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What surprises many people when they decide to grow lavender is that in addition to its delightful scent, you can eat it! Both the flowers and leaves are edible. If you use too much though...
There is a Chinese saying: Among all good deeds, filial piety comes first. History is filled with stories of people from every background adhering to this virtue throughout their lives. The following is one example. Sun Yuan-jiao was a boy…
It was once said that when Westerners traveled overseas, they brought along the soil of their homeland to help them overcome homesickness. In the case of the Chinese Han people, when they left their homeland to settle elsewhere, the most…
Understanding how to build survival traps could prove to be extremely advantageous in the wilderness when you don't have access to advanced weaponry or technology.
Runner at the crossroad A soldier who was not used to running long distances was lagging behind and running alone in a cross-country race during training exercises. He ran around a bend in the trail and came to a crossroad. The…
One day when Mr. Zhang and Mr. Li were traveling together, a large sedan chair carrying a rich man, followed by many servants, was headed their direction. Zhang immediately took Li to hide behind a door. He said: “The man in…
There is nothing in the firearm world quite as personal as the deer rifle. There are almost more calibers, makes, models and optics than you can count. From Grandpa’s model 94 that has seen faithful use for decades in the Appalachians or Maine North Woods, to the Ruger 77 Hawkeye carried by the black tail ...
When you hunt and use every part of a deer, you respect and honor not only just nature but age-old hunting traditions that we seem to have forgotten in our busy digital life. Hunting as a means to feed and provide for your family is a natural act, but knowledge about it is beginning to ...
Today, there are primarily two major types of rifles that comprise the majority of what hunters use for game: the traditional bolt action and the more modern semi-automatic. But is one better than the other? Both bolt action and semi-automatic rifles share one major thing in common: They began their careers as infantry weapons for ...
If you ever find yourself in a survival situation, what would be your first priority? One recurring theme when reading stories of survival is the constant search for food. Folks like the Lykovs or Alexander Selkirk all relayed a similar message that food was a constant necessity that proved unending in its demands. Not only ...
An adequate fishing kit can be compacted and put in a survival kit, but if you’re out in the wilderness without that kit, don’t despair. Fish are an excellent source of protein, and with the right knowledge and some practice, catching fish on your own without a fishing kit is more than possible. 1. Hand fishing ...
Crafting my own packable survival tools has got to be one of my absolute personal favorite hobbies, especially since they can usually be made in the garage workshop on the super-cheap. I’ve made quite a few slingshots, fishing kits and PVC bows in recent years, but if I had to pick the easiest project of ...
A crossbow, resembling something between a rifle and a bow, uses a fast string to launch projectiles—just as a bow does—but also has a stock and trigger like a rifle. Although we don’t know exactly when the crossbow was invented, they were discovered in Chinese graves dating back as early as 2500 B.C. The crossbow ...
I will always remember my first firearm. I was 12 years old, and the firearm was a Marlin model 98 .22 long rifle. The rifle-fed from a tubular magazine in the butt stock. It had been my Uncle’s, as had the .12 Gauge break action that was handed down to me. Both guns were old, ...
By making a funnel trap from a tomato cage, you can conveniently create a homemade fish catching machine. All you need are some basic materials that shouldn't require much more than a handful of trips to your garage.
Learning about survival fishing without a pole could be an essential step in preparing yourself for circumstances where food is more scarce and challenging to find.
Yogurt is full of healthy bacteria which keeps your digestive system running and provides calcium for healthy bones. It is a tasty way to start your family’s day and simple enough to make at home. After you make your first batch of yogurt, you will be finished with commercial yogurt forever. If you want to ...
If you’re a homesteader or small-scale farmer, you’ve likely engaged in varmint battles over the years. How many times have you gone out to your chicken coop, only to find a bloody pile of feathers? Or went to check on your garden, and found your zucchini crop gone, plants and all? Have you watched as ...
If you are looking to add some powerhouse nutrition, be sure to consider lentils. Lentils are legumes, and when compared with other dried beans, they are easy and quick to prepare since they do not require presoaking. However, they offer high nutritional content, and they readily absorb other flavors in your soups, stews and side ...
The time for morel mushroom hunting is upon us. The temperatures are starting to rise, and signs of spring are popping up all around us. That means morel mushroom season is here as well. Morel mushrooms are a delicacy, selling for hundreds of dollars per pounds. They are a treat and only bloom once a ...