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6  Publisher’s Note

7  Editorial:
Gulf War II opened the eyes of Americans to the U.N. and the media

78  Ask Jackie:
Castrating cattle, moving to a cabin, propane refrigeration, cleaning the grease out of range hoods

73  Ayoob on Firearms:
Shooting left-handed

57  Irreverent joke page

50  The gee-whiz! page

81  Letters

86   Advertiser Index

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Cover 82
This issue our cover is a photo by John Kallas whose article, Making dandelions palatable, leads the issue. Though most of us think of it as an obnoxious weed, for ages it has been regarded as a source of delicious and nutritious food. Delicious? Yes. When properly prepared, dandelion greens can brighten up a dinner plate, a soup, or a salad. And then there’s dandelion wine, made from the petals that make up that pretty yellow flower that covers hillsides and meadows from spring to autumn.



8  Making dandelions palatable   By John Kallas, Ph.D

13  Dandelion facts and history   By Tom and Joanne O’Toole

28  The informed juror   By Dr. Gary F. Arnet

Many of America’s problems may be solved by one thing—jury trials before informed jurors.

46  Logging Grandma’s farm   By Rebecca Payne

What you should prepare for before you decide to have your land lumbered

51  Alternative lifestyles   By Dorothy Ainsworth

What was a single dad’s solution to living with two teenaged sons? Three trailers!

40  Taking valerian to bed   By Sharon Palmer

Got insomnia? Before you try prescription or over-the-counter drugs, perhaps you should try this natural alternative.

58  Defeating debt   By Don Chance

Debt may be the biggest barrier to moving to the backwoods. The solution may be simpler than you think: bankruptcy. Don Chance tells you what to consider.

64  Diagnosing appendicitis   By Dr. Bill Glade

66  Supercharge your AM radio   By Charles Sanders

71  Chapter 4: The last ride of ‘Yo Roller   By Robert Waters

For a moment, the eyes of the armed robber and the pharmacist, Dennis Grehl, locked. Grehl reached for his own gun. The outcome was like a quick-draw in Dodge City.

Independent Energy

16  How to select the right backup generator   By Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM

Food and recipes

15  Dandelion recipes   By Tom and Joanne O’Toole

25  Making wild nuts into nut oil, nut meal, & nut butter   By Rev. J.D. Hooker

26  Cornmeal cooking   By Gaynya Tallmadge

33  The amazing yogurt   By Habeeb Salloum

35  Successful cold storage   By Sylvia Gist

42  Chokeberries   By Jackie Clay

53  Homemade   By Jackie Clay

Cottage cheese, rhubarb pie, lemon custard pudding cake, pasties, beef stew, biscuits, butter, grouse breast.

70  Tomato canning tips   By Tom Kovach

Farm and garden

23  Growing and storing herbs   By Tom Kovach

62  A simple backwoods hay baler   By Rev. J.D. Hooker