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Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #215

Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #215. Thank you for being here. Really, it's much appreciated. Can you believe it, May is halfway over. What is moving faster, the calendar or the daily events we are witnessing around our nation and world. Many things come to mind this week, but I don't want to waste your time telling you what you likely already know. As Bob Dylan once recorded, the times are changing. Yes, they are, and we each must decide if it's for the better or worse. I would believe since you are here, we are in unison to the problems we face and the storm appearing on the horizon. The question remains what each of us will do about it.

Sometimes we just need a fresh start to our day. Put both feet on the floor and say enough is enough. Take the plunge and have yourself some sausage gravy over your choice of goodies. In all seriousness, starting each day with a fresh mind and attitude certainly helps. Being thankful and giving thanks for all your blessings is so fulfilling. It was great to spend the week here in East TN at home working on preparedness items on my long list of things to do. Our garden is showing signs of life and our recent rain left a big smile on the plants. They love fresh rainwater vs tap water. How is your garden coming along? Ms. Lucy worked hard piecing our bird netting together to drape over our blueberry bushes soon. The bushes are loaded, and the fruit is turning from green to purple. The birds are lined up fighting over who gets the first feast. This is why the net must be put in place. I will most likely put in the netting over the green beans and sweet potatoes this weekend. We are truly blessed and the more I realize it the harder it is for me to believe how many Americans hate the nation we call home.

Down below under thoughts for the week you will find some of the numerous websites and podcasts. Along the annual HFS journey folks often ask what sites we use for news and information. You will see below it's impossible to stand and quote them to anyone. This is a compilation of different areas HFS uses for information covering numerous preparedness areas. Having the sites is great but what you do with the information is most important. Have fun.

I had the chance to speak with a couple of our HFS Patriots located in other regions during my drive home last week and it was great having some time for quality conversations. Of all the things I miss doing Hope for Survival it is spending time with all the great Patriots who are doing their best in these trying times we live. Thanks for your time and the laughs we could find while discussing the world we are experiencing. Bless you all.

I want to point out to folks living in conservative red states with conservative governors. Don't let your guard down and hold them to the fire. Follow every move they make, what they sign, and who is backing them. As we are witnessing in red conservative state Tennessee, having the title and past history does not mean these individuals will represent and fight for the best values of conservative citizens. Stay awake fellow Patriots.

Let us move along....

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

Facebook – Hope for Survival -Join us for daily posts on preparedness.

YouTube Channel – Hope for Survival

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HFS Thursday Zoom Session - HFS Zoom Rally #110 was conducted with topics covering a video interview with Robert Kennedy on the Covid-19 origin, a legal immigrant's testimony to what they see in America today compared to their South Africa homeland, and another opinion on the global currency and US dollar status. We had great discussions and several heartfelt points by attendees. Thanks to those who could attend.

Check out HFS YouTube. - The newest video is a chat with Bravo Echo on feeling exhausted from all the world struggles and the emotional roller coaster we all ride from time to time....or all the time. Check it out below. Posted May 8, 2023. Please helps us grow our YouTube channel.

If you have not, please consider subscribing to the HFS YouTube channel by hitting like and then subscribe. Connect and give me a shout. Again, hit subscribe and share with family and friends.

Upcoming Training Opportunities -

In the Field | Herbalista Free School ( Learn more at this link. (Thanks to our Patriot Sister in the hills of TN for this submission)

Heritage Life Skills - Lite July 21-23, 2023

- Haywood Community College - Hope for Survival will be teaming with Carolina Readiness Supply (CRS) to put this event together and offer some mid-summer preparedness training in Clyde, NC. You can find the class schedule below for two full days of training on many preparedness topics. Get your tickets at the following link. Heritage Life Skills 2023 Event – Carolina Readiness or call 828-456-5310

NOTE: We will soon be adding a block of classes for Friday, July 21, 2023 in the 5 - 630 pm slot. We will post these classes as soon as they are locked in. Please take a close look at the schedule below to note a couple class changes, primarily on Sunday afternoon.

- Project Appleseed - Project Appleseed | Project Appleseed ( - This is a great program and opportunity to learn and spend time with a loved one, especially children. The link offers viewing for which states offering the Appleseed program. (Thanks Festus, for this submission)

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 (

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

Recent chatter - While Festus and I pay close attention to the world, nation, and our local communities, our primary focus is our local community. Because we have a vast mental filing cabinet of the past 12 years, a lot of topics from the past is surfacing again now. Many are causes and it is up to us to determine how they may or may not impact us locally.

A certain conspiracy voice from roughly ten years ago reported in depth how several missionaries in south and central America discovered what appeared to be Chinese military members in several countries training with host forces. At the time it seemed like a stretch and even today one not paying attention would draw the same conclusion most likely. Wouldn't you agree? Long ago, I heard a wise voice say, "a conspiracy is a conspiracy unless the accuser fails to prove it so." Is that fair?

Recently, three independent alternative news sources are stating Chinese military hardware is currently located just across the southern US border in Mexico. True? I don't know. I would not be totally surprised at all. Concerned, yes? Very much so. Is it possible the conspiracy podcaster years ago had it right? Maybe? When I see the number of military aged men crossing our border the past few years and the number who are Asian, yes, it concerns me. When I think about how much of our active-duty military is deployed to the Ukraine region right now from our southern military bases, it concerns me more. When I recall the news reports of our military munitions for war time ready capability being depleted because our government sent them to Ukraine, I'm greatly concerned.

Our national ship is currently sailing through rough waters and apparently, we have no one at the help nor are his captain's paying attention either. Military recruiting is down by large percentages and the Navy seems more focused on drag queen shows and teaching men to walk in high heeled lady shoes. Now if that is your thing go knock yourself out. I can tell you from 20 years in uniform, we are traversing down a path to disaster and you can bet our enemies are laughing while stabbing bayonets in make believe American military and civilians alike.

Back in the day, one of my rough neck military supervisors used to come out and tells us we had the best "chit-show" in town. That wasn't a compliment by no means. I want to borrow is label and apply it the status of our existing government. I never realize how great a box of rocks could look when wrapped in an expensive suit. We are being duped. We are funding a broken system with no warranty for expired and broken hardware.

If the John Durham report recently released doesn't scare the living popcorn out of you, maybe check your pulse. Failure after failure. Lie, cheat, steal. Robbery. Treason against our people, our system of justice and an elected president. Blatant in our face abuse and all with a smile. The two key functions of our nation to protect "we the people" torched justice and destroyed what faith we had remaining in them to do what is right. The sad part is, it is worse today than was then. It is so bad now, they don't even try to hide it any longer. The system is corrupted, and no one is going to pay a price for treason. No one. How does it make you feel?

So, it could mean nothing, or it could mean a bunch. When a government uses intent for direction vs the law, treaties, existing deals and the interest of the nation and people, something is seriously wrong in my judgement. The system was designed with fail safes to prevent these types of failures however it seems someone has hit the override switch.

Once again, you are witnessing why self-reliance and building a trustworthy community for preparedness is essential. Our lifelong dependence on the big system called government is over from the sense of how we once recognized it.

Next ....

Websites Used - Many of you often ask, "what websites does HFS use routinely.? The honest answer is lots. Festus and I both routinely use close to 200 or so websites weekly. It also depends on the topic of research. We also have preferred sites just for reading pleasure or cross-checking topics of research. I personally have a simple rule. Check the topic and check it again. Cross-check it and then go find at least two other independent sources discussing the same topic to some degree. Also, you don't have to like the messenger to note the message. You don't have to agree with the message but note points from within overall point being made. What you are noting may not apply today, so file it away for future knowledge. We are pulling mental notes from things we filed ten years ago. They are applicable now. We all manage things in our own way so do it how it works best for you. I'm just offering some tips to help if you need it.

Here's a few of the sites we use:

- News -

- Finances -

- Food and Homesteading -

- Constitution -

- Preparedness -

- Preparedness Stores -

- Medical / Equipment -

- Communications -

- Bushcraft and Tactical -

- Geo/Space/Weather -

- Faith -

- Podcasts -

I hope your eyes are big and you're wondering how on earth you will consume all these sites and information offered. Well, it takes time. We have been consuming information from these sites and more over the past ten plus years to educate ourselves on what we share today.

Have fun.

Next .....

Gardening Information:

Below is a great guide to keep check on your plants. The leaves are great nonverbal signals to issues with the plant. I'm sorry I can't credit who created this deficiency guide, but it is excellent.

Thats all Patriots...

Preparedness News -

1. From Mr. Alaska - Survival Blog - Barter Networks as an Alternative to CBDCs, by Mr. Alaska ( - Are you convinced a spoiled society will adapt to one of bartering? (Thanks Festus, for this submission)

2. From Tunnel Rabbit - Survival Blog - Solving the Hard Bean Problem with a Grain Mill, by Tunnel Rabbit ( - Good information. (Thanks, Festus, for this submission)

3. From Prep School Daily - Prep School Daily: The Medicinal Uses of Oak - Here we go, another printable item for our home library.

4. From Mavis Butterfield - One Hundred Dollars per Month - 93 Canning Recipes In Seasonal Order - One Hundred Dollars a Month - Keep that printer fired up because its hard to pass up free recipes.

5. From Bill White - Survivopedia - The Issues with Going Solar - Survivopedia - I still hear debates over yea or nay on solar. I'm sticking with my personal belief. That being, at the end of the day we will hopefully have the sun and wood available when all the fuels are gone or not available.

Other News -

1. From Tyler Durden - Zero Hedge - Wedding Parties, Homeless Vets Booted From NY Hotels To Make Room For Migrants | ZeroHedge - Why does news like this no longer surprise me? (Thanks Festus, for this submission)

2. From Thomas Lifson - American Thinker - It sure looks like Michelle Obama is being pressured to run for president, forcing Biden out of the 2024 race - American Thinker - Are you surprised to read this? I'm not and you shouldn't be either.

3. From Emrah Gurel - RT World News - Turkish election rivals to runoff — RT World News - This could be one of the biggest stories of the year. I can't imagine the reigning President of Turkey losing, leaving, being fair, or turning over power.

4. From Liz Sheld - American Greatness - Morning Greatness: IRS Removes Entire Team Investigating Hunter Biden › American Greatness ( - Let me ask you something. After the past ten years of total corruption, how does anyone keep faith the system will fix itself and the bedtime story will read favorably.

5. From Spencer Kimball - CNBC - Universal flu vaccine based on mRNA tech to be tested by NIH ( - Look at the provider for this report. Left. Are they waking up? Doubtful. But, it is a good sign when they report what many of us suspected all along.

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.

The HFS family needs lots of prayers right now. We have several sisters and brothers in great need of uplifting. Prayers are needed in Central AL up to Huntsville, AL and our Patriot brother who remains with serious health issues. Prayers are still needed in northern GA, MD, KY, NC and TN. Please keep our Patriot family in western NC in your prayers for uplifting, strength, wisdom and direction. Our HFS brother has endured two surgeries in the past 10 days, and we pray his recovery and each day forward is healthy. This family has amazing faith and strength but could use more prayers from the prayer warrior team.

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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