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Rule Of Threes

In survival training, many instructors refer to the “Rule of Threes”.


Here they are, as taught to me by Hank, of Green Earth Survival School:

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Coturnix Quail for Homesteaders

I’ve had a bit of interest over the last few weeks regarding quail as a backyard meat source. I thought I’d dust off the topic and put another article together covering the ins and outs of raising Coturnix quail, particularly in an urban setting. It is a rather long article, but still not as detailed as I’d like. I may expand on the topic in an eBook… And finally, this is dedicated to Mr. Mike in Rio and Justin in Alabama.

Chickens are the go-to for the homesteader when you initially think of adding in livestock. And while there are many other options for the rural homesteader that work just as well as (and sometimes even better than) chickens (like goats, pigs, Muscovy ducks or Guinea fowl),  trying to raise your own animal protein in an urban environment starts to limit your options.

Due to their size, pigs, cows, and goats are out of the question. You need something small, quiet and still a good producer.
Rabbits fit the bill, and while I raise them for meat myself, there is a Continue reading

Peace, Love, and Preparedness

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I was exchanging emails with what has turned out to be my latest advertiser, CampingSurvival.com. While finishing a reply, I signed off in my typical fashion, “Peace, db”, and laughed to myself about how much of a hippie I sound like. Not that it is a bad thing, but I am a far cry from patchouli, free love, Jerry Garcia, and hairy-legged, bra-less women…and ot that I have anything against that stuff…

…well maybe the patchouli…and the hairy legs….

I am a True Grit loving Veteran that is probably labelled as a possible domestic terrorist not only for just being a Continue reading

Product Review: Altai’s MF Tactical Boots

From time to time, I am contacted to review products, some good, some not so good. I won’t review a product I wouldn’t try to use regularly, and won’t review products that aren’t realistic. When I get a request to review an item that “duplicates” products I rarely find to be impressive, I cringe, expecting a lot of pomp and circumstance and very little quality or performance.

Take footwear. I need to come clean right off the bat. I own almost as many pairs of shoes as my wife…and she’s got far too many. We aren’t Imelda Marcos, but we really do have far too many pairs of shoes for the number of feet we have multiplied by the possible situations we are regularly in that require different shoes. Hard to follow? Let me explain: Continue reading

How to Cook The ULTIMATE Steak

(For Kip, as requested.)
The ULTIMATE steak (or pork chop…or chicken…or fish….)


…A bold statement for anyone. More so when you realize how un-picky of an eater I am. Until I started eating Paleo (no grains, legumes, or refined sugars), it was no surprise to see me eating a potato chip sandwich, or octopus from a can. Call it food, I’ll eat it….at least once. Twice if I’m hungry.


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Book Review: Sanctuary by G. Michael Hopf

When I’m contacted about reviewing a book, I normally have the same dread. In reading a book to review, I normally come to the end of the book, only to find there is going to be another book in the series…and I have to wait to find out what happens. In this society of instant gratification, I get annoyed to have to wait for the next in the series…well G. Michael Hopf’s next book was delivered to me several weeks ago, and in less than a weekend, I had read through it.Sanctuary

Sanctuary, book 3 of The New Word Series, continues the story of Continue reading

Book Review: Forsaking Home (The Survivalist Series)

Last December, I reviewed the first three books of the Survivalist Series. I had been contacted by the great folks over at TLC Book Tours, a book promoting firm. The storyline follows Morgan Carter as he is traveling several hours drive away from home as an EMP hits all of the United States, bringing our world to a crashing halt.

The first three books takes Carter from his forced hike across northern Florida to Continue reading

The Fastest Way to Sharpen a Knife

(Here is an old article I wrote way back when. If you are like 90% of the households out there, your knives are dull. Here is a quick-fix for that issue. )

In my post reviewing the Mora Companion knife, I mentioned the Smith Abrasives 2-Step Knife Sharpener.

From the Manufacturer

Smith’s 2-Step Knife Sharpener features Continue reading

How To Sucker Tomato Plants

As this website has evolved and grown, I’ve built relationships with many of my readers. Many of these relationships start out as an emailed question. I love helping out, and am well versed in online and offline research, so if I don’t have the answer, I can usually find it.

One of my recent questions came in from Continue reading

Everglades Tomatoes – The Final Free Shipment

The Free Everglades seeds offer is now over.
As I write this, there is a mailbox in front of my house that is jammed full of outgoing mail, every one of them with enough Everglades tomato seeds to kick start a tomato seed business. (So if you haven’t received your seeds by June 20th, contact me!) As Ron (my mailman, you DO know your mailman’s name, don’t you?) picks them up, he takes away an unexpected burden that has been haunting me for almost Continue reading

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