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HomesteadingSelf-Reliance

Turn Nature’s Waste into Useful Woodwork

My husband, Mike, grew up in the Rocky Mountains in Eastern Washington. His father was an underground miner who was paid by the ton of ore he produced...not by the hour...

Self-Reliance

Become a Craftsman and Make Your Own Furniture

If someone calls you a crafty guy these days, it probably means you are sly and cunning like a fox. But back in 1600s, crafty meant you had some special skill or individual power...

Self-Reliance

Firewood and Furniture from Our Own Land

Our 25 acres of wooded land in Ontario stretches behind a few tiny roadside homes. The far end of the property is accessible with a four-wheel drive truck. Ours is an old F-250, lovingly...

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Easy Beekeeping…and How to Get Your Buzz Back

It's easy to become disconnected from the world around you. Career pressure...traffic...coffee on the go...they can suck the life-force out of you. When did you last spend time in a garden?

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How I Made $2,500 on my First Photography Sale

Grow up, get yourself a good education, get a respectable job, work hard, and you will achieve all your dreams. Sound familiar? This is the line of thinking that permeated my early years...

Financial FreedomSelf-Reliance

Trade the System for a Farmstead

You've probably been there, done that...I know I have. The career that made big, bright promises gradually bends or breaks those and you realize that it is taking a lot more out of you than it is

Self-Reliance

How Researchers are Tackling the Water Shortage

When you look at a map of the world, it's deceiving. Most of what you see is water. But according to sources such as the Environmental Protection Agency, only 1% of all the...

Self-Reliance

Pay Attention to What’s in Your Water

Scientific researchers have calculated that it requires approximately 2,000 gallons of water, per day, to maintain the average lifestyle of an individual living in modern America...

Self-Reliance

Get a Good Night’s Sleep…without Sleep Aids

Prove you got at least seven hours of sleep for 20 consecutive nights and you could be eligible for a $500 reward. Aetna, the big health insurance corporation, is offering that incentive...