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Traditional Skills - Making the best of basics
Just close your eyes for a moment and imagine what would happen if you became ill and couldn't work, or if an earthquake or hurricane or bomb left your community devastated. It happens all the time. When unexpected disasters happen, people who are even a little prepared are much better off than those who have taken their dependence on outside resources for granted. When you imagine the security of not having to worry about going to the store for even a few weeks, a comprehensive storage system begins to make sense.

This is one of the best-known preparedness bibles around. Stevens lays out a yearlong storage program of 15 food and non-food categories, six of which (water, wheat and grains, dairy products, sweeteners, "cooking catalysts" like salt and oil, and sprouting seeds) are capable of sustaining life indefinitely in a no-frills diet. The other 9 categories are designated "Building Blocks," and improve upon the basic diet and support a more routine, less Spartan existence while relying on stored supplies. Some, such as medical supplies and fuel, will seem as essential to some readers as the first six. The book's messages -- store what you eat, eat what you store, use it or lose it -- are at the core of its calm advice and simple, nutritious recipes. This edition has been updated with resources in U.S. and Canada, including Web resources. "Voluntary simplicity" has become a catch phrase for what seems to be a yearning for a simpler, more self-sufficient and economical way of living in the late 20th century. This book, first published in 1981 and recently updated, was probably many folks' first in-depth exposure to the idea of a simpler life, making things by hand, and enjoying a stronger sense of control over personal budgets, home projects, and lifestyles.
Hundreds of projects are listed, illustrated in step-by-step diagrams and instructions: growing and preserving your own food, converting trees to lumber and building a home from it, traditional crafts and homesteading skills, and having fun with recreational activities like camping, fishing, and folk dancing without spending a lot of money. This book will have you dreaming and planning from the first page! -- Mark Hetts

An excellent overall look at medical emergent care.  This book is an absolute must have for anyone who feels they might be put in the roll of medical provider. I do recommend this book highly and have given it to several friends, as a reference. It gives clear and concise directions for many things including childbirth, trauma, and even many diseases and parasites we feel will never happen here. The only drawbacks are the diseases that require medicines that are prescription and can't be purchased by an individual to take into the wilderness or home, in this country. The book does also list several alternatives to these medicines if they are unavailable. I recommend this book to anyone to read from cover to cover (and then keep as a reference) if you feel that at any time you may be hours or even days from medical care.  A reader from USA, 1999