How Can We Make Schools Safer?

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By: Tom Chatham With the increase of school shootings the past few decades the safety of students has become a more difficult proposition. There are people on different sides of the issue arguing for their solution but few are actually sitting down to analyze the problem and put forth sensible solutions. No one solution will […]

When Survival is at Stake, Your Animalistic Instincts Could Save Your Life

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ReadyNutrition Readers, I have mentioned the work, Go Rin No Sho” (Book of Five Rings) by Miyamoto Musashi for study.  Musashi, as he is referred to informally, was the consummate swordsman of his day, and arguably the greatest swordsman Japan ever produced.  He was a Samurai, and he wrote the book to summarize what he had learned in his life.  He passed away just weeks after Go Rin No Sho was completed.  Musashi also made beautiful paintings and drawings of ink and watercolor.  He sculpted metals and wood.  He wrote poetry, and the mentioned work was his masterpiece: so important, it became the central instructional doctrine for Kendo, combat with the sword.

Look to Nature to Learn About Survival

One of the doctrines that he held dear was to look to nature for the forms used in practice, as well as for philosophies on life and how it works. 

I have written several articles on the advantages to studying animals, both in the wild and those you have with you as pets and even livestock.  Let’s focus on a few of the animals and take a closer look.

The Cat: As you already know, the cat is my favorite animal…and this fact has targeted me for innumerable insults and jibes.  No matter.  There is a reason the cat is my favorite: I had the opportunity to work as a volunteer for fish and wildlife when I was a teenager, and I took care of a mountain lion every day for four years.  He had lost a foreleg and been found.  For all intents and purposes, he was mine.  Eventually, he was placed with a man who had his own private preserve just for injured animals that couldn’t be in the wild anymore…not for any kind of public viewing.  I learned much from that mountain lion: he gave me an understanding of cats that I could never have found on my own.

The cat is the ultimate solitary hunter.  He relies on keen eyesight and smell, speed, and good judgment.  What can we learn from watching him?  Watch how he is on the heights: the cat doesn’t worry about how high up he is…but finding a place that is firm for his feet to stand upon, and making his way.  The cat attacks when he is ready: not before.  He sets himself in a position to make the most of his charge.  He charges the prey and conserves: perhaps he’ll chase a short distance, but he will not waste all of his energy, as he relies on stealth and cunning.  The cat will defend himself to the death when cornered.  He’ll place his back to the sturdiest feature and fight with all his weapons, all his strength.  Your housecat is this way: he is the same, with all of the qualities of his wild siblings.  Watch him and learn, you’ll see.

The Dog:  Fiercely loyal, often termed “Man’s Best Friend.”  The dog is highly intelligent, very outgoing and a good companion to have around in an emergency.  His intelligence can be relegated to the background: when he’s “into it,” and fighting?  His ferocity is almost unbelievable.  He is usually good-natured unless he’s been mistreated.  Nevertheless, we can learn that there is a time for all things, as with him this holds true: a time to be your friend and time to be the protector of the house.  He is brave, and at times reckless.  When he is loved as a member of the family, he will die to protect that family from harm.  He knows when to back off when to circle and hold his ground.  He flattens his ears and sets his forelegs to make a charge, and then a quick leap to strike the leg or go for the throat.  If he’s been taught to serve man as such, he’ll track his quarry…the one man sets for him…until he’s run to death.  With a pack, he is almost invincible: relying upon the strength of the pack…as his brother, the wild wolf.  He will go with man: to the mountains, on the sea…he is as bold as the man who leads him, and he will follow that man to the end.  Loyalty we can learn from him, and perseverance.

The Crow, or Raven: Once believed to be the very eyes of the gods, he is much more than just a carrion bird.  He is intelligent, purposed, and opportunistic…taking advantage of every option presented to him.  He can work alone or with his fellows.  His intelligence is mirrored by his alertness, his keen senses always ready to react to danger.  Excellent eyesight, excellent hearing, and the ability to solve minor problems…a problem-solving animal.  A crow will use a stick to dislodge a piece of food.  He shows solidarity: he works as a watch-crow, a lookout for his fellows.  He summons them when he finds a large quantity of food.

Now, take what has been mentioned and reflect on it.  Examine the qualities of these animals, and find that you can examine other animals and see things I have not mentioned.  In the wild, the waterfowl can alert you to the presence of water, the deer grazing on the hill suddenly bolt for the woodline: an intruder must be near.  A flock of birds taking off from one section of trees will tell you that something has disturbed them.

And more.  Study how they walk, how they feed, and the positions they take when they rest.  Many forms in martial arts are based on the forms they present.  Study survivors who rely upon all their heritage in the form of instinct…something we have denied ourselves unless we take hold of it.

Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard, and learn its ways and seek its wisdom.

Stay in that good fight: with knowledge, with instincts, and with study.  JJ out!

 

Additional Reading:

Mantracker: Covering Your Tracks and Avoiding an Ambush

Urban Survival: When the Cities Fall Apart, These Strategies Will Keep You Alive

Land Navigation: Finding Your Way in an Urban Environment SHTF Style

ManTracker: How to Be One and How to Avoid One

 

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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MH Arrival

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Well, that’s a goodly bit of freezedrieds. Somewhere, there is a ‘poverty prepper’ with a vein throbbing in his forehead and teeth a-gnashing as he rails about how many 2-liter pop bottles of beans and rice you could buy instead of all that yuppie survival food.

Local LMI: there are about 54 cans of misc. freeze drieds that are ‘extras’ that are available for purchase if you’re willing to come into Missoula. Email me if interested. I’ll make you an offer you cant refuse. (Unlike when you cross a mobster with a lawyer…in which case you get someone who makes you an offer you can’t understand.)

FIVE REASONS TO KEEP A BOLT KIT CACHED AT YOUR WORKPLACE

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You never know when or where you may find yourself in an emergency (or worse) situation, but the odds are that it won’t happen when you are comfortably at home with every member of your family in your line of sight and all of your gear and emergency supplies just feet away.  It is much more likely that you will be away from home, at work, or even in your vehicle when the balloon goes up.  The S could HTF at any time and we must remain ready to respond.  With that mind, here are five reasons to keep a BOLT (survival/preparedness) kit cached at your workplace.

 

CIVIL UNREST

We live in a fractured world these days.  A world in which any number of flashpoints could splinter the thin veneer of societal peace can instantly fall away like so many shards of broken glass.  You can never know exactly when, where, or how this unrest may manifest itself and it could even spill out into the streets around where you are located.  According to the 2010 census, 80% of the U.S. population now lives in urban areas.  It is a safe bet that at least that number or greater also work in an urban setting, and since we spend so many hours at work, or commuting to and from work, here in the United States, it’s a pretty safe bet that if you are going to encounter civil unrest or riots in your lifetime, it will be when you are at your workplace.

 

ACTIVE SHOOTER / TERRORISM

A few years ago my building was put on lock down when my workplace was turned into a crime scene because a domestic dispute turned into a murder when an angry male entered the building and shot a female employee several times, killing her instantly.  The murderer was then shot by security forces inside the building.  More recently, myself and my fellow employees were warned that there was a threat from a potential active shooter that lasted several months before he was finally apprehended by authorities.  Due to my chosen profession, journalism, my building will always be a target in today’s world and that is a reality that we must deal with daily.  Even with an armed security force on duty 24 hours a day, this is a very real threat.  Couple the reality that journalists and journalism has long been under attack from many angles with the fact that my workplace is located in the heart of a major metropolitan city, not only is my place of work a potential target for the every day active shooter threat that has now become commonplace in America, but it is also a target for domestic or international terrorism.  This scenario is one that virtually mandates that I have a plan, the skills, and the gear on hand that will give me the best chance to make it home safely to my family at the end of the day.

 

SEVERE WEATHER

Mother Nature plays no favorites as to where and when she will choose to unleash her wrath.  I know this from first hand experience, having survived a direct hit from a tornado while at work about a decade ago.  After this event, communications were down for several hours and vital infrastructure was heavily damaged.  Also, I have been “trapped” at work for several days over the years due to “ongoing” severe winter storms and wound up spending the night at the office with limited access to food.  Even if you do not take the direct hit from a severe storm, your local area may be impacted effectively stranding you at work.  A good example of this would be localized, or even widespread, flooding.  Flood waters can come up in a hurry and whether you recognize the obvious threat that presents as the streets outside your office flooded with feet of water, or the more less obvious danger as access to nearby travel routes prevent you from making it home, the threat is very real regardless.

 

STAGING AREA

You never know when disaster may strike and we must resolve to always be ready.  The situation may be that an emergency begins during your work day that doesn’t necessarily impact your workplace, but impacts the area around your home, in your community, or it may even be a crisis unfolding on a larger, regional or national level, and you have to leave work and head to your designated meeting place outside of work with no time or opportunity to return home.  Because of the built in flexibility offered to you through the tiered system we prescribe here at Practical Tactical will mean that the kit you have built to keep at your workplace is now available to you to use/combine with your Get Home Bag (GHB) and/or your vehicle kit to help you make your way back to your family and other members of your team.

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR / CITIZENSHIP

By having a BOLT (preparedness/survival) kit at my workplace, not only have I given myself a better chance of making it through any emergency situation that may arise during my work day, I am in position to help my fellow employees or other civilians should the opportunity present itself.

Keep in mind that if you work out of your vehicle or you often travel away from the office during your work day, you can easily adjust your kit setup so that it can be kept in your vehicle at all times, in addition to your independent vehicle kit.

 

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101 Uses: Borax to deal with ants and other pests

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Borax is cheap and has a ton of uses (as a general cleaner,  unclog drains, weed killer among many others) which means it’s one of those survival products you want to stock up on and put in a sealed bag to keep it dry.

One of the many uses of Borax is as an insecticide.

Here’s a simple recipe you want to write down and keep handy. It works on roaches too among other pests.

So what you do is mix 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons of Borax, and 1.5 cups of warm water. Mix it until you fully dissolve both Borax and sugar.

Once that’s done let it cool and either place it directly along the path of the ants, or better yet, soak some cotton balls and leave that along the path of the ants or close to their nest.

Ants will be attracted by the sugar, they will take it back to the nest and this will eventually kill the entire ant colony.

Careful not to add too much Borax because ants will not be fooled into eating it if you do.

Good luck!

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

14 Survival Skills For Kids

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14 Survival Skills For Kids Living in a comfortable home with your kids well sheltered, well fed with warm beds to sleep in and not a thing to worry about! Obviously, every parent wants a life that is so comfortable and easy, but you need to prepare your kids for the hardships of life. God …

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Basic Survival Skills You Need To Teach Your Kids

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  Aside from raising your child on the values of right and wrong, parents need to consider incorporating basic survival skills into their upbringing. A lot of these skills can be accomplished by regular camping, hiking, hunting and fishing trips and some need a little more of a direct approach. Here’s my list of survival […]

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Home Remedies That Work – Use Natural Cures to Promote Wellness

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With the overwhelming and undeniable effects of the flu running through the nation, its no surprise that Americans are seeking out remedies outside of what the doctor has to offer. Lately we have been getting hit with news about the flu virus on a daily basis but we are not getting any real solutions for …

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30+ Ways to Use Dandelions in Food Storage and Around the Home

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When it comes to learning about foraging I see a lot of preppers looking to find a number of rare species to forage and feed them in the wild. They are often studying foraging and looking for secret fruits or nuts that only grow in the wilderness. Its important that you understand one of the …

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Goat Raising 101: Separating Fact From Fiction

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Have you ever heard that goats stink? Or that they make poor pets? Or that they’ll eat anything – even aluminum cans?

What’s the truth?

On this week’s episode of Off The Grid Radio we discuss goat raising with Sara Thomson Bredesen, co-author of Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats and a licensed cheese maker and goat cheese promoter. She’s also a life member of the American Dairy Goat Association and an active member of the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association.

Bredesen separates fact from fiction about goats and tells us what it is needed to get started in raising goats.

She also tells us:

  • Which breeds are best for milk and meat.
  • How much land is needed to raise goats.
  • Why goats make for great “weed eaters.”
  • How many goats one family needs.

Don’t miss this amazing show that will forever change your perspective on goats!

 

Goat Raising 101: Separating Fact From Fiction

Have you ever heard that goats stink? Or that they make poor pets? Or that they’ll eat anything – even aluminum cans?

What’s the truth?

On this week’s episode of Off The Grid Radio we discuss goat raising with Sara Thomson Bredesen, co-author of Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats and a licensed cheese maker and goat cheese promoter. She’s also a life member of the American Dairy Goat Association and an active member of the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association.

Bredesen separates fact from fiction about goats and tells us what it is needed to get started in raising goats.

She also tells us:

  • Which breeds are best for milk and meat.
  • How much land is needed to raise goats.
  • Why goats make for great “weed eaters.”
  • How many goats one family needs.

Don’t miss this amazing show that will forever change your perspective on goats!

 

50,000 Americans Expected To Die By The End Of Flu Season

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The whole country is bending under the stress of the flu. There are hospitals under tremendous pressure and there are schools and local governments taking a hit as well. We are standing on the edge of something big. While there may be strong rails and we may be far from falling into this chasm of …

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How to Make Civil War Cakes

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The Civil War was one of the most brutal points in American history. Till this day it makes me cringe to imagine my countryman at each others throats in such a way. While we learn much about the battles and the generals and the actions of Lincoln. What we rarely consider is the logistics of …

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52 Weeks Savings Plan: Watch for these March sales!

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March brings with it the promise of spring and some special March sales that can help you both prepare and save money. Two holidays that will generate some special savings are St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, and Palm Sunday, on March 25. We have Easter in April this year, but retail stores will still […]

Free PDF: Avoiding EMP Damage

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Avoiding EMP Damage is an another attempt to cut through the prepper misconceptions.  I have tried to educate on this subject before in a video series about faraday cages, unfortunately ham radio hobbyists wanted to argue over grounding, and trolls wanted to blast my use of cell phones. For those unfamiliar with the series, I built commonly discussed prepper faraday cages and used a cell phone inside the cage to test it. Yes, I understand that the cell towers would be inoperable after an attack using an EMP Yes, I know that the frequency and power of an EMP is

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Book Review: To Ride Shoot Straight And Speak The Truth

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To Ride Shoot Straight And Speak The Truth was one of the first gun books I put into my library. Jeff Cooper is a gun cultural icon. This book shows why. It is full of Cooper’s wisdom and gun knowledge. His ideas on tactical residential architecture are priceless, and I have incorporated many of his concepts into my running mental plan for my dream home (scheduled to be built as soon as I can get out from under my underwater current mortgage). This is a small book, but it has had a large impact on how I think about conflict.

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The fight for the right to defend yourself is VERY real

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I have deliberately tried to stay away from politics on this site. I have said many times that I believe preparedness should transcend political, religious, and ideological beliefs. Disaster can strike at any time, and does not discriminate. That being said, I firmly believe that part of being prepared is being ready and able to […]

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Indoor Gardening For Beginners: Basics You Should Know

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If you are blessed with a natural green thumb, then continue doing what you’re doing. But if you’re like the rest of us mere humans, it takes time and a lot of trial and error to figure things out. It’s important to know some indoor gardening basics to give you the best chance to grow … Read more

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We Never Could Have Imagined (or Prepped For) What Actually Happened in Venezuela

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By J. G. Martinez D.

Can we prepare for everything?

We never could have imagined…or prepped for…what happened in Venezuela.

In this article, I wanted to analyze my preps, and … Read the rest

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Nuclear Escalation – Russia Unveils “Unstoppable” Intercontinental Nuclear Missile

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Reading the news headlines this morning I was affected by a report that indicates there is an undeniable nuclear arms race going on. And in my opinion that just begs Armageddon. It may increases the temptation to actually use these weapons. During his state of the nation address in Moscow, Vladimir Putin just publicly unveiled a new Intercontinental Nuclear Missile that he said is “unstoppable”. That that can’t be stopped or shot down by any country’s defense system. “It’s like a fireball guided to its target,” VLADIMIR Putin says Russia is developing an “unstoppable” nuclear cruise missile which cannot be

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Nuclear Escalation – Russia Unveils “Unstoppable” Intercontinental Nuclear Missile

Reading the news headlines this morning I was affected by a report that indicates there is an undeniable nuclear arms race going on. And in my opinion that just begs Armageddon. It may increases the temptation to actually use these weapons. During his state of the nation address in Moscow, Vladimir Putin just publicly unveiled a new Intercontinental Nuclear Missile that he said is “unstoppable”. That that can’t be stopped or shot down by any country’s defense system. “It’s like a fireball guided to its target,” VLADIMIR Putin says Russia is developing an “unstoppable” nuclear cruise missile which cannot be

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Prepping in School!

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These terrible school shootings have called us to question how school has changed. They have also called us to question what should change about school. We know that we are approaching a time of great change and that school should not be left out of that change. I would like to put the killing and the gun control talk aside and talk about what else we can improve in schools to better prepare our kids for the real world.

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Video: Disaster Food Supplies

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VIDEO: Disaster Food Supply Advice

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Storing food for disasters

In this video, Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, steps in front of the camera to discuss disaster food supplies. Food, water, and shelter (don’t forget air!) are absolute basics for survival in a major disaster, followed by, in our opinion, medical supplies. Using common sense regarding your food storage will give your family the best chance to succeed, even when everything else fails.

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Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Amy Alton ARNP

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Amy Alton

Fill those holes in your disaster medical supplies with kits and individual items from Nurse Amy’s store at store.doomandbloom.net.

Some of Nurse Amy's Kits

Some of Nurse Amy’s Kits

Which Martial Art Is The Right For You?

Training in martial arts can be beneficial to the mind and body. Even better: your options are wide considering there are several different disciplines to choose from. The tough part then comes in deciding which martial art suits you personally.

2 Reasons Why You Should Never Use A Rototiller In Your Garden

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As crazy as it sounds, if you want a garden with less maintenance, less weeds and better yields – stop using a rototiller! Our garden is now going on its 8th year without a rototiller. And I can tell you

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How To Let Go Of Stuff And Enjoy Life

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I’ve been working with friends on how to let go of stuff and enjoy life. It seems the older I get the less I want or need. In fact, I want less of just about everything, except chocolate, of course. I have the giggles because I love chocolate and See’s Candy is one of my downfalls. Well, actually any chocolate. But, in all honesty, today, I will be at lunch with friends or friends and we seem to zero in on the fact that we want less stuff. We want food storage and water storage but we all want to live a simpler life.

I have helped people move over the years and every single time I hear the same thing, “I need to get rid of stuff”. We always laugh and say we all need to declutter. It seems sometimes people move their stuff to a new house and never seem to be able to let go of items they have boxed up years ago.

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Keep in mind I’m not talking about letting go of family treasures or sentimental items. I’m heading over to a friends house this morning to help her declutter and organize her laundry room cupboards. She’s picked up some plastic containers she can label so she can find items quickly when she needs them.

I live in a subdivision of very small homes, so storage is a premium. I left a home up north that had a basement where I could store things. When Mark and I moved here, we had to let go of a lot of stuff. We are still working on it 13 years later. Did I say, 13 years??? Yes, I did. Good grief, that’s a long time!

Let me tell you this, I have been donating, selling and trashing items that no one would want. And it feels awesome. I want to sip a homemade lemonade in the backyard this year and simplify my life now. Bring on the lemons, I may even plant a Meyer Lemon tree.

Enjoy Life by Letting Go

I want to challenge you and myself to let go of stuff and enjoy life. Look around your home, grab some clear bags, garbage bags or boxes and label them to recycle, keep, donate, sell, or trash some items. We can do a cupboard today, a closet next week.

There is no hurry to let go of stuff and but you will enjoy life a whole lot more, I promise. Divide the stuff you may want to let go of in the following ways:

  1. Keep
  2. Donate
  3. Trash
  4. Sell
  5. Give to someone

Enjoy Life

Here are some things I want to do to enjoy life more, I hope you will share your ideas as well. Let’s make this list really long.

  1. Simplify lateral counters (let go of stuff you have to dust around).
  2. Stop buying clothes that need to be dry-cleaned.
  3. Spend just one day a month in solitude, no TV, cell phones or internet.
  4. Watch the sunset, it’s amazing and simply beautiful.
  5. Decide on getting up one hour earlier each day, oh my, that one-hour rocks.
  6. Take your lunch to work, you will save money and eat healthier.
  7. Skip the soda and drink water, good water (not tap water, at least where I live) I have reverse osmosis installed.
  8. Before you buy something, take the time to think about it, if you bring it home, get rid of something else.
  9. Set a savings goal and stick to it.
  10. Organize your bills, important documents, tax returns and file them.
  11. Buy a golf pass, that’s for Mark, it saves us money and all his friends get a discount to golf with him.
  12. Simplify your gift giving, money doesn’t buy happiness, gifts are not always needed, spend time, not your money.
  13. Don’t answer your phone if you don’t want to, let it ring, they can text a message if they need you.
  14. The doorbell, who invented the doorbell? LOL! Don’t answer the door if you don’t want to, it’s usually a sales pitch.
  15. Cancel magazine subscriptions, sometimes they become clutter and you may feel obligated to read it.
  16. Buy clothing that will work with all your colors in your wardrobe, less clothing, less money spent.
  17. Rent a home, I know, I was realtor and mortgage broker, but I can see that renting has positive options, oh yes, you may have to move, but you no longer have to maintain a home with repairs, if you let go of stuff, you can downsize and travel if you so desire. I remember one neighbor mention to me, “I love renting because I can try out this neighborhood, move out (she’s condensed her stuff) and travel for six months and find another neighborhood to see if I like it”. I always felt owning a home was the American Dream, but is it, really? Do you like your neighborhood, your neighbors? If you are renting, you can move when your lease is up.
  18. Meet friends for dinner at a restaurant once a week for date night. No one has to cook and you get one night off from planning a meal.
  19. Stop getting newspaper delivery, you can see the news on TV or on the internet.
  20. Go for walks and listen to audible books, they are free at your local library, typically.
  21. Pay off your house if you decide to buy as quickly as possible.
  22. Practice planting a garden, it’s so relaxing when you dig in the earth God gave us to grow our own food.

I have worked since I was 7 or 8 years old, cleaning houses, babysitting, being a mom, working at corporations, I owned my own mortgage company, and now I want to enjoy life, what about you? Thanks again for storing food storage, water, and all the necessities to be prepared for the unex[ected. Please enjoy life, you deserve it.

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Indispensable Wallet EDC Items

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There are only three items that I grab every single day when I walk out the front door. My keys get me in and out of my house and car, my phone is a do-all communication device, and my wallet, which is my secondary tool belt. There are, of course, other items that I often carry. Any time I go for walk very early in the morning, I take my tactical flashlight. If I’m not going into work, I’ll take my pocket knife (I work in a school, where knives are frowned on). I have a multi-tool, but I find that I don’t need it often enough to justify carrying it all over, although it does live in my car or briefcase, and again, I can’t bring it to work with me.

I don’t have any of the highly expensive, woven paracord belts that double as knives, compasses and fishing line, but I do have another tool that most don’t have in their arsenal, and that’s a wallet designed for anything. Here are my four favorite wallet accessories.

Credit Card Multi-Tool

There are dozens of models of Credit Card sized multi-tools, and choosing one is as simple as comparing what you have in your other EDC (Every Day Carry) items to what you’d like to have, but don’t. There are credit card tools that have wrenches, bottle openers, screwdrivers, mini-crowbars, rulers, saws, blades, and more. Some are even designed to be one-time use items that would allow you to break off pieces like fishing hooks and needles in emergencies.

Personally, I went cheap and bought one of these, which is durable stainless steel, but more expensive, higher quality tools exist out there as well.

I use my multitool about two times per month, but probably only because I don’t regularly carry a more functional multitool. This space-saving design makes it worthwhile, however. I used it to tighten the nuts and bolts on my classroom cart, open difficult packaging in a situation where a full-blown knife would get me into trouble, and tighten some screws in an aging bookshelf, all without having to get more complex tools.

The Go Comb

My Go Comb is far and away my favorite of the wallet tools that I carry on a daily basis. I use this item daily.

There’s no true survival purpose to the Go Comb – it’s really nothing more than a credit card sized comb, although some models do have a very flimsy bottle opener attached. That said, there are enough times during my day where I find that my hair looks just a bit out of place, or when I need to look just a little bit more presentable, like when I have an impromptu classroom observation by the superintendent, or when a parent shows up at my office door to complain about their child’s grade. It’s also great for taking to the gym and using after a workout. Taking the two seconds, it takes to run the comb through my hair does a good amount to improve my professional appearance, and has helped me more than once in making a good first impression.

The Credit Card Knife

A lot of preppers love the Credit Card Knife. I think this tool is too light duty for any practical use, as it is designed to be lightweight plastic that folds up to create the handle. Check out a Swiss Card instead.

Swiss Card

Most people know about the Swiss Army Knife and it’s bevvy of features, but fewer are familiar with the concept of a “Swiss Card”. This device is a plastic shell that is, once again, credit card sized, and contains a few basic tools – a small knife, tweezers, a toothpick, scissors, and a nail file. They are often the perfect size to attach a camping mirror, which I did with the use of some Krazy Glue, so I now have a signaling device and a small mirror to use with my Go Comb. The Swiss Card has passed through many security checkpoints undiscovered, and has just enough of a blade that it’s useful. If you, like me, cannot carry a knife with you at work or in certain jurisdictions, then the Swiss Card may be a reliable secondary blade, and as they are usually one piece blades, they are higher quality than the aforementioned Credit Card Knife.

There are multiple styles and brands of a “swiss card”, so shop around for the one you like best.

Wallet Power Bank

There are some versions of power banks, like this one, which can fit inside your wallet. This one is pretty thick, but roughly credit card sized, and comes with all the cords you’ll need built-in. If you don’t mind carrying a thicker wallet, or if you just want the reliability of carrying an almost full charge of your phone in your pockets with no need of a wire, then this may just be a good choice for you. Like the Credit Card Knife, I bought it and tried it, and found that it just wasn’t quite there yet, at a point where I could carry it comfortably and use it enough to justify carrying it. I do not believe that a better (slimmer) option yet exists, but when it does, I’ll be signing up immediately. Extra battery life is something that I prize greatly.

The Katana

The Katana is a kick starter project that is currently in the process of fulfillment, so I cannot speak for it’s quality. I do think it justifies listing here because of the season. It’s winter here in Illinois, and when my family came to visit recently, they found themselves in a rental car that, for some reason, was not equipped with an ice scraper. Our 15” of snowfall this past weekend didn’t seem to mind burying them, and preventing them from leaving their hotel room without assistance. Fortunately, I was there to get them out, but without help, they wouldn’t be going anywhere.

The Katana is a piece of credit card sized carbon fiber that functions as an ice scraper for your windshields. While I don’t imagine that it will work nearly as well as a plastic scraper, those can break, and this doesn’t seem like it will. Never be caught unprepared in an ice or snowstorm.

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10 “Must Have” Emergency Gear for Apartment Dwellers

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Several months ago we covered 10 Fast Track Tips for the Single Apartment Prepper; this week we’ll talk about tools you should have in your apartment in case of emergency. One of the advantages of living in an apartment is that most repairs and maintenance are covered by management.  All you have to do is make a call.  However, this does not mean that you should take things for granted and be completely […]

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Preparing for an Economic Collapse: When, Why & How

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Most of you know that preparing for an economic collapse is one of my top priorities. The main reason an economic collapse is a big priority is because it could happen at any time, and it seems like no one even cares anymore that we are trillions in debt. Politicians don’t care about the national […]

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