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‘Beyond Off-Grid’ Film Promotes Self-Reliance for a Lifetime

Missouri filmmaker Sophek “Sean” Tounn is on the last leg of a three-year undertaking to help others think beyond preparing for a single-event disaster, and instead develop self-reliant skills to last a lifetime. Citing Hurricane Sandy as an example, Tounn said the modern way of living is not beneficial to […]

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Human-powered machines in Vietnam and the Ozarks

If ever I am overrun by a million motorbikes with cartoonish beep-beeps blaring as I cross a Missouri roadway, I will immediately think of Vietnam. Although I have stated emphatically for years that my feet will never leave solid ground again, I accepted an opportunity to travel with a marketing […]

What would you do with your new PTO?

So far, we’ve been grinding grain for bread and charging batteries for lights and radios. But, this powerful work station has many more capabilities.  We are also adding attachments to ours for a log saw, table saw, drill press and water pump. Oops, my wife just reminded about a washing […]

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Stepping up to a 100-year-old Treadle Sewing Machine

When I was young, I’d watch in fascination as my mother used her treadle sewing machine (a late 1800’s Singer that belonged to my great-grandmother) to fashion all sorts of clothing, blankets, couch covers and schoolbags.  I’d sit on the floor and watch as her feet deftly pedaled fast on […]

A Short Week of Sun, Bugs, and Pump Videos

Last week when our daughters, Reba and  Katie, drove down from Minnesota to spend a week here, the two 20-somethings had a huge surprise in mind for us. Perhaps you’ve already seen it. Among six days of bonfires, dominoes, Tough Mudder training (an extreme obstacle course event to raise money […]