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Self-Reliance

Hooked on the Personal Fulfilment of Woodworking

When I rather abruptly quit my corporate sales job and moved out into the woods, I didn't have any off-the-grid skills or know-how and was a bit off-kilter. Then I was introduced to Dave...

HomesteadingLiving Off The GridSelf-Reliance

Capturing Solar Heat in a Traditional Way

Whenever you travel rural back roads you will likely see some cheerful, traditionally-colored red barns. My friend from Vermont has one of those, where a beautifully-restored circa 1968 Ford Fury...

Homesteading

A Bountiful Harvest with Aquaponic Gardening

If you enjoy a diet filled with vegetables and an occasional serving of fish – as most nutritionists and cardiologists recommend – you would have been right at home in ancient Babylonia...

Self-Reliance

How to Make a Homestead First-Aid Kit

When living off-grid or on a homestead it’s important to be prepared. If you’re living on your own in a rural location, you’ll likely end up doing a decent bit of home repair and labor-intensive

Homesteading

Avoid the Landfill…Compost Instead

Fast food isn't the only thing bad for your health. The packaging they serve it to you in is also pretty toxic...even after you throw it away. More than 30% of fast food packaging contains...

DIY GardeningHomestead Animals

Feeding Fish and Growing Your Own Food with Aquaponics

Over the weekend I read an article in Harvard Business Review about the challenges Fortune 500 companies face. Apparently, successful executives emphasize the critical value of designing...

Education

Save Yourself from Student Debt with Online Education

I wrote yesterday about how people like you and me...who are at or near retirement age...are saddled with student loan debts that threaten our financial safety and wellbeing. (If you...

DownsizingFinancial FreedomFinancial Independence

Avoid the Graying of Student Loan Debt…Downsize

Over the past 10 years, student loan debt in the U.S. ballooned from less than $600 billion – which was already out of control – to more than $1.25 trillion. But beware of the student loan debt trap...

Simple Living

Regenerate Yourself with a Simple Lifestyle

I saw a quote the other day that inspired me. "Those people who tried to bury you didn't know that you were a seed." The author of the saying is unclear. Some attribute it to a poet and human...

Self-Reliance

Weathering The Storm When You’re Knocked Off The Grid

The blizzard of 1993 – dubbed the Storm of the Century – killed more than 300 people across North America and cut power to more than 10 million households. I had just moved away...