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Archive for July, 2012

Dave Duffy

And now, a word from Patricia

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The following letter was forwarded to me by Scott Valencia, Chief Operation Officer of Redshed Media Group LLC. and the voice of Bubba DaVinci on the weekly The Backwoods Home Magazine< & Self-Reliance Expozed Radio Show.

Scott writes:

Patricia is a listener to the Backwoods Home Radio show, and a big-time Facebook poster (over 50 posts in the last week of information she finds…a lot is from BHM). She replied to a question that was asked about Jackie [Clay-Atkinson] on a radio show and I offered a free ticket for getting it right….This one comment made the whole thing worth it for me. This was her reply to this weekend.


I wanted to write you and thank you for inviting me and letting me and my friend (Kathryn) into your wonderful show. I cannot tell you how much your generosity means to me. I really can’t. It is very rare that anyone does something so nice for me and to be so gracious to let us both in….. wow, you are a great person. Thank you so much.

I am sorry that I could not write you last night and thank you. When I got home I logged onto FB [Facebook] and was going to write about the show and THEN message you and thank you for your generosity, but before I could do anything, my system crashed. I could not believe it. I finally managed to get back on and leave that message that I was having computer problems. I hope you saw it. I restored my system to the factory settings and have been updating all of the software today. I am just now getting back on. I am embarrassed that it has taken me this long to thank you. I am sorry but it could not be helped.

That being said, I had a blast. An absolute blast!!!!!!!!! Kathryn did too. I saw so many of the people that I have been reading about and talking to on the Internet for many years now. I have been following Dr. Christopher and Backwoods Home at least since 1993. I was going to go to Canada and get my master herbalist degree in ’96. I have been wanting to see what the Tattler lids looked like. I have been wanting a Vita Mixer. I got to see the newest bullet proof vest and try them on. I even got to taste the ‘ova’ eggs and see if I liked them enough to buy them.

I met up with 6 of my friends on FB and saw a few others that I have seen around cyber world. I also got to meet my mentor. I almost cried when I met Jackie Clay. I can not tell you what it means to me to have finally met her in person. I even got a picture of her and I!!!!!!!!!!! Like an idiot I forgot my camera. hahahha But Kathryn had her phone and took one for me. I will cherish that picture forever. I had hoped to meet up with you later on in the event when things calmed down for you but I gave up about 1:00pm as I didn’t think it would calm down for you. Maybe we can catch up sometime over lunch. My treat!

Thank you, again….and take care.


Dave Duffy

Thank you to the fine state of Texas

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

We’re at the airport waiting for our “red eye” flight out of Dallas.

I was one of the 60,000 people who attended the final event of the Glenn Beck show at Cowboys Stadium. Fantastic! I like Beck. He’s a good Libertarian, even if he does dwell on religion a little too much for my liking. His political views are right on, quite a bit like John Stossel’s, who I consider the most important Libertarian alive today.

Cowboys Stadium is immense and beautiful. I was on the top deck, thanks to a special ticket supplied by Scott Valencia, one of the heads of Red Shed Media. It was like being on top of Mount Olympus. Beck was like an ant way down below so I had to watch him on the giant screen, which is the biggest I’ve ever seen.

Everything IS BIG in Texas. The Six Flags amusement park across from the stadium is the biggest I’ve ever seen, with enormously high parachute drops, roller coasters, and huge towers from which various people-containers plummet. Next to that is the biggest water slide park I’ve ever seen. The Self Reliance Expo itself gave us the biggest number of new subscribers in two days we’ve ever experienced. I got a steak one night at the Trail Dust restaurant and had the biggest, juiciest steak I’ve ever had. Even when I ordered a “small” tomato juice this morning for breakfast, I got a big glass of juice. This must be just the way Texas is.

We’ve had a great time here. The Texas drawl uttered especially by the ladies is very charming.

Dave Duffy

Everything in Texas IS big

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

The Glenn Beck event at the Cowboys Stadium last night was fabulous.

Dave Duffy

Dallas Self Reliance Expo booming

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Johnny and Teresa Clepper of Hamilton, TX, shown above with BHM editor Annie Tuttle (l) and Jackie Clay-Atkinson (r), wore their Backwoods Home tee-shirts to the Dallas Self-Reliance Expo and we were happy to let them each pick a free book.

Jackie has already sold out of her books so we are taking orders for it and will mail them to customers. I videotaped a talk on solar given by BHM Energy Editor Jeff Yago. He was very good but I was not a very steady video technician.

Notice our new backdrop in the photo. BHM Staffer Connie Sayler sewed it during the last couple of weeks while she was also helping out with deadline. We’re going to have readers suggest little additions to it, make them up, and mail them to us, and we’ll sew them on to dress it up.

It remains very hot here so you can’t go outside for more than a few minutes or you’ll drop dead of heat stroke. At least you will if you’re from my area of Oregon.

If you’re in the area, or will be passing through today or tomorrow, please stop by and say hi. And don’t forget to wear your BHM tee-shirt (or buy one at the expo) so we can give you a free book, too!

Click Here for information and directions.

Dave Duffy

First the Dallas Expo, then Appleseed in Oregon

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Lenie and I will drive to Corvallis, Oregon, in the morning, pick up Annie and we’ll all fly from Portland to Dallas tomorrow night for the Self Reliance Expo in Arlington, Texas. The Expo is Friday and Saturday. Jackie Clay and Jeff Yago will also fly in for the show. Both are doing presentations.

This should be the largest Self Reliance Expo ever. Glenn Beck is doing a show next door and promises to send his audience of about 80,000 over. We typically get 10-15,000 attendees at our show. We’ll see if this comes to pass. We’ve brought extra anthologies and subscription cards just in case.

A few days after we return to Oregon we’ll host an Appleseed shoot. Mas Ayoob is flying out for that shoot and he’ll write about it for the Nov/Dec issue. We expect about 75 people to participate. I still have yet to zero in my Ruger 1022, which I’ll shoot at the event. All four of my kids plan to shoot at it.

Dave Duffy

This is all the encouragement I need

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Very nice letter I got yesterday:


Hello Mr. Duffy,

I hope this note finds you and your family well.  My name is Roger Durham and I live in Southeast Texas.  My wife and I have been ‘awake’ for only a few short years.  Approx 2 years ago we ordered “The Whole Shebang” and have enjoyed it tremendously.

There has been so much to read in everything that we have received from you, that I am just now getting to your book of essays “Can America be Saved from Stupid People”.  I must say that this Is one of the most pleasurable books that I have ever read, and I am only half way through!

So many of your stories fit into my life so closely and I am willing to bet that most people could say the same thing.  I am at work again tonight and I am having a ball reading the book.  I have laughed hysterically, so much so, that people are coming from other offices to see what is so funny!  I have also cried, and in doing so, I have put the book down a couple of times to reflect on similar events in my life (and to try to hide a tear).

I thought you might like to know, that for as long as it has been since you wrote some of these stories, they are still current in today’s times.  I admire your talent to write and express the feelings that I have in my own heart, but lack the words to say.  You have made my day, sir.

God Bless,
Roger Durham
Orange County, TX


Roger made my day too. I just updated the Stupid People book. It now contains more than 400 pages. We’ll sell it for $24.95 but give a $10 discount to anyone who bought the first edition. The discount will be on the honor system. If you bought it, just say so and take $10 off the price.

Just noticed we forgot to update the cover and the new price on the website. Oliver will do that when he gets a moment. Click here for the new cover.

Here’s the letter:


Dave Duffy

A new series of “Ask Jackie” books

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Today we launched a new series of “Ask Jackie” books. Here’s one of the covers and you can click the link for the others. We expect them to sell like hot cakes. You can also click the link to preorder them at a special price. They range in size from 88 to 216 pages

Dave Duffy

Knee replacement surgery gone awry

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Been thinking I’ve needed a left knee replacement for a couple of years now, but I’ve put it on the back burner lately after watching my older brother, Hugh, struggle after his knee replacement surgery and then watching a BHM employee, Jeff Ferguson, struggle after his hip replacement surgery. Both got infections that caused them big problems. Jeff’s infection was cured after a couple of miserable weeks, but Hugh had to have his new artificial knee removed and is still fighting his infection.

I’ve always heard good things about joint replacements, and I’ve talked to at least four doctors seeking advice about possibly replacing my knee. I never heard about the problems. Maybe I didn’t listen carefully enough because I had sold myself on the idea that a new knee was the obvious solution for me.

Hugh got his artificial knee on March 22 and it’s been a battle ever since. After the swelling wouldn’t go down, more surgery the middle of June revealed a big infection. Then, after an antibiotic regimen failed to subdue the infection, doctors removed the artificial knee July 2, and he’s now on a 6-8 week antibiotic course designed to cure the infection. After that he’ll hopefully be back at Square One facing surgery to install a new artificial knee.

This three-plus month ordeal for a guy used to working out at the gym for an hour or so every day and walking the golf course has been an especially hard grind for Hugh, although his spirits have remained high and he is determined to get back on his feet.

It’s had a big impact on me. I’m no longer considering a knee replacement, relying instead on Ibuprofen whenever I walk the golf course. My knee feels remarkably good in light of witnessing these two joint replacements. People hardly ever hear me complain anymore. But just in case, I’ll do a lot more research on which hospitals and doctors have the best batting average when it comes to successful joint replacement surgery with low infection rates.


Tweeked new layout and Google+

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Robby Duffy has been working to get a Google+ page set up for us. It’s online now and he’ll be making regular updates to it.

To accommodate the new link icon, I moved them from the top of the left navigation to under the search box in the middle of the new layout. That will allow us to easily add more in the future as Robby gets us on other social media sites. (The blogs still run on the old layout. Click on Home in the left navigation column to see the new layout.)

If you are a member of a social site on which you think Backwoods Home Magazine should have a presence, please let Robby know via email to robby [at]




Dave Duffy

State cops nabbing tourists in Gold Beach

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Our town of Gold Beach is filled with tourists tonight as we head into the weekend. We need these tourists badly to help the struggling local businesses. But the state cops were at the edge of town nabbing tourists in a speed trap as I made my way out of town to come home. It’s insane! If a tourist is nabbed in a speed trap while on vacation, chances are they’ll never come back to our town.

It’s just a way for our local cops to transfer money from our local businesses into their own pockets.What’s the point of all the money our Chamber of Commerce spends trying to attract tourists to our town if we just set them up for the cops to ticket them? Sounds counterproductive! Local merchants spend money to get customers for the cops.


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