Even Trees Prep! (LINK)

Of interest……

Some tropical trees are preppers: They store water for times of drought, researchers discover



10 Basic Survival Skills That You Ought To Know


Think About it……Times are tough for some….Thank God that He can help everyone!

Ps 1:3 “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Jer 17:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.


Our Stories (LINK)

“In spite of what we think or believe; we are heroes. If you breathe, know things and have had experiences, you have a story AND WHETHER THEY ARE GOOD OR BAD, we need to tell people about how it is that we are dealing with it, our results and the victories that ensue. We don’t need to dwell on the negatives but be aware of them building or leaning towards a positive and more blessed path with what we know; making it better and helping others do the same.

We have stories like those of old- we have beginnings and endings. The stories of those long ago need to be told, and of ours today. This is why we blog, vlog why we love. We are not looking for fame; we have stories….and we are telling them. Tell yours! Praise God!!” -Moraldiplomat (OfTheStory).

“It is our job to tell the stories. Tell your students what a difference people of courage and nobility and genius have made to the world. Just tell the stories!”

—Scott LaBarge, “Why Heroes Are Important” (2000)

The Testimony of Heroes


A hero takes the risks, finishes the race and can stand around to tell the tale. Old war stories of victory and woes are told by the living not the dead. Be alive today and be the witness; tell your story, show the experience…we are in the same boat and no one is unique. We all have issues, but HEY! We are winning! Tell people. 🙂


27 Foods That Last For Decades (LINK)

What can I say, I’m a prepper…but ya know, it’s not just the SHTF event(s) of disaster in the future of where you or I am at that should concern us; it’s all those “little” disturbances that get under us. We have to know how to ride the little waves before we can be successful at the big ones, and believe me, bigger problems are on the way. Be ready. And have faith in God to get you through it….or around it- whatever the case may be. 😉 Enjoy the link.

27 Foods That Last For Decades


Original Article credit: https://homesteadsurvivalsite.com



What if the Lights Go Out?

*Survival tips

We must always look forward, but we must understand history so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past. I have seen too many instances where people continue to pursue wrong courses of action because they do not take the time to think critically about what has happened in the past.

The Dark Age is one of those moments in history we’re ashamed of. Still, there are valuable lessons to be learned from the Dark Ages which apply to survival and preparedness. The biggest one is defending your home.

With Rome in ruins, people in western and central Europe were constantly raided by peoples such as the Vikings in the north or Muslim Saracens in today’s Spain and southern Italy. They didn’t have anyone to defend them so they had to do it themselves (unless they were fortunate enough to live in castles, of course).

Probably the biggest lesson from the dark ages is that if your town or region is in ruins, it’s very unlikely that anyone will come to your rescue. Prepping is just that, taking matters into your own hands and not waiting for the Government or FEMA or local authorities to come help you.

During the Middle Ages, people under siege would bug out into the mountains where they were hard to spot and fight. They would burn down the crops because the enemy relied on finding food there and poison all the wells for the same reason.

These defensive strategies worked very well to weaken the enemy, even though peoples’ homes were left completely vulnerable. There’s an amazing lesson to be learned. When you see you’re unable to defend your home, it’s best to bug out than to die inside it. Mountain areas have always provided good cover not just from natural disasters but also from other people. I’m sure you can find a nice bug out location in the mountains, too.

What about bugging in? Was this ever an option in the Middle Ages? Only if you lived inside or near a castle, unfortunately. They were specifically made to withstand any kind of invasion and siege and allowed the entire population to live inside off the stockpiled food for months on end.

The structure of these castles was complex but they were well designed for defensive purposes. Some of the most interesting element was the keep, the best defended part of the castle where one could make a last stand (much like the safe room inside your house), as well as strategically placed towers which had arrow slits. Let’s not forget as well, the moat, which was a pit around the outside of the castle, filled with water, to make it more difficult for the attackers to climb the outer walls

Speaking of castles, life in court was also full of valuable lessons, the most important one being that you couldn’t trust anyone. Much like life post-collapse, OPSEC and COMSEC were highly important. The better you were at keeping your mouth shut, the more privileges awaited you, including money and land.

This will be similar with the WROL (without the rule of law) situations we might encounter should a total societal collapse happen. With no authorities or bad one in power, people will divide into factions. You’ll have to deal with both gangs of thugs, possibly foreign military, conservatives, democrats, republicans, and anyone else with a vision of what’s right or wrong- many just won’t have a mind for truth or what’s right and will be fighting for influence over certain areas, as well as with conflicts within your own survival group is possible.

Don’t think it can happen in your life time or your country? Stand by…………it’s coming!

Credit: Frank M.

*Thanks Frank!!!


5 Unexpected Survival Threats That May Totally Blindside You If SHTF (LINK)


Every War

“War is not something we talk about much; but many

in the United States have their own battles. Thing is

their battle is our battle too. One day, we will realize

we are all in this together. ”

*Survival tidbit

It is always the civilian population who suffers the most in every armed conflict. Having fought myself in two wars and having witnessed the suffering of the civilian population with my own eyes here are the do’s and the don’ts when it comes to surviving the war as a civilian.

First of all, don’t think you can survive a war by being hidden in your basement with a two-year supply of food and water. You must be mobile.

If the war comes to your hometown, then flee! The further away from the fighting you are, the better. If you are sitting on thousands of dollar’s worth of survival meals in the basement of your cozy home, you’ll probably make the wrong decision and want to stay.

Go to the cities! (Unless you sense martial law will be enacted in the cities) otherwise, the more people around you the better the chances of surviving. Many people means many witnesses. That does not mean there are exceptions but there are at present, more of us then them. Under normal situations enemy soldiers and criminal gangs are less inclined to kill you just for the fun of it.

If you stay in the countryside, you’ll be fair game for everybody: Marauding soldiers, criminals and gov’t-owned militias will make your life hell, even if there is no fighting going on. However, the judgment to go into the bush is up to your discernment.

Don’t take a gun with you! At least where others can see you are armed. Be discrete. Some people will perceive you as a threat and while criminals will more likely kill you than without a gun, the enemy will execute you for being an irregular insurgent or potential terrorist. Again, it’s a judgment call.

Take some cigarettes with you, even if you don’t smoke. Sharing a smoke with an enemy soldier at a checkpoint or a crook who is thinking about robbing can defuse the situation.

Cigarettes, antibiotics, soap, weapons and morphine (other pain drugs) are alternative currencies in many wars. While your cash might become worthless the value of these three items is growing the longer the war goes on. Especially morphine is very demanded as there will be a lot of wounded people, but also many drug addicts who will swap their food in exchange for the (a) drug.

Don’t wear fancy stuff. Leave your expensive clothes at home and dress something simple. You don’t want to get noticed, so don’t dress in bright colors. But don’t wear any military clothes or camouflage as you might be mistaken for a soldier. There is a place for camo; you should know when to and when not to appear in camo clothing.

You will have to walk a lot, so get yourself a comfortable pair of shoes.

Information is very important. Take a cheap shortwave radio with you to find out where the front lines are and where food and shelter can be found. If refugee camps (for the people by the people) have been set up, then go there. The living conditions in these camps are often horrible, but they’ll offer you security.

You might get separated from your family or friends. Designate places where you can reunite (set a time also) with them or where you can leave messages for each other.

Every war is different and a lot of things that you must do are depending on the situation. For example, you might also want to take things like maps, knives, torches(flashlights) or a first-aid kit with you.

In the end, what will be much more important than any physical item that can be carried around will be your mindset: The willingness to leave everything behind, to swallow your pride, to hide your feelings and to carry on.

Credit: Jonathan C.

*Thanks my friend Jonathan!!!

Get The Fire Going

Kaeser Wilderness Supply (LINK)

*survival technique

Using a lens to start a fire is an easy matchless method. Any boy who has melted green plastic army men with a magnifying glass will know how to do this (possibly another generation). If you have by chance never melted green plastic army men, here’s how to do it.

To create a fire, all you need is some sort of lens to focus sunlight on a specific spot.

A magnifying glass, eyeglasses, or binocular lenses all work. If you add some water to the lens, you can intensify the beam. Angle the lens towards the sun to focus the beam into as small an area as possible. Put your tinder nest under this spot and you’ll soon have yourself a fire.

The only drawback to the lens based method is that it only works when you have sun. If it’s nighttime or overcast, you won’t have any luck.

In addition to the typical lens method, there are three odd, but effective, lens-based methods to start a fire as well which we’ll discuss here.

By filling a balloon or condom with water, you can transform these ordinary objects into fire creating lenses.

Fill the condom or balloon with water and tie off the end. You’ll want to make it as spherical as possible. Don’t make the inflated balloon or condom too big or it will distort the sunlight’s focal point. Squeeze the balloon to find a shape that gives you a sharp circle of light. Try squeezing the condom in the middle to form two smaller lenses.

Condoms and balloons both have a shorter focal length than an ordinary lens. Hold them 1 to 2 inches from your tinder.

Fire from ice isn’t just some dumb cliché used for high school prom themes. You can make fire from a piece of ice. All you need to do is form the ice into a lens shape and then use it as you would when starting a fire with any other lens. This method can be particularly handy for wintertime camping.

Get clear water. For this to work, the ice must be clear. If it’s cloudy or has other impurities, it’s not going to work. The best way to get a clear ice block is to fill up a bowl, cup, or a container made of foil with clear lake or pond water or melted snow. Let it freeze until it forms ice. Your block should be about 2 inches thick for this to work.

Form your lens. Use your knife to shape the ice into a lens. Remember a lens shape is thicker in the middle and narrower near the edges.

Polish your lens. After you get the rough shape of a lens, finish the shaping of it by polishing it with your hands. The heat from your hands will melt the ice enough so you get a nice smooth surface.

Start a fire. Angle your ice lens towards the sun just as you would any other lens.

Focus the light on your tinder nest and watch as you make a once stupid cliché come to life.

Remember, we’re all in this together,

Credit: Derek P.

**Thanks a bunch Derek!!!

Making Fire Using a Condom

If It Hits The Fan – How to start a magnifying glass fire

Survival- Starting a Fire with Steel Wool & 9V Battery!

All you need is a spark!!

How To Dress For Survival (LINK)

****Special thanks to Corporal’s Corner and those others who make videos that teach, inspire and warn. Keep it up; good knowledge never goes to waste.

When Was America Ever Great?

The 4th of July – A time to remember independence or a time to recall our moments of perceived independence?

Who does the 4th of July belong to? We’ll answer these questions at the end.

The Truth:

We all know as Americans that July is a time when we gather together and celebrate our nation’s presumed independence from the hands of tyranny and oppression from Britain. It’s a time where we acknowledge how the founding fathers seemed to desire to sacrifice everything—their land, their livelihood, their comfort, their very lives and the lives of their
children—doing whatever it took to secure and maintain spoken of freedoms. But the explosive truth is, most Americans, even Christian Americans, have no idea what made our country so great and what it was that provided the amazing backbone of the society.

What made America so great was that it was founded on Christianity; not behind the scenes in the political arena but in our communities our social network, being comprised of God fearing and Jesus followers—this fact that has been deliberately buried in our history and erased from our textbooks by those seeking to enslave the people once again. If our nation is ever going to become great again, we have got to get back to the secret of what made America so great.

Other Ideas:

“There is no actual time frame that we could look back on our perceived history and say there was a time when America was great but rather a fictional time as portrayed in the television situation comedies from the 1950’s and 1960’s such as “I love Lucy”, “Father Knows Best”, “Leave It to Beaver”, etc. that we watched while growing up (many of us watched the re-runs)- a world where no one was unemployed, no one was homosexual, all blacks were maids and all Hispanics were gardeners.

The Time of America’s greatness can be whatever you (in your mind’s eye) perceives it. There was a time in history where we were not as much to war, but wars nevertheless persisted. There was never really a time in history of the USA that we were not fighting someone for Israel. Israel has and apparently always will dictate behind the scenes our nation’s foreign policy.” – Anonymous


The sad problem is that we have to return to some past era. People have often wondered why can’t we just make America great, period? Or, better, make America greater? It’s sad that people see our best days behind us, rather than ahead of us. But in truth, our best days are behind us.


This was an era when America was still manufacturing most of its products, everything from automobiles to television sets, in country. It was an era where we fought no foreign wars and were only beginning to become entangled in SE Asia. We felt like winners.

For a white, business-oriented male living on the East Coast, that era where women like Megyn Kelly aspired to be nurses or school teachers and then moms, not television journalists. When the only Mexicans you ever saw were working in the farm patches in the southern tier and Desi Arnaz was our favorite Cuban. There was not a single well-known Muslim outside of King Farouk or the Shah of Iran.

While some suggest the 80’s, that was the era when we first heard of AIDS. That was the time when Republicans and Democrats separated into ideological camps. We had the continuing revolution in Iran and the continuing Cold War in Europe. In trade, Japan was starting to beat our brains out and Americans could no longer purchase US made electronics. The trade wars (as it’s not called) began! Honda and Toyota were making huge inroads. By the 80’s, America had already started to lose. We had lost Vietnam in the mid 70’s, Iran in 1979, and our leadership through most of Latin America in the 80’s. In reality, World War 3 began shortly after the second ended with the passing event of Vietnam.


Henry Ford decided one weekend to double his workers salaries and did so the next day. Not because he was generous but because he realized he would thrive with lower worker turnover AND his workers could afford to buy the cars they were building. More customers for his company. He also had his chemists make plastics from soybeans rather than oil so he could buy soybeans from millions of American Farmers and they in turn could afford, and did, buy millions of his cars.

He understood that the economy works best when it works for everybody. A thriving Middle Class is the engine that drives the economy and when they flourish, everyone flourishes. And he reduced the workday from 9 hours to 8. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned from such a capitalistic viewpoint. With the idea and process of wealth re-distribution, we see the gaps of classes moving farther apart and the middle class becoming non-existent.

At The Core:

With the slogan spewed out by Donald Trump, At its core “Make America Great Again” is an attempt to convince Americans you can put a genie back in its lamp.

We built an economic engine and soared to prosperity on the idea that we’d send all our drudge-work overseas and keep all the high-paying jobs local. Cheaper goods for us, AND we get to keep all the money. Who doesn’t like that?

Unfortunately, companies picked up on the fact that you didn’t have to stop at drudge-work, and could make even more money if you sent high-paying jobs overseas as well. And OK, there was still enough room to keep making goods even cheaper, but it’s kinda hard to afford them if you don’t have a job anymore. Oops.

Meanwhile, thanks in part to the money and technology we poured into them, those countries that we used to fuel the rise of the America beast, experienced their own growth and became viable competitors instead of just stepping-stones toward American prosperity. And information technology in particular has been a double-edged sword — it’s enhanced our lives dramatically, but it’s also diminished the necessity of physical presence even further.

The fact too many people (Americans) refuse to acknowledge is that the global economy has changed the world, and it’s not changing back. It’s more competitive, faster-moving, and more people are forced to fight for fewer jobs. As Americans in that global economy, we’re not all going to get the Norman Rockwell existences we were “promised”.

We chose to allow this over the course of the last several decades without warring against a tyrannical (in name only) government, at least for the time being. Now we live with the consequences of our choices.

The Dream?

When someone could have two or three jobs their entire life, support themselves, their spouse and their children with that one job. When you could work at a company and the owner didn’t make 1000X more than you did. That after 30 years you had a pension and you had a home you owned and could afford to retire in.

America certainly had issues and certainly had inequities but the middle class still existed and gave every person something they could achieve. Now it takes two college educated people working full time jobs just to afford a home to live in- let alone having others and or the government education institutions raise, teach and train children in the most ungodly and inaccurate curriculum ever conceived and trying to save up enough to entirely fund those irrelevant college educations as well.

America was great before skilled labor was exported to the next nearest country with cheaper labor and unsafe work practices. It’s clear how it could become……better, that we demand that if places like Mexico want to manufacture something to be sold in the US that they adhere to the same labor practices and standards as we do…. or tax and tariff those goods until they do. The trade deals made, that we’ve been victim of benefited the profit margin of large corporations at the detriment of the middle class. There is a capitalistic advantage to having places who make something better than others be the supplier- but if the only difference in the product is how much you pay your work force then that benefit is lost.

In Closing:

George Carlin once quipped “…they call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

“We hear Donald Trump say “Make America Great Again,” and I think people are offended. Why? Because deep down inside, it comes down to one’s own perception of just what greatness is. And for the most part, America cannot go back in time. We cannot gain back to ANY time period of which we thought was great. America’s destiny is not to walk in or esteem any type of greatness. I believe that’s why we cringe when we hear or read that trade marked slogan of the Trump company. We simply know it will never be, so why say it?

War (Killing greatness and freedom):

Wars, not even the victory of a war (which is never the case for America) never made a nation great, it was only after a war was declared “over” that the nation began to improve, not because of that war(s), but the fact that the war seemed over and everyone that came home, sat down to a nice warm supper. We are now and have been constantly at war- and not everyone who fights, come back home. Where is the greatness or honor in that?

Our wars today are not determined who slaps us, but by bullies who have enjoyed slapping (Industrial Military Complex). And they continue today, exhausting our people, our children, our friends and resources. Nothing good is ever achieved in war; just slippage of our freedoms and liberties that our ancestors fled, bled and fought for. It seems to me that we should, if hit, “turn the other cheek.” However, I wish it was that simple. Our wars are nothing more than false flags, made to look like we’ve been slapped.

Our true enemies are those in power, high places. The one’s you thought “the people” elected. But, the stage is ever constantly being erected- war will continue I’m afraid for the near future. America will only continue to lose those moments of yesterday of those perceived pieces of peace, in our lives as we have so erroneously called “the good ol’ days,” or when we thought, America was great. The United States will continue it’s controlled and dictated wars until a regime change takes place- could it be we are witnessing those changes now? I digress.

In all wars; the only thing that it decides is not whose right, but whose left.

For this 4th of July let’s just reflect on our perceived notions of peace and freedom, and those moments when we thought, things might not have been great, but they certainly weren’t bad.

Maybe if we remember our good times and freedoms we once had, without controversy, we might be able to hold on to them longer in the future/ or find new ones- they say that nothing ever dies as long as you remember it…..There are some things we should NEVER forget.”

The 4th of July belongs to those who never forget.

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!