very easy on the digestive tracts of infants and elderly folks as well. I am stocking extra rice for that reason. Also I saw a formula for an electrolyte solution for adults using ingredients that can be stocked for longer periods of time than the electrolyte solutions sold in stores. There may be one for children and infants or maybe the adult version could be diluted. I also bought some thermometer strips that we put in our emergency medical kits. They don’t give an exact numeral readout, but they give a ballpark temperature (within one degree) reading based on the color that shows on the strip when placed on the forehead. … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Early Literacy for Children

Dear Mr. Latimer, I would like to reply to SRG’s letter of response to my article, Early Literacy for Children. I wholeheartedly agree with SRG. Neither of my parents went to college, and my stepdad did not finish high school. He proudly served our country in the military, then supported his family (parents, brothers, sister, wife, and three stepdaughters) by working in the coal mines in Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky. The most intelligent person I know never took a college class, and the dumbest person I know was one of my college professors. One of my three children went to college. The other two did not. They are all intelligent and very knowledgeable in their prospective jobs. One is a teacher, one an electrical lineman, and one a heavy equipment operator/welder in a coal mine. I am equally proud of them. We should each find our calling and pursue it. We should help our children and grandchildren find their place in this world and help them to reach it. It is my belief that our greatest responsibility to our children is to raise them to honor the Lord. May God bless you. Sincerely, – CL

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Letter Re: Early Literacy for Children

HJL, I just read C.L.’s blog on early literacy for children, and I couldn’t agree more with the general trend of her commentary. Whether or not a child ever gets post-K12 education, the child, to the best of his or her ability, should be exposed as early as practical to as wide a variety of literature as possible, and not just what is “suggested” by what ever the local school board expects of them. Probably the best investment in personal education is reading anything and everything that can be gotten a hold of, simply to expose a child (a person, really, as reading should not stop the day that a child graduates from high school) to as many ideas as possible, to improve their general knowledge, and to expose them to different ways of thinking. It gives the child, and later the person, so many options in regards to problem solving, not only from the amount of knowledge they retain and the different methods of problem solving, but it allows them to make that “magic leap” to solve problems they may not have otherwise been exposed to, even in the extensive reading they have done. The one great treasure, the … Continue reading

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