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Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #154

Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #154. Thanks for stopping by to spend a few minutes with us. We hope you enjoyed a blessed week. Did you get snow at your location? I know a few of you probably get snow in mid-summer in the Northwestern regions of the US.

Well, the Russian/Ukrainian war continues, China and Saudi Arabia are getting a bit too close for comfort, and the US Congress passed a $1.5 trillion-dollar Omnibus package. It's just money, right? Forget saving for your grandkid's college fund. You better start saving for their future cost of living rates. Why is no one talking about the 21% pay raise Congress snuck into the package? What a job they have. Give yourself a raise to spend your boss's money. As some would say, "just living the dream."

We received about three inches of snow last weekend and the visiting grandkids loved it. It was fun flashing back to childhood and remembering the days of neighborhood sled rides, burning tires at night and sledding under the stars. We get little snow here at our location in East TN. Strange but reality. Fifteen minutes away at the mountain base it snows annually. I was worried about our blooming fruit trees, but the snow and ice seem to have had little impact. With warmer temps this week we have beautiful flowers on the peach tree and the pear trees are filling with leaves quickly. Isn't this a great time of year?

It's about time to hit the road again for three stops along the way. I'm working to lock in dates for Fairview, NC, Joppa and Huntsville, AL. The Alabama visit may be a two-to-three-day trip. These visits should take place in the next two weeks if all goes according to schedule.

Okay, let us move along.

Just for fun...

Can you break the code? If so, email me your answer. Do NOT put in the message block.

This week's code is: 2-1-2-1 / 5-1-3-4-1-1 / 1-1 / 2-1-4-n / 5-5 / 5-1-3 / 3-1-3-2-1-5-4-1 / 4-1-5-1 / 2-5-2-4-4-2 / 2-1-1-2.

Good luck!!!

Congrats to our Patriot sister from North Alabama, again, for breaking last weeks coded message. The message was: "Canning, freeze drying, and dehydrating, are good methods for long term food storage."

Okay, let's move along. First a few business items and promoting HFS.

Thursday Zoom Rallies – We had a great zoom rally #84 with discussions on the 8 Preparedness Pillars, the new HFS Alerting System, the Saudi, China, and US Petro-dollar issue. Thanks to those who could attend. HFS will have a special session of Zoom on March 24, 2022 with special guest Dr. Millar from Huntsville, AL.

Communications: You can now follow HFS social media on the following outlets:

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Guest and Newcomers

If you are a guest or newcomer to the HFS journey, please check out this link for additional

Hope for Survival books and HFS Thumb Drive for Emergency Documents -: You can obtain information on the two HFS books at this link: Survival, Preparedness, Disaster Management for individuals or family (

Hope for Survival - How Food, Water, Shelter, and Security Could Save Your Life (Book 1)

Hope for Survival - The Mindset (Book 2)

HFS Thumb Drive for Emergency Documents - We just restocked the HFS Thumb drive and have them available now. Follow this link and you will see the add at the top of the page. Blog | Survival (

Heritage Life Skills 2022 - Waynesville, NC, May 20-22 - Class schedule and signups are posted for your review and selection. Once again, the price for a full weekend attendance or single day visit can't be beat. This is a very affordable opportunity for loads of preparedness training and information. Not to mention, you will meet some amazing people who become friends for life in many cases. Here is the link to view this year's classes, class schedules, and instructor bios. Upcoming Events | Carolina Readiness | Preparedness & Camping Store If you have questions, please call the Carolina Readiness Supply at 828-456-5310.

If you would like to sign up for classes taught by Hope for Survival at this event, here's the posted HFS dates, times, and classes being taught.

Thursday, May 19, 2022 - HFS Potluck Dinner (time to be determined)

Friday, May 20, 2022 - 830 AM to 1130 AM - Preparedness 101

Friday, May 20, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Preparedness 102

Friday, May 20, 2022 - 3 PM - 430 PM - Vetting New Members (New Class)

Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 830 AM - 1130 AM - Preparedness 101

Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Preparedness 102

Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 3 PM - 430 PM - Psychological Preparedness (New Class)

Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 830 AM - 10 AM - Vetting New Members (New Class)

Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 10:30 AM - 1200 PM - Protecting Your Five Mile Radius

Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Psychological Preparedness (New Class)

HFS March Madness Donation Drive 2022 - We are starting week three of our annual donation drive and we are currently at 28% of our goal for this year. We are running behind the past year's donations at this point. It is easy to visit a website and scroll through articles and participate in zoom rallies. From the HFS management end, all of these features cost money to keep in operations. Your donation helps us pay for licenses, fees, and equipment to keep the HFS mission moving forward. Thanks to everyone who donated to this cause to support the operations of HFS. Bless you.

We must make this brief public announcement to protect the innocent.

Ding, Ding, Ding....Attention HFS readers..... Opinions shared in this newsletter are just that, opinions, and nothing more. Read at your own risk. The owner and author of this site is not responsible for hurt feelings or thin-skinned readers. I do my best to show restraint and respect to the best extent possible. I take as many precautions as possible and try to remain as nonpolitical as possible, however, there are times when I just can't help but point certain things out. Occasionally I use words only Patriots recognize and understand. It's not personal against any non-Patriot. It's just the truth. Sometimes we must pull up our spenders and suck it up. Just saying. Stay the course, read what you want, and avoid the rest. Avoid fear porn as much as possible and the day will be okay. When all else fails… Keep the faith and always have Hope.

Let’s move along and get to some thoughts...

Thoughts for the week -

I want to give a quick shout to a lot of Patriots in HFS. To protect names and locations I won't be specific, but I know they know who they are and honestly, they don't do what they do for recognition. They do it because they are good people with genuine hearts and minds. I'm the lucky one because I get to hear and often see all the projects our sister and brother Patriots are doing in communities and at home. From teaching home safety to their children, to holding home canning sessions with their group on a cold rainy night. From home-built ram pumps to offering medical advice to other sisters and brothers in need. Sometimes we all have a day where we hit a wall and simply need a friend to listen. How about our sister who invited a few folks to her home to share and teach about shiitake mushrooms? Then we can talk about our brother who created his own jet fuel to resupply previous fuel cells. He is also creating his own dehydrated meals in a bag. Then we have the Patriot family working full time and freeze drying at night almost daily. Did I mention our fellow patriots conducting local meetings and training on packing five-gallon food buckets? Or, the other group having training on essential oils soon. The list goes on. You see, the news doesn't always have to be bad. It's only bad if you let it capture your mind and time. Good news is always uplifting, and we all need it through this period of history. Walk in faith, not in fear.

The world has enough negative news to fill our tanks and then some. I suppose some thrive off negative news and others should avoid it for many reasons. I often find myself asking the question, "how much of the negativity is healthy?" Festus and I both speak of past periods where wading in the negative news pulls us down and we must help one another get back up. Personally, I turned the television off several years ago and I have not missed it. I have learned, and Festus would probably agree, information consumed daily must be controlled and managed. Complete negativity daily will put you in a bad place quickly and you will find yourself in a very dark place.

Have you noticed as time passes, we must have a greater need for seeking truth? I am by nature an observer. Heck, it used to be part of my job to spend hours and even days, simply observing nonverbals. Most people simply take surface news and information and it's Gospel. No one would lie, especially the media. Yea, okay. I hang back and listen or read debates taking place around the Russia and Ukraine war and it boggles my mind over some things I hear and read. Even worse is the debates being simple points and jabs without any in depth conversation with historical facts to the debate. I don't care which side you stand, just know the background supporting the war before you pick sides.

Heck, in a single day I could probably listen to ten different podcast to find out Q is in the know and our former President is coming back, a large planet called X is going to move and strike earth, our current President is not really him and a stand in person is filling the position, Melania is not really the former President's wife and he is really married to Princess Di, the earth is flat, Elvis is still alive, and on and on. Sounds crazy, doesn't it? A bit insane maybe? Everything I typed previously are things I have actually heard from very smart people who spend way to much time solving the worlds problems. No one pulls them aside to say "hey, I think you have your priorities out of order." In the end, it is the people trying to survive day to day in the country who suffer the most. When I watch videos from Ukraine, I have flashbacks to my prior life and time spent in Romania, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, the Balkans..... Country to country, the citizens faces appeared worn and tired. Very prideful and filled with fight, but very tired and untrusting. Most Americans cannot relate or understand what these people endure day-to-day and not just during a war. We can learn so much from the ridges and valleys and I'm not talking about the terrain of the region. Read the nonverbal expressions of the people. It often says it all. Be careful to not get drawn in to the toilet bowl filled with negative stories that you can do nothing about. Believe me when I tell you we all hit bad places and need some fresh air. It happens. We just have to recognize it and know when to step back.

Preparedness can be fun and filling in many ways. Personally, I love playing in the garden. I love seeing projects my preparedness friends are working on. I find that I want to invest my time in my own projects or being around preparedness friends who are working on projects, plans, or discussing better ways to do things. The more I dig deeper into preparedness the further I want to be from the evils of the world we live. I would define my safe place like this. No news, no noise, just God's creations around me to take in. Creating, building, growing, sharing, developing friendships and community projects, are just a few of the positive sides to preparedness. Helping others is important and this is a great way to go about it. I often suggest to preparedness minded people to focus on their five-mile radius locally. Knowing what is going on around the world is important, but if it has no impact on your community or family, why are you stressing over it? If you can't control it and it doesn't impact you directly, put it away and stop worrying about it. Stress is deadly. Have fun and enjoy doing preparedness.

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Have you figured out yet that Preparedness is a HUGE bucket of stuff? Bug Out Bags, Ready Bags, End of Day Bags, Emergency Plans, Evacuation Plans, Communication Plans, Route Plans, Security Plans, Water Plans, Food plans, P.A.C.E. Plans, a paper library, weapon safety classes and firearms training, growing a garden, saving seeds, canning your vegetables, dehydrating and freeze drying and on and on. Do you have it all down yet? Ahhh, it's a monster of information and easily misunderstood. Some run away and refuse to start, and others cash out their 401s and spend it in 72 hours with no plan. As your doctor would tell you, "have a well-balanced diet daily to stay healthy." Preparedness is crazy, right? It really doesn't have to be.

One of the most common topics to discuss in preparedness that everyone seems to know

something about is preparing a bag or backpack. They read about them in post-apocalypse books or online blogs and websites. For only $119 you can buy your own personal bug out bag pre-packed for the apocalypse. Can you say j-u-n-k in many cases? Plastic parts, tools, and dehydrated food your dog won't eat. Now, if you have nothing and this is your only option, something is better than nothing. I say that lightly in this case, but yes, something is better than nothing.

I have witnessed a lot of bags in my time, both military and in the preparedness world. Some are beautiful. Some are rugged. Some are equivalent to a grocery store visit, "paper or plastic" sir. Some are so heavy the person will need Hulk Hogan to carry them when the time arrives. Many bags contain equipment still in boxes and wrappers waiting to be used when the big one strikes. Some bags contain packets of corroded batteries for the all-weather radio or walkie-talkie sold at the local box store with a 60-mile range. Some bags will contain clothing for the summer when it's snowing outside. Heck, some bags contain the perfect clothing gear from three years ago when the owner was 30 lbs. lighter or heavier. What's in your backpack?

Do you know the difference between a day-bag? A get-home-bag? A bug-out-bag? Or a ready bag? Yes, different bags offer different reasons for having them. Do you live ten miles from home and keep a bag with you in case of a flat-tire, an accident, or any other reason you may need warmer clothing, walking shoes, food and water, first-aid needs, or alerting equipment to get the attention of emergency responders? Maybe you are taking a trip 100 miles away in the heat of summer or freezing temps in the winter season. You are further from a safe-haven and must think a little harder to the equipment you may need now. What if you wreck or your car breaks down and you are stranded? Can you keep you and your family dry and warm? Do you have fire starting equipment to build a fire if needed? Can you start a fire? What if you and your family are trapped in your car over a hill in a no cell service area. What is your plan? You have injured family members and you can't go off and leave them, yet no one has found you to help you. Are you going to send a family member walking for help? It's freezing cold with snow on the ground and your family members do not have appropriate cold weather gear. Oh, you don't have a bag either. As you can see, the topic of backpacks or bags can go on forever it seems. The key is first to get a bag that is tailored towards your needs.

You should buy the things you need and then buy a bag that will fit what you need to carry and can carry. If you have small children and pets, someone has to carry their supplies as well. Once you find a bag you think will carry your selected supplies and gear, you should not order it online because you want to put the bag on your back and see how it fits. You want a nice fitting bag to fit your body or frame. Once you find the bag and it fits you and will carry your selected supplies, buy it and get it packed up soon. Oh, and before you need it for real, put it on loaded with gear and see how it feels. If you have a family and multiple bags, consider putting the bags in your vehicle and going to a park together. Have everyone put on their packs, maybe some water bladders/bottles, and go on a mile or two hike. See how it works out and adjust accordingly. Make this a regular routine.

Personally, I keep two bags in my vehicle for long trips. I have a big bag and regular sized bag. As long as I'm mobile I have a wider option of things to have with me and my vehicle is assuming the brunt of the weight. If I have to ditch my vehicle and end up on foot, I leave the big bag and carry on with my regular bag. The bigger bag gives me more capability to carry more food, water, tools, first aid, and extra clothing.

You are probably jumping up and down screaming "what goes in the bag?" I thought you would never ask. Can you differentiate between what you need vs what you want? This is critical or you will end up with a 40lb bag without water which is 8 lbs per gallon. I know, you can always stop by the local stop-n-rob and get bottled water, right? Wrong. If this is what you are thinking you are of the wrong mindset and may wish to read some more books before taking off with your bag to find Goldilocks. It is very easy to get carried away with items for your bag. How far is your walk to arrive to your destination? Did you establish a cache? Is there any chance of getting resupplied along the journey? Are you carrying items for your kids or pets? What season are you having to take off on foot? Winter clothing and boots are heavier and takes up more space than spring and summer choices. How old are you? What is your physical condition? Do you have any physical limitations such as a bad back, knees, hips, or ankles? Have you possibly suffered from Chiara and suffer from balance issues when standing or walking? Physical limitations and conditions can and will impact your abilities, and capabilities, as will many other pre-conditions. If you are suffering from any medical type condition you should plan accordingly with consideration to the condition or a family members condition who you plan to be on the journey with you. You can look on the Hope for Survival website for suggestions when preparing for individuals with special needs at this link. Blog | Survival ( or when preparing for children at this link - Blog | Survival ( You can also check out the HFS YouTube channel for a discussion on preparedness bags at this link: (1) A discussion on purposes of the day bag, ready bag, and bug out bag. - YouTube

By now you should have figured out you should not need a full-sized backpack for day to day needs from home to work. You can, but you really do not need it. Below are some different size bags to give consideration.

Great size for a local day to day bag
Day Bag
A larger bag affording the user more space and capability
Three Day Bag
You can see all the nonessential resources packed in this purcahsed bag.
Purchased Child Bag
Items selected by the bag owner to meet personal needs.
Personal Packed Bag
Notice the amount of tools vs food and/or water.  Skills matter.
Personal Packed Bag
Notice the difference between each personal bag.
Personal Packed Bag

About ten years ago I was teaching a preparedness class on different types of bags. The discussion went on to discuss what type and color bag to select. Then the discussion turned to traveling by foot. Should a person with a family travel during the day or at night. Good question. A lot depends on where the travel is taking place, skills, and equipment available such as Night Vision equipment. A really smart guy blurted out a not so smart answer. This is not a criticism. It is simply stating how important it is to think these decisions through. If you read book 1 in the Hope for Survival series, you may remember my story about a friend named Axle. Well, Axle stated he and his family would select to travel during the day and would walk on the highways with other walkers to blend in. Okay, I see the point. But ......

If Axle is not trained or skilled to move at night, his selection of daytime movement can be justified. The movement with a group of unknown people is where I have a problem. Okay, sure, numbers can often be a majority in a situation. Let me ask you a question. Based on averages, it would probably be in the ballpark to believe Axle and his three family members may each be carrying 3-5 meals or packs of protein. Let's just go with the number 10. We have a total of 14 people (Axle family and ten strangers). At most, Axle has 20 meals. Axle, family, and strangers may get one meal the first day and now no food is available. Why? We have to assume the strangers will have no food. So why is the Axle's problem? Drum roll........ go ahead and plan to unzip your backpacks and whip out some food in front of hungry confused strangers. Please send me a post card to tell me how it worked out. We all must do what is best for our family and our skillset and available equipment. Give it some thought and consider where you may be in an event like this. What would you do?

I'm going to provide you with some suggested resources to consider for your bag. Again, these are suggestions and not must have items. If you buy items on every available checklist, you will need a semi-truck to carry your bag. Again, in many cases a person with many skills will have a smaller lighter bag whereas a person with minimal skills will need more resources to provide survival skills. Many of these items can be found outside a local box store. Consider visiting thrift stores, yard, sales, estate sales, flea markets and other type resale shops.

Bible Water Bottles Flashlight Multi Tool

Pocket Knife First Aid Kit Compass C.B.Radio

Sleeping Bag Tent Ham Radio Whistle

Canteens Hiking Boots Tinder Sewing Kit

Water Tabs Thermos for Cooking Chlorine Bleach Machete

Maps 550 Paracord Painters Tarp Salt

Duct Tape Mylar Blankets Fishing Lure LED Headlamps Lighter Dental Floss Rain Suit or Poncho Extra Socks Bandanas Wide Brim Hat Plastic Freezer Bags Cell Phone Weapons Playing Cards Crowbar Fire Extinguisher Pellet Gun AM/FM Radio Waterproof Matches Fire Steel Rifle Ammo Emergency Candles Batteries Slingshot Snare Wire Portable Camp Stove Propane Solar Charger Hiking Tarp Fishing Pole Binocular Water Storage Fire Starter Plastic Trash Bags S/W Radio Water Filter Water Storage Eating Utensils Jumper Cables Scissors Axe Cable Ties Tool Kit Shovel Sunglasses Sunscreen Tire Repair Kit Oil Flares Hard Candy Lantern Signal Mirror Personal Papers Family Photos Money Dust Mask Rubbing Alcohol Pepper Spray Survival Books Can Opener Hand Warmer Packs Energy Bars

Some other key items I have identified and placed in my personal Bug-Out Bag (different from my End of Day bag) would be:

- Stanley Wonderbar (Used for pulling boards apart, removing lock hinges, and removing nails and screws)

- Medium sized bolt/lock cutter

- Sillcock Key (used to turn on water spigots located on building exteriors)

- Moleskin can be used to prevent blisters

- Eyes glass repair kit and spare glasses

- Ten yards of duct tape/Gorilla tape rolled around a pencil.

- Vaseline soaked cotton balls in a small metal can to be used as fire starter

- Dryer lint to be used as fire starter

- Small 3 oz bottles with cooking oil, salt and pepper and other spices

- Mylar emergency blankets and one full size Mylar Emergency Shelter (2 lbs)

- Activated Charcoal for treating gas and to treat poisoning. Traps chemicals and prevents body poisoning

- Solar charger attached to exterior of backpack for charging survival components while walking

- A small compact survival fishing kit

- Emergency Dental First Aid Kit and Dental Floss

- Electrolyte Replacement Pills

- Caffeine military grade gum. This provides energy and helps keep me awake

- Extra boot laces and para cord

- Liquid skin - to use over cuts or in conjunction with other first aid items

- Pantyhose – Stop laughing. These are great when you are in the brush or thick vegetation. They protect skin and also keep chiggers and ticks off your skin. You can also use them for other resourceful items

- Pencil Sharpener- Can be used to sharpen sticks, gigs, tender and make arrows

- Pepper Spray can be useful for defense against people and animals

- Pocket chain saw

- Micro Signal Mirror and Fire Starter (credit card size)

- Tin can with bartering type items enclosed (hard candy, fishing line with a hook, two pack of pain relief meds)

You may have noticed a few references to including important documents in your bag. Many HFS members purchased the Digital HFS Football stick that is prebuilt with a file library to help you identify key personal documents you may need to keep safe and available. You can purchase this waterproof device on the HFS website.

A last note to add when thinking about the Bug out Bag. Think of this bag as being the bag you are leaving home with and possibly never returning. Give it much thought when preparing your list and packing you bag.

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I want to recognize one of our sister Patriots for her continued preparedness efforts. I like to share these stories as success stories for individuals who started at zero, or close to it, and totally transformed their mindset and way of life. I must tell you that four years ago she was not into preparedness, didn't read preparedness books or websites, didn't have preparedness minded friends, didn't have go bags or bug out bags and would probably shy away from any discussions on politics or world events. Storing extra food, canning, or understanding why, would likely have been out of the question as well. It has all changed and she can now have preparedness discussions with the best of them. It wasn't easy and she still continues to learn, read, and prepare. The best part is she understands why she is doing it. She often emails and shares things she is working on building, thinking, or planning to do in the days ahead. It is great to see one of our Patriot sisters building a self-reliance insurance policy for her family.

She recently sent me a picture and asked if I could tell what the project would be from her starting point. Of course, I was kidding her and teased that it was a torture chamber or the start of a summer tanning bed. Some would have guessed it was the start of a raised bed in her yard. Not long after the first picture landed, a second picture arrived to show me results of several hours of work. She, with the help of her husband, is building a small green house. It is a test to try out and if all goes well they will build a bigger one.

This Patriot, like other Patriots in small town America, state by state, are taking preparedness into their own homes and doing something about all that is going on around the world, our nation, state, and local communities. The answers are not found with click bait heart wrenching stories putting the fear in the homes around our nation. We all must take steps to better our survivability and plans day to day. Not to mention it is fun and you are putting healthier food on your table at a cheaper cost. Work? Yes, it takes work, time, and effort. Keep up the great work fellow Patriot. Here at HFS we do read inbound emails and keep tabs on productivity and individual effort. HFS is proud of you and all our Patriots. Keep up the great work.

If you are new or old to gardening, using a greenhouse, canning, freeze drying, dehydrating and much more, you may wish to add or consider the following books to your library. These are just a few of many available resources to support and help you along your journey.

- Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.

- A Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking Meat, Fish, & Game

- Root Cellaring by Mike Bubel

- The Ultimate Dehydrating Cookbook - Tammy Gangloff, Steven Gangloff & September Ferguson

- Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency - Chris Peterson and Phillip Schmidt

- MiniFarming Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre - Brett L. Markham

- Food Storage: Preserving Meat, Dairy, and Eggs - Susan Gregersen & David Armstrong


And those are my thoughts for the week.

Preparedness News

1. From Sunplay - Purify Water with Pool Shock — Sunplay - This may be where you cue up an old Beach Boys tune. This is a great option to consider replacing the plastic containers stored in your cool dry location. This has been around for a while but seems to have fallen asleep for a while. Years ago, Ms. Lucy and I owned a pool at our Alabama home, and I often used the 1 lb bagged shock. Summer is approaching soon and the stock levels will be available. Check it out. I will warn you of this safety tip. Wear safety goggles. Corny I know. I was adding a couple 1 lb bags to my pool and it was a bit breezy. I did not have on safety goggles. No problem. I positioned myself on my knees and leaned down near the water. I poured bag 1, then bag 2, then bag 3, and I'm done. About three hours later one eye started to burn, then two eyes burned. It grew worse through the night. By morning Ms. Lucy had me at the Emergency Room. My eyes felt like I had razor blades cutting each eye and it was nearly impossible to get my eye lids to open. You got it, the light breeze had carried the pool shock powder to my eyes without me realizing it. I ended up with both eyes having burned corneas. It took several weeks to self-repair but it wasn't a fun process waiting it out. It is much cheaper and less painful to purchase and use goggles when using chlorine of any type. (Thanks to a Patriot sister in VA for this VA for this submission)

2. From Amanda Whittington - Homestead Survival Site - 13 Natural Sweeteners You Can Grow - Homestead Survival Site - For all the folks needing an additive to sweeten their goodies. Something to consider and could easily be the nicety needed to lift your daily spirits.

3. From Laurie Neverman - Common Sense Home - 18 Fastest Growing Vegetables (Indoors, Garden, Containers) ( - When building your food plan that should include gardening to some degree, you may want to check out this article for options when the need to grow indoors and/or start your plants indoors in seasonal regions.

4. From SHTF Dad - 6 Ways to Avoid Bacterial Contamination - SHTF DAD - Is this one of the biggest fears of canning and stocking resources? Check out this article and information to possibly help you take steps to avoid contamination.

5. From Ashley Adamant - Practical Self Reliance - 30+ Soup Canning Recipes (Pressure Canning Soup) ( - Our household cooks, cans, freezes lots of soups during the cooler temps. Here's a lot of good recipes to consider to add to your food plan. Enjoy!

6. From Simple Pump System - Simple Pump | Quality Water Pumps and Well Pumps - Very often I hear folks asking questions about backup methods for collecting water from their water well once the power goes out. Here is another option to consider from an American made company. I have listened to a representative of the company who appears occasionally on the Liberty man John Moore podcast.

7. From Dehydrate 2 Store - Dehydrate2Store | Dehydrator Recipes, Tips, Videos, and More - Many HFS readers and participants of the Thursday evening Zoom group own freeze dryers or dehydrating equipment. Some are starting to use a canner and learning what and how to can. Here is a site that offers excellent information, guidance, and videos on freeze drying food products and more.

Other News -

1. From Tyler Durden - ZeroHedge - GEFIRA: Western Media "Are Either Delusional Or Lying Through Their Teeth" | ZeroHedge - Festus and I have been discussing what is the truth, a lot lately. We know most media outlets are untruthful, yet it is alarming how many people still fuel their fears off of the same outlets daily even when the stories shared continue never delivering. (Thanks Festus for this submission)

.2. From Alsadair Macleod - Gold and Money - The end of fiat hoving into view… ( - Comments provided by Festus - Here is a decent article by an author I have loosely followed for several years. He makes some good points about the ripple affect of various moves that countries have made and are making. We are starting to reap what has been sown by economic theory that has been driven into the public's head since before I went to college, where I was taught this as the only theory (over 40 years ago if anyone is trying to count). Wallstreet looking at the current quarter, government constantly pushing a consolidating and controlling agenda (for everyone's good, of course) and education, media, and entertainment all leading people to accept and not think are resulting in an ever increasing rate of decline that is just starting to manifest itself in many areas of the "American way of life".

This is a long read but worth the time. It's about the banking system with historical and current real life examples of how the fiat system has been kept going. Will that change soon?

Keep in mind that the author historically has been an ardent precious metals supporter and occasionally flirts with fear porn. However, generally he knows what he is talking about and worth considering what he says.

3. From Chris Pandolfo - Conservative Review - GOP bill would eliminate the Biden ATF's database on gun sales - Conservative Review - Do you really see this happening with a minority holding in the House? It reminds me of the beautiful voice in the choir hidden in the back away from all the out of tune voices singing another song. Wait your turn because now you don't matter to the majority.

4. From Josh Gerbstein - Politico - Feds admit breaking law with delay in case against alleged Jan. 6 rioter - POLITICO - This is a disgrace. Do you know how many nations around the world who look up to America for being the model nation for the rights of humans? When a nation violates its own civil rights for representation of its citizens and the right to a speedy trial, something is seriously wrong. It happened and guess what? I continue to her crickets.

5. From Rep Madison Cawthorn - Revolver - Madison Cawthorn Reveals Regime’s “Jan 6 Plot” to Crush MAGA and Remove Him From Office - Revolver - Here is another opinion piece by North Carolina's own, Representative Madison Cawthorn, expressing his views on January 6th, 2021, Capitol City fiasco. Anyone who can step back from a political view and see things with objective eyes will see clearly how some attendees got set up. It doesn't stop here and if you read No 4 above you will also see how the fiasco continues. You should be asking, who in our political establishment truly represent seeing the rights of our citizens gets represented. Just my own opinion and I'm sticking to it.

6. From Dr. Patrick Byrne - Deep Capture - Introduction to the Deep Capture Analysis (October 2007) – Deep Capture - This is time consuming but worth the time to read. Maybe read a bit today and catch some throughout the week.

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That's all my Patriot brothers and sisters.

Prayers - Please keep our great nation, our elected leaders, military and first responders in your thoughts and prayers. We pray for good health and wisdom. Please pray for our leadership to find answers and guidance to the problems facing our great nation. May your faith remain strong and answers to the unknown provided. God is good and may our prayers blanket and protect you and your circumstances. I pray for each, and every one of our Patriots.

May we pray for all the blessings and things in life to be thankful about and continued hope for revival around the world. We must continually pray for the unsaved, our family and friends who live each day without the protection for eternal life and salvation.

We must pray for each other and pray that our faith and strength in our faith keeps us on the right path through all the evils and evils powers around us at this time. We all must uplift one another 24 x 7.

We pray for the nation of Ukraine, and all involved in the conflict with Russia. We pray for peace and a quick resolution for all involved.

Please keep a few of our HFS members in your prayers. We have several with physical injuries in North Alabama (ribs), Central Alabama (shoulder), Hickory, NC (back/hip/eyes),

Even with all the worldly challenges, struggles, and heartbreaks we must always give thanks for the blessings in our own life and our family each day. Life can be hard and sometimes unfair to us, but we still have many things to be thankful for each day. We must not forget them.

We all must pray strong and often for the citizens of our great nation. Many of our sisters and brothers are struggling daily with things they witness, encounter, and are surprised with out of the norm. Many times, we are in unchartered areas, however, we still must keep our faith and focus on the big picture. Our prayers and faithful strength together will be required often to battle the evils being thrown upon all of us minute by minute.

As Patriots we must stay strong and never give up. Our home, community, and nation need us now more than ever. Stay focused on your local community and things that will impact you around the nation. Don't allow the events around you to create fear in your life. Build your own self-reliance and focus on hope. Remember we are a blessed nation, and we must continue to be great people today and make a better tomorrow. Keep charging.


Bravo Echo Out,

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