Monthly Archives: March 2010

Thoreau on delegating our work to others

Lest you think from my previous posts that I find little of value in Thoreau, I present this passage that struck me today: There is some of the same fitness in a man’s building his own house that there is … Continue reading

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What self-reliance is not

Though I am still researching what I believe self-reliance to include, there is one thing I am certain it is not: complete independence of all other human beings. I will never advocate that anyone become a hermit or a nomad. … Continue reading

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Walden update

I’ve found a copy of Thoreau’s Walden and am making good progress through the first section, Economy. I have to admit to being somewhat underwhelmed so far. Yes, he makes some good points–all we really, truly need is food, clothing, … Continue reading

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Don’t forget to exercise

Sorry that posting has been light lately. Part of the reason is that I’ve been doing research for this blog. The other is that I’ve been very busy, and very stressed. I won’t go into all the stressors I’m dealing … Continue reading

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What is your DIY IQ?

Popular Mechanics has a test you can take to determine just how much you know about home improvement and auto maintenance. Take the test here, then let me know what you scored. I got 1800 out of 2500, or as … Continue reading

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My self-reliance project

These last few weeks I have been struggling a bit with life in general. This weekend I spent some time soul-searching, scripture-searching, and just generally thinking. It occurred to me that self-reliance is more than just getting your finances and … Continue reading

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Tax refunds are not a savings plan

When I was in college I would get a decent chunk of money back every year as a tax refund. I would call it my “Government Savings Program”. That was until my brother explained it to me. I was giving … Continue reading

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Can you make yogurt in a food dehydrator?

I believe you can, though I haven’t tried it yet. Here’s the result of my research in article form. Anyone want to give it a try and tell me how it goes?  

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Managing money requires visibility

Many people will tell you the first step in managing your money is to create a budget. While I do believe budgets to be important, for many people the first step is something much more basic: getting in the habit … Continue reading

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Survival Tips from Popular Mechanics

The weekend’s earthquake in Chile, following so closely on the heals of the Haiti quake and a lesser publicized quake in Japan, really emphasizes the importance of emergency preparedness. Popular Mechanics has been tackling this issue for awhile now, and … Continue reading

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