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Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #197

Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #197. Can you believe it? Getting closer to edition #200. Seems crazy in ways. Never expected this to go so long and without missing a week so far. Close a few times but so far so good. Thanks for being here with us again this week. We appreciate it much.

It was a busy week on this end. I was in Huntsville most of the week and followed the heavy storms from Alabama back to East TN on Thursday. So, I pecked away on this newsletter from my lodging location here in Huntsville, AL in order to get this out on time Friday. It was nice to be back in northern Alabama again with fellow Patriots. I was doing my day job for a few days and caught up with HFS Patriots in the evenings as time permitted. Once this is posted on Friday evening, I will then work on a training class to be presented to another group about 90 miles away in the Cumberland Plateau region on Sunday. I will get to spend a few hours with Festus also so that makes it good and worthwhile. I need to stop through the Plateau region from time to time to make sure Festus is staying in line and out of trouble ya know.

Ms. Lucy and I get to have dinner with some local HFS Patriots in our hometown to start next week. Life is good don't you think? When life is surrounded with good people who are positive influences and likeminded, how can anyone complain? Do you surround yourself with positive people who are good for you?

I got to enjoy a great evening with the HFS Huntsville Patriots over dinner and lots of laughs and good conversations. Thanks to the folks who could join us and joined in the conversation on preparedness, hope, positive thinking and more. It is always my pleasure to be with these fine people. Some heartfelt discussions took place, concerns, and suggestions to fix or overcome preparedness challenges. Keep charging and working hard on your preparedness plans.

I want to let our California readers know I'm thinking about them and praying for their safety. Your weather is out of control since before Christmas. Stay safe and dry. Make sure you have some survival stuff packed in floatable tubs in case you have to bug out quickly. Build them now and have them in a vehicle in the event you have to flee quickly.

Welcome to new HSF Patriots from Nebraska, Illinois, Delaware, and North Dakota. Come join the preparedness journey.

Let us move along....

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Upcoming Training Opportunities -

- Virtual Training Seminar sponsored by Ret Lt Col. Dave Grossman. This is a great opportunity to get virtual training over three days, for free, or you can upgrade for a very minimal cost and watch at your leisure during 2023. Leadership, Mental Health, Marriage and Family, Resilience and more. Home - Live Unconquered Conference

- Kentucky Gun and Preparedness Expo - $10 per person, Leburn, KY, March 25 & 26, HFS Kentucky family come check out this event. The classes and speakers will be posted later in January. I will be on site teaching three classes at this event. Eastern Kentucky's Largest Sportsman Show – The Gun & Preparedness Sportsman's Expo (

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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)

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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 - This week I'm not focusing on food, water, shelter, or security. I'm focusing on self, me, you, us. I want to talk about self-evaluation, how we got to where we are today and what are we doing today and tomorrow. In the thoughts below the book of life, I ask that you stick with me through the points I'm making and ask yourself questions as well. I will be juggling a lot of apples and oranges to get to my point below, but I do have a point.

I encounter many wonderful people doing wonderful things in preparedness. The biggest vulnerability or weakness I find is people not wanting to be leaders or take charge to train others. Highly qualified individuals with great skills beneficial to others in preparedness, yet they just want to learn from others but not step up to share what they know. They want to be on a team but want someone else to do the work to build the team and then invite them on the team. This is not a criticism but an observation.

Right now, is the time to be observing and evaluating those around you who may be on your team. One of the issues is a lack of confidence is holding people back. Get off the fence and try it. You may surprise yourself in how well you instruct others or lead a class. Evaluate yourself. Ask close friends to evaluate you.

Let us continue....

The book of life. How does yours read? - I continually work to self-evaluate, ask questions of myself, and work to do better. The best boss I have experienced was an old crusty Viet Nam Veteran who was sharp, hard, and instruction and directed like a razor to one's ego. His basic philosophy stated, "we don't lose, accepting loss is defeat, and we climb the mountain to any level at all costs to win. No matter how long your day is, always include time to do something positive for your community. Give of yourself when nothing remains to give." Hard and harsh? Maybe, but with a straight face and the grip of Paul Bunyon, he was man enough to tell me, and his other employees he loved each of us. Today, some 30 years later, those of us who worked for him remain in touch and give much thanks to our time working for this man.

My journey continues...

Often, when I travel, I find myself brain searching and asking questions to how I got to this point. The older I get, the more it happens so it seems. I like to think, do you? I like to observe and watch how others think also. What makes me tick. What makes you tick. When I say the world is a ticking time bomb, I am not saying a big bomb is about to explode. I am saying with hundreds of millions of people around the world mentally ticking out of control, eventually they will begin to explode all around us. Are you seeing it happening now? What happened to the America and world we once had and enjoyed? What changed? Less criteria that would qualify an individual under an identified mental illness. Think about the number of ladies and men who served in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 22 years who return home and under the VA system they are diagnosed with PTSD. This is a small example of a larger national problem. All of these symptoms are now identified under a psychological code and then get treated with a medication vs treated for recovery and cures.

In my world...

As many of you know, I love listening to Classic Rock music. I would estimate 1/3 of my life has involved music. My dad was a music teacher and got me started early listening to James Brown and Jethro Tulli n the 1st Grade. I played in bands throughout school, college, and nightclub bands when old enough, and eventually joined a road band trying life city to city. MTV was new and I thought just maybe, someday. Today, being a Christian I am asked "why do you still listen to that Rock n Roll music? That is devil music." Maybe, but I live amongst the devil every day, don't you? If Jesus only hung out with Christians, then where would that leave the unsaved? Heck, I'm probably the only person you will ever meet who used to drive down the interstate listening to rock n roll music knowing Jesus' rode in the passenger seat with me. I actually wondered why He didn't get out and run when I stopped for fuel, or a tinkle stop. But He didn't. He never left my side and I'm thankful for that because I am sure at points in my past I deserved it, had He. Some would probably say I have a psychological disorder because Christians do not listen to this kind of music.

There is a long-standing joke in our family with a few friends and that is name or play a classic rock song and I will tell you the first time I heard it in my life. I can tell you very few lyrics to a song, but I can remember where I was at. You see, in most cases, the time and place I was at will typically be some place in America or overseas, driving from location to location. Music and songs are like book markers in my life. A new place, a new song, a new memory in the book of life. So many things will be forgotten and never scripted in our personal book of life. While others you share stories with may say "that's silly or insignificant" just remember, it's your book and your life. Do you want a book that is negative and sad or happy with hope?

Building my chapters on my journey...

Something I enjoy doing when I travel alone is pack a lunch with a good sandwich, chips, and a drink to enjoy during the trip. Yes, I like sandwiches of either bologna, spam, or peanut butter and jelly. Ms. Lucy packed my cooler for this trip back to Alabama, so I look forward to what surprises she has for me when it's time to eat. I promise it likely isn't one of the previous items listed. Typically, I want to make good time and eat while driving. But today time doesn't matter and I'm in a mental mood of skimming over my chapters in life. So, I decided to pull off and enjoy the goodies while listening to Classic Rock on Sirius XM radio. Over the past ten years I have traveled in the quiet to think in silence. During the past few months with the addition of the XM radio I have been enjoying the change. With my sliced turkey, pimento cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato on wheat, I took it slow and one bite at a time. Along with some Cape Cod chips and a diet Mountain Dew. Add the classic rock and I was in earthly heaven. I typically like to think about America, then and now. I realized that in the many countries I have lived or traveled over the past years, doing this simple pleasure would not have been possible. Oh, how I love the simple joys of life in America. Muddy boots, farm tractors and bibbed overalls. The days of shaking a hard-working man's hands and it not feeling like a tube of uncooked biscuits is quickly ending.

I didn't travel a great deal in my early life and when I joined the military that changed. Blind faith, hope, and a wish for a new direction. I got but didn't realize I needed it. The Air Force would offer a plane ticket to travel but in most cases I chose to drive. I wanted to see America. I left the interstate and took back roads from city to city, state to state. No GPS back then and typically never carried a map with me. I knew which city came next and which state followed the city in many cases. From the coast of North Carolina to San Francisco, CA, to Richmond, VA to Great Falls, MT, mile by mile, radio station to radio station, I drove many hours listening to many tunes through the days and nights. Driving down the highway in the middle of the night watching 18 wheelers move America. Food, fuel, goods, and farming equipment going to a new home to an unknown worker waiting to see and read "built in America. It was America the Beautiful.

As I witness America changing quickly to a land I no longer recognize so much, I see greater technology wiping out the roots of America. I used to slow down to watch the farmer in the fields when driving across Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas, or the woman and a kid feeding chickens crossing the deep south through Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. It was fascinating crossing out of Louisiana at Lake Charles headed to Texas. The tall stacks at the oil refineries shooting flames into the dark night. I would abruptly decide to stop for a burger at some hole in the wall place. Maybe on stilts over swampy water outside of New Orleans or a dive with barred up windows in California. I would wonder what truckers talked about at 3 AM on their CB radios while driving across Kansas or Oklahoma. It was always exciting to walk into a local dive in a strange place and try a piece of pie recommended by the lady at the counter and then see her smile when I said it was the best pie I had ever had. I remember the excitement I didn't know her before or after, but for that moment I had good pie and made her happy with my comment. The first time I drove from Los Angeles up to San Francisco over the rolling hills climbing with each one. Then rolling over the final hilltop to see the massive Pacific Ocean below with a small city between us called San Francisco. It was breathtaking. This was America. Land of the free, home of the brave. What happened?

Back then I never carried a backpack or a bug out bag in my vehicle. I was in America. What did I have to worry about? This was even before cell phones and credit cards. Straight up greenback cash. I was on a military budget so typically extra money was scarce and no place would cash an out of state check most likely. Blind faith and trust in the nation I loved. But, it was just me, the Eagles, Van Halen, Rush, John Cougar, Aerosmith, Led Zepplin, the Police, and the rest, touring America. No, no, not that kind of Police. Windows down in most cases and sensing the cold and heat depending on my location. From the hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque, NM to the thousands of cows in their fenced cages waiting for slaughter in Amarillo, TX, to Mt Rushmore in ND, Yellowstone Park in WY to Flagstaff, AZ, land of one thousand lakes in Minnesota and beautiful Wisconsin, Fargo, ND, Idaho, Memphis, St. Louis. Baltimore, Boston, Kansas City and Seattle, WA. and on and on. Ever see the world's largest ball of yarn in Kansas? Yep, this was America. The place where hard work, sweat, families, and community built it to survive. Forty eight of the fifty states under my belt and what a story it has been. I'm thankful for the opportunity to see it because no matter what the future holds, I have each location stored in my memory along with a song to remind me of my time in each beautiful place. I've been on the road for thousands of miles and all the stories are banked in my book of life. I just don't have the time or answers to write a chapter explaining what happened. Yes, I know, and the story is in the true Book. But, while I can, I want to reflect back to my own memories of this great nation and the millions of hard-working people who worked to make this a great place to raise a family. I see the massive changes occurring while our national debt is out of control yet why are we bringing so many new non-citizens in now. While they want a better life than the one, they left, those here are complaining and working to degrade and destroy our land.

But it's the people who made this journey so beautiful. The places are great and what a country we live in. I love to tell stories about places I've been, but they are my stories of how I see this great nation, and most are too busy to take the mental trip with me. I remember the old man on the rotten porch over the swamp in Louisiana who didn't have but maybe three teeth showing when he smiled and told me about the pie inside. I could hardly understand him because of his Cajun accent. So many people, so many stories, all in America. White, red, brown, black, with red blood. This is all about the people. The day-to-day people who wake up for another hard day of work to keep America moving forward. During my current road trips, I see more "workers needed" signs than I do people. When I do see people, I rarely see a smile any longer.

Some of you who are older may remember Willie Nelson and John Cougar conducting the summer Farm Aid events raising money for our farmers. Remember that? Yep, the government won. The Big G bought out thousands of farms across America by paying farmers to not grow food. How is that working out for our nation about now? We bring in more people while growing less food. Let me move along.

Now I'm older and I can travel in my memories without having to leave home. Times are different and America has changed. Crime, politics, hatred, and culture, all different. Maybe it happens this way just like the time before me. But, even before me, we always had people driving trucks and tractors, baking pies, roofing and painting houses. Each day going forward job by job is being replaced with technology for a cheaper long-term rate. Where does that leave, we the people? We send polished well-spoken representatives to Washington hoping they have our best interest at heart and one by one they are crushed by older politicians who are padding their pockets and begging for our votes. They could care less about all the places I mentioned above because to them, America is in the beltway of Washington, DC. Agree? I often ask myself, why do they hate America so much to choose money over the things that made our nation great.

Much of my life was full of blessings with all the places I have had the chance to see and visit but back then I don't think I was mature enough to truly realize what the past was setting me up for in the future. God blessed me with many places and things to build my personal life journey and the appreciation of what built this great nation. Land of the free and home of the brave. So many died and fought for what is being destroyed today.

Today it is even better because the places are replaced by awesome people and friends from all over that I have been blessed to meet through Hope for Survival. True, honest, America loving ladies and gents who want the same things I want while quietly wondering what happened. No matter what happens ahead, I'm truly blessed and honored to have crossed paths with so many awesome humans that I now consider sisters and brothers. We are, we the people. Like I have said many times, I do believe our paths are crossing for a reason. Back then, people had a location and a story for that moment but now people are humans. Why do certain people become more than a human to us at the time they enter our life?

A great example happened about 13 years ago in Huntsville, AL. Ms. Lucy and I attended a mega-church which probably had 30 different life groups (Sunday School Classes) before the first service or after the first service on Sunday mornings. That would mean roughly 50 to 60 life groups each Sunday morning. What are the odds I would end up in a class with none other than Festus at this point in life? Then, we both ended up on our church security team. We bonded and a friendship, then a brotherhood grew quickly. Together, we have spent countless hours researching and trying to piece the world together to what we see today. I kid Festus a lot and like to tease him a bit because I appreciate his style of humor that he hits me back with. But, the truth is, Festus is a very intelligent, faithful, loyal brother from another mother. He is a great close friend and helps keep me grounded through this journey we are travelling. Do you have a buddy who does buddy checks on you? Festus also introduced me years ago to another Christian Patriot sister who has also been a very loyal friend and supporter to HFS. I like to call her my other sister from another mother. We have all been on this journey together the past ten plus years. Why is the good Lord putting us all together in different places at this time? I believe it was for an absolute reason that we may never know the reason, but we must take advantage of it and make the most of it.

But, there is more. What? Yes, you see, my path is crossing both Christian and non-Christian paths of people who I value and treasure as very close friends and equally in the preparedness world. In the military people would come and go. Here today and moved tomorrow. Some through transition and some through death. Like I bonded with military sisters and brothers, I feel the same and more for those in Hope for Survival. Like my old boss once told me, surround yourself with smart, positive people who are good influences and contribute to make me a better person. At this point in life, I am surrounded by quality people. Many new and several who entered my life in Jr High and High School, and during my young rebellious years when we hung out playing cards, listening to Jimmy Buffet, and living life for that moment. We all matured and changed for the better.

Let us continue...

Back to the future. I used to look out the window on Sunday mornings when staying with my grandparents and wonder what my grandfather was doing just sitting on the stone wall silently staring out to the trees, birds, and squirrels. Maybe he had his own Wilson buddy? Today, I'm about the same age my grandfather would have been at that time, and I silently stare out the window each morning before the day starts for many, and I wonder many things just like my grandfather probably did many years ago. Sometimes I wish I could have his ear to tell him about America today and see the look on his face. He was never much for liking politicians back in his time. He was an Archie Bunker fan and probably would have voted for Archie if he could have. My grandfather was a man of few words, but he did often say "politicians aren't for the blue-collar man." Was he right? From the looks of what the elite politicians are planning for our future I would agree with my grandfather. Times do change for sure, but does it mean integrity and morals also must change with it?

It saddens me today to think my grandkids won't see America through the eyes I got to see so many beautiful places with the same history I learned to go with the amazing views. I wasn't taught to dislike skin color, classes of people, or choices of careers to be successful or failures in life. They won't know about the 3 AM truck driver crossing the fly over states or how hard farmers worked seven days per week to put food on the table across America. They felt responsible to get the next garden planted, grown, and ready for market. We the people are being left behind in a changing nation I am afraid.

The days of traveling with no backpacks, gear, GPS and maps, food and water is over, and we are much more selective in our stops. Places once visited for beauty are now crime infested drug pits of America. The City of Brotherly Love in Philadelphia is a shameful mess to put it mildly. We can blame it on many things, but one can easily point out the governance of the cities and ask, "how did that work out for you?" Back then one may have asked did you pack enough underwear for the trip and today one must be positive they packed personal protection and enough magazines with ammo before leaving home. We used to believe in John Wayne, Kathryn Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Mr. Rogers, and today we wonder who's on our side to protect us from a corrupt justice system. I firmly believe that life is a journey and the things we do and see are for a purpose just as the people who cross our paths. I'm finding as I age the fairy tales of the past happen less and less in my memories and the realization for needing new and real John Waynes and Ronald Reagans. It took me years to realize depending on another superhero to fix and change things wasn't going to happen. No Orange Man or Orange Man bad either. The fix is in you, you, her, me, and them. Watching and expecting miracles from another human is a setup for disappointment and possible failure. Each of us must step up and be leaders. If you want it fixed, fix it. Same goes with me. We need minds and bodies of armor in our homes, communities and nation. Good faithful servants with the right focus. Each of us are the individual links we must strengthen and connect together to be the chain of resistance to hold the line.

As I have often said, I am thankful for each of you and the HFS family who are traveling this journey in preparedness together. Thank you for who you are and what you stand for. In late 2022, I was going through my own self-evaluation and realized I was suffering from personal fatigue and burnout. Even though I slowed down in 2022, the hours and travel were rough. But my point is, I needed to pray more and soul search to determine what 2023 held going forward. For about three months Festus would call or message me and check on me. I didn't know that he was doing the same thing I was doing in self evaluating. He kept asking me if I was okay because I stepped back and needed space and time for reidentifying within myself. Strange huh? Coming out of 2022 and now well into January 2023, I remain committed to Hope for Survival and helping others who wish to get prepared. We work and invest in others now or else the unprepared will be at our door soon. Take your pick. I will caution you of this. I will invest in you if you invest in yourself. You must have the mindset and heart to carry your load. When all fails and the system goes down, you will be on your own anyway, right?

Back to my book of life...

As I finished my awesome turkey, pimento cheese and bacon sandwich, this journey has timed out once again. I will always remember my time and travels through Classic Rock, wonderful people, and Jesus' riding shotgun with me across America. People come and go; things change over the years and life starts to pass us by. One thing I do know for certain after all the miles and years, He never left my side. I just never figured out if Stairway to Heaven was His favorite song. So the next time I hear a voice saying, "he's listening to that horrible rock and roll music again." I will smile and say "yes I am, and I first heard this song in Bakersfield, CA where I watched a midget dressed in rainbow colors riding a full-sized horse. Back then he was part of a circus. Today, well, I better leave that one alone.

Take this with you, we may feel we don't always have answers, but we must always have hope and do our best to think positive. Negativity is a weight around your body and weights sink boats. Get my point? Evaluate yourself. Change things you can change. Be a leader and stop following a broken world that is failing quickly. Change a cloudy day to a day of Hope and seeing the rays of sunshine breaking through the clouds. Like I said before, do you want your book of life to be sad or happy?

When you wake up tomorrow, take a look in the mirror and ask yourself, "do I represent the values I stand for and what am I willing to stand up for?" If you can answer this question, I want to stand with you to help make our great nation a better place by all of us being self-reliant and responsible.

Hey, thanks for taking this journey with me.

Let us move along....

Preparedness News -

1. From K.R. - Survival Blog - An Easy DIY Masonry Outdoor Cook Stove, by K.R.. Build using homemade cement forms. ( - Great article on building a permanent rocket stove for your home or bug out location. One of our Patriot sisters in Eastern SC built a home rocket stove a year or two ago that was awesome. (Thanks Festus, for this submission)

2. From Megan Ann - YouTube - - How to stop a cold in its track.

3. From Tom Marlowe - New Life on the Homestead - 11 Clever Ways to Use Beer in the Garden ( - I can hear it now....."wasting beer in a garden is alcohol abuse." What is more important, growing food and having beer to drink while sulking because you have no food?

4. From the Prepper Website - Homemade Single Salve Packs Tutorial Project & Recipe - Prepper Website - I'm impressed by the increase in the number of people asking questions to learn about medicinal plants, essential oils, and more.

5. From James Walton - Ask a Prepper - DIY Solar Water Heaters To Cut Down On Energy Bills ( - Excellent article with a solid plan. The author, James Walton is a great guy doing great things for the prepper community.

Other News -

1. From Brandon Smith - Alt - Market - The Digitization Of Humanity Shows Why The Globalist Agenda Is Evil - - Excellent read. If you think this is far-fetched I would encourage you to research the plans for 6G and using humans as a power source. (Thanks Festus, for this submission)

2. From Harold Elkins - American Thinker - Climate change: What's in a word? - American Thinker - Good article by a very smart former Air Force Meteorologist who was a former coworker of mine. One of the few I have met who can educate a person through humor. He is one of America's good guys.

3. From Green Gregs with Dr. Paul Cottrell - China's White Lung Disease -

4. From Del Bigtree - The Highwire -ON THE FRONTLINES: “GLOBAL FAMINE IS COMING” - The HighWire - Here is another outstanding video full of information. Yes, a global famine is happening now. Yes, global. I know the main networks didn't tell you so it's probably a conspiracy. Make me a deal. Take a chance on it. I know its a fact and I am preparing. You choose not to prepare and do not stock food. Let's see how it works out in five to ten years. Deal? HFS has been talking about and tracking this topic for over ten years. Just look at the natural disasters and frequency of occurrences. See how many farms world governments are shutting down. The world population is growing and governments are shutting down farms. Hmmm. (Thanks Festus, for this submission)

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.

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 faith and 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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