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25 Oct 2012 by filed in Mental Preparedness
I lived in Maine for several years. My mother and I both loved lighthouses with Mom taking her fondness for them to great lengths, collecting just about anything and everything that represented her love of lighthouses.   (In fact, my husband chose to spend our wedding night up in northern Ohio at Lakeside and enjoyed just sitting and watching the beautiful sunsets by the lighthouse that's up there.) When Mom passed away I inherited her boxes and boxes of lighthouse knick-knacks, furniture, and...
31 Aug 2012 by filed in Preparedness
One of the picture perfect entrees I made for the Doomsday Preppers filming were salmon cakes made from shelf-stable foods. Unfortunately though, they were adequate at best...definitely missing something. Thanks to wonderful friends who didn't see fit to make it known on national TV that the salmon cakes were probably not as enjoyable as the rest of the food. As a result I decided that I was going to find the PERFECT salmon cake recipe. So I began to scour my umpteen hundreds of recipes in...
27 Aug 2012 by filed in Recipes
The other day a friend of mine gave me a tip that you can obtain an entire case of bananas from most Wal-Marts in the nation simply by contacting the Produce Manager and asking them to take their old bananas off of their hands. The standard cost is only $5! There are instances in which some of the Wal-Marts have elected to donate their used produce to Food Banks or other community help centers, but it’s certainly doable a lot of the time in many areas of the U.S. Regardless of how you feel...
23 Jul 2012 by filed in Preparedness
Note from Preparedness Pro: The article below is provided to us by Dennis Chalkus of  DCSurvivalKits.com He addresses the wide use of social media amidst a disaster. I personally believe that social media can easily be a reliable protocol that you can set up with your family members to use and it's one of the only ways I know to make sure that teenage family members are kept abreast of a disaster and the necessary action plans that need to be executed. How Emergency Services Across the World...
19 Feb 2012 by filed in Mental Preparedness
If you’re a beginning prepper you may feel the need for a clear road map or checklist. If you’re currently striving to be ready for life’s curveballs, you may benefit by taking stock of your efforts with the following fundamental tips in mind Prepping for Beginners #1: Remember, it’s a PROCESS, not a destination Remember that prepping is a way of life, a way of thinking. It’s not a destination. Sure you can have a list of “things” that you want to accumulate in order to better ensure your...
23 Sep 2011 by filed in Mental Preparedness
The fact of the matter is, I won’t be doing much of anything until Monday because I’m just plain worn out! While the filming for National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers” was an amazing experience (Nothing negative to say about that) it was grueling and it absorbed much more than just a couple days of my life as there was much to get ready. Suddenly I’m actually grateful for the experience I had with TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” even if I wasn’t a fan of their show and didn’t want to be a part of...
03 Aug 2011 by filed in Food Preparedness
I’m not writing these words with any presumption that there is some sort of a preparedness rule to be followed; rather I do so in hopes that my rationale may cause you to think strategically on this matter in a way that benefits you and your family. Nowadays it doesn’t take some catastrophic event to cause our electricity to be disrupted for several hours at a time. The fact of the matter is, our grid system is vulnerable to all kinds of interruption events. Weather, utility digging, a poorly...
01 Jun 2011 by filed in Food Preparedness
Well, I’m back from playing around and taking some time off, so your update is coming on a Wednesday. :-) Hey, better late than never I suppose. Wow. Can you believe it's June already? The weather sure isn't manifesting that. We've got record levels of rain, snow, and even low temperatures here in the West. Record dry weather back east. And record number of tornadoes and devastation as a result of said tornadoes.  Think Someone is trying to tell us something? Wow. What a way to start off the...
29 Mar 2011 by filed in Food Preparedness
As I’ve been venturing out a bit more each year in the area of gardening, I find I am surrounded by well-meaning, encouraging friends. I’ve heard more unusual remedies for a great garden over the last several years than I ever thought possible. Who knew that so many people had such diverse opinions about gardening?  But when I began mulling over some of this well-meaning advice, I decided the best thing to do is what I always do...research. As a result, I discovered that when it comes to all...
24 Mar 2011 by filed in Medical Preparedness
While there are all kinds of interesting things that people presume to know about me, there is one thing that many of you may be surprised to know.  For two years I did nearly all of my work, writing, recordings, interviews, and even radio show broadcasts from the comfort of my bedroom. Hooked up to a heating pad, usually a couple doses of pain medication, my laptop and cell phone, I was exiled to my bed for nearly 3 weeks of every month. Why? Well, I’ll tell you. But don’t worry. This story...

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