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Self-Reliance

Even the Military is Hooking up to Solar Power

You may already think that the government and Big Business own all the power. But did you know that they are also commandeering the majority of America's alternative energy...

Self-Reliance

Who Do You Depend on for Energy?

Last night I got happily snowed-in at home, and my lovely neighbor complimented me on my "Rum Snow Cone"...a cocktail I invented to commemorate the occasion...

Homesteading

Enjoy a Clean Water Supply on Your Homestead

"These Louisiana residents will have to cook, bathe and drink with only bottled water until the situation can be rectified." You'd likely have no trouble dating this news line to Hurricane...

Urban Homesteading

Four Easy, Edible Plants You Can Grow Indoors

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean the growing season has to end. You’ll find myriad healthy, nutritious plants that can be grown indoors year-round. If you’ve got the space...

Homesteading

Six Essential Tools for the Small Farm or Homestead

As a farmer, your tools are an important investment. It pays to get the best…but it can also cost. Without experience, you might end up spending a lot on things you don’t really need...

Self-Reliance

Here’s to a Lighter, Easier, More Relaxed You

Several years ago weight loss was at the top of my New Year's resolutions list...I wanted to lose those clingy five pounds. Two years later...I still had not lost them...

Self-Reliance

Beware of America’s Third Biggest Killer

Have you scheduled your annual physical check-up yet? My physician lectured me for 15 minutes the last time I had mine...but not in the way you might think. He wasn't on my case about cholesterol...

Self-Reliance

Your Healthcare Matters More than a Milkshake and Fries

I had Blue Cross health insurance in Virginia in the 1990s. Back in those days Blue Cross/Blue Shield was primarily a network of nonprofit co-ops...not money-grabbing, private entities...

Homesteading

Four Tips for Selling at Farmers Markets

Farmers markets can provide income for your self-sufficient lifestyle, and connect you with local farmers and the larger community. You don’t have to have a big operation to make use of market...