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|6 Publisher’s Note
7 Editorial: The real gun criminals
32 Ask Jackie: How much space
36 Energy Works
59 BHM books
70 Poem: John Silveira
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8 Armed and female By Massad Ayoob
Massad Ayoob is a policeman who is serious about arming women so they can protect themselves. In this issue he discusses gun selection, shooting techniques, and training methods as they apply to women. He also provides a suggested reading list for those women who would arm themselves.
28 Finding the best dog for the country life By Anita Evangelista
49 Facts you should know about rattlesnakes By Marjorie Burris
38 Solar building design By Stephen Heckeroth
Incorporating the sun’s energy into building design is practical, simple, and affordable. Heckeroth provides four projects he personally designed that illustrate solar design strategies, introduce a new building-integrated photovoltaic roofing material, and show how integrating energy systems lowers overall cost.
45 Solar water pumping basics By Windy Dankoff
Solar pumps require no fuel. They are quiet, pollution-free, and require very little maintenance. Dankoff explains how they work, the hardware involved, their applications, and the economics of using free sunlight to pump your water.
14 Build this sturdy large-capacity food dehydrator By Charles Sanders
Dehydrating is one of the oldest methods of preserving foods known to mankind. Charles Sanders explains how he built his family’s large-capacity food dehydrator for next to nothing.
22 Picnicking with class! By Jean L’Heureux
76 Nutrition and a vegetarian diet By Jennifer Barker
Working for a living
65 Step into the future with your own website By Oliver Del Signore and Mark Cogan
19 Use “wattle and daub” methods for low-cost construction By Rev. J.D. Hooker
55 From the architect’s chair: Framing—things to think about By Martin Harris
Farm and Garden
71 Grow your own celery By Alice Brantley Yeager