Issue #158 cover


This issue’s cover depicts Don Childers and Dave Duffy playing chess by the warm, crackling fire. They are both taking a well-deserved break — Dave from editing and Don from sketching the next issue’s cover. Don has been BHM’s main artist since the beginning of the magazine, more than 26 years ago.

6  Publisher’s Note

7  Editorial:
Analyzing Obama on guns

52  Ayoob on Firearms:
Learning to shoot

68  The gee-whiz! page

73  Irreverent joke page

74  Ask Jackie:
Strawberry glaze, planting tree seeds, earthquake preparedness, etc.

85  Letters

87  The Last Word:
The making of a movie mogul

88  Classified ads/Classified advertising form (pdf)

89  Advertiser Index

90-96  BHM anthologies & books

97-98  Order form/Subscription Info

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14  Pump water for free
By Kai Moessle

29  Wooden posts that last
By Robert Van Putten

64  Cut your electric bill in half
By Kathryn Wingrove

Farm and garden

8  Prevent foodborne illness with safe gardening methods
By Donna Insco

13  Testing hay, straw, and compost for toxic herbicides
By Sylvia Gist

23  Growing beans
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

41  Grow gourmet mushrooms
By Jereme Zimmerman

48  Keeping records for livestock
By Donna Insco

56  Cole crops
By Sylvia Gist

70  Starting a roadside farm stand
By John Murray

Food and recipes

34  Texas Fireballs
By Randy Young

51  Make cheese in a crockpot
By Robyn Dolan

78  Hearty, humble potatoes
By Linda Gabris


66  The Orphan Trains
By John Dinan


19  The off-grid cabin project, part 4
By Charles Sanders

36  Turning a $10,000 house into a home, part 4
By Claire Wolfe