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Letters and email from readers about Backwoods Home Magazine and the BHM website


Archive for the ‘General Store’ Category


The Whole Sheebang!

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Dear Dave & Staff at BWH,

I am writing to inform you of a major oversight on my order for The Whole Sheebang. You failed to include a warning label or note stating “Contents will cause sleep deprivation, loss of work productivity and social withdrawal from the family. From the minute I received the box of anthologies and books, I can’t put them down.

I read Starting Over by Jackie Clay in one sitting and have not been able to stop from there. My wife stole my Backwoods Home Cooking book before I even had a chance to look at it. My sons each grabbed an anthology and I find them now in every room of the house including the throne. I’ve issued strict orders, not to be used in place of TP.

The articles are educational, thought provoking and inspiring. Last night I read issue #29 and I’m going to ask both my sons to read “You have to learn to shovel crap before you learn to be the boss”. This article should be required reading by any individual born after 1990.

I don’t agree with all the written commentary but I do agree that you are producing the best damn self-reliant living magazine on the market. Keep up the excellent work and please consider my suggestion.


Kurt Carlsen

PS.  Do BWH paper subscribers have the ability to download the kindle version for free or are we required to pay the  $1.99?

Glad you like The Whole Sheebang. Sorry, but only Kindle subscribers can download the Kindle version. Amazon’s rules, not ours.



My subscription story

Thursday, January 27th, 2011


I have been reading your magazine, as well as a few other “self reliant” magazines, for many years now.  I usually pick them up in a local bookstore, near where I work.  I have just recently decided to cut down to just one magazine!  This has nothing to do with the downturn in the economy, just a matter of streamlining.  I feel that Backwoods Home gives me more information on more diverse subjects, than the “others”!

With the decision made, I went with your “whole Shebang” offer!  I want to thank Rhoda for making my  ordering very easy.  While talking to her, I gave her my story.  No, it does not start with “once upon a time…”, but MY determination to not only try to help myself, but help others as well.

While placing the order with Rhoda, I remembered reading about people who could not afford their subscriptions anymore.  I told her I would like to pay for someones sub. and she asked if I wanted to pay for one or two years.  When she said that, I asked to cover one year for two people.  Rhoda went on to tell me she would put them down as “Gift Subscriptions” and that each one would be at a much reduced price.  I asked that if they were at a reduced rate, then can I cover four subscriptions.  She said that would be “OK”!

Now let me clarify things here:  I am not rich, I lost over 45 percent of my retirement in the stock market crash, My house and the rest of my retirement and savings are going to my soon-to-be EX-wife, BUT, by the grace of God, I AM still employed!

I live in a medium sized city on the Long Island Sound, and have been working at the same place for over twenty years.  I worked for a mid-sized Pharmaceutical Company, that decided to sell it’s manufacturing and research facility, and move to New Jersey.  Well this was when everything was starting to look bleak with jobs moving out and businesses closing.  We all thought this was the end for us, the job we had was gone, but it had been many great years!

We had been told {grapevine news stand} that there were at least two mall chains looking at our property, and we would be let go.  As it turned out, there was this “unknown variable” waiting in the wings!  One of the “great bastions of Liberal/Progressive thinking” bought not only the property, BUT hired on “only” about 20 of the former 2000+ employees!  I happened to be one of those twenty or so people!

SO not only did I not lose my job, I also got a raise!  So it is with this “extra” that I wish to bless someone else!

Thank you for allowing me to pass at least this part of my fortune along to other people!  I can only hope it will inspire others out there to do the same.

John S.


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


Jackie’s new book

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Dear Jackie:

I want to congratulate you for another wonderful book!

Your gardening/canning book is the best I’ve ever read. It is really nice to be able to go in find the vegetable or fruit, and have recipes and growing information at your fingertips! Also, I loved the little tidbits of family information you tucked in here and there.  It made me feel a part of your family!

Thank you so very much for all the help you have passed on to us, your hungry-for-information-and-future country living people.

God bless you and your family, especially your sick Mother.

I hope she gets well soon.

Donna J Miller
Tucson, AZ


Your Website and Magazine

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Dear BWH,

Tonight I entered a forum called “KountryLife” that I frequent mostly. There someone mentioned your magazine so I just had to call up your website. Your website is AWESOME. I fell head over heels with your magazine so I just had to have a 3-year  subscription.

I can’t wait till I get my first issue. I’m not much into ordering magazine subs but I was so pleased with reading all your website I know I will have many hours of enjoyable evenings reading your magazine.

Thanks to all of you.

Billy D. Logan
Hitchcock, Texas



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