The Sane Prepper Mantra: Common Sense Rules for Prepping

“Prepping should be:

* Responsible. It is smart and normal to get ready for emergencies.

* Valuable. The whole point is to actually benefit from prepping if you should ever need it.

* Easy. Don’t waste hundreds of hours digging through incorrect and confusing content.

* Affordable. Almost any budget can cover the basics of prepping.

* Comforting. Have the peace of mind that you and your family are ready.

* Fun. It’s challenging and fun to figure out how to become a more self-sufficient person. It’s like Boy/Girl Scouts for adults.”

-The Prepared, “The Sane Prepper Mantra: Common sense rules for prepping.” ThePrepared.com. January 8, 2018

I haven’t gone into this article in detail, mostly marking it for later reference. It looks like a companion piece to Doomsday Planning for Less Crazy Folk.

The Crane Wife

“‘The Crane Wife’ is a story from Japanese folklore. I found a copy in the reserve’s gift shop among the baseball caps and bumper stickers that said GIVE A WHOOP. In the story, there is a crane who tricks a man into thinking she is a woman so she can marry him. She loves him, but knows that he will not love her if she is a crane so she spends every night plucking out all of her feathers with her beak. She hopes that he will not see what she really is: a bird who must be cared for, a bird capable of flight, a creature, with creature needs. Every morning, the crane-wife is exhausted, but she is a woman again. To keep becoming a woman is so much self-erasing work. She never sleeps. She plucks out all her feathers, one by one.”

—CJ Hauser, “The Crane Wife.” The Paris Review. July 16, 2019.