Math in the Real World: Pythagorean Theorem

When are we ever going to use a2 + b2 = c2 in the real world? I asked this question in math class. I am unsure if I ever received an answer until I began building my off grid paradise. Recently, I plotted the footprint for my shop’s foundation. My math teacher should have handed … Continue reading Math in the Real World: Pythagorean Theorem

Heating a Chicken Brooder: No Electricity Required and the Coming Disaster(s)

About every third year we purchase baby chicks and keep them inside our home for 6 weeks. Most people wisely place them in a barn, shop, garage, mud room, etc., but for people who live off grid in snow country, it is not so simple.  The 100 Watt heat lamp tends to suck the battery … Continue reading Heating a Chicken Brooder: No Electricity Required and the Coming Disaster(s)

The Death of our Local SEARS, our Dead Mall, and a Dying Economy

This is a tribute and reflection of the death of our local SEARS. It is sad to see these valued stores in our community disappear. Some people will argue it is online stores competing with them, but most people do not order refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, and snow throwers online because the shipping is ridiculous, … Continue reading The Death of our Local SEARS, our Dead Mall, and a Dying Economy