Please update your bookmarks and the links on your sites.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Do the two organizations work together or is there some sort of competition? The reason I ask is I rarely (if ever) see the other organization mentioned on either OCC's website or on Buckeye Firearms's website, even though both organizations are very active in perserving gun rights for Ohioans. You would think they would be actively working together, but I have never seen any joint legislative actions or events mentioned by either organization.
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____(fill in everything you already know about the goodness and virtue of home baked bread here)_____. Now bookmark this link.
Now the SHTF and those same people are starving and suffering. Their precious government and FEMA are nowhere to be found, and they're left stuck to take care of themselves.
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Birch and green holly, boys,
Birch and green holly.
If you get beaten, boys,
'Twill be your own folly.
Andrew M. Lang, ed.
(The Nursery Rhyme Book, 1897)
Not your mother's who had you when she was 17. Not your absent father's. Not your under-funded school district's. Not McDonald's, KFC's, Pepsi's, Lay's, or Snicker's. Not the Devil's. Not your attention deficit disorder's. Not the stress of homework's, peer pressure's, or great expectation's. Not the heat's. Not the cold's. Not poverty's. Not wealth's.
If you get beaten boys,
'Twill be your own folly.
And certainly not mine!
fol⋅ly [fol-ee] Show IPA
1. the state or quality of being foolish; lack of understanding or sense. 2. a foolish action, practice, idea, etc.; absurdity: the folly of performing without a rehearsal. 3. a costly and foolish undertaking; unwise investment or expenditure. 4. Architecture. a whimsical or extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view, commemorate a person or event, etc.: found esp. in England in the 18th century. 5. follies, a theatrical revue. 6. Obsolete. wickedness; wantonness.
Let me emphasize: this was a nursery rhyme. What were they teaching kids back then??
Oh wait... . Could it be taking responsibility for the consequences of one's action? How old fashioned can you get? Geeze.
To flourish, or live the good life, I need to think beyond the idea that consumption brings happiness. Happiness can’t be bought for good reason. Happiness requires action!
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And now for a twofer, one old, one new:
49. George Washington was born in A.D. 1732, and lived 67 years. In what year did he die?
50. Alfred the Great died in A.D. 901; thence, to the signing of the Magna Carta was 314 years; thence to the American Revolution, 560 years. In what year did the American Revolution begin?
66. The area of the United States up to 1897 was 3681661 square miles. Since then there have been added the territory of Hawaii containing 6449 square miles; Porto Rico, 3531 square miles; Philippine Islands, 114410 square miles; Guam, 150 square miles; Tutuila, 77 square miles; and Wake Island, I square mile. What is the present area of the United States?
(Ray’s Modern Practical Arithmetic, 1877)
Knowledge of America and her history taught in arithmetic class. Weird, man. Sort of makes you wonder if the goal was an educated citizenry, doesn't it?
Contrast that with the Overview of Ohio’s K-12 Mathematics Content Standard:
The mathematics academic content standards prepare all students for success in the workplace and post-secondary education. Competency in mathematics includes understanding of mathematical concepts, facility with mathematical skills, and application of concepts and skills to problem-solving situations. Students are able to communicate mathematical reasoning using mathematical and everyday language.
Whenever possible, students should have opportunities to learn mathematics through real-world contexts, including practical applications, real data, and numbers often associated with situations and problems encountered in the workplace and daily life. All students should be exposed to a mathematics program rich in technology, including calculators, computers, and technology applications.
I’d have to say, this first highlighted bit going to well, based on my experiences with younger folks who look at me funny when my bill is $15.51 and I give them $21.01. But that’s a rant for another day.
I’m especially interested in the second bolded part. Exposure to technology is one thing, total reliance is another.
Thoughts? Anyone else think part of self-reliance is being able to add in your head? Anyone out there home-schooling?
UPDATE: Here's a link to an 8th grade examine that's discussed below. It's from Morehead State (KY) so hopefully legitimate.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
[I’ll wait while that sinks in.]
Here’s the initial observation: things are bad. I do not need to tell you this. You’ve only been blogging around for 10 minutes and already you’re anxious, mad as hell, frustrated, or some miserable combination of all these. Things are bad. Sure, you’re trying to prepare for the worst, but you know you’re no where near where you should be if SHTF this afternoon. It could. It did one bright fall morning just a few year back.
But here’s another observation: the BEST things do happen.
[I’ll wait while that sinks in.]
I’m not talking about the little good things in life-- the first tomato of the season, the first grouping all in the inner circle, the spontaneous hug from your kid-- I’m talking about the BEST things.
A BEST thing happened recently to us, and I am ashamed to say, we were not prepared. And being unprepared for this BEST thing that we’d been hoping for years would happen, is now costing us valuable time, and money.
What might these BEST things be? I’ll start with ours, and then suggest some others. But ultimately, only you and your family know what these BEST things are, and how they might affect your lives. Only you can make the necessary preparations.
Dear husband (DH) and I are from the South. A career move took us to Cincinnati. And while we have nothing against Cincinnati-- in fact we’ve had a great time here, learned a lot, developed many skills, etc.-- we don’t care for the climate, and we are just not city-folk at heart. So we’ve dreamed of moving back down South and buying a farm. In DH’s line of work this was not out of the question-- he can make his own opportunities and apply for positions whenever and wherever they open up. Of course the problem is that these opportunities aren’t a dime a dozen. So here we are going about our business in Cincinnati when... poof and out of the blue... our BEST thing happened! We’re moving to rural Mississippi!
Unfortunately, and although we’ve dreamed of, and sought out, an opportunity like this for several years, and although we knew that this BEST thing would eventually happen because we wouldn’t stop looking and working for it, we were not prepared when it did happen. So instead of being in Mississippi right now looking for farmland, we are scurrying to get our house here in Cincinnati on the market.* Everything we’re doing-- from purging the basement of worn out fishing gear to ridding the attic of blown out Christmas lights, from painting woodwork to stripping wall paper, everything-- could have been done before. But wasn’t.
Our BEST thing is the opportunity to move. And we will. But not as soon as we might have, had we been prepared.
What is your BEST thing?
Winning the lottery? Sure, you’d pay off your bills. But what if you win $5000, and are $10,000 in debt? Paying off some will affect your credit score more than others. Do you know which are which?
A baby? Whoa. You weren’t expecting that! But it might be the BEST thing that’s ever happened. Are you prepared to live off one income for a few months or years?
Stumbling upon a gun store stocked with reasonably priced ammo? Hey, these days some of us would consider this one of the BEST things that could happen. If you do, do you have $100 squirreled away in your wallet for just such an occasion?
As preppers, we deal in “what if?” situations. Naturally, we tend to focus on the worst case scenarios because if we’re prepared for the worst, the bad isn’t all that bad. But I think there’s some value in thinking through the BEST case scenarios from time to time. If we had, we’d be in Mississippi.
*If anyone’s interested in a freshly painted “urban farm” here in the heart of Cincinnati... . :-)
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Here’s the second installment of “old book quote of the day,” a series intended to highlight the values of American culture that are captured in old books.
The Cook’s Creed
The health of my family is in my care; therefore--
I will preserve as far as possible the nutritive elements in foods which are delivered to me.
My family’s enjoyment of food is my responsibility; therefore--
I will preserve and enhance the attractive qualities of he food with which I work.
Stretching the food dollar is part of my responsibility; therefore--
I will take such care of food that none will spoil. I will use left-overs with thought and skill.
A well-prepared dish and an appetizing meal are a creative achievement; therefore--
I shall derive happiness from work itself.
Good food is of prime importance to my family; therefore--
I shall take pride in doing an outstanding job of cooking.
Meta Given (The Modern Family Cookbook, 1942)
Responsibility. Frugality. Achievement. Pride. Not to mention that the “health of my family is in my care” not Nanny’s. How old fashioned.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I have a passion for old books. Someday I will write about this, but for now suffice it to say that I think that old books have two distinctly different sorts of "values." Old books* contain information. Granted, in the time it takes to find the book, look though its index, & so on, we could have just googled what we were looking for in the first place. But from a prepper's point of view, old books contain information at hand when the lights go out. (What is the difference between a square and a granny knot? Which slips?)
The second sort of value is the values old books subtly-- and sometimes not so subtly-- convey to the reader. On what I hope will be a fairly regular basis, I'd like to share with you some short passages from my collection of old books. I think the values implicit (or explicit) in these passages are a fundamental aspect of American culture. I think they are values that we shouldn't passively let go by the PC double-speak wayside of "popular" culture. You may or may not agree-- and that's what the comments sections is for! I'm hoping we can have some interesting discussions about these values, then & now.
And so we begin...
With the increased mechanization of farms, it has become necessary for the successful modern farmer to be proficient in the use, repair, and maintenance of mechanical equipment of various kinds. ... Although the farmer needs to be an unspecialized mechanic, rather than specialized mechanic, he should nevertheless be a good one. He should be thorough and systematic. Slovenly or slipshod methods have no more place on the farm than in other business or occupations. Machinery that works well, gates that open and shut easily, and buildings and fences that are orderly and in good repair not only save time and money for the farmer, but contribute to morale and the pride of ownership.
Mack M. Jones (Shopwork on the Farm, 1945)
What words or passages would you highlight here?
* "Old books" is a non-specific description with respect to age. I have a gardening book from the late 70s-- it's old. I have grammar books from the late 1800s-- they're old. "Old" to me pretty much means I picked it up for a buck or two b/c it was "out of date." Heh.
Monday, June 22, 2009
At least we hope to be back getting to know one another, sharing information, and getting our preps on.
Ohio Preppers Network (OPN) is part of the American Preppers Network. OPN was born late January 2009. Unfortunately, it’s had a few growing pains and lost its moderator a few weeks ago. I’ve volunteered to take on this role temporarily, until a permanent moderator can be found.* Meanwhile, I invite everyone-- anyone!-- who’s still hanging around from the old days to contact me (just as soon as I figure out how to make that work!) if you have posts or other items of interest you’d like to contribute, and to invite your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers to stop in at OPN.
If you’re new to prepping sites, Farmer Geek had a great post back in February defining “prepper”:
Some people may be put off by the term "prepper". So let's talk about exactly what is a Prepper.
prepper: one who prepares. Period.
This means that Boy Scouts, homesteaders, survivalists, and even most "normal" people are preppers by definition. The real difference between a prepper and a Prepper is in attitude.
* This isn't because I'm lazy! We are moving from Cincinnati to Mississippi later this summer. I simply thought it was a shame to see this site go untended. I know preppers are out there in Ohio! Let's hear from you.
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QRZ.com. Both had forums and a lot of articles, reviews and faq's. I have gone through some things on these sights but I am very green to this so I will be visiting West Virginia Prepper often for more installments.
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Monday, June 8, 2009
If you have the time and the inclinations, please contact Tom over at the American Preppers Network and ask him to help you get set up and started.
Thanks, and always Be Prepared.
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