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Archive for January, 2010


The Whole Sheebang

Friday, January 29th, 2010

I just got my package containing The Whole Sheebang and I’m so excited! It’s like Christmas all over again! There’s so much to read and learn, I don’t know where to begin!

I already have Jackie Clay’s book, “Starting Over” but that’s ok because now I can give it as a gift to someone. :-)

Thanks for the prompt service. You publications are definitely my favorites by far!

Now I’m going to go make myself some tea, grab an afghan and soak in all that Backwoods Home goodness starting with, “The Best of the
First Two Years”

Thanks again and take care!

Rhonda Jurgenson



Thursday, January 28th, 2010

As a new subscriber to your magazine I was surprized that your humor section actually used Southerners as the butt of your humor.  I like a good joke and a laugh but I find it demeaning to use stereotypical humor with Southerners as the focus.  In some circles this could be construed as bigotry, but what the hell… nobody gets bent out of shape if a woman or a negro is the focus of humor, right?  Why should Southerners feel put off when a complete column is devoted to them.

I enjoy your magazine altogether.  The information it provides is worth the subscription rates.

Best wishes,

Mississippi Slim


Canadian Subscription Postage

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

I really like the looks of your magazine, but is it really an extra $3 postage per issue to send it to Canada?  Not surprisingly that makes it way to expensive for me to consider.  I have things larger than a magazine sent to me from the US for less than $3.

Chris DeVries


We would love to be able to better access the Canadian market via subscriptions, but it costs us $2.85 per issue, plus an envelope, to send each issue to Canada.

The Canadian government will not allow American magazines to use our postal system’s “periodical” rate. It’s the Canadian government’s way of “protecting” Canadian businesses from us Americans, I guess.



Subscription comment

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Hi Folks,

I opened your webpage, which is indeed a masterpiece of useful information, and found a political article. I happen to be a strong supporter of President Obama and am really hoping that he will be given a chance to make some difference. I get tired of his every move, idea, thought, action, being criticized. He can’t pick his nose right.

When he came into office no one gave him a manual on how to clean up the mess he inherited. How can he be wrong on everything. The previous administration sure didn’t do everything 100% right. So I get offended when I see a magazine that promotes simple, close to the earth living going off into political commentary.

I’d like to think that I will be reading the articles on living simple. There are magazines that are specifically focused on political analysis. If I want political commentary I can subscribe to one or more of them.

I called up your website to subscribe to the Backwoods Home magazine, but first I want to know if the article I read is going to be the kind of fare I will be getting or is this just a one time editorial?

A potential subscriber

Harold Wheeler


The articles you see on the website, which comprises hundreds of articles, some with a Libertarian viewpoint, is an accurate representation of what is contained in each issue of the magazine.




Monday, January 25th, 2010

I read and enjoyed your article on the family cow. I have one and love her and all the wonderful dairy that comes with her. However, I strongly disagree with your recommendation to pasteurize this milk.

Raw milk contains living enzymes and probiotics that are killed when pasteurized. Also, much of the vitamin content is lost when pasteurized. Pasteurization is not needed when milk is handled correctly and it ruins one of the very best parts of having a cow – slurping down that milkshake on the front porch, knowing that it is the healthiest thing you consumed all day!

Pasteurization was originally introduced because disease was being spread through raw milk because of the filthy dairy conditions. It was cheaper/easier to fry the milk, than to clean up their act.

I hope you will at least include this argument in your article so that folks can decide for themselves with all the facts on the table.

The dairy industry conned the public into thinking that milk needed pasteurization because it was inherently unclean so that no one would ask the obvious question, “why don’t you people just clean up your act instead of destroying one of God’s most incredibly healthy foods?”




Where’s Claire?

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Just wondered if you are still around?

I got my first computer at age 46.  Old dog new tricks!

Can’t find any new info on you…blog is down???  Know you like dogs.



Claire discontinued Wolfe’s Blog a couple of years ago. However, she has been writing regularly for the Backwoods Home print issue and has just started a new blog here on the BHM website.

Her new blog is named “Living Freedom.” There is a link on the BHM homepage and in the navigation menu to the left under “BHM Blogs.”




Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

I enjoyed the piece on grafting very much. It brought back memories long forgotten.

When I was a freshman in high school a part of my curriculum was “Agriculture”, for want of a better term. We had a general class on grafting and which plants were in what family. After this lesson I went home and, without informing anyone, grafted a yellow running rose to one of Mother’s peach trees. Needless to say, it took and everything went smoothly until the graft began to bloom. After the “investigation”, my britches got dusted, but the rose remained until the tree died some years later. Oh, I used twine and candle wax to bind and waterproof my graft.

Use as you see fit.

Johnny H. Frost


Jackie Clay’s New Book

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

I really love Jackie’s new book. As a matter of fact, I’m soaking beans right now to can as ham & bean soup. I am also going to can beans because most of mine are pretty old. Then I can get new ones as soon as we use up the ones we have.

Thank her for me, would you please?



Your articles in Backwoods Home Magazine

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Miss Wolfe,

Have just discovered Backwoods Home Magazine and am enjoying it and your articles. You have a simple, elegant style of writing that makes it easy and a pleasure to read. I will look forward to your articles in the future.

My wife and I having lived in Reno enjoyed that type of high desert living and I am from the Pacific Northwest, Portland area to be precise. I know what you speak of having water and tax- us – to death taxocrats!

We currently live in Southern Alabama and will be moving shortly to South Dakota for my wife’s job. I want to move back into a high desert region. I used to go camping and hunting in Eastern Oregon and and Northern Nevada at all times of the year, winter too! I too know the music that comes with such a harsh place. I really miss it.

Again thank you for your  writing.

Kevin Cederquist


Circle of Friends

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010


I just finished your article in Backwoods Home Magazine and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

My boyfriend and I are in the process of clearing his family’s property to try and start raising our own livestock and a good sized garden. And while we are very gung ho, his family is not so much.

I appreciate the alternative tactics to getting that “lazy brother” to carry his weight should Bob have to host his brother, it’s not an added stress as he’s planned for it.

Thank you for writing a piece that can help us become proactive to our family and friend’s situations as they start to seek refuge. I hope you have an enjoyable holiday season and happy new year!



20-gauge article

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Great article by Massad Ayoob.

I’m a great believer in the “less is more” philosophy of shooting.  My favorite rifle, for example, is a Marlin 1894 in .357 magnum.  What a fun and incredibly useful gun it is!  It’s so much better in just about every way than a .357 revolver.  Much quieter, lighter recoil (the mass of the rifle is over twice that of the revolver, and you can hold it to your shoulder), more power (about 400-500 fps over the 6″ barreled revolver–hitting a deer at 100 yards with the rifle is like holding the muzzle of the revolver to the deer’s side and pulling the trigger–think it’ll do the job??), more accurate, and much easier to hit with.

In the same way, the 20-gauge is plenty of gun for most situations, and a lot nicer to carry, swing and shoot.

Great article.

David Smith



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