Monthly Archives: May 2010

Urban homesteading – An interview with James Bertini

The Atlantic has an interview with James Bertini, founder of Denver Urban Homesteading: If there are enough people who care about raising and growing their own food, it will inevitably encourage people to cook more and spend more time on … Continue reading

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Money saving tips

Lauren at Path Across has an article on four ways to save money and time. To summarize: Use smaller amounts of cleaning products Eat leftovers and use up less-than-crisp vegetables Cancel the cable TV Grow a few houseplants and feed … Continue reading

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Self reliance: A confessional – the report

It was neither a astounding success nor a miserable failure. I’d call today a good, solid win. I didn’t last the entire eleven hours. I only made it nine before I got a headache, wore out, and called it a … Continue reading

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Old fashioned values and self reliance

American Thinker published a column by Edward Bernard Glick about his grandmother and her insistence on learning English when she emigrated to America. I’m not above giving some help to immigrants, but I believe she mostly had the right attitude: … Continue reading

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Giving money to your kids teaches reliance, not self-reliance

Facts and Opinions opines on the harmful effects of helping your kids out with cash: You wouldn’t believe this is logical. How could you hurt your children by providing them dollars? Over the long term should you continually give your … Continue reading

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Social self reliance: a confessional

One area where I definitely need to be more self reliant is socially. I am not an outgoing person. I like people easily, but I have difficulty instigating social interactions. I’m not sure why that is, but I’ve come to … Continue reading

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Self reliance – a line in the sand

Today seems as good a day as any to officially announce the official beginning of my plan to become self reliant. This is my sixtieth post on this blog. I started a new job today. We just had one whopper … Continue reading

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Trimming your budget to match your means

Self-reliance and Homesteading has an article up about ways to reduce your monthly expenses: The key is to keeping your monthly spending down is to focus on the variable cost items in your budget. If you can’t cut out things … Continue reading

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Everything work is fun again

Carolyn Grimsley’s little girls just would not stop doing laundry. “We’re loving it,” Grimsley said as 7-year-old Katherine and 4-year-old Camille got to work. Dunk the scarves. Scrub them on a washboard. Pin them to the clothesline. Chores that somehow … Continue reading

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Car emergency kits for extreme conditions

Self Reliance Exchange has a great article on what items to keep in your car in case of emergencies when you may be driving in extreme conditions: Many things should be in all vehicles, but there more things that can … Continue reading

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