Monthly Archives: May 2010

British journalist becomes a mechanic for a day

Iain Hollingshead, writing for the Telegraph, decides to test out the theories in a book by Matthew Crawford on the benefits of working with one’s hands. He decides to help his favorite mechanic services his Alpha Romeo: I have a … Continue reading

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Food storage tips

Self Reliance Exchange has a good article about how to extend the shelf life of foods. The bottom line is to remove as much moisture and air as you can, and maintain ideal temperatures. Consider getting a vacuum sealer or … Continue reading

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Greenhouse gardening ideas

I found an article on Gardening and Landscaping Made Easy about reasons to use a greenhouse, but the article appeared to have been lifted from EzineArticles, I’m not sure about the legality of referencing it. Instead I went to the … Continue reading

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Share tools saves money, increases access to the right tools

Mondegreen II has a great idea I should try to implement in my homeowners association (I’m the president): Think of the specialty tools we buy that we don’t need more than once a year (if that). Not only do we … Continue reading

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Another reason for self reliance

You get to wear hats! (At the time I published this their site was down. I’m hoping it comes back so this link isn’t dead)  

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Strawbale gardening

I’d never heard of strawbale gardening until The Path Across published a post about it. The linked to this site, that explains it in more detail. It’s an interesting idea. You prepare the bales a certain way, then plant right … Continue reading

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Self reliance means skills, not just tools

Melanie Williams at Where Simplicity Leads has some excellent thoughts on the difference between tools and skills in self reliance: When I was just getting serious about simple living a few years ago I read an article about self-reliance which … Continue reading

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How does one "sell" self reliance?

That’s the question taken up at the California Preppers Network: And we’re all clearly fighting an up-hill battle against government’s well-funded campaign to remove all risk and consequence from our lives.  We’re encouraged to live as milk-calves to government’s bottomless … Continue reading

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50 ways to love your lever

The deck demolition project continues. Last weekend we got all the deck structure removed, and over the week friends have been coming to lay claim to the scrap lumber. We still have some of it, but enough is gone to … Continue reading

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Food and water storage

Self Reliance exchange has a round up of ideas on storing food and water for emergencies.  

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