Today, we go back to that discussion I started just before the workshop in episode 313. It breaks my heart to see the destruction and violence that has erupted this year. To watch people who managed not to lose everything during the covid shut downs, lose it to vandals as things start to open up breaks my heart. To see people claim there is no racism in the us when there so clearly is, breaks my heart. To see an ever mounting list of demands that do nothing to address the core issue but cause lots of news buzz breaks my heart – and all of this heartbreak is done from the quiet solitude of my home. Where I am also doing nothing.

So I thought to myself, what if I start talking about it on the podcast. And that was episode 313 was all about. The beginning of a discussion. An invitation to interact on this topic in a meaningful and open way. And several of you had something to say.

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Added 14 jars of pickles,10 jars of pickled beets, and 8 jars of pork stock to the pantry this weekend
  • Getting set to can beans – still have a bunch from last year so will do more recipe research on green beans
  • Really need to harvest and dry the bee balm and other tea plants this week before it is too late
  • Coriander is harvested and drying for storage
  • Outdoor Canning kitchen is set up

Featured Forrage: Elderberry

  • Blooming is almost done here and we will wait for the plant to ripen
  • Uses: Culinary
    • Elderberry fritters
    • Elderberry jam
    • Elderberry syrup
    • Elderberry pie
    • Elderberry juice
    • wine
    • Any other ideas?
  • Uses: Herbal
    • Immune supportive (Flu, colds, etc), antioxidant, Rheumistism 
    • Nutrition:source of anthocyanins, vitamins A and C and a good source of calcium, iron and vitamin B6 (Table 1)
    •“Folk Medicine In folk medicine, elder berries have been used for their diaphoretic, laxative and diuretic properties (Uncini Manganelli et al. 2005; Merica et al. 2006) and to treat various illnesses such as stomach ache, sinus congestion, constipation, diarrhea, sore throat, common cold, and rheumatism (Novelli 2003; Uncini Manganelli et al. 2005). The flowers are said to have diaphoretic, anti-catarrhal, expectorant, circulatory stimulant, diuretic, and topical anti-inflammatory actions (Merica et al. 2006). Some of these properties seem justified since elderberry fruits contain tannins and viburnic acid, both known to have a positive effect on diarrhea, nasal congestion, and to improve respiration (Novelli 2003). Leaves and inner bark have also been used for their purgative, emetic, diuretic, laxative, topical emollient, expectorant, and diaphoretic action (Merica et al. 2006).”
    • John Moody’s Book

Operation Independence

  1. Basecamp has a renter moving in August first so it is “finish” time.
  2. Hipcamp is a go again

Main topic of the Show: A discussion – part 2

In the first of this series, we talked about, well, talking. How silencing discussions on the topic of racism is counterproductive. How bullying people for saying things that may not be quite right when on this topic leads to the kind of silence where people do not evolve their hearts and minds. And a bit about how government has amplified racism in recent years through its policies — though if you look at the entire history of our country, racism was there at the beginning. 

SO to have a reasonable talk about this, I asked the following:

  • Assume the person talking intends to process and grow, rather than to intimidate and attack
  • Approach discussions with opinion, facts, and questions – know the difference between these things
  • Be open to discussing what “could be” even if it seems impossible to achieve because impossible things do happen
  • Personal attacks are unwelcome in this discussion
  • “If this then that” statements lead to problems

So today, I want to read you some of the feedback we got. This is a series of things from multiple people in our network.

  1. Chris
  2. Hat
  3. Curt

Make it a great week!

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GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce.


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