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Self-Reliance

Five Weird Tricks for Reducing Stress

There are always going to be times when life seems overwhelming. Things may be too busy – or not busy enough – leading to unhealthy patterns of worry and anxiety...

Self-Reliance

Protect Your Garden from Deer with a Water Scarecrow

Ever felt embattled in your job? Tom Kerr feels embattled in his country home, too. But he's having a blast finding ways to fend off the invaders who threaten to devour his garden produce...

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Sugar has Become the New Tobacco

Monsanto – which makes money selling toxic pesticides and genetically infusing them into artificially modified seeds – has a lucrative relationship with the corn syrup industry...

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Spend Less Money and More Time in Your Garden

The Earth Day activities at the weekend had me out in the garden, getting dirt under my fingernails...which is, apparently, very good for your mood and mental health...

Self-Reliance

Protect Your Wealth and Maintain Your Financial Freedom

When I was nine years old, I was one of the smallest students in my fourth grade class. With my small size, not to mention my smart mouth, I attracted more than my share of elementary school bullies.

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Know Your Rights Before You Book Your Flight

Air travel used to be a luxury, back before it became an overpriced way to test your patience, grit, and tolerance for abuse. I don't blame the flight attendants...

HomesteadingSelf-RelianceVideos

Meet Your Own Needs and Become Independent

Ever noticed how much energy you expend trying to keep the people you need on side. You massage egos, motivate teams, and cajole customers just to keep the wheels turning and the money coming in...

Self-RelianceSimple Living

How to Make a Greenhouse Out of Old Windows

Looking to extend your growing season with a backyard greenhouse? Building a greenhouse doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. In fact, you can construct a small greenhouse...

Self-RelianceSimple Living

Distracted Driving, Corporate Culture, and a Wild Turkey

Earlier this year I was circling a city on the freeway when an SUV came hurtling toward me – straddling the double-yellow line – as the not-so-smart driver stared down at a smartphone...