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7 Reasons to Buy Old Cookbooks

I keep my eye out for old cookbooks when I go to thrift stores or garage sales. They are part of the books we keep on hand for reference material and for other reasons too. And by “old,” I mean cookbooks from the early 1980s or earlier. 7 Reasons to buy old cookbooks 1. Cooking without a microwave Microwaves didn’t become household items until the mid-1970s, according to the IEEE Global History Network. If the power ever goes out for any …

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Get to know the LDS Preparedness Manual

Thinking about my childhood brings back memories of homemade bread and bottled fruit, lined up neatly on the countertop. My mom would go into the backyard to collect eggs and check on our chickens, named Donny, Marie, Laverne, and Shirley. We had first aid kits, water and flashlights stashed everywhere. Being raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) does give you the chance to be raised to think of preparedness — it’s taught to us from …

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The Unthinkable - Who Survives when Disaster Strikes and Why?

10 Survival Lessons from The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes — and Why

“Once a disaster begins, people who have some familiarity with their disaster personalities have an advantage.” Do you know your disaster personality? Survival lessons from The Unthinkable help teach everyday people about their disaster personality, among other survival lessons. We have seen with our own eyes or on the news the unthinkable scenarios of terrorist attacks, earthquakes, fires, and tsunamis. Is there a way to know how you personally would react in these situations? How can you train yourself to give …

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7 Survival Lessons from Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies and Why

“Survival is the celebration of choosing life over death. We know we’re going to die. We all die. But survival is saying: perhaps not today. In that sense, survivors don’t defeat death, they come to terms with it.” Why do some people survive and others perish after experiencing the same set of circumstances? Why do some people walk out of a jungle after a plane crash and others sit and die? Author Laurence Gonzales digs deep into these questions and …

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How to Use a Bullet Journal For Your Prepping

I don’t know about you, but I love to keep track of things using apps, lists, anything that proves itself to be handy. It takes a little time to get organized with tools like this but ultimately, it’s very worthwhile and it can save time and money with prepping. For several years, I used an app to keep track of my food storage. I loved it. I could use the app to scan the food I was putting on my …

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5 Survival Lessons from The Nightingale

If you’re looking for a beautifully written book that will captivate you from the very first page, you’ll enjoy The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This book tells the story about two sisters in World War II-era France, Vianne and Isabelle, and the very different paths they take to survive. During the war, the Germans took over France and that included moving German soldiers into the homes of French families. Vianne and Isabelle have to deal with the Nazi occupation, and each …

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Lisa’s Stack of Books, Fall 2018

When I was in 1st grade living in Prescott, Arizona, I read 100 books during a single school year. Somewhere in the depths of my mom’s photo bins, there’s an old photo of little Lisa, me, wearing a bookworm costume and holding a certificate. Well, it’s been a long, long while since I can say I’ve read a hundred books in a year. Life gets busy, there’s a myriad of distractions and my stack of books-to-read gets higher and higher. …

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How to build a practical, affordable prepper library

When I first began learning about survival topics like food storage and bug out bags, I knew I needed to begin building a library of actual books that could guide me through survival scenarios of all kinds. I began collecting books about gardening, household repair, first aid, military manuals, you name it. When possible, I bought books at yard sales and used-book library sales, saving a bundle. I also began adding free Kindle books to the mix, as many as …

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End-of-Year Prepper Evaluation

What I love about the week after Christmas, besides the leftovers, is the “Year in Review” programs. There are always a few on television that go over the good and bad that happened in our country. As the show is on, my husband and I often say to each other, “Oh, remember when that happened?” or “Wow, I forgot about that”. Well, the same is true when it comes to evaluating the year as preppers. It’s worth taking some time …

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Who is John Matherson? The Ultimate Prepper

Do you know who John Matherson is? His story is prepper legend and if you aren’t acquainted with him, let me remedy that here. Prepare yourself to make a trip to the bookstore or library very soon to discover this character created by author William Forstchen. John Matherson is the main character in the “After” EMP-survival book series: One Second After, One Year After, and The Final Day. (If you’ve read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, you’ll understand how John Matherson …

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