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Dave Duffy

More on the “Members” Section for website

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The “Members” section on the website is due to go “live” Nov. 15, but I think I’m going to change it before it does. Instead of it becoming a “members” section, I’m going to make it simply a digital subscription to Backwoods Home Magazine with access to past issues.

We haven’t charged anyone’s credit card yet, and we won’t until we notify people of the changes.

In a nutshell, readers will be able to get either a print issue or digital issue subscription for $24.95 a year, which has been our print issue subscription price for quite a few years. If a subscriber then wants to add a digital subscription to his or her print issue subscription, or wants to add a print issue subscription to his or her digital issue subscription, he or she will be charged an additional $11.95 per year.

The digital issue will include access to all back issues, as we get them uploaded to our website. We have uploaded down to about Issue No. 60 at present and expect to get down to Issue No. 43 or so by the end of November.

We’re hiring Julia Denning, sister of our ME Jessie Denning, to help with the conversion and uploading process. Julia graduated a couple of years ago from Bard College in New York with a degree in anthropology, so we’ll be training her in a new direction. She’s another one of these whiz kids who learns very fast. Like Jessie, I’ve watched her grow up since she was a little kid and have a lot of confidence in her.

Our Self-Reliance magazine, which is our Kindle-only magazine, will no longer be part of the “members” club mix. In fact, we will no longer use the term “members” club. It’ll just be a digital subscription with access to back issues. Nice and simple.

Why have I abandoned the “members club” idea? Very little pre-launch interest, so I’m giving it up before it has a chance to fall flat. If there is no interest in a digital subscription, I’ll give that the heave-ho too and stick with Amazon’s Kindle. We’ll stay with Amazon’s Kindle no matter what. I like dealing with Amazon and think their Kindle issue helps small magazines like BHM. They market us to the whole world.

We’re doing a digital subscription because we assume it will be a benefit to our readers and make us a little extra money in the process. But I may be wrong on my assumptions. We’ll soon find out.

Dave Duffy

The PGA’s newest winner is no stranger to BHM

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

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:


Dave Duffy

Going back further in time — to age 19

Friday, February 8th, 2013

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

Dave Duffy

The rest of the concert story!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

We posted a photo of Lenie conducting the Gold Beach High School Band yesterday on our Facebook page. The concert went off great but was almost very embarrassing for one of the 15 members of the band, namely our son, Sam. While putting on his pants just prior to the concert, Sam broke the fly zipper and came running into my office yelling, “Dad, what am I going to do?”

Luckily I had just put a new sewing kit into the Preparedness Pack I carry in the trunk of my car. We got it and pinned up his fly with the safety pins in the kit. He’s so skinny that the pants easily slid over his bony hips.

So you see, being prepared comes in very handy in a variety of emergencies.

— Dave

Lenie conducts the GBHS Band. Marvelous concert. The kids showed how hard work and talent can create a wonderful musical experience.

Sam's pinned-up pants

My Preparedness Pack's sewing kit is in the front. Most of the pack's contents are still in the bag.

Sam is on sax, at right. The other two boys are Cameron Kuykendahl on trumpet, left, and Conner Timm on alto saxophone.

Dave Duffy

Photos of me and my kids

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Robby, an engineering student at Oregon State University, with our new puppy, Damon, a chocolate lab.

Jake, a student at OSU, with Damon.

Sam, a student at Gold Beach High School, and Damon.

Annie, the managing editor of BHM, with my youngest granddaughter, Clara, and Damon.

Granddaughter Olga and Damon.

Grandson Gavin and Damon

Damon chewing on my ear.


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

Energy Fair just a so-so event

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

The Wisconsin energy fair is over but it was only a so so show, much smaller than the recent Self Reliance shows and the Mother Earth News Fair. Maybe the down economy is beginning to take a toll. Energy fairs sell a lot of pricey hardware, where the self reliance shows sell a lot of lower cost, practical stuff like canning supplies and seeds. I’m really looking forward to the Dallas Self Reliance show in Dallas July 27 & 28.

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

Helping Ron Paul win in South Carolina

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

I made a donation to Ron Paul’s Money Bomb today to try and help him win some votes in South Carolina. If you’d like to do the same, click here.



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