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Behind The Scenes At backwoods Home Magazine

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Archive for May, 2012

Dave Duffy

Three younger helpers heading to the TMEN Fair in Puyallup, Washington this weekend

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

We’ll bring three young people to The Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington, this weekend. They are Toby Stanley Jr, 20, who works at the magazine while going to college, John Werder, 19, who is getting ready to go off to college in September, and Sam Duffy, 17, the high school junior who is responsible for putting BHM onto the Kindle platform.

They helped me get ready for the trip, which begins tomorrow, by coming up to my house yesterday and mowing, weedwacking, and weeding. Good to see boys working hard, especially when it’s work I won’t have to do. John Silveira and I will need some strong backs to help set up the booth in Puyallup.
Toby Stanley Jr has worked for BHM for a couple of years. He did the Denver show with us last year.

John Werder works occasionally for the magazine, and he'll be attending college with my sons, Robby and Jake, in Corvallis, Oregon in September.

Sam Duffy put BHM on the Kindle platform and is working on getting us onto the Apple Newsstand platform. He is a junior in high school.

Dave Duffy

John Silveira will be at Seattle show

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

John Silveira, BHM’s senior editor since the beginning, will be at the Puyallup, Washington TMEN show. Puyallup is south of Seattle by about an hour. He joins me and Annie at the show. If you want the perfect inside view into what has driven Backwoods Home Magazine all these years. these are the three people to come visit with.

John very seldom does a show. It’ll be great for me and Annie because he’s so talkative we’ll be able to just sit back and let him greet everyone who comes up to the booth. Annie and I are relative recluses. Speaking of recluses, Claire Wolfe said she’ll visit the BHM booth and sit for a while. I’m looking forward to that as I met her for the first time last year and really enjoyed hanging out with her. I like hanging out with these “smarter than crap” writers I’ve recruited over the years.

These shows are probably more fun for us behind-the-scenes people than for readers. Many of us have never met each other, or we meet each other very seldom. We’ve all go our own power, as it were, and we’ve loosely joined hands to bring you BHM.

I’ll talk more about this on my Twitter page.

Dave Duffy

Paying with silver a bargain for BHM readers

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Silver is down to $28/ounce, which equals about $20/ounce for junk silver. BHM takes silver and allows $25/ounce. Great price for readers! I’m on Twitter too.

Dave Duffy

Tweeting on twitter

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

I’ve begun to tweet on Twitter and will probably do so on a more regular basis. Very interesting keeping to 140 characters. Every time you are forced to write into small segments it changes things. Rim editors (headline writers for newspapers) have to write very short and informative headlines, and good news journalists have to write concise and informative one-paragraph leads for stories. Tweeting seems to be somewhere in between. Tweeting might fit my style since I tend not to be long-winded. Short, explosive encounters is more my style.

Dave Duffy

The conductor!

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Lenie Duffy, my wife and business manager for Backwoods Home Magazine, conducted her first concert of the Gold Beach High School band last night. She took over the band after the band director, Norm Rowe, an accomplished musician and member of the Curry-Del Norte Orchestra, died suddenly. Lenie has been the volunteer piano accompanist for the GBHS choir for several years, but this was a step into the unknown and she was very nervous.

The concert went off beautifully. The band played near flawlessly and everyone loved it.

Dave Duffy

Photos from the Self-reliance Expo

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Jackie Clay has been talking to her fans at the self-reliance show.

We’ve posted eight more photos in an album on our Facebook page.

You do not have to be a Facebook member to view them.

Click Here to view the album.

Dave Duffy

Annie and I meet with BHM writers at Colorado Self-reliance Expo

Friday, May 18th, 2012

We’re having a great time in Colorado. Last night, we got together for drinks with the BHM writers who will be at the show.

If you’re in the area, please stop by the show and say hello.

Left to Right: Lisa Bedford, Patrice Lewis, Jeff Yago, Jackie Clay, Dave Duffy,
Annie Tuttle, Amy Alton (Nurse Amy), Joe Alton (Dr. Bones).

Dave Duffy

On our way to Colorado and New videos

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Annie, Sammy, and I are on our way to the Self-Reliance Expo in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

We hope all our subscribers and other friends within driving distance will stop by and say, “Hi” tomorrow (Friday) from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday, from 9 am to 7 pm.

Click Here for more information and directions.

Yesterday, Sammy finished editing two new videos.

The first is a tour of our offices where you can meet the staff and some of our writers.

The second video is also an office tour, but both the video and it’s star are a lot shorter.

BHM Office Tour 2012

Clara’s Office Tour

Dave Duffy

Safety Not Guaranteed — the film inspired by Silveira’s BHM ad is coming out in June

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

This is pretty cool. The film inspired by John SIlveira’s classified ad in the pages of BHM is coming out in June. Here’s a link to the “featurette” about the film.

And here’s the link to John’s article explaining the stir that arose in the wake of the ad.


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