Category Archives: Self Reliance

Articles, commentary, and information on becoming more self reliant.

Emergency preparation for apartments

American Prepper Network had a good article up today about emergency preparations you can make even if your living space is limited (or controlled, ie. strict rules). I think the main point of this article is that even this limited … Continue reading

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Lessons from Japan

I haven’t written anything about the Japanese earthquake so far. It seems almost mean-spirited to try to and find things they did wrong. The biggest lesson, really, is this: Sometimes it just doesn’t matter what you do. I’m sure there … Continue reading

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Be a good neighbor

I read about this situation on the American Preppers Network site. A woman is growing an organic garden in her front yard and has run afoul of her HOA. I know I should be shocked, upset, outraged, etc., but you … Continue reading

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Six steps to urban homesteading

I’m not sure this qualifies as “urban homesteading” to me, but this article gives some pointers on making the most of your space when seeking to become more self reliant: Urban homesteading may sound time-consuming, but the couple points out … Continue reading

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The changing face of employment

DDFD at Self Reliance Workshop posts a few thoughts on employment: If You Couldn’t Get a Job Ever Again . . . Do You View Yourself As “You, Inc.”? After two years of unemployment I’m starting to consider both posts … Continue reading

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Mylar bags and five gallon buckets

MooMama over at American Preppers Network has a detailed post on how to preserve beans in five gallon buckets using mylar bags, complete with pictures. Definitely worth a read.

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Building professional networks.

My brother Dan has begun writing a series of posts about developing professional networks, starting with making a case for building networks. I started with my closest friends, because I knew they wouldn’t say ‘no’ to helping me. I then … Continue reading

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Emergency preparedness for your pet

Many people know about 72-hour kits and have them for themselves and their family in case of an emergency evacuation. But what about your pet? Are you prepared to take care of your pet if you are forced to leave … Continue reading

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Survival gardening

Our local garden columnist recently recommended a new book by writer, gardener, and scientist Carol Deppe, entitled “The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times”. I have not had a chance to read this book yet (its a … Continue reading

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Practical Christmas gifts

When I moved out on my own my parents gave me a going-away present; a basic tool kit, with a small hammer, tape measure, pliers, box knife, and a adjustable screwdriver. Those simple tools saw a lot of use. Though … Continue reading

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