Most never see or think about it, but let the power go out in winter, and you will wish you had it. Townsends’ video below is a good reminder of the importance of fire in our lives.
Hometown America – The Most Important Thing
June 21st, 2021
I was watching a documentary about the last hunter-gather groups on earth. In it, they asked a tribe what they felt was the most important thing in their lives.
They said the animals hunted for food. Without them, they would die.
Their answer was as true as the day is long. And it is true for all of us whether we live off the land or buy food from grocery stores.
Food, water, and shelter are the most important things in our lives. You may not think so right now because it comes so easy to most of us, but I assure you it will be, should supplies be cut off.
And it will be the end for anyone who does not know how to grow, forage, fish, or hunt.
Day Zero – The Machine
Daily blog: It’s January 1st, 2021, and the biggest threat to America is its citizens. The majority are unable to take care of themselves.
Many have chosen to live in large cities, machines that feed on money, not skills.
The surrounding areas are not much better, and small farms in the country are disappearing as life can be challenging there. And sadly, most Americans are not up for the task.
We have grown weak, and it shows with the cries for socialism growing stronger each day. Cries of a people willing to sell out their kid’s future for another check from good ole Uncle Sam.
But we can correct our course if we take action now.
Learn how to take care of yourself, for the day will come when the machine breaks.
Microfiction – Resin
Lilly was wet and needed to warm herself. Breaking off a dead pine tree limb, she ran to an overhang and used her striker to light the wood’s resin. “Thank you, Daddy, for teaching me how to survive,” she whispered as she fell asleep by the fire.
This piece of microfiction is a character story from my apocalyptic novella Every Yard Is A Grave. Character stories are small glimpses into a character’s life before, during, and after the book.
In Aesop’s fable, The Ant and the Grasshopper, some say the ant should have been charitable. But I don’t see it this way. Charity, in my opinion, is for those who have met with misfortune. This was not the case for the Grasshopper. The Grasshopper was lazy and played the summer away.
Today, we have many grasshoppers whose only plan for survival is to live off others’ hard work. When winter comes, they are unprepared and can fault no one but themselves.
The Ant & the Grasshopper
One bright day in late autumn a family of Ants were bustling about in the warm sunshine, drying out the grain they had stored up during the summer, when a starving Grasshopper, his fiddle under his arm, came up and humbly begged for a bite to eat.
“What!” cried the Ants in surprise, “haven’t you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?”
“I didn’t have time to store up any food,” whined the Grasshopper; “I was so busy making music that before I knew it the summer was gone.”
The Ants shrugged their shoulders in disgust.
“Making music, were you?” they cried. “Very well; now dance!” And they turned their backs on the Grasshopper and went on with their work.
There’s a time for work and a time for play.
A balance needs to be restored
In the past, if you left an area of civilization, you would have to travel through large expanses of wilderness to reach another civilized place. Today, the opposite is true; if you leave a wilderness area, you will have to travel through a vast expanse of civilization to reach another.
A balance between the two needs to be restored, or we will not survive.
Could you live out of your vehicle
Today there are hundreds if not thousands of people who have chosen to live out of their vehicles. Some by choice others out of necessity. Could you do the same if the situation called for it?
In the video below, Sensible Prepper gives some tips for doing that very thing.
Microfiction – The snake slithered by
A bee flew to a flower for its nectar. Landing, he asked, “Where are the others?”
“They have all died. I am the only one left. Where are the bees?”
“They have died also. I am the only one left.”
“The snake said the flowers were using us, so we stayed away.”
“The snake told us the bees were stealing our nectar, so we hid from them.”
“We should have never listened; we needed each other to survive.”
As the flower wilted, the bee fell to the ground beside her. And the snake slithered by.
Sheep in prepper clothing
In my last post, I wrote about wolfs in prepper clothing. So, today I thought I would write about sheep in prepper clothing.
Now you may be wondering how it is possible to be a sheep and a prepper at the same time, but I can assure you it is. But before I get started, I want you to know that I am not talking about preppers who are still working to build up their supplies. I am talking about the ones who claim to be fully prepared to live in a grid-down society but are not.
I will give you an example. Recently I asked a prepper, who claims to be prepared, why they thought others should have to work in order to serve them while they stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Their answer stunned me. They said the essential workers had to work so that they could get the things they needed.
“What?” I said, eyebrows raised.
I went on to say that it was not the grocery store workers’ job to take care of them, and you could imagine their response. It was the same one every one gives. “Well, this virus is different.”
Well, it is not. A disaster is a disaster, and they all have the potential to take away the essential support we have come accustom to. And regardless of what the media tells you. This disaster is nothing as a whole, compared to the ones we have had in the past and the ones we may see in the future. So, if your plan is “I’m prepared to take care of myself as long as I have essential workers’ serve me.” You might want to get a new plan because those workers will disappear if the disaster threatens them at a risk level they are not willing to take.
We have survived many extinction level disasters
I have believed from a young age that our civilizations go back further than we know. This does not mean there is a god or no god, I just think there is a lot of history we are unaware of due to time and the great disasters that separate us.
So today, I want to tell you a fictional story about an asteroid hitting the earth in what is now Greenland, destroying civilizations, and most of the people in them.
During this time, some people prepared for disasters due to stories passed down over the ages. Tales of a great catastrophe that destroyed the world in the distant past. Accounts most people of their time believed to be myths; still, they accepted them as fact and prepared underground bunkers and stocked them with everything they would need to survive, including the working knowledge of their civilization.
One night a bright light appeared in the sky, and they realized the cycle was about to repeat itself, so they made their way underground. Others became aware of the bright object too, but it was too late; an asteroid hit, killing most life on earth.
Those who survived above ground were lucky enough to have lived in survivable zones. Each day they struggled between life and death, generation after generation, losing knowledge until they only had the necessary skills to survive.
Underground they struggled as well but managed to pass down their knowledge to the next generations.
Thousands of years later, the underground children began to rebuild their world with the gift given to them by their parents.
The people above ground were much less successful.
Years later, seven leaders from the prepared nation set out on boats to spread their knowledge. Teaching others how to build and grow food.
Over time, stories were told about “The Seven” until eventually, they were said to be supernatural. And many rituals formed around them.
Thousands of years later, these stories were said to be myths by the rulers of nations. Today we can read their accounts and can see with our own eyes the impact crater left by the asteroid.
Luckily for humanity, some people today prepare for disasters due to stories passed down over the ages. Tales of a great catastrophe that destroyed the world in the distant past. Accounts most people of our time believe to be myths; still, they accept them as fact and prepare underground bunkers and stock them with everything they will need to survive, including the working knowledge of our civilization.
If they survive, our story continues; if not, it’s…