C-V Gardens: a way to fight back against COVID19 in your own back yard

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Poster advertising the WW2 Victory Garden program

On December 7th, 1941 the United States was hit by the Empire of Japan in a surprise attack on our naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii–the date that will live in infamy. Though every moment of our lives is a dividing line in time, few moments are as clear a dividing line in the history of the world as that moment. It was that surprise attack that launched the US full steam into World War 2, started the research project that would eventually unlock the power of the atom, and destroyed one of the darkest, most evil creations of man’s history, the Nazis. There’s no question that like other major historical milestones (the detonation of the first atomic bomb, the assassination of JFK, or the attack on 9/11 to name a few) the world was suddenly divided into the “before” and the “after” of that event, and nothing would ever be the same.

We are currently living through one of those milestone events in history. Continue reading

First Aid On A Budget #KPS

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Expanded Kit in the box

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about First Aid and how even in common household situations it is a good idea to have some basic First Aid supplies and knowledge on hand. It only takes a small slip with a chef’s knife for an evening cooking dinner to turn into a trip to the urgent care center or emergency room for stitches. Having the proper supplies on hand and knowing how to use them can sometimes save hundreds of dollars in doctor’s bills and insurance costs. Continue reading

First Aid Basics

 

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When looking into the basics for disaster and survival preparedness, there are a few staples that cannot be ignored. Food, water, security, and First Aid are typically the big four that most specialists will agree are absolutely necessary. Secure these four things and you’ve gone a long way to ensuring your immediate, if not overall, survival. I did a post on finding water a couple of months back, and today I want to talk about another of the big four survival necessities; First Aid. Continue reading

Flint Knapping Intro: Painful Lessons

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Some of my early obsidian points and a field found paleo-style blade

I’ve talked about flint knapping a little in my books and I figured it’d be good to let people know what that really is.  At its most basic, the skill or art of flint knapping is the shaping of stone to make blades, points, and other implements.  When you think about the classic, often inaccurate image of Native American combat, you think of bows and stone-tipped arrows, spears and tomahawks.  Those stone projectile points, weapon blades, and tools such as drills, grinders, scrapers, needles, fishing hooks, harpoons, and dozens of others were all possible with skilled flint knapping. 

 However, from the time the first European settlers set foot in North America, the art of flint knapping was on borrowed time.  And, for a while, it nearly disappeared completely from the cultural lexicon of America.     Continue reading

Why I Carry

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I have an Alien Gear holster… VERY nice rig.  My carry piece is a S&W MP Shield 9mm

 

 

I sit down and I feel it push into my side a little, digging just above where my hip joins my body. When I stand, I can feel the weight pulling at my belt, trying to bring my pants down.  Even with a good quality holster setup, there’s no way to put a pistol on your hip that’s really “comfortable.”  You know it’s there, and you know why it’s there, and there’s nothing comfortable or cool about it.  So why do it at all?  Why go through the trouble, the expense, and the stress of applying for the permit, attending the class, getting the certification at the range, and the fingerprints at the Sheriff’s office all to carry around something that’s heavy, at times painful, and increasingly socially taboo?   Continue reading

The “Junk Drawer” #KPS

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The “Junk Drawer” at Nanny’s house represents 70+ years of real world readiness experience

 

There’s a little bit of “prepper” in all of us. No, I don’t mean the dig a bunker in your back yard, claymore the driveway type of prepper.  Like most things in life, being a prepper has various degrees to it, and if we’re honest, we all have a little bit of the prepper mentality.  You can see this clearly by going to your kitchen and opening that one drawer that everyone has that seems to collect every kind of random stuff the human imagination can come up with.  Continue reading

Water Water Everywhere…. #KPS

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There is a line in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner that reads, “Water, water everywhere,/ and all the boards did shrink;/ Water, water, everywhere,/ and not a drop to drink.” In the poem, this describes the desolate situation of a ship that has been becalmed and is running out of both food and water.  For ancient sailors, at the mercy of the winds and the waves, this was probably the most feared death.  Worse than running aground or being torn apart by a storm ravaged sea, being becalmed meant you were stuck in the middle of the sea to slowly wither away.  The frustration of being deathly thirsty and surrounded by undrinkable water would, at times, drive men literally mad. Continue reading