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The PGA’s newest winner is no stranger to BHM

Sunday, May 5th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | No Comments »

The PGA Tour’s newest winner is Derek Ernst — –, a 22-year-old rookie, and he is no stranger to BHM Publisher and youth golf sponsor Dave Duffy. Prior to Derek’s win today, one of the few photos a web search would turn up of him was this one with Dave after the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship played at Bandon Dunes. Dave blogged about it back then here: and here:


Faces in fire

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | 3 Comments »

This time of year in Oregon, a lot of people burn off their slash and junk piles, which in my case includes left-over building debris and fallen tree branches I’ve retrieved from my own trees or the forest. Faces often appear out of my slash pile fires so I thought I’d share a few from my most recent fire. First is this face of a man facing left, second is a gorilla facing right, and third is a sitting dragon looking right. — Dave.

face looking left_web

gorilla looking right_web

sitting fragon looking right_web

A gun story with a happy ending

Sunday, February 10th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | No Comments »


Saturday, February 9th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | No Comments »

If you’ve seen the news today, you know New England was hit with a major snow storm that dumped as much as 38 inches of snow in some areas. Our webmaster lives in a Boston suburb and felt lucky to have awoken to a mere 18 official inches, although one drift in his yard topped five feet.

Most folks spent the day running snow blowers and wielding shovels. Below are two of his neighbors, who waited until late afternoon to begin shoveling, trying to figure out where to pile all the snow so it doesn’t collapse back onto their sidewalk or into their driveway.


And some folks, having spent too many hours moving snow, like the owner of the car, below, gave up and left their car buried until tomorrow.

Going back further in time — to age 19

Friday, February 8th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | 3 Comments »

Butch (Richard Blunt) sent me more photos of him and me camping and fishing at Maine’s Unknown Lakes in 1963. We were both 19 years of age.

Butch in 1963_web

Dave in 1963_web

Tony Lamb and me in 1974

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | 3 Comments »

This photo is from 1974, taken by Richard Blunt, who is now the Food Editor for BHM. Tony Lamb, then 69, is at left, and Dave Duffy, then 30, is at right. I was interviewing Tony to write a book called The Retirement Threat with him. It sold about 70,000 copies and had 7 different printings, including a hard back, soft cover, large print edition, special Penguin Books edition, etc. I couldn’t find it through a Google search. Now I am 68, nearly Tony’s age then. My daughter Annie, who was 9 years from being born when this photo was taken, is now age 30 and has been running the editorial side of Backwoods Home Magazine for 3 years. Where does the time go?

Here’s what the book looked like. These are, from left, hard back, soft cover, and G. K. Hall Large Print editions:

Ret Threat_web

Mas Ayoob survives helicopter crash

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | No Comments »

I’ve been lost in my own world and failed to notice until today that Massad Ayoob, my friend and one of BHM’s most important writers, was in a helicopter crash. He’s ok, thank goodness. Here’s the local story:

and here’s Mas’s blog account:

I’ve been absorbed in a lot of technical details affecting the magazine, but the most important things affecting it are writers like Mas. I’m really thankful he didn’t get killed or injured.

15 FREE Kindle eBook and back issue downloads for Jan 10-11 (Thursday and Friday)

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 by Dave Duffy | 90 Comments »

“Ode to Joy” by Beethoven

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 by Dave Duffy | 1 Comment »

This is a very cool flashmob:

Oliver, the BHM webmaster, sent this to me. I’ve already posted it on the Backwoods Home Magazine Facebook page.

A Kindle Christmas present from BHM

Monday, December 17th, 2012 by Dave Duffy | 5 Comments »

FIVE KINDLE BOOKS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD FREE FROM BACKWOODS HOME MAGAZINE – You’ll want to SHARE this with your friends. We’ll give a FREE book each day of the week, Monday, Dec. 17, through Friday, Dec. 21. Two we’ve offered before, three are new.

Monday: Download FREE – “Ask Jackie: Canning basics”
Tuesday: Download FREE –“Ask Jackie: Water bath canning”
Wednesday: Download FREE  —“ Ask Jackie: Pressure canning”
Thursday: Download FREE — “Ask Jackie: Food storage”
Friday: Download FREE — “Ask Jackie: Homestead cooking”

Here’s my Santa Claus analysis of these free Kindle book giveaways: Our Kindle prices for these books range from $4.95 each (3 of them)  to $9.95 each (2 of them).  The average download of a free book, judging from our past experiences, is about 4,000 people. The math says that equals about $140,000 worth of free Kindle books we’re giving away.

But it really doesn’t cost us anything extra to give them away. In fact, some people who get a free Kindle book will often come back and buy a book from us, either Kindle version or paperback version, or they’ll subscribe to the magazine out of gratitude.

It’s a hopeful day for America and for the capitalist system that spawned Amazon and its Kindle book reader when you can give away $140,000 worth of merchandise, have it cost you nothing, and end up making a little money from thankful people. Everyone benefits!

Thank you, Amazon, for thinking up this great idea called Kindle!

And Merry Christmas to everyone! – Dave Duffy at Backwoods Home Magazine


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