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Off the Grid Goes to the Movies

Off the Grid Goes to the Movies

There is a popular aphorism that says, “Be careful what you wish for.” This could apply quite well to the relationship between the off-the-grid lifestyle and how it has been portrayed by big media and popular culture. On the one ...

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Chicken Pie Times Two

Chicken Pie Times Two

Forget four and twenty blackbirds — chicken pies are in order. Rising food costs don’t mean you have to live on skimpy meals. These hearty pies are dollar smart and completely satisfying. We’ve got two different recipes from two great ...

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The Bible and the American Frontier

The Bible and the American Frontier

American expansion was relentless after the American Revolution.  From 1776 to 1850, settlers pushed into the Mississippi River Valley and then set their sights on Texas and beyond. As they moved outward, citizens in the original colonies felt a duty ...

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Preparing Goats and Sheep for Winter

Preparing Goats and Sheep for Winter

Preparatory work to get your goats and sheep ready for winter is relatively easy. However, the two species are completely different in their ability to handle cold weather. The one thing both need is a constant supply of fresh water ...

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Scapegoats and Atonement

Scapegoats and Atonement

“Sister,” she said, “What’s wrong? I mean about me…. Why do they call me the Accursed?” —Psyche in C. S. Lewis’s Til We Have Faces (1956) “It is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and ...

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Extreme Cold

Extreme Cold

Loss of heat can be the most devastating hurdle to deal with in any survival situation. While of course it is important to stay hydrated and avoid overtly life-threatening occurrences (like falling off of sheer cliffs or being mauled by a bear), exposure (the cold) can kill you in a matter of hours. In terms of risk, you are likely at greater risk to die of exposure than of any other outdoor concern. It is incredibly important to understand how the body works and how to counteract ...

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Keeping Your Goats Happy and Healthy

Keeping Your Goats Happy and Healthy

Goats are overall very hardy animals. The breeding is so pure in even the most heavily bred purebreds that they are as close to their natural state as any domestic animal, and that makes them less susceptible to disease. However, ...

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