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Book Reviews

Durable Trades: Book Review

Durable Trades

Durable Trades: Family Centered Economies That Have Stood the Test of Time.
By Annie St. Francis – Reprinted with permission from The Repository Project
Rory Groves has produced an outstanding work that will inspire individuals, families, and communities. Beautifully written, and timely, Durable Trades is philosophical and practical. It’s historical and current. It’s contemplative and guiding. In addition to the careful research given to each of the Durable Trades described, Groves also shares thoughtful perspective, personal insight, and sage wisdom hard won. The result is surely to be a connection with readers who seek a simpler, more sustainable, and grounded direction in the career choices that will govern their working and even their family lives.

Organized around three primary sections, Durable Trades begins with thoughts about the fragility and transience of the systems on which we depend, the level at which human beings have become disposable in the post-industrial world of machines, the consequences to individuals, families, and communities, and the unsustainable nature of it all.

From this springboard, he makes the case for a return to traditional understandings of the nature of work, our understanding of real wealth, and the role of faith in our lives. Within this context, Groves examines more than 60 trades with scores and discussion that cover historical stability, resiliency, family-centeredness, income, and ease of entry. Authors to apothecary. Farmers to farriers, and the foundryman. Leatherworkers. Loggers. School teachers. Shipwrights, and silversmiths.

Groves’ conclusion returns the reader to an important conversation about the lies of the modern culture, the value and import of dignity and discipleship found in traditional work, and the foundations upon which we can build a resilient future.

Durable Trades includes an Appendix with additional resources organized by categories:

  • Family Economy
  • Culture, Faith, Agrarianism
  • Farming, Homesteading, and Self-Sufficiency
  • Historical Trades & Traditional Skills
  • Tours & Attractions

…and an invitation to Continue the Conversation.

Groves also includes a summary table of the Durable Trades, describes the Methodology in his scoring process, and an extensive Bibliography. It’s well worth checking out… BUY IT HERE!

Want to see more like this? Check out lots of great titles from these selections from The Repository Project

Country Living, Homesteads, and Rural Lifestyles

Gardens, Greenhouses, and Hydroponics

Small Family Farms, Ranches, and Animal Husbandry

Aquaponics, Aquaculture, Tank Raised Fish and Pond Care

Cooking, Baking, Home Creameries, Food Preservation and Root Cellaring

Traditional Arts

Homeschool and Lifelong Learning

You might also review our article on Emergency Survival Planning. Stay safe, everyone.

Book Review – The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

The Backyard Homestead: Produce All the Food You Need on Just a Quarter Acre

By Annie St. Francis – Reprinted with permission from The Repository Project
The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! An excellent source of inspiration and ideas for anyone just starting out, and seriously interested in the self-sufficiency of a small scale homestead. Editor Carleen Madigan shares great tips for success in every aspect of a small homestead from garden planning for maximum plant diversity and production to the summer fun of making your own ice cream.

Lots of extras are built into each enjoyably readable chapter. Recommendations for raspberries includes region specific recommendations for variety selections. Her chapter on fruit trees includes primers on pollination, pruning, and a recipe for old-fashioned peach preserves. Essential herbs capture the imagination, and Madigan covers the subject well with an overview of 32 popular choices. Discover flavored vinegars and learn to make your very own herbal teas. Explore the possibility of growing wheat, and expand the ways in which you cook with grains. Add grape vines to your garden, and perhaps nut trees too. Keep chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese. Goats. Sheep. Cattle. Rabbits. The Backyard Homestead shares important perspective and tips for the small scale care and keeping of farm animals to meat preservation including the use of smokehouses. Homesteaders also have a great love of dairy for all its uses, and this title covers the basics of making delicious cheese, and the special treat of homemade ice cream just right for a sundae or summer cone.

The Backyard Homestead includes helpful resources for each of the subjects, a bibliography of other Storey books readers might find interesting and helpful, a USDA Hardiness Zone Map for gardeners and growers, a selection of municipal codes related to the keeping of chickens, and a well organized subject index.

Want to see more like this? Check out our selection of great books from these selections…

Country Living, Homesteads, and Rural Lifestyles

Gardens, Greenhouses, and Hydroponics

Small Family Farms, Ranches, and Animal Husbandry

Cooking, Baking, Home Creameries, Food Preservation and Root Cellaring

A Thoughtful Quote to Share

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” – Abraham Lincoln

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills – Third Edition

Book Review: Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills – Third Edition
Back to basics

By Annie St. Francis – Reprinted with permission from The Repository Project
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills
 is a concise and yet detailed encyclopedia of information important to the basics of self-sufficient living. Learn to bake bread, build a stone house, develop a water supply, and spin yarn. Raise a barn. Braid your own rugs. Craft a dulcimer. In an age where so much of what we need comes to us ready for use and just in time, it is more important than ever before that we rediscover and practice the skills truly fundamental to life – those that help connect us to the hands-on experience of living each day, across the seasons, and through the years. It’s a knowledge base that is life sustaining, and may also one day be life saving. Perhaps we are being called from the complex world back to a much simpler one.

Each section of Back to Basics provides a well-organized introduction with background and context, important instructions, and illustrations. The editor has also selectively added glossaries, insets, references to additional reading, organization-based resources, and a detailed index.

The editor’s introductory sentence reflects so well the content of this book, and it’s importance: “Back to Basics is a book about the simple life.” This title comes highly recommended by The Repository Project. We encourage you to consider making it part of your home libraries.

Want to see more like this? Check out our selection of great books on Country Living, Homesteads, and Rural Lifestyles!

A Thoughtful Quote to Share and an Additional Reading Recommendation

“At this point in history, our society tends to elevate and reward the specialist… This concentrated focus has brought some benefits… It may also be a modern malady. Specialization, when taken too far and allowed to define who and what we are, becomes limiting. It robs us of our wholeness and our self-sufficiency. It misses the big picture and confines us to a narrow zoom. And it leaves us at the mercy of experts.” – Keith StewartIt’s a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life

We also encourage you to visit our post on Prepper Lists at Professor Preponomics

Book Review: Crisis in the Red Zone, by Richard Preston

By Annie St. Francis

Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come
Crisis in the Red Zone

Crisis in the Red Zone is the true story of Ebola, one of the most terrifying viral pathogens known to man. In telling it, author Richard Preston, takes the reader on a journey back and forth through time, and around the world. Survivor interviews, and countless hours of research surrounding reports – published and unpublished – are the foundation and framework for Preston’s work. He masterfully uses these structures and narrative strategies to tell the stories of the few who survived their encounters with Ebola, and the many who did not.

Playful children including Emile Ouamoung. Village healers like Menindor who practiced medicine and mysticism in the form of ancient traditions. Loved ones who attended the dying, and those left behind to mourn and bury the dead. Clinicians including dedicated nurses and doctors like Dr. Humarr S. Kahn, and “Auntie” Mbalu S. Fonnie. Research specialists and highly trained experts including epidemiologists and virologists, among them Lisa Hensley. The volunteers of charitable organizations including Dr. Lance Plyler of Samaritan’s Purse. Hospital administrators and staff including Simbirie Jalloh. Government officials, among them Gene Olinger. Survivors including Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. Each of these people becomes the voice of Ebola. In the telling of their encounters, the virus itself speaks.

Read the entire review here…

Reading In the News…

Posted at The New England Journal of Medicine: “Ebola Virus Transmission Initiated by Relapse of Systemic Ebola Virus Disease” By Placide Mbala-Kingebeni, et al.
“…investigations that showed that the patient had had a relapse of acute EVD that led to a transmission chain resulting in 91 cases across six health zones over 4 months.”

Posted at the New York Post: “Washington state monitoring 23 people for Ebola virus” By Natalie O’Neill

Posted at Great Game India: “China’s Secret Human Animal Hybrid Experiments”
“Dr Wiesendanger told The Sun Online a virus created or modified within the lab could be even more devastating than Covid – potentially with a death rate of up to 80 per cent.

Posted at The U.S. Sun: “Health Fears – Ebola ‘outbreak’ possible in Washington and Oregon as 27 people who recently traveled from West Africa being monitored” By Mollie Mansfield

Posted at Inside Nova: “Ebola Reston: A look back at the monkey house” By Kari Pugh
Editor’s note: This is an older news story from 2014, but important coverage of a current and ongoing threat to public health.
“Today there’s a Kindercare at 1946 Isaac Newton Square in Reston. But in 1989, it was the site of an Ebola nightmare in the making.”