Prepping: The Basic Radio (and Antenna) Inventory

One day this week, I’ll be sending one of my sons-in-law our trusty old Tecsun PL-660  shortwave receiver.  We’ve had it a good long while and its main use around here has been listening to CoastToCoast AM with George Noory out of WOAI in San Antonio late...

Coping: Why There is No “Retirement”

I heard it again from a neighbor down the road from us:  “I don’t have any TIME now that I’m “retired.” Amen, and ain’t that the Truth, brother. Like us, this fellow likes to tinker and build…and since “pulling the...

Coping: A New Book’s Arrival!

“Food for the mind, George – Ehor” There are books and then there are books.  The delightful gift of a book that landed Saturday from my long-time friend Ehor Mazurok was definitely in the latter category.  Published first in 1952, “Metals and...

Coping: Raising “Urban Chickens”

One of my sons-in-law is doing a better job of becoming self-sufficient than we are!  Elaine got word Monday that he’s gotten three young chicks and they are penned in the kitchen, entertaining the whole family as they grow up. While this seems to be a fine...

Coping: Solving the Right Problem, Paradigm Shopping

We’ve had some fun on the Peoplenomics side of the house, kicking around the pluses – and minuses – of Going Rural. Some subscribers (like Mark) make some legit arguments against it on points like airports.  Besides, Big Cities is where the money is....

Coping: The Robin Landry Film Festival

One of the highlights of our trip up to Tulsa (other than the Tom Jones concert in Monday’s column) was to learn my friend Robin Landry – besides being an investment ace, also had a serious film career in college. If you click over to YouTube here, you can...

Coping: Prepping Adventure in the Bathroom

Prepping lessons from a bath remodel?  Yessir.  There’s a gaping 24-square foot hole in the Ure master bath this morning.  Elaine had a sleepless night thinking about it.  “Gives me the heebie jee-geebie’s” is her description of things. ...

Coping: Men & Machines vs. Men & Computers

There’s a story (and song done most notably by Harry Belafonte) about John Henry.  It’s where our discussion of 3D printing this morning springs from… Song dates back to the 1870’s and the building of a mile-long tunnel for the Chesapeake and...

Coping: Christmas Dinner Topics

Survival:  Sitting at the dinner table for a Christmas dinner can be one of the most socially-awkward times of the year.  All depends on how Ure relations are with the other people at the table. Since Elaine and I are “dispersed parents” we don’t...

Coping: The Survivalist’s Cheap Santa List

Survival/Prep:  I had a toothache this week so one of the first items on my “survival/prepping” list is a good supply of whole cloves, clove oil – anything clovey.  Bet you weren’t expecting that, were you?  A trip to the dentist yesterday (and...

Coping: With the COL vs. COF Ratio

Finance:  I laughed when I went back and read Thursday’s UrbanSurvival column.  Reason?  I’d forgot to mention that FOMO is ‘netese for Fear Of Missing Out.  Not that anyone flagged me on it; most of our readers have well-above room temperature...

Coping: Time to Review Survival Preps

I hope my sources on several matters are dead-wrong, but they are usually not.  So this morning I’m  going to share some inputs with you and then offer up some action points both for you as well as your loved ones. First, an email from my deflationist pal Jas. ...

Coping: The Magic of a “Better Future”

Time for a discussion about personal magic.  The kind that really pays off, is honest, and ethical. Odd topic?  Maybe, but let me explain:  The other day, I was talking to a friend and the subject of unlimited personal energy came up. You see, this person has known me...