2021 Book List

I really enjoy reading other people’s book lists and sharing my own. The following is a list of the books I read in 2021.

If you’d like to peruse my past book lists, you can do so as follows: 2016 is a series of four posts at the following links – Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four. My 2017 book list is at this page, my 2018 list on this post, and my 2019 list is here. My 2020 book list is on this post.

  1. JANUARY: When the Peace is Gone – Glaspy
  2. The iRest Program for Healing PTSD – Miller
  3. Beyond Labels: A Doctor and a Farmer Conquer Food Confusion One Bite at a Time – McCullough & Salatin
  4. Odessa Strikes – Akart
  5. Warrior Goddess Training – Amara
  6. The Winter Sisters – Westover
  7. Black Swan Book Two: Carrion – Goodwin Continue reading

Are Books the Next “Supply” Shortage?

An interesting news trend on my LinkedIn feed this week is a potential book shortage for holiday shoppers. Apparently there’s a perfect storm of paper supply issues, labor concerns, and transport problems that could affect how many copies of print books your bookseller receives. This particular article has a very good breakdown of the situation.

This article in The Atlantic goes a different direction though, really only mentioning books in a bare bones way (which is why it’s trending on LinkedIn with the book supply issues). Other takeaways Continue reading

National Preparedness Month: Week 4

Since September is a five-week month, I decided to hold over the week four tips from FEMA to split the difference on weeks four and five. This week’s topic is teaching youth about preparedness. Oh, be still my heart! Right up my alley.

I had the distinct pleasure of teaching an emergency preparedness course for our homeschool co-op during the spring 2021 term, and I think it went over well. We started with general emergency preparedness information, with a large resource bundle from the offerings over at FEMA; then moved into a Stop the Bleed class where the teens learned and practiced wound packing, tourniquet application, and more. We finished out with select portions of the USCCA Emergency First Aid Fundamentals course, including putting together their own first aid kits for home, car, and more. I think their favorites were using the tourniquet on me and going over first aid kits with a “tour” of our kits and my car – since many of them are learning to drive or about to, that really seemed to hit home as they asked questions about the storage spaces, spare tire, and other supplies too.

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Building Your Own First Aid Kit

As mentioned earlier this week, I recently taught an Emergency First Aid Fundamentals (EFAF) mini course about building your own first aid kit. What a great class! We reviewed the first aid kit module from USCCA’s EFAF class, then discussed scaling of kits, which takes one from a personal comfort (or “booboo”) kit that will fit in a purse, briefcase, or the like, all the way up through a household kit, a car kit, and a shooting range/outdoor activity kit.

To keep the focus on the kits and discussion, rather than attendees needing to write down links, I sent out the resource list after class. I’m providing them for you here, as well, in the hopes of helping you find what you’re looking for. I’m going to leave links visible instead of embedded in the text, in case you want to print the list for future reference vs coming back to a blog post.

Now, let’s get started! Of note: NONE of the following links are affiliate links and I receive no compensation of any type for sharing them. They are simply organizations and/or manufacturers I have been pleased with in meeting my own training and supply needs. Caveat emptor. Continue reading

National Preparedness Month 2021: Week Three

This week’s focus for National Preparedness Month is “Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness”.

Natural disasters don’t wait for a convenient time. Preparing for them shouldn’t wait either. Start today by signing up for alerts, safe-guarding important documents, and taking other low cost and no cost preparedness actions to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies for you and your family.

You might be surprised how many things you can do to prepare that are free or extremely low in cost! I’ve covered a few here on my blog and have written several articles about this as well. (Check for them in the links on my portfolio page. I’m particularly proud of these: “18 Simple Habits That Create a Prepared Mindset” and “Twenty Ways You Can Prepare Today Part 1”  /“Twenty Ways You Can Prepare Today Part 2”.)

In addition, here are some suggestions from FEMA’s Ready.gov website:

  • Download or order your free preparedness products to help your family plan and prepare for the next emergency. www.ready.gov/publications
  • Drills aren’t just for your toolbox. Practice emergency drills with your family regularly. 
  • Emergencies can happen anytime, and less than half of American families have a communication plan. Plan ahead: www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan 
  • Make preparing fun for kids! Go on a scavenger hunt around your house for items you already have to add to your disaster supply kit. Follow this list: www.ready.gov/kit and see how many items you can check off!
  • Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. Visit: www.ready.gov/be-informed.

Speaking of low-and-no cost preparedness, you may have noticed that I mention getting training pretty frequently. Stop by later this week and check out the list of first aid training and supplies I’ve compiled. I recently taught an Emergency First Aid Fundamentals class and in gathering links for the attendees, I realized they might be handy for you as well. There are even links to companies and organizations offering FREE emergency medical training, such as a Stop the Bleed course – can’t beat that!