wild painkiller

In slang terms, this really is WILD!

A weed right under our noses that is so useful it ought to be outlawed.

I hate to say that for a couple of reasons, but I do suggest that you get some seed to work with before your protectors take it away.

I post it here to help insure its availability, but all the links are from the source article at Before It’s News.com.

You might want to go there to see the article in its natural habitat and original form. Click the link above to do that.


Michigan to end daylight savings time?

On their first day in the new legislative session in Lansing, a group of state lawmakers introduced a bill to end Daylight Saving Time in Michigan. The bill would make Eastern Standard Time the official time zone for the entire state and eliminate setting the clocks backward or forward.

The article from CBS-Detroit includes a poll which indicates about 2/3rds of us would love to see it gone. As with most online polls, you have to vote to see the results.

Of all the meddling legislators do in each session, undoing stupid stuff rarely gets much consideration. It […]

midnight prowler

At 0030 last night Beagle Brain went off as if the zombie apocalypse had begun at our door.

In a flash I had my robe on and was in the front room.

The motion-detector flood lights were on, but everywhere I looked was vacant of mammalian beings… or anything at all visible but the snow, river and trees that normally occupy our riverside yard.

Yet Beagle Brain was barking at extreme pitch, far more so than the normal ‘won’t shut up cuz there is a deer walking in the woods’.

I continue investigating, then see a flash of a […]

freeze drying economics

Freeze drying is superior food preservation technology that recently became available for home use. Units about the size of a woodstove enable home food preservers to put by meat, vegetables, fruit and completed meals for extremely long storage shelf lives without losing significant nutrient value.

Friends of ours bought a freeze dryer and, with numerous batches under their belts, showed off the machine and their results.

I am quite impressed with the claims of quality and potential longevity of the food supply. I am also a bit surprised at what has to be learned and the amount of […]

personal priorities

An online friend posed a couple of questions that got me thinking. Their intent was to inspire finding and focusing personal passion in a income-generating, or work-related setting.

I am in the fortunate position of being able to take one step further back from that view.

While I am not sharing my personal excursion through this exercise, I am publishing the process.

You can apply it to me from your view if you wish, but I am offering it to you for your own purposes that you may be inspired to do the exercise for yourself […]

coffee roasting

My joy of coffee evolved a long ways over the years. Appreciation for quality drove me to more and more select roasters, fresher and fresher suppliers, then finally to the fanatics of select green coffee beans at Sweet Maria’s.

…We are more than just another online store, we are a virtual coffee university. Simply put, we really like what we do…

If you decide you are ready to graduate from high-end roasted coffee, I doubt you can do much better than to buy fresh green beans from their round-the-world selection. The variety is nearly overwhelming. Simply start […]

radio communicating options

Handy in many situations, radio communications can be life saving when phones and Internet are down or out of reach.

This 2-hour overview covers walkie-talkies across the yard to ham radios around the world. What radios should you have for emergencies? What do they cost? What do they do? How can you be sure they will be available when you really need them?

Regular, non-technical people become Ham radio operators all the time. Should you? If so, how?

I am offering one of the classes on the calendar for the Darby Adult Education Spring 2016 session. Darby […]

Solar Food Dehydrator

Best-Ever Solar Food Dehydrator Plans

Nearly two decades of expert testing and experimentation have gone into producing these solar food dehydrator plans. The resulting food dryer isn’t just efficient and off-grid — it’s also highly cost-effective for anyone wanting to preserve large amounts of food at home.

From Mother Earth News

(editor note: Go to the link above to see the original article. It includes a latitude adjustment table and, at the bottom, important related links. – Ted)

By Dennis Scanlin

For nearly 20 years, I’ve led research teams as founder and coordinator of the Appropriate Technology Program […]


I just finished expanding last year’s winter heat storage unit and improving on it a bit. With 20-bucks-worth of new lumber, I was able to scrounge the rest of the needed materials.

Good thing, because that left me cash to pay someone else to cut and split a cord of wood for us.

A neighbor charges $120 for a fat cord of dry lodgepole pine delivered.

It is hard to beat a deal like that. Lets me focus on my mountain of projects that I cannot easily subcontract… like building the woodshed.

Stacked inside is one-third of […]

emergency radio cards

Assuming that phones and Internet will work unfailingly forever is extraordinarily popular. This is despite the fact everyone knows they don’t, can’t and won’t.

Worse, they will fail when everyone most wants information on what is going on and wants to share information on their needs and situations.

I recognize this better than most. While to me the need for a radio-based communication network seems obvious, it obviously isn’t.

Planning and preparing for the uninterested is challenging, but I’m up to the challenge.

Here you have the best tool I’ve heard of. I made up this graphic intended to […]

Staying safe during Montana winters


Winter is a big deal in Montana.

Every year, Montana Red Cross responds to several winter weather emergencies, usually involving road closures, stranded passengers and the need for emergency shelter. This is why I plan to revisit the topic of winter safety several times this season, just to make sure we are all prepared for whatever the season throws our way.

Know the difference

When a winter storm is in the forecast, it is important to know what the following definitions mean:

Winter storm outlook: Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 […]

Building a Sawbuck

Work Smarter in the Woodpile Posted on November 6, 2013 by Survival Sherpa

by Todd Walker

Work smarter, not harder.

My daddy’s words echo in my head every time I’m half bent over a project. They rang true recently when a red oak branch fell and crushed my backyard fence.

I cranked ‘Big Orange’ (my chainsaw) and sliced through the limb like a hot butter knife through butter. The thought re-emerged in my cluttered mind, thanks to the fence supporting the limb at waist height, that I needed to build something to hold all the long firewood about […]