JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books:

The Simplicity Primer, by Patrice Lewis

ZeroGov:Limited Government, Unicorns and Other Mythological Creatures, by Bill Buppert 

Movies:

My Friend Flicka  (not the more recent remake)

Music:

The Best of Mary McCaslin

John Hartford: Life Love & Music 5 Essential Albums 1966-1969

Podcasts:

Self Reliant School EP016 Interview With JoAnn Moser – Mason Jar Nation

Pantry Paratus: Chaya’s Guide to Grease: Frying Food the Right (& Nourishing) Way

Instructional Videos:

Some newbies might benefit from this:  How to clean fish

How To Clean Your Woodstove Chimney

Gear:

USB Reading Lamp with 10 LED Lights and Flexible Gooseneck

FLIR Scout TK Pocket-Sized Thermal … Continue reading



JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books:

Ham Radio Study Guide: Manual for Technician Class, General Class, and Amateur Extra Class

Get on the Air with HF Digital


Movies:

Sully

The Martian


Television:

Designated Survivor

Jericho

Music:

Holst: The Planets

The Very Best of Enya


Podcasts:

The Survivalist Podcast: Episode-04- TSP Rewind – You Can’t Lose as a Modern Survivalist

The Survival … Continue reading



Letter: Fall Season Prepping

Dear Mr. Rawles and Mr. Latimer:

Since the Autumnal Equinox has passed us by, may I offer a link to a relevant string of articles? I have been contemplating seasonal adjustments to my preps, and Cheaper Than Dirt has a series of blogposts that I found useful in provoking thought. I hope folks find this useful, as we tune our plans for the changing seasons. Thank you for your blog, and all you do. – Skyrat



Review of 2013 Self-Reliance Expo, Denver, Colorado, by L.K.O.

The National Self Reliance Organization (NSRO) sponsors the Self-Reliance Expos. The expo returned this year to Denver, Colorado on October 4-5, 2013. I also toured the prior Denver Self-Reliance Expo on Sep. 16-17, 2011 here and one last year (May 18-19, 2012) in Colorado Springs. Prior expos have been held in Salt Lake City, Utah (October 7-8, 2011), and during 2012 at Dallas, TX (July 27-28), Hickory, North Carolina (September 14-15) and Mesa, Arizona (October 26-27). Upcoming expos in 2014 will be held in Mesquite, Texas and back in Denver, Colorado. The next upcoming expo is featured here.

As usual, several of the vendors at the expo were SurvivalBlog advertisers. d

Multiple Expo Vendors

These expos showcase a diverse assortment of avid and amiable survival, self-reliance and preparedness presenters and vendors. Many of the companies showing their wares and services there are devoted SurvivalBlog advertisers and readers. I enjoyed meeting several new vendors … Continue reading



New Prize for Writing Contest Round 49

Mayflower Trading Company has kindly donated several prizes to add to the Third Prize package, for Round 49 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest, et sequitur. These are: A Nesco / American Harvest Gardenmaster Dehydrator with an extra set of trays, and the book The Dehydrator Bible. These prizes have a combined value of $210. This brings the combined value of the top three prizes to more than $6,000!

Round 49 begins today and will end on November 30th, 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.

The following is the first article for the Round 49 judging:



Letter Re: Recommending Todd Savage of Survival Retreat Consulting

Hello Mr. Rawles,
Just a note of thanks to you and your site for leading me to Todd Savage at Survival Retreat Consulting (SRC.)

I read your novel Patriots and that gave me the incentive I needed to pursue a retreat for my family.  I researched the means available to obtain my retreat and that included SRC’s ad on your SurvivalBlog.com site.  I was impressed with Todd’s well thought out process and the advantage that his own experience in making the journey with his own family brought to the process.  With your recommendation as a tail wind, I hired Todd and I can truly say it was one of the best decisions I have made.
 
Thanks to Todd’s diligent efforts, my family now has a retreat in the American Redoubt that is custom-tailored to my family’s needs.  But beyond the just the property … Continue reading



Pantry Paratus Photo Contest Continues

A reminder:

Pantry Paratus is excited to celebrate our second year on as an e-store.  We are looking to expand our digital marketing appeal with real pictures; so in order to do that we are hosting our first annual 2013 photo contest to celebrate all the harvest of this season’s bounty.  All the official rules are here, but the basics are these:
-all photos must be original work and submitted to photocontest@pantryparatus.com between Friday, September 6th and Friday, September 20th.
-there are two categories: “Canning” and “Food Preservation.”  The first one is easy to define, but the second one can be anything from saving seeds to rendering lard to making jerky–surprise us!
-We have one grand prize winner ($200 of selected merchandise) and one First place winner ($150 of selected merchandise), one second place winner ($100 of selected merchandise) and one third place winner ($50 of … Continue reading



Pantry Paratus Announces Photo Contest

I just received this announcement:

Pantry Paratus is excited to celebrate our second year on as an e-store.  We are looking to expand our digital marketing appeal with real pictures; so in order to do that we are hosting our first annual 2013 photo contest to celebrate all the harvest of this season’s bounty.  All the official rules are here, but the basics are these:
-all photos must be original work and submitted to photocontest@pantryparatus.com between Friday, September 6th and Friday, September 20th.
-there are two categories: “Canning” and “Food Preservation.”  The first one is easy to define, but the second one can be anything from saving seeds to rendering lard to making jerky–surprise us!
-We have one grand prize winner ($200 of selected merchandise) and one First place winner ($150 of selected merchandise), one second place winner ($100 of selected merchandise) and one third … Continue reading



Letter Re: Question on Preparedness Course

Jim:

I’m planning to get the “Rawles Gets You Ready Preparedness Course.” Does it have any details on the shelf lives of foods like beans, rice, canned goods, and vitamins?

Thanks So Much, – K.S.

JWR Replies: Yes, and in fact the shelf life appendix (in tabular format) is quite extensive, spanning 15 pages. You can of course print out a hard copy, for your reference binder.



Letter Re: Preparedness Course Question

Mr. Rawles:
If I get the downloadable “Rawles Gets You Ready Preparedness Course” can I print out a copy for my reference binder? Is that considered okay? (I have a giant binder with 4″ rings that my husband got in the Navy that we use for all our prepping references, except for recipes.)
With My Regards, – Sheila C.

JWR Replies: Yes, since you are legitimately downloading it, you are welcome to print out a reference copy for your own use.



From The Big City To Homesteading–Our Ten Year Journey, by Wranglerstar

Ten years ago, my wife and I, as young newlyweds, were living the American dream. Our future was bright. While my wife earned a lucrative salary and I built a successful online business, we were on the road to success.  Our urban lifestyle provided us with everything our hearts desired.  In 2006 everything changed.  With the collapse of the housing bubble and the economy in a tailspin, we woke up to the fact that our easy urban lifestyle was fragile and dependent on factors far outside of our control.  We began to be alarmed at the precariousness of our current situation. We asked ourselves what we would do if the economy continued to deteriorate and we could no longer depend on the comfortable income we had so long enjoyed.  We considered our options and tried to determine what we could do to lessen our dependency on others and build in … Continue reading



Note from JWR:

I heard that fellow blogger Ron (a.k.a. “The Orange Jeep Dad“) will soon be leaving Phoenix, Arizona and moving his wife and family (they have six daughters) to their old family farm in Oklahoma. Established in the late 1800s, it has been abandoned since the 1980s when his grandfather became ill. Ron promises to blog about the entire adventure and include videos of how he and his family learn to farm, raise livestock, homestead, and homeschool. We wish Ron and his family the best for their move. Their new life will be quite a ride. And as one who has been living in the hinterboonies and homeschooling my kids for many years, I can say most assuredly: He won’t regret it! Be sure to bookmark Ron’s site, and check it often.



Letter Re: An Indiana Disaster Preparedness Meetup Site

Hi Mr. Rawles,
To start, your site has been an inspiration to many people, myself included.  I am a firefighter here in Indiana and what I’ve noticed is there are so many different places to get info, some good some bad, but it is tough to get some centralized information for local training’s.  We started a Meetup group in Central Indiana that is growing fast and it is not a monetary site or a forum, just a centralized place to post training events and meetups around the area.  You are one of the main sites we encourage all of our members to go to for Internet Information and News.  We do not profit at all will list any businesses as a site sponsor for free.  Thanks for your help and thanks for your awesome site.  -W.A.



Review of the Self-Reliance Expo in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by L.K.O.

Following two previously-mentioned Self-Reliance Expos in Denver, Colorado (September 16-17, 2011 (see the SurvivalBlog review here) and Salt Lake City, Utah (October 7-8, 2011), the National Self Reliance Organization (NSRO) began it’s 2012 season with another weekend expo in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Returning Vendors

This expo again showcased a variety of enthusiastic and friendly survival, self-reliance and preparedness vendors and presenters. Many of the companies there are loyal SurvivalBlog advertisers. I enjoyed meeting many new vendors in person for the first time as well as those who had been at the September expo as well.

Among vendors returning to the expo with new offerings, Pantry Paratus added a new cheesemaking line to their existing product roster. Chelsea Green Publishing added several new titles to their books on sustainable living, including Continue reading



A Remembrance Gathering for Jan LeBaron

As many of you know, Jan LeBaron, proprietress of Healthy Harvest, died suddenly on September 18th.  Jan touched each of our lives in a unique way through her friendship and her work at Healthy Harvest.  In order to honor her and have an opportunity for closure due to her untimely death, a small group of us decided to organize a simple event for those who would like to gather and reminisce about Jan.  This may also be a great networking opportunity as Jan was always encouraging people to connect and network with new people.   Whether you were an acquaintance or a friend, please join us for an evening of visiting and reminiscing about Jan.  There will be a potluck gathering in the gymnasium at Crossroads Community Church, 7708 NE 78th Street, Vancouver, Washington on Sunday, October 16th at 5:00pm.  If your last name begins with A-M please bring … Continue reading