Memory Mastery – Journaling

Memory Mastery – Journaling

In this article, I promise I will jumpstart your memory, allow you to recall details faster, and with more precision and to become your own survival mentor. And I won’t make you sign up for anything, pay for anything, or take elaborate steps to deceive you in any way. Step 1: Make A Journal A bit of a let down isn’t it? Did you think I would tell you about some new smart pill, or a 12 step mnemonic pattern? Nope, just start writing stuff down. Here is the caveat. You have to do it all the time, it must be hand written / drawn, and it needs to be only for you. Who Journals? I have been “journaling” for my entire life. Not a diary or one of those artsy watercolour scrap books you find on Google. I just wrote or drew anything that I found interesting in note books. It started with Mead spiral bound books of varying sizes and colours, then I tried 3-ring binders, mini notebooks and finally settled on The Large Ruled Notebook by Moleskin – they never change and I can always buy another of the exact same type. Also, hardback Moleskins are quite robust and can take a moderate amount of beatings which is going to happen when you carry around a journal all the time. At first I didn’t know that I was writing to my brain, I was just putting things down that  were cool. Cool words that I wanted to remember like lucid, or images that I wanted to come back to, but slowly the stuff that I was interested in stuck....
The Bug-Out Paradigm

The Bug-Out Paradigm

In this short article I want to clarify my idea of what bugging-out and bugging-in really means.  I think there is a disconnect between reality and fiction in the preparedness world. The problem I see is that many people would have you believe that you need to go right off the deep end when you are preparing. I am sure that when you first get into prepping, you are inundated with images of camo clad survivalists with 80 lb. ruck sacks preparing to eek out a living in the woods or peppers with 10 years of supplies in their basement that run drills for evacuations from the zombie hordes. This is not reality.  Reality is boring. Everyday we all experience little emergencies. Our tank in our car is low on gas, we forget our lunch at home and have to go buy it, or we give ourselves a paper cut. These are tiny little emergencies. Once a week at least, I experience a subway shutdown. Someone is sick, there is a fire on the platform (apparently paper goes on the tracks and catches fire and everyone has to wait for a fire marshal to show up) or there is a jumper. It happens. Occasionally there is something wrong on the tracks and I have to walk from one stop to another. Not a big deal. If it is a particularly cold day (middle of January), then it becomes a bigger deal. If the power goes out in my house in early spring or early fall, whatever. If the power goes out in the winter or on the hottest days...
Every Day Carry

Every Day Carry

EDC Check. For those who are veterans of survival and preparedness, if you think you are prepared and this article is old hat consider this: Where is your EDC bag / stuff? Is it on you right now? What is in it right this second? What does it cover? Have you ever used any of the stuff in it? I mean really used it? Does it have all the components needed to cover off your basic needs? Time to walk the walk. Buckle down, test your stuff. Make a real fire, check the expiration dates, etc.    Every time my mother-in-law picks up my backpack, she constantly exclaims “what’s in this” and “why is this bag so heavy”. While I wouldn’t say the bag is heavy, it does have some heft to it. I have gotten used to the weight of being prepared and I feel almost naked without my backpack – like when I have to go through airport security. What makes up the majority of the bulk of my daily backpack is my EDC or Every Day Carry kit. If I took all the contents out and laid them on the table, the few items that I really need on a daily basis are my wallet, keys and maybe a pack of gum. But I don’t want to carry what I just need, I want to carry what I may use. Whether it is an emergency or just daily life, my EDC helps me cover almost everything that comes my way. Every Day Carry What is Every Day Carry? EDC is the price of admission into preparedness. It is the most...