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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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School’s Out: What Will You Do if Disaster Strikes and You are Forced to Homeschool?

  A new school year is almost here. If your children attend school outside your home, have you ever thought about what would happen if their school was closed for an extended period of time? The most likely to occur disastrous events don’t have a long duration before order begins to be restored. Natural disasters can be devastating, but most are relatively localized and the response and recovery time is a couple of weeks to a month at the longest. Your …

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lucifer's hammer

20 Survival Principles From the Classic Book, Lucifer’s Hammer

A classic novel in the TEOTWAWKI* niche is Lucifer’s Hammer, published in 1977, by veteran science fiction writers Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. The story line is a classic end of the world scenario. A previously-unknown comet is discovered only months before scientists realize it is on a near-collision course with Earth. Naturally, virtually no one in the world is prepared when the comet breaks apart and strikes the Earth in several places. As the story continues, it focuses on …

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How to Teach Your Kids About War

I sat in my 6th grade classroom in January 1991, when an announcement was made over the loudspeaker stating the war with Iraq had begun. The classroom was located on a military base in Japan and some of the students’ parents were deployed for the war. Some students sat stunned, some started crying, and a few laughed, not knowing at such a young age how to handle their emotions. Whenever there is war, there are children who have to find …

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Lisa’s Stack of Books, 1st Quarter

One of my life-long loves is that of books. Amazon Prime and I are best of friends, and I have an enormous stack of books, most of them unread. When I was younger, an unread book was an item of shame! Today, I chalk it up to being a busy mom whose love for books outweighs the time she has for reading. I’m thrilled to begin this new quarterly feature on my blog, Lisa’s Stack of Books, as a way …

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failures of imagination

The 8 Deadliest Threats to our Homeland BOOK REVIEW

Imagining the worst. You’ve done it. I’ve done it. We’ve imagined a shooter walking into the darkened theater as we’re enjoying a Marvel movie with the kids. We’ve imagined the airplane on take-off suddenly plummeting to the ground. Whatever the scenario, for sure, there’s no lack of imagination on our part. If you’re a Survival Mom reader, chances are you are very aware of threats that endanger our homes, families, and lives. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with many decision makers …

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Organize & Reduce Clutter With These Tips!

Every year more stuff seems to accumulate. The closets, drawers, and cubbies become cluttered. Things are not as organized as they once were, and spaces just feel overwhelmed with stuff. Deciding what to keep and what to reduce is difficult. Here are a few skills that I have learned when it comes to organizing, and reducing my household clutter for the New Year. Reduce What You Own The Magic Questions Have you used it in 6 months? Does it have …

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Review: “The New World” Series by G. Michael Hopf

  Once you read this review and get excited about reading all of G. Michael Hopf’s dystopian “The New World Series” – Sanctuary is the newest book – put the books in your Amazon cart or on your wishlist, enter our contest to win the entire series (at the end of this review), then sit back and wait. If you’re the winner, empty out that cart and start reading! If not, well you still have an excellent series waiting for …

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25 Ways To Use Your Library’s Free Resources For Better Preparedness

Why spend money on information and services that your tax dollars are already paying for? Your public library has a multitude of benefits for its patrons, and you’d be smart to take advantage of the library’s free resources. Check out nonfiction books on various topics to educate yourself how things work in gardening, engines, solar panels, or identifying edible plants – whatever you need or want to learn about! Use the library’s photocopier to make a copy of a checklist, …

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