Putting it all on the Amtrak line for Self-Reliance magazine

By Dave Duffy Issue #163 • January/February, 2017 As publisher of Backwoods Home Magazine for 28 years, I have not had to work as hard in recent years, as younger people like Managing Editor Jessie Denning...

Sure, I’ll vote for Trump! What have I got to lose?

By Dave Duffy Issue #162 • November/December, 2016 Donald Trump has been urging African-Americans to vote for him for President by asking them, "What have you got to lose?" Things are so bad for blacks in...

The individual still reigns supreme

By Dave Duffy December 17, 1999 John Silveira has received a number of very critical letters recently about his homeschooling science articles in the last two issues, mainly because he talks about evolution. We've even had...

Life at sea

By Dave Duffy December 24, 1999 Before I ever started Backwoods Home Magazine , I wanted to be a commercial fisherman. But somehow I never took that first step. Instead I fished whenever I could,...

Something unsaid about Timothy McVeigh’s execution

By Dave Duffy April 12, 2001 There's something unsaid about the coming Timothy McVeigh execution, scheduled for May 16. Many of us can feel it but are afraid to express it for fear of being labeled...

Introducing the international tax cartel

By Dave Duffy February 13, 2001 Democrats on Capitol Hill aren't the only ones who don't like President Bush's $1.6 trillion tax cut plan. A group of Western European nations think they should have global veto...

The media’s treatment of blacks makes their socialist bias obvious

By Dave Duffy January 23, 2000 Most of us who are concerned about the continuation of America's constitutional freedoms, which underlie a free enterprise system that has made us the most prosperous nation in history, realize...

Dr. Laura tells her listeners she’s decided to pack a gun

By Dave Duffy February 12, 2000 The showdown between the Federal government and the American people over gun rights may have tilted in favor of the people recently when the nation's third most popular radio talk...

Finding solutions in firewood

By Dave Duffy January 16, 2000 When I am confounded and afraid, that is, when I have trouble figuring out what to do next in a critical situation, I go to my woodpile, grab an axe,...

Preparing for a temporary catastrophe

By Dave Duffy Issue #139 • January/February, 2013 November's Superstorm Sandy on the Northeastern coast of the United States was our most recent grand reminder that society is fragile, most people are not ready to take...

Talking to your kids about death

By Dave Duffy Issue #97 • January/February, 2006 How do you talk to a child about the death of someone they love? How do you explain the impossible? It's a task many of us parents have...

Why you may want to get a stress test

By Dave Duffy Issue #98 • March/April, 2006 Between issues I underwent triple bypass open heart surgery that saved me from a major heart attack, possibly a fatal one. It was a sudden thing. One day...

Sgt. Jim Duffy — An ordinary hero

By Dave Duffy Issue #95 • September/October, 2005 My brother, Jim, died between issues. It was an expected death, as Jim suffered from lung cancer. My oldest brother, Bill, had called with the news in the...

If you want to survive an emergency, look to yourself, not the Government

By Dave Duffy Issue #96 • November/December, 2005 Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath said what I could not have said convincingly in ten thousand words: The government cannot protect you in a major emergency. It doesn't...

Planning for a Gold Beach tsunami

By Dave Duffy Issue #94 • July/August, 2005 For years I've known that Gold Beach, the hometown of Backwoods Home Magazine, was in a tsunami hazard area. They have tsunami drills at the local schools, and...

Training for the Boston Marathon

By Dave Duffy Issue #92 • March/April, 2005 Ever get a wild idea in your head that just won't go away, and you start working on it like crazy? It happens to me all the time....