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  •  I come from a long line (17+ / 0-)

    of survivors. Women who overcame the most incredible odds to live to a ripe old age.

    They had a few things in common,they coulsprovide their own food,build their own shelter and they never tired of learning new things.

    Personal disasters happen they are far easier to survive with skills.

    It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

    by PSWaterspirit on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 03:15:32 PM PST

    •  They also probably had (16+ / 0-)

      people who taught them those skills and helped them out - and who they also helped.  The best survivalists are the ones who build community as well as skills.

      Skills to share and use.  No one can do it all alone, not for long and not comfortably. We rely on one another to fill the gaps we have, just as we fill their gaps.

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      by Noddy on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 03:25:08 PM PST

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    •  Mom grew up w/o electricity or running water, (1+ / 0-)
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      outhouse toilet facilities, grew all their own food, canned for the winter, cash was from cream checks (hand milked cows), no refrigeration, sewed own clothes, washed on a board, walked miles to a school or bus stop in extreme weather & had no money most of the time before she left home.

      She's still living & takes nothing for granted. Her mom & grandmothers lived into their late 80s & kept their marbles & sense of humor to the end. I am in awe of my ancestral women. Men, not so much - too many abusive assholes, but they were hard workers, to their credit, who died in their 50s.

      Rambos that I have known have been sheep rams, whose claim to fame is that their testicles are 5x bigger than their brains. And they were usually nicer to be around than the human Rambos in the movies or in the houses down the street from me. Human Rambos are full of shit & too dumb to know it. They wouldn't last 3 weeks in a true emergency situation - they'd probably off themselves out of despair. Or they'd whine & tantrum until some woman agrees to take care of them.

      I love your diary & hope it stays around for a long time.
      It's chock full of useful, reality based civilized behavior that's worth all the effort.

      Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

      by CA wildwoman on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 08:33:27 AM PST

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