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Be Your Own Boss and Enjoy Your Independence

Whatever independent lifestyle you choose, you get to decide for yourself what you want to do and when you want to do it. Go for a hike...catch the next plane out to visit friends or


How to Escape When Your Car is Sinking

Hurricane season has barely begun...yet it has already taken dozens of lives while wreaking havoc. Meanwhile, multiple threats in the form of newly - developing tropical storms are queuing-up...

Self-RelianceUrban Homesteading

Start Your Own Urban Farm and Enjoy the Good Life

Every morning, Steve Kunasek wakes up early to feed the ducks. He has four of them, and he finds their hijinks endlessly entertaining. Then, after making breakfast and enjoying a cup...


Four Ways to Protect Yourself from Ticks

Over the past 50 years, the medical community has identified at least a dozen different types of diseases that are spread to humans by ticks. The little bloodsuckers are especially active from...


Five Edible Weeds You Can Add to Your Diet

You can have a lot of fun picking up your groceries for free. Take a walk in your nearest park or woodlands and see what you can find. You’ll find many weeds that are edible, and some are...


How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

You may have noticed that Fall and Spring seem to be getting shorter. In some parts of the U.S. temperatures swing wildly from freezing to scorching, and season transitions happen in the blink...


How to Be Independent in a Natural Disaster

As I sit in my soon-to-be-former home office, moving boxes crowding the floor, the lights are flickering. They flicker because I’m in Baltimore, in August, and that means one thing: Massive


How Your Smartphone Could Be Giving Up Your Privacy

My friend Alice went out for drinks with her crew from work. Someone at the table passed around his smartphone to demonstrate how to use an app to locate when you want to meet up...


Pursue Your Dream and Live Your Ideal Life

Sitting on our porch this evening my husband, Mike, and I realized we had finally done it. We had finally completed our dream. For years, we had dreamed of getting a plot of land in the...