Today I speak with photographer Jay Farrell about how he went from a forgotten and abandoned building explorer to author and photographer.

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Today is Wednesday so we have a how to topic and what is top of my mind today is focus. Focus through the noise. Focus through the news cycle. And ways to trick yourself into focusing in times when there is simply too much going on. I will share with you four of my favorite strategies for focusing.

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Grow is the word of 2020 and sometimes growing means learning to talk about hard topics. In the past, I have not said much about racial issues, mostly because it isn’t easy to talk about, there is not a clear solution, and when you try to open a dialogue about this topic, many people on all sides take issue and attack rather than seek to find a shared understanding.

So today, in the spirit of growing myself, I want to open a dialogue about class and racial issues in our society. I hope you will give me your thoughts so that we can grow together.

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Today, I share with you the story behind my mysterious fundraising efforts 2.5 years ago, as well as let you know what your funds helped make happen.

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Today, I will review five things to consider regarding visitors to your farm or homestead s that you can navigate this slippery slope with grace and humor.

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Today is a Friday so we have an interview show today and I am joined by Joshua Sloan, also known as PA Prepper on the TSP Zello channel to talk about SEO and increasing your online visibility. This is something we could all improve on!

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Today I looked around the homestead and wondered what is going on that might be a good topic for a homestead-focused podcast and it occurred to me – I have been planting sweet potatoes all week. Why not talk about how to set yourself up for success with them on the podcast. 

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Today we explore the concept of silence used as a tool to teach, a tool to reflect, and a tool to manipulate.

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Today,  someone said something about a neighbor tattling on another neighbor and I thought we need to look deeper into tattling, what it is and is not, and why tattling is VIOLENT.

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Last fall, community member Kurt Dugger said: Screw the toolbox fallacy, I am going to try something big – really big. I want to raise awareness of the issues facing combat veterans and raise money for the Darkhorse Lodge – a veterans retreat in Tennessee. And he did.

He set out on a journey across the state in a paramotor which basically looks like a lawn chair with a parachute and a giant fan. This multi-day effort ended prematurely due to weather, but it raised lots of money for the lodge. Fast forward to NOW. Kurt is embarking on this challenge a second  time – never give up – May 22-25 ish. 

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