Category Archives: Preparedness

Dealing with cold on the homestead

It has been historically cold here in NE Kansas, 100 year cold. Our low night before last was -11F. Our animals have weathered this very well, despite not being kept in totally enclosed spaces. I have found especially with the … Continue reading

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Economic Justice

*Planning how to improve water access in a remote Iraqi village, Diyala Province. Economic justice. A very good, very, very smart friend used that term today and, unknowingly, spurred me to feverish mental activity. Not sure any of it will … Continue reading

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Most mornings and evenings I catch the wife, either chat on Facebook or Skype. This morning (my time) my wonderful wife asked me if I had an ideas on making fire-starters for our little firepit. They had their first snowfall … Continue reading

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Combat Medicine

  One of my current tasks is to review and make recommendations for changes to the training soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines get as they first enter Afghanistan. One of the needs we have identified is for increased training in … Continue reading

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Gloom, Despair and Agony

GLOOM, DESPAIR AND AGONY ON ME From the TV Show “Hee-Haw” (1969 -1992) Buck Owens & Roy Clark Gloom, despair, and agony on me Deep, dark depression, excessive misery If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at … Continue reading

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Eid Mubarak!

Today is the celebration of Eid al-Fitr here in Kabul. Last night I sat in the garden gazebo with the Marine who replaced me, Cousin Jim and a Swedish officer, smoking cigars and watching the fireworks. For once, not tracers! … Continue reading

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Oft Ignored Preps

Sorry for being away for so long, my new duties keep me on the road quite a bit. All of us who prep have mostly the same concerns. When you get right down to it, the Rule of 3’s for … Continue reading

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