The self-reliance library

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Aside from a large range of different tools to be able to tackle the different jobs that may come up another requirement – for lack of a better word – for self-reliance living is a bookshelf, or better a library, stacked with books on the various aspect and subjects.

Why self-reliance is so important as part of a secure, low-impact life

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I’ve been working with since the early noughties, and I’d like to share my philosophy on self-reliance with you. I am Andy Reynolds, a long-term practitioner of low-impact living, smallholder, author, forester, teacher, carpenter, builder.

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Self-reliance also means being able to fix bits of old kit

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It also means being able to make things yourself and not just fixing old kit and tools but the fixing of old things and tools it a very important skill to have for self-reliance.

Storey’s Basic Country Skills - A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Storey’s Basic Country Skills A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance by John & Martha Storey Large format paperback 8.5inches x 11inches 576 Pages in two-color with illustrations throughout ISBN: 978-1-58017-202-8 Published first in September 1999 Price: $ 24.95

Power of the People: Local Movements for Self-Reliance and Urban Revitalization

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Self-reliance” is a growing buzzword that allows local communities to focus on [&hellip. The post Power of the People: Local Movements for Self-Reliance and Urban Revitalization appeared first on Green Living Ideas.

Life without Alcohol is One Big, Beautiful Cheesecake.

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Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Inspiring (Wow) abstinence addiction alcohol drinking elephant magazine giving up alcohol Health and Wellness numbing emotions self-reliance sober sobriety triggersOkay, let's stop saying cheesecake. Last year, I gave up alcohol.

2019 105

Learn a new skill every week

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For anyone wanting to become more self-reliant – notice that I rarely use the word self-sufficient, as true self-sufficiency just is not possible – skills are what count and not a huge amount of supplies, even not in the event of an Apocalypse and such.

2018 140

The Sexiest Quality we can bring to Every Relationship.

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As we get older, many of us are still learning to develop a sense of self-responsibility, but most of us were never actually taught how to do that. Academy Apprentice/Audit Blogs Blog Elephant Academy Inspiring (Wow) Love anxiety goals jealousy passion personal strength quality relationship self-reliance Sexy strong independent woman

2018 67

What I Wish I could Go Back & Tell my Younger, “Ugly” Self.

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Academy Apprentice/Audit Blogs Elephant Academy Family Health & Wellness Inspiring (Wow) acne advice compassion empathy excessive sweating growing up it gets better middle school self-reliance ugly duckling younger selfOn top of the usual changes, I had bad acne and an excessive sweating problem called hyperhidrosis. I was also a good foot taller than most of the other kids, and I felt like I was this giant, sweaty, ugly.

2018 63

The myth of self-sufficiency

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Self-sufficiency is a dangerous myth. While self-reliance, as I have said in writings many times before, is possible and desirable even (total) self-sufficiency is impossible and thus also a dangerous myth. The term self-sufficiency became used, I believe, as a substitute for self-reliance in the early days, such as in the early 1970s when Seymour and others wrote books on the subject of self-sufficiency.

2015 116

Endure Some Mayhem.

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Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Health & Wellness Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) advice emotional mayhem endurance self-reliance shadow side surviving survivorI am a delicate petal. But I’m also a fighter and a survivor. I have to be.

2015 103

Stepping Into our True Selves.

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It takes courage and faith to step into your true self. Health & Wellness Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) authenticity awareness self-reliance

2015 102

Our Need for Control Comes from Lack of Trust.

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Enlightened Society Inspiring (Wow) Love anxiety codependant control control freak controlling faith in love obsessive relationships self love self-dependance self-reliance self-respect trust understandingAs much as I bent over flippin’ backwards to try and create my “ideal” outcomes, they hardly ever turned out that way.

2017 64

Grow your own – An act of defiance

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Grow your own, make your own, and do things for yourself, including foraging and be as self-reliant as possible, as individuals, groups and communities. It reduces your reliance on the system and thus gets you away from the control mechanism of the powers-that-be.

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Why Don’t we Ask for Help?

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Being self-reliant is not how we were created. This is how we can begin to invite others in to our struggles: Enlightened Society Family Health & Wellness asking for help brene brown finding connection in suffering self-reliance why it's hard to ask for help

2017 63

Life without Alcohol is One Big, Beautiful Cheesecake.

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Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Inspiring (Wow) abstinence addiction alcohol drinking giving up alcohol Health and Wellness numbing emotions self-reliance sober sobriety triggersIntros: “I just preferred the buzz of wine to boredom.” ” OR “But if you reach for a drink any more than that then you’re not just anesthetizing yourself from the immediate sensation—boredom, stress, whatever—you are also numbing the life around it.”

2019 43

Independence comes through making things

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This is more than simple self-reliance and self-sufficiency. It is total self-empowerment and brings about independence. The Mahatma said something along those self-same lines when he was leading his beloved India to home rule.

2013 149

Up until the 1920s, most Americans were almost self-sufficient

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Up until around the 1920s, most Americans were almost self-sufficient, and if not self-sufficient then at least self-reliant. And that by the self-same companies, with Monsanto in the forefront.

2013 138

Beat inflation with cultivation

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food growing self-reliance gardening money savingGrow food, save money, plant a garden today by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Planting a vegetable garden and growing your own food is, first of all, very satisfying and in addition to that it also gives you homegrown great tasting food and saves you money. A garden can be grown in even the smallest spaces and although you may not feed an entire family from what you can grow in a few containers it, nevertheless, can help.

2013 110

How to Homestead – (Not Quite) Like Grandma Used to Do

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here’s a growing interest in how to homestead and become more self-reliant. While the days of earning free land by farming it for a period of years is long gone, there are still many ways that most of us can incorporate homesteading principles into our daily lives.

2016 135

The Myth of the Big Box Stores: 5 Reasons to Support Local and Shop Small

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This informative fact sheet, provided by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, is a great resource any time of year, but especially during the holidays, when we’re inundated with adverts from the big-box stores about all their Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday deals.

How to Replace a Wooden Tool Handle

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That’s why learning to replace wooden tool handles is such a useful self-reliance skill. What’s the best way to replace wooden tool handles? I’ve got an axe with a handle that’s completely broken off, and a sledge hammer with a cracked handle.

2015 157

Living the good life in town and city

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Self-reliance in everything, as fas as this is possible and feasible, is the name of the game, and I say deliberately self-reliance and not self-sufficiency as the latter is impossible to achieve, ever, on your own.

Germany now has 1.3 million solar energy systems

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Increasing numbers of consumers are attracted to the idea of self-reliance, and being able to maintain electricity during blackouts caused by storms, or utility induced peak load management crises during heat waves. Germany now has 1.3

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers

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This article was produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with a range of allies to implement public policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen locally owned enterprise.

2017 138

How to Make Firebricks and Wood Stove Logs for Free!

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If you’d like to see more of how he and our other members are Doing the Stuff, join us on our journey to self-reliance and preparedness ! Today we’re proud to present another DIY project from a fellow Doing the Stuff Networker.


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Together with some laying hens for egg, who also produce a great amount of manure, which is as good a fertilizer, a smallholding can be very self-reliant. In fact, even in a garden a small dovecote, can be useful to aid somewhat to self-reliance and should not be overlooked.

The Need for Large-Scale Permaculture Farms

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On a broad scale this movement can lead to more individual independence, self-reliance, autonomy, resilience and sustainability. Permaculture empowers society, providing practical solutions for a brighter future.

Report Documents Walmart Heirs' Efforts to Destroy Rooftop Solar Revolution

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'"The Waltons’ money is limiting average Americans’ ability to go solar and control their own energy future," environmental group says The Walton family—who, as heirs to the Walmart fortune, have more wealth than 42 percent of American families combined—are impeding the nation''s transition to a clean energy future, a new study by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) finds. "The Waltons claim to have a deep commitment to sustainability, but their support for anti-solar initiatives tells a different story," said Stacy Mitchell, a senior researcher at ILSR and author of How the Walton Family is Threatening America''s Clean Energy Future (pdf). "The Waltons are investing in efforts that both undercut clean energy and prevent average Americans from benefiting economically from solar power." The report reveals that since 2010, the Waltons have donated $4.5 million to more than 20 organizations, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Americans for Prosperity, and the American Enterprise Institute, which are leading state campaigns against clean energy polices such as those that encourage utilities to source a share of their electricity from renewables or allow customers with rooftop solar systems to feed any excess electricity they produce back into the grid and be paid the going retail rate for it. One such organization, the Goldwater Institute for Public Policy in Arizona, has received half a million in Walton Family Foundation grants and insists "there is no such thing as clean energy." The Goldwater Institute has sued to overturn the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard policy, which mandates that utilities rely on renewable energy for some of their power and also says that a portion of this power must come from small-scale local sources, such as rooftop solar. Read more: [link]. green living solar evergy Walmart'

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Self-sufficient or self-reliant?

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By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Time and again people band about the word “self-sufficiency” when they actually mean self-reliance”. Self-reliance is possible while self-sufficiency will not and cannot be achieved on one's own. Neither the Native Americans and other people such as those, nor others of our ancestors were self-sufficient; they were but self-reliant. However, self-reliance is a different kettle of fish.

2012 112

Sow, Grow, Stow

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An artful approach to living emphasizes self-reliance & traditional homemaking skills. From her productive homestead in northeast Portland, Oregon, Harriet Fasenfest has been gardening, preserving, and cooking up a storm for more than a decade.

2014 149

Self-Sufficiency: is it possible?

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If we mean with self-sufficiency total self-sufficiency of a household or a homestead then the answer is and must be for reasons of honesty a definite NO! We had farming communities in the days of old and big farming estates in Europe that were, largely, self-sufficient, but to a degree only for still there were things that could not be made by the craftsmen on the estate and which, therefore, had to come in from the outside, so to speak.

2009 100

Irminsul, Odal Rune and Indalo

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Some self-proclaimed antifascists have also had a rant and rave as regards to the Indalo that is used in Spain, often by the Gitanos as well, as a talisman and a charm for the protection of the home, for instance.

2016 138

When Technology Fails – Book Review

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A user friendly ''bible'' in the tradition of the Whole Earth Catalogue, this book is the first to offer basic instructions and recommended resources for the wide range of skills and technologies necessary for self-reliant living and achieving mastery of all kinds of emergency conditions.

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Every home a homestead

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We are talking homesteading and not self-sufficiency, which is anyway but an illusion. While self-sufficiency is not the goal and even total self-reliance may not be possible in many situations making every home and homestead to some degree and employing the homesteading spirit will reduce our impact on the Planet. Self-reliance is possible in our particular locations, whether in the boonies, the burbs or town, only the degree of it may vary.

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Home Canning: Putting Food By the Old-Fashioned Way

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Their answer: Canning produces flavorful, high-quality food that saves money, builds self-reliance and creates lifelong memories. We looked to our readers to find out why home canning is experiencing a modern revival.

2014 151

Plentiful rain not enough to grow the wheatfields of Syria

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As conditions on the ground change, WFP is establishing programmes designed to increase the self-reliance of communities recovering from years of war. A garden in a Syrian refugee camp.

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The Benefits of Wild Edibles

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Christopher Nyerges — co-director of the School of Self-Reliance — offers hikers, campers and foragers an array of tips for harvesting and consuming wild edibles. A diet rich in wild edibles can offer many health benefits, while helping you avoid potentially harmful food additives.

2014 149

Proletariat, precariat and unnecessariat

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The peasantry was far too self-reliant and almost self-sufficient, despite the fact that many were but tenant farmers, at least towards the end, and had to pay tribute to the landlords.

2017 146

Remake the 'village' within the city

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As we cannot all live in the countryside on smallholdings and homesteads we must make the city into a place where we can live a sustainable life as self-reliant, in community, as possible. But self-reliance for a community and self-supporting for such a “place” can be achievable.

2014 143

Lakeland Garden Catalog – Preview

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This year the catalog is geared even more for self-reliance and self-sufficiency as now it also includes a section about raining hens in your back garden. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Spring 2011 Garden Catalog from Lakeland must be the best ever to date and it is packed full of with tools and inspiration to grow your own.

2011 109

10 Tips for New Garden Farmers

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They also contribute to self-reliance by feeding us well. A journal entry from my pre-gardening days reads as follows: I just returned from the farmers’ market with two pounds of apricots, half a pound of ground cherries, a bag each of arugula, radishes, pepper cress and kale.

2017 138

Survival Manuals

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Also forget every notion that you can live self-sufficient in all things, far away in the wilderness. Total self-sufficiency is not achievable. However, around every corner there seems to be someone who talks about, writes about, and so on, about the goal of total self-sufficiency.

2014 135