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Sgt. Derek Peter Schicchi, 27 of Spring Hill, Florida gave his life for our country July 19, 2010. Sgt Schicchi was actively serving at the base in Fort Hood, Texas. He served in the United States Navy from 2001 to 2005, aboard the U.S.S. Washington, and was deployed twice to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Project Honor
Well, Matt, that is the point. Ed Darrack wasn't there and doesn't know. Had he stuck with what he does know, he would have a great historical book on the Marine operation. Funny thing is that he denied any bias when asked about that following a review of his book, and yet several months later, he authored an article that hypothesized that Luttrell couldn't be telling the truth, that the team couldn't have fought that many Taliban, and clearly demonstrated his bias against the SeALs and Special Operations, with an attack on Luttrell.
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Here, I'll show you a few videos of greenhouse construction, with my commentary. The are good points to be made from each, and even though two of these are rather large, those principles still apply in smaller versions. The first video is the smallest, simplest, and closest to what is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Living with Nature
After you have your own shelter up, whether the camper or the Little Home, and your water sources identified, you're going to want to establish your food supplies. We've previously discussed foraging the food already available as well as planting vegetables and fruit, but man cannot live on vegetables alone.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Living with Nature
I've pondered this question a lot over the years, but discussed it with a greater diversity of people in recent days and weeks. For the observant, what is surprising is not that Liberty has been eroded and the Constitution ignored, but that this has accelerated so greatly in the last... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Perspectives
Now, part of going with a "Little Home" is to save money, and just looking at the handtools needed demonstrates that there will be some expenses involved. Decisions of what kind of materials to use, as well as where to get them is a question that will be answered by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Living with Nature
Now, I should cover plumbing and electric before I cover insulation, but I'm leaving plumbing to others, and I've touched on electric elsewhere. If you went with solar and DC, it will be different than if you run 110 AC, and chances are you want to run both, and you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Living with Nature
When we stepped away from the framing project, it was "dried in." At that point, the building inspector is going to want to look at it, to make sure you used the right amount of nails, the right sized lumber and tied it all together in accordance with the local... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Living with Nature
Nature feeds the mouths of prey and predator alike, and as omnivores, we can eat most of the things they do. With a little planning, education, and work, we can greatly reduce our expenses at the grocery store. If you're living with nature though, I strongly recommend that you have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2013 at Living with Nature
Run out your firring strips with nails or screws, and then pull a tape and double check that they are straight and write down the locations. If the bottom firring strip is 2" (on center) from the bottom, and 2' on center, then you'll end up with centers of 2",... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Living with Nature
Foundation and Floor: Start and finish there Walls and Ceilings are this one Now, if you've exercised a decent amount of perfectionism in square, plumb, level, and centers, the rest is going to be easier. If you were sloppy about it, the building is going to fight you to the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Living with Nature
There is a lot of value in going small in the lodging you build. This is particularly true if you invested your money in more land rather than more things. The smaller the abode, the less area you have to heat, and the less you have to light, and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Living with Nature
Foundation and Floor: Start and finish there Walls and Ceilings are next Installing Metal Roofing Roofs are a style of their own. They can be complicated (think a barn roof or hips and valleys) or simple (shed roofs). Theoretically, you could cut the rafters before you pour the pads, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Living with Nature
It won't take long in the wild before you realize how much you've come to depend on electricity. It truly is a luxury, but one we don't want to live without. When you come face to face with the costs of producing it, you'll get more serious about conserving it.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2013 at Living with Nature
After the decades of ever bigger and ever more decadent abodes, there is now a counter-trend to "little homes," with small footprints and small utility bills, if any. Most pictures I've seen seem to be built on top of a trailer frame, which seems like a waste of resources to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2013 at Living with Nature
Previously, we discussed the fundamentals of "Living in the Wild." Next, we'll want to decrease the "embracing the suck." Chances are, you'll want a more efficient heater than the open campfire. Woodstoves can provide you not only heat, but also a flat surface to cook on. Iron skillets are awesome... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2013 at Living with Nature
Have you ever wondered why it costs so much to see a doctor? After all, a Doctor's time can only be worth so much, right? Still, medical care has gotten so expensive that most are willing to pay a 3rd Party to pay the bill instead. Somehow, it's perceived that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at Perspectives
Can the same word or term mean different things? When a "progressive" talks about the government of "We the people" is it the same thing that the Founders meant when they wrote "We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union?" Is the People's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Perspectives
Let's talk for a minute about morality, and hypocrisy; about religion and politics. Morality is not relative, nor should it be legislated. Things are right or wrong. They aren't right or wrong based on whether you like the person or not, or whether the person has the same political party... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Perspectives
The political debate often degenerates into a call for compassion for the less fortunate. We are asked how anyone could be so cold hearted as to deny handouts to the impoverished. The "progressives" point to wealthy Republicans that only pay millions in taxes on income that had already been taxed,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Perspectives
It seems that the entire political establishment hates the Tea Party these days. The Republican establishment is upset they've stood their ground. The Democratic establishment is upset that they have so much influence. The Progressives call them terrorists and racists and talk show hosts are frustrated that they have no... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at Perspectives
It is often sloganized that if other countries want Freedom, they should stand up and fight for it themselves. We are not the world's policemen. Yet, in today's America, it is becoming more hypocritical for us to say such things. America has seen a greater loss of Liberty in recent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Perspectives
There's a segment of the population that looks at "preppers" as loons, and much of that comes from the reality that there are some real loons counted amongst the preppers. There's a larger segment of the population that would be reduced to starving lunatics in even a minor natural disaster.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Perspectives
The youth do not always understand the realities of the world around them. Often, their view is tainted by distortions taught to them. Through the lens of history, present reality and future possibilities and probabilities become more clear. When that clarity presents inconsistencies, we should look deeper in history to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at Perspectives
Many today, think of the US Constitution as the original Constitution of the United States. It often slips their notice that there is a gap between 1776 and 1787. Most regard George Washington as the 1st President, though he was inaugurated in 1789. There were 10 Presidents from 1777 to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at Perspectives