Sunday, July 30, 2006

Rain Water Harvesting

In many parts of the world, water tables are dropping, and clean sources of drinking water are getting hard to find. The price of bottled water is increasing, and leaves you less self sufficient. One source of water in many climates is rain water harvesting. Catching the rain from roof runoff, and purifying it can be less energy intensive than pumping from hundreds of feet deep in the earth, and cleaner than surface water.

A good source of info on this subject can be found at

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Canning your food for the off-season

The folks at Ball, the makers of canning jars and other products, made available a ton of good info on putting away food for non-growing season. Although they left that business in '93, it is maintained at

We still have our Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, and it's a valuable reference.

Growing your own independence

One of the primary ways to becoming more self reliant, is to grow your own food, both meat and vegetables, in a sustainable healthy manner. One of the best web resources is the Small Farms Library at

There is a whole set of prinicples that embodies the concept of nutrient cycles, and not creating waste. This concept is called Permaculture, for Permanent Agriculture. There are a number of good resources, and I encourage submissions to be linked here, but a good starter site is the Permaculture Association in the UK.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Welcome to Self Reliance

As you may surmise, we believe that severe hardship is ahead of us, and is already here in many parts of the world. We don't believe life is going to improve, we work hard to learn to be more self sufficient, and share with others what we have learned. Regardless of whether you believe the Biblical account of the end times or not, wars and rumors of wars, severe weather patterns, water and power shortages, and disease are common occurances worldwide. So please visit with us a bit, and follow along as we post self reliant tips, and articles about world events that we believe have a bearing on what we must do to survive.

Joel Rosenberg on Current Events in the Middle East

PHILLIPS: So, Joel, are we living in the last days? I mean, let's talk about the specific signs to watch. You've written about them. What does the Bible say, and are we there?

JOEL ROSENBERG: People are very interested, I agree. Tim and Jerry's books deal with the Rapture, the disappearance of the Church and the events going forward through the Book of Revelation. My series -- The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll -- deal with events that could lead up the Rapture and the return of Christ. Yes, people are interested because the rebirth of Israel, the fact that Jews are living in the Holy Land today, that is a Bible prophecy. When Iran, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Russia begin to form an alliance against Israel those are the prophecies from Ezekiel 38 and 39, and that's what I'm basing my novels on. I've been invited to the White House, Capitol Hill, by Members of Congress, Israelis, Arab leaders -- all want to understand the Middle East through the lens of Biblical prophecies. I'm writing these novels that keep seeming to come true, but we're seeing Bible prophecy bit by bit unfold in the Middle East right now.