December 2015
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How Will You Use Your New Year?

It’s New Year’s Eve. We’re not much for the New Year’s Eve celebrations. We have always stayed home. We used to stay up to watch the ball drop in Times Square – or the Peach drop in our case. Now we can’t even stay up that late anymore.

Another year is almost over. Well […]

The Effects of High Fructose Corn Syrup on Weight Loss

This is a paper I wrote about High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) for one of my high school classes:

The Effects of High Fructose Corn Syrup on Weight Loss


High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a sweetener that is derived from corn starch. It is a fairly recent phenomenon as it was introduced […]

Decisions, Decisions. A Semi-Experienced WWOOFer’s Perspective

WWOOFing changed my life. There’s no doubt about it. I can safely say that no other decision has made such a positive impact on my life. It gave me the opportunity to explore a new world, in more ways than one. On one hand, it led to the change in scenery I needed to inspire […]

A Christmas Egg

I wanted to make a quick post on Christmas Eve to commemorate an important event in our journey to self-sufficiency. Two years ago we got our first chickens in August. The holidays are a time to focus on family. We had new members of our family – a flock of hens. As the holidays approached, […]

A Fork in the Road

My WWOOFing journey began February 23rd, 2015. The first destination was in Ridgeville, South Carolina. Since then, I made my way across the country and eventually found myself in Northern California at a farm I now call my second home. That may seem to some like a trip of a lifetime. This is only the […]

Alternative Energy

The following is a paper I wrote about alternative energy for one of my classes in high school:

Alternative energy is defined as “energy generated in ways that do not deplete natural resources or harm the environment” (Google). In order to take advantage of the abundance of natural resources the Earth has to offer, people […]

It Takes a Community to Thrive in Tough Times

When I started this blog, I talked about how we are in the process of changing the way we live. The tagline of our blog is “One Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency” for a reason. It is a process that has affected each member of our family in different ways.

I spend a lot of […]

Bee Harmonious!

Problems and solutions are rarely one factor, most often multiple human introduced factors in combination with nature’s changing environmental factors lead to unexpected results. Sometimes positive and sometimes negative…

The issue of honeybee colony losses can easily be hypothetically explained by a combination of factors: insecticides, GMO plants, excessive harvesting of honey, feeding honeybees corn […]

A Visit with an Old Friend Yields Unexpected Results

This past weekend, my son Jonathan and I went to visit an old friend near the Gulf Coast in southern Mississippi. Dan Page is a guy I’ve known since we worked together in 1992. He is one of the people who influenced me to start gardening much more seriously back in 2009. Dan recently bought […]

Water Catchment and Storage on a Larger Scale

In my earlier post Water Catchment and Storage with IBC Totes, I described how we built a system of tanks to catch and store about 800 gallons of water for the garden. This was great for short term use. But if we really wanted to ramp up our production, we needed a lot more water […]