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Author: Gaye Levy

I grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, I started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. Awhile back I abandoned city life and moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on on San Juan Island in NW Washington State.

These days I call Arizona home and am actively pursuing the purchase of a mountain retreat along the Mogollon Rim.

As you may have noticed, I am a bit of a glamourista but hope you do not hold that against. me. My bug out bag includes makeup and other items to make me look and feel good if SHTF.
Lessons from Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD

Lessons from Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD

This week I took a break for my hands-on effort to get myself ready for anything and everything that may happen in this world. With ten weeks of plans and projects behind me, I simply had too many preparedness projects that were started but not quite complete. Time to get cracking, S.W.

For those of you joining me on this one week at a time missive, I want to remind you that we are all very human. So don’t be hard on yourself if you started something but did not quite finish. After all, one of the reasons I write this blog is to share and commiserate our profound humanness.

Anyway, getting back on track, last night I cheated. Instead of reading Cormac McCarthy’s book, The Road , I watched the movie. I wrote about the book a couple of weeks ago when it was recommended to me by a fellow cruise passenger. But time was of the essence; I simply wanted to learn the message of The Road now.

Well, let me tell you something. It is dark. It is depressing. And it is a must see on many levels. So what is The Road about?

From the ash-covered, post-apocalyptic remains of Appalachia, a Father and Son take to the road in search of a better life. Hope is waning, the Father’s health is failing, and the journey is impeded by nomadic bands of cannibals. The movie is an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in a fictional near future in which the world has been virtually destroyed although we are not quite sure what caused the destruction.

Baking Bread and Why You Should Do It

Baking Bread and Why You Should Do It

The information in this article, Baking Bread and Why You Should Do It, has been updated and incorporated into an all-new, enhanced article. Simple Comforts: How and Why You Should…

So what is in your cleaning bucket?

So what is in your cleaning bucket?

As much as I hate cleaning, my friends often call me the Princess of Windex because I am always in perpetual motion, picking up this, wiping off that, and in general, keeping things tidy. The only problem I have with this honorary title is I don’t use Windex or any other harsh chemical unless they are a last resort. I am hooked on using simple, ordinary products for general cleaning, removing stains, and getting through the myriad of household chores that never seem to end. And so, for today, I offer you a list of those things that are in my cleaning bucket along with a few tips for using each item.

Fast Forward to 2011. This is the year to embrace self-sufficiency.

Fast Forward to 2011. This is the year to embrace self-sufficiency.

The first day of 2011 has come and gone and with it, a renewed energy to continue to focus on self sufficiency and personal independence.Personal independence and the ability to take care of one’s needs without reliance on others is a mantra that can exist anywhere, including cities, rural communities, farmlands, and remote outposts. It is time to take a preparedness inventory.