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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...

Self-RelianceSimple Living

Redefine Success On Your Own Terms And Simplify Your Life

Back when I was a kid, if I scraped an elbow during a football scrimmage, my gung-ho high school coaches used to say "just rub some dirt on it." That sounded macho but never...

Self-Reliance

Lower Your Debt and Your Blood Pressure

All my life I've heard that debt was a toxic disease. Even the great scriptures of the world warn against it. But to me the concern didn't hit close to home. Then I made a few too many...

Homesteading

Four Items You Can Repurpose For Your Homestead

Recycling doesn’t just mean throwing your plastic and paper products into a bin and hauling it out once a week. Being able to re-use and repurpose disposable items in unique ways is...

Homesteading

Grow Herbs Indoors with the Right Light

Have you ever had one of those pre-dawn morning moments where something strange wakes you up in the dark, and before you even open your eyes you're confused and disoriented?

Urban Homesteading

Six Foods You Can Re-Grow Using Kitchen Scraps

Fresh produce can add a hefty sum to a weekly grocery bill. However, re-growing food from scraps costs nothing and guarantees a steady supply of pesticide-free, fresh vegetables in your home…

Homesteading

Growing Your Own Mushrooms with a $50 Starter Kit

One winter, while I was living in an urban apartment, I became intrigued by an article on cultivating mushrooms in cool, dark spaces. I didn't yet have much experience with gardening...

Self-Reliance

Skip the Herbicide…Eat Your Own Fresh Veg

In late October, a 55-year-old farmer named Mike Wallace was shot while standing along a rural road in Arkansas. He died. The shooter went to jail. But many folks say the giant...

Self-Reliance

Save a Precious Commodity…with a Water Filter

I drive cars and trucks so I am complicit with Big Oil. I also believe that natural gas is a much cleaner alternative to some other forms of fossil fuel. I use a plastic toothbrush and am well...