Living wisely in the modern world

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4 Tips for Building Your Own Church

Maybe you want to bring religion to an isolated neighborhood. Maybe you just need a new facility to house your growing congregation. Whatever your reasons for building your own church, here are just four ways to raise a new roof for the Lord. 1. Get the Community Involved Most of your flock will be more …

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Desperate for Fossil Fuels: King Coal

Now Destroying Mountains Once Merely Raped I spent a lot of time in Eastern Kentucky growing up, it’s where my paternal grandparents, Aunt and cousins lived and where we spent vacations no matter where else in the country (or elsewhere) we were living at the time (Navy brat). I’ve no more relatives there, the last …

Honey Laundering

Corporate Food & Human Backlash

The current collapse of the world financial system has revealed some structural problems in our national economy that have flourished over a period of decades as corporate interests bought politicians and lobbyists to craft legislation to remove legal roadblocks to mass theft and market manipulation. And despite some changes in the D.C. political landscape, our …

USDA: Sequester Impacts

We homesteaders are among the citizens who pay a good deal of attention to the programs and operations of both state and federal agricultural departments because they can directly affect us (for good or ill). We often make use of our state ag departments’ extension services for education in things like beekeeping, land use, community …

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Fire on the Mountain …Again

I kind of knew that three whole springs without a forest fire along the Norfolk-Southern’s grade over the continental divide was pushing things. Hoped maybe their relatively new-found practice of carefully checking their brake connections BEFORE heading uphill into the ‘loops’ might become a habit. It’s been raining pretty steady, and yesterday it snowed. Not …

Old Crafts as New Careers

I recently met a wise 70 year old man from my hometowm who raises Oxen. He also builds log cabins… using no modern technology. To say that I was impressed is an understatement. On a cold day recently we sat next to a fire in one of the log cabins on his property. The fireplace …