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store this, not that

Pin ItThe Old School has been on hiatus for a long time, but the Damsel would like to poke her head in and say she misses her students. She hopes you are all doing well. Things are going well at the Cottage by the Mountains too. Bulbs are coming up. Chickens are clucking. Life is […]

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Pin ItWelcome to our guest author (substitute teacher) Kirsten Metcalf from the Mormon Channel. Remember when your parents gave you a piggy bank as a small child? It sat on your dresser, and you would add in all the coins you could find until your little piggy was full and you could finally buy that […]

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Pin It A few days ago, the Damsel posted an interesting infographic on preparedness. (See THIS post) Pretty amazing, and for most people, a bit overwhelming. The Damsel received this thoughtful reply and wanted to pass it along to you. (with permission) “This friend of the Damsel found this plan fascinating and exhaustING!  and feels […]

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be prepared

Pin ItThe Damsel found this prepping matrix exhaustive and fascinating. What do you think? A link to a .pdf version is below the image. prepping matrix ver 1prepping matrix ver 1

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live off your own land?

Pin ItThe Damsel is fascinated with this graphic. Even though there’s some dispute about the numbers (some say it could be done on less) it’s still an interesting thing to think about. How self reliant could you be if you had to grow your own food? Home Solar Power Discounts – One Block Off the […]

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debt and other crap

Pin ItAttention, class! Meet today’s teacher, Kirsten Cavaliere. The Damsel would appreciate your kind attention. Warning! Cringe-inducing image ahead! Debt.  Crap. Debt is one of those things that likens to the fat kid looming deep within all of us.  You know, that chubby little kid inside of you that wants to eat nothing but chocolate, […]

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Pin ItWhat a week! What a month. The Damsel has been asked to speak at two different writing conferences, and after she got past the shock, she realized she had a lot to do. Speaking is a new and different thing for the Damsel. There’s no delete button, no thinking it over and then revising. […]

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walking to school. (or biking)

Pin ItThe Damsel often complains about old fashioned things being lost. This frustration is one of the main reasons she began the Old School. So when she recently received this guest post, she thumped her fist on the table and said, “Here, here.” After all, in the olden days, we used to walk to school […]

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the ultimate sophistication

Pin ItPardon while the Damsel gets a bit serious. photo credit Self reliance is more than making your own buttermilk. It’s an attitude. Of course it’s easier to just buy stuff already made. Once in a while, doing stuff the old fashioned way really is easier, but that’s usually not the case. Ease is what […]

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making knives the old school way

Pin ItThe Damsel couldn’t help watching this video when she saw the title. This is about a guy who makes knives and other things the old school way.  Sound interesting? Check it…

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