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15 Sep
Simple Steps For Surviving Income Loss

Simple Steps For Surviving Income Loss

Every once in a while, you may wake up to find that you have lost your income. Income loss can happen for a variety of reasons. Sometimes you know that it is going to happen. Other times, it is a total shock. Regardless of how or why it happens, losing your income is a crisis that whips you into survival mode. Fortunately, once you get past the vomiting and pissed-off stages,…

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13 Sep
Climate Change Debate Over

Climate Change Debate Over

The debate over the existence of climate change is over. Who cares if humans have caused it or whether this is just a natural part of the Earth's life cycle. We still have a warming planet with enormous disasters causing unprecedented levels death and destruction. We know that human action can alleviate some of the consequences. So, let's get on with it and work to fix the problem.

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24 Jul
Calculating Salt for Sauerkraut

Calculating Salt for Sauerkraut

This past week, as part of my Independence Days Challenge activities, I put together a sauerkraut ferment, which is lactofermentation of cabbage. As it turns out, I'm not real great at calculating in my head. I know this, because: I used 1.5-tablespoons of salt for 1.5-pounds of cabbage; It is known that adding too much salt to a bacterial culture slows the bacterial growth rate; and My ferment hasn't grown much…

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23 Jul
Independence Days Challenge and Climate Change

Independence Days Challenge and Climate Change

Man it was hot yesterday. I'm sure that my brothers, who live in Wyoming and Maine, were gloating about their cooler weather, since it was over 100-degrees F, with a 108-degrees heat index, here in Kansas City, KS. And with that, let's quickly move on to the Independence Days Challenge, so we all can get back into the shade. Here's what I have been doing lately. Plant Something: If you…

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14 Jul
Tips for Decrepit Gardeners

Tips for Decrepit Gardeners

As I age, I am becoming progressively more decrepit and gardening is becoming more difficult. Bending over for a long period of time kills my back. And forget about getting down on my hands and knees; I might not get back up! But, the other day, I found a terrific way to dig the holes for small plants, like my pepper starts. I used a bulb auger that I have had…

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11 Jul
New Garden with DIY Ollas

New Garden with DIY Ollas

Have you seen an olla before? The are these cool underground clay jars that hold water and water your garden. Kind of like a giant underground plant nanny. Here are a few really beautiful ones that I saw on Rock-Oak-Deer, which is a gardening blog out of San Antonio, Texas. I would love to have some clay ollas, but they are kind of expensive and not readily available around here. So, since…

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