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9 Great Ideas to Improve Family Gatherings

Family gatherings. Whether it’s a big holiday, like Thanksgiving or Christmas, smaller ones like Memorial Day or Labor Day, or even a special event like a family reunion or a wedding, there are times when our extended families gather together. For a lot of us, these events are dreaded and something to endure, rather than enjoy because of family dynamics and long-term family conflicts that never seem to end. And the bigger the family, the harder it is to avoid family drama. …

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9 Tips to Avoid the Summertime Prepping Slump

It’s so easy for the hot, lazy days of summer to just sort of run into each other in a haze of heat and laziness. When my kids are out of school and there is no routine I tend to get lazy myself. Then the day arrives when it’s time once again to get the kids ready for school, and we ask, where did the summer go? If your prepping goals have taken a break right along with your pledge …

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11 Survival Lessons We Can Learn From Old-Timers

For the last 20 years I have been working on my genealogy. The research is fascinating to me. Old certificates and wills captivate me and the search for my ancestors is like a treasure hunt. One part of genealogy that I have found most valuable are their personal journals. Their stories of survival and endurance have always left me in awe and reminded me that I have life pretty easy. I have done my best to apply their wisdom to my …

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25 Ways People Earned Money During the Great Depression

In a previous career, I was a history teacher, and I’ve always loved learning about the past and gleaning whatever wisdom I can from the words and actions of others. A couple of years ago I found an excellent book with dozens of first-person accounts from the Great Depression, We Had Everything But Money. I’ve spent hours reading through anecdotes, touching, humorous, and poignant, and one thing that struck me was the ingenuity of the Americans who lived through those tough times. …

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Volunteer Work: A Super-Smart Prepper Strategy

When we think of preparing for emergencies, conventional wisdom tells us to stockpile food and water, know how to shut off our home utilities, and have a family plan. I can watch videos on the Internet and read books to learn preparedness skills. I have a plan and supplies to take my pets with me if I have to evacuate. So is that it? Am I done? I would argue that there is a way to take your preparedness to …

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Here are 16 tips for finding the most reliable survival information on the internet. Don't trust your survival to phonies and armchair "experts"! www.TheSurvivalMom.com

16 tips for finding reliable survival information on the internet

If you’re a brand-new prepper or survivalist category and want to learn more, how can you tell if the information you find on the internet is valid or if it’s just a bunch of B.S? Here are some things to look for based on my experience in the news business. For decades, I was an investigative reporter/photographer. Today, I am the adviser/instructor of The Broadside, the newspaper and a media outlet for Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. One of …

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