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How Prepared Do You Need to Be?

by JC Refuge “How prepared do I need to be?” That's the question folks who are new to the crisis preparedness avocation ask over and over again. Typically, they are looking for some kind of mathematical formula... presumably incorporating some combination of risk factors, household size, skill sets, geography, and tea-leaf analysis. Show More Summary

Writer Anne Lamott On Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, this insightful piece from 2012 by writer Anne Lamott is sure worth the read. She explains why Mother’s Day “celebrates a huge lie about the value of women”: “I did not raise my son, Sam, to celebrate Mother’s Day. I didn’t want him to feel some obligation to buy me pricey lunches or flowers, […]

Cheese, Butter, Special High-Calorie Storage-Food Value Bundle and more ..up to 30% off

Canned Cheese, Butter and more... For those of you familiar with the Kraft canned cheese, you will be real happy with this new cheese from Bega - made in Australia. Although the Kraft cheese is called cheddar too, most customers say it reminds them more of a white American cheese than a cheddar. Show More Summary

For the Two Women in My Life

I grew up with a single mother. Across the street from us, my grandmother. These two women helped shape who I am. They are not perfect women, but no woman is perfect. As they age, their imperfections amplify. And they are aging. I can’t stop that. I hear it in their voices. I see it [...]

Wise to Prepare for all Possibilities … including War

I’m 56 years old. From the very point of my coming of age at 18, I was trained in military ways of waging war... not so much in terms of venturing out with a survival knife between my teeth, but as in how to surreptitiously gain a decided advantage over the enemy using cutting-edge intelligence technologies and insights. Show More Summary

Wisdom of Salman Rushdie on Writing Memoirs

Ever thought about writing a memoir? A client of mine who is in the midst of writing a memoir passed on this insightful interview excerpt with Salman Rushdie at Emory University in 2011. He explains why the best of memoirs employ the novelistic technique. Check it out: He answers these questions: - Just like in novels, […]

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Alternative energy is the key to the future. Solar power as a backup source of energy for preppers and outdoor adventurers is a must-have. Goal Zero is an industry leader in Solar power kits and Safecastle is a long-time Goal Zero dealer,...Show More Summary

Writing eBooks for Professional Purposes

Along with fiction and nonfiction pleasure reading, eBooks can serve as a powerful educational and marketing tool for all types of businesses. What’s one big challenge for many budding authors of eBooks? They have to learn to be writers. To those who aren’t writers, doing an eBook can feel like a daunting task. But it […]

ATX Safer Streets: How You Can Help a Movement to Make Austin Safer for Pedestrians

Following the news of the tragic death of Kelly (a.k.a. ATX Hipsters) this weekend, Zack Teibloom made me aware of ATX Safer Streets, a coalition of concerned citizens advocating for safer streets in Austin for pedestrians and cyclists. You’ve probably heard a lot about ATX Safer Streets recently, and maybe you even liked their Facebook page [...]

Austin is Not a Pedestrian or Cyclist-Friendly City, and That Needs to Change

Austin is a progressive city in so many ways, but being pedestrian and cyclist-friendly are not two features the city can boast. On Saturday, I read yet another article about a pedestrian killed by a drunk driver in Downtown Austin. I shared on Twitter that this is becoming an epidemic in our city, and that [...]

Austin’s Moontower Comedy Festival Has So Many Boinkable Comedians This Year

Guys, I’m stoked. The Moontower Comedy Festival just started and I got a press badge. For this blog. How the hell that happened, I’m not sure. All I know is that that means I can stalk write about the Kids in the Hall. Man, I love the Kids in the Hall. I’ve written about them a disgusting [...]

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You've seen the news... virtually all food prices are rising fast now. Food inflation is becoming a major issue. There's really only way to take immediate productive action to protect your household, and that is to lock-in today's prices by purchasing foods that store indefinitely. Show More Summary

The Latest in Happiness Studies: Go to the Library!

With all the happiness studies out there (for example, recall the all the hubbub about who’s happier, parents or the childfree?), here’s a new one related to book lovers – more specifically library goers. Check this out. NPR Books News by Annalisa Quinn has an interesting blurb today titled, “Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are […]

Everything you need to know to rebuild civilization from scratch

Great Article..the book is titled "The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch". Copyright 2007-2011 by Safecastle LLC www.safecastleroyal.com

Why We Should All Care More About Cultural Appropriation in Fashion

via Pinterest Have you heard of StitchFix? It’s an ingenious start-up that lets fashionistas utilize the help of “personal stylists” while shopping for clothing online. After you sign up and fill out your size and personal style details, stylists will help you select five items of clothing. This clothing, which averages around $65 a piece, [...]

Why I Haven’t Written on my Blog in Awhile

Hi. My blog is sad. I barely write on her anymore. You see, something happened. I got a completely unexpected and wonderful writing job, and my blog has taken a back seat. I’m sorry, blog. I love you and I miss you. I will try to play with you again. The job I mentioned is [...]

Review of Stuffocation: How We’ve Had Enough of Stuff and Why You Need Experience More than Ever

By Kendall Hanson Some book titles just call out to your current situation. You can’t help but pick them up and read. Stuffocation by James Wallman is such a book. If you’ve recently cleaned out your closet, or jammed a hundred toys into a chest, or could no longer fit your car in the garage, […]

Review of Believe It, You Know an Atheist

By Adam Pober J. David Core sets out to write a book to fill a specific niche: a guide for the religious to understand the atheist in their lives. His book, Believe It, You Know an Atheist, does an admirable job with a difficult subject. Most current positive books on atheism aim to offer personal […]

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