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Archive for February, 2012

Dave Duffy

If you can’t make it to a real-life Self Reliance Expo, try the “Self Reliance Virtual Expo”

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

If you’ve never been to one of the Self Reliance Expos we have been helping Red Shed Media put on, you can now at least go to a Virtual Self Reliance Expo and watch videos featuring the Expo’s vendors talking about their products. I’m the first video featured, so once you click on the link above, then click on my image to hear my offhand explanation of what BHM is all about. The recording was done at the recently completed Dallas Expo.

 Jason Akers on BHM Radio Show

Tomorrow night BHM writer Jason Akers will be the guest on the BHM Radio Show on the Preparedness Radio Network. Red Shed Media hosts for the show will be Ron Douglas and Scott Valencia. I think you’ll enjoy the interview. Jason is a recent addition to the BHM pool of writers, having published the article, “Jug lines, trim lines, trot lines,” in Issue No. 124 and we’ve bought five more of his articles and scheduled them for future issues.

Dave Duffy

Watching the sun rise at the Dallas Airport

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

We left for the airport at 5 am. Sam catches a nap as the sun rises.

Dave Duffy

Dallas Self Reliance Expo rocks

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

The Dallas Self Reliance Expo at the Mesquite Convention Center is in its final day today. Excellent show for us. We will likely sell out of all the books we shipped here. My son, Sam, is doing the lion’s share of the work, including doing some radio interviews and making new contacts with customers. I’m mainly relaxing and BSing with long-time customers.

Sam Duffy and Heather Douglas, daughter of the Expo’s organizer, get acquainted.


Dave Duffy

Experimenting with virtual office

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Annie and Clara talk with Dave through Skype.

Annie and I have been experimenting with a “virtual office” since she will be moving to Corvallis this spring. While Sam and I are at the Dallas Expo, we’ll see how well it works between Dallas and Oregon. John Silveira will also tutor Sam in math from Oregon through the same virtual office setup. Our virtual office is simply Skype with a better quality “after market” camera we’ll be able to move around more easily.

Dave Duffy

Dallas Self Reliance Expo looming

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Sam gets ready for the Expo by working on his school homework.

Looking forward to the Dallas Self Reliance Expo, which is actually in Mesquite, a suburb of Dallas. The books and magazines have been sent, and Sam is working hard to get ahead on his homework since he’ll miss a couple of days of school.

The tendons in my right foot are healing fast. For exercise, I’ve been using my stationary bike an hour a day, splitting wood, and hitting golf balls off my back deck into the woods. I can’t retrieve the golf balls from the woods since the uneven ground is too hazardous for my unstable foot, but Sam got a bunch for me today. His young back and dexterity will be needed at the show.

Dave Duffy

BHM Radio Show tonight at 6 Pacific Time

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Don’t forget the BHM Radio Show tonight (Friday, Feb. 3) at 6 pm Pacific Time (9 pm Eastern Standard Time). Patrice Lewis, one of BHM’s favorite writers, will be the guest. She and her husband, Don, run a home craft business selling wooden tankards and they homeschool their kids. You can find some of her articles by clicking here. Their tankards are superb, a combination of functionality and works of art. I’ve had a half dozen of them for years. Here’s their website.

Their tankards come in all sizes and shapes. These are mine.

Click this link to tune in to the show.

Torn ligaments, not broken foot

Turns out I have torn ligaments rather than a broken foot. I can’t play golf for a while (2-3 months heal time, the doc says), but I can cut wood to stay in shape. I wish I had as good a form playing golf as I do cutting wood.


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