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Why Shoveling Sh*t is Starting to Sound Good

Valerie Young was shocked by the sudden death of her mother — who had been planning a wonderful retirement — at just 61 years of age. That was back in 1993, when Valerie was commuting 90 miles a

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Carefree, Debt-Free, and Enjoying the Good Life

I don’t mind making sacrifices or shouldering a burden if I know that it’s moving me forward to where I want to be. But I was miserable in my job and I really couldn’t stand my predicament...

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How to Get Fresh Food on the Homestead in Winter

Rural Maine is beautiful when the snow falls, covering everything but the evergreens in 100, sometimes 200, inches of white. The air is crisp and cold and a new way of homestead living kicks in...

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Four Clever Ways to Keep Your House Warm

Being able to save money in clever and creative ways is a critical skill for anyone who wants to live independently…and affordably. Between the holidays and the drop in temperature, winter tends...

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Reconnecting with the Elements to Make a Living

Blacksmithing is neither an outdated concept nor a dying tradition. It is alive today with a small, but dedicated, group of practitioners. Lorelei Sims is one of them. She has turned this old...

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Quit Listening to the “Experts”

You'll find no clearer example than the recent U.S. election of the experts getting it wrong. Media consultants, pollsters, and advisors all misread the signs. It begs the question: What else...

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Increase Your Heat Efficiency with a Woodstove

I never wanted to be caught in an ordinary life...unaware of living. I spent almost 20 years in corporate America, chained to a desk – designing and building computer networks...

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Five Tips for Working From Home

If you’re looking into transitioning to the homesteading or off-grid life, you’ve probably put some thought into the idea of earning from home. For those of us used to going into the office every...

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Take Your Money Back from the Utility Companies

When the temperatures start falling in Minnesota, I grab a soft sweater and put the kettle on for tea. As a freelance writer making my own hours, savoring fine teas is part of my daily routine...