Issue #159 cover


Don Childers painted this farm scene while visiting Dave and Ilene Duffy in Oregon this past fall. Everyone put their two cents in: We need a small child in Grandpa’s lap; that goat can be nibbling on his pants; how about a kid climbing up the haystack; that horse will be in the barn eating all the hay without a rope to keep her out.

6  Publisher’s Note

7  Editorial:
The Internet brings into the open the previously undiscussable

60  Ayoob on Firearms:
Handgun-caliber carbines

74  Ask Jackie:
Bread without electricity, canning meat, growing apricots, etc.

80  The gee-whiz! page

83  Irreverent joke page

84  Letters

85  The Last Word:
Things kids should learn before leaving high school — but don’t

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89  Advertiser Index

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39  An easier way to cut firewood
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40  Improving a rural economy with legalized marijuana
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20  How to install a steel roof
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54  Two good projects for excess rock
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78  Build ceiling boxes to save space
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70  An $89 backup generator
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8  Awesome alliums
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15  A predator-proof chicken coop
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35  “Log cabin” garden beds
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58  A kid-friendly chicken coop
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28  Using the whole chicken
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66  Keeping clean on a pig farm in the 1940s
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