Welcome to Planned Resilience, a blog about living in the face of uncertain times.
I keep hearing on the news that inflation is down and the economy is up. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is terrific. Obviously, the indices used to make such statements have nothing to do with the rest of us who are worried about the fact that the cost of food is going through the roof. Let's listen to what Robert Reich has to say about the economy and the poor/working families.Continue reading →
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,…Continue reading →
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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.Continue reading →
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…Continue reading →
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…Continue reading →
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…Continue reading →