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Have we lost Rites of Passage? – Throwback Episode

have we lost the rite of passageAcross the world there are cultures have different ways that they ceremonially bring their children into adulthood.  This is called the rite of passage.  However, we live in a world that protects our children and adults from feeling pain and hurt feelings.  Are there ways that we still have rite of passage ceremony?  Are there ways that we can make our children appreciate their place in nature and in society?  My argument is that the struggle has to be hard to make the reward to be sweet.  

I dive into the history and the cultural aspects of the rite of passage that still exist today.  I also get real personal with my plans to have my own ceremony for both myself and my son.  The journey should be a struggle because you deserve to feel proud of your accomplishments.  Join in the conversation by getting involved in the social media and on the forum!  You should plan your own passage and have your own journey.


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What can we do to have a Rite of Passage?

  • There is a purpose for this, what are the purpose of these rites of passage?
  • What are some of the most common ones around?
  • Is it ever too late to go through one yourself?
  • How am I going to go through my own passage?
  • What my plan is for my son?
  • How am I going to train him for it.
  • How do you develop a tradition for yourself?

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Camping Like A Gentleman – Throwback Episode

camping like a gentlemanIf you have never been camping you have not lived yet.   Being outside for a full 24 hours or longer is intoxicating by itself.  You learn a lot about yourself and discover things that you have never known about yourself.  Camping is a learning experience for children by expanding their interests and their imaginations.  Going back to when my grandfather and father took me camping as a child brings back memories that I will never forget.  However there is a right and a wrong way to go camping.  

It does not take much to get your family out in the wilderness.  Sleeping under the stars and cooking by camp fire is something that dreams are made of.  All it takes is one well planned trip and you have a camper for life.  Conversely all it takes is one bad experience or a poorly planned trip for you to have a hard time getting your family to camp with you again.  Don’t be that guy that drags his family out into the woods and has to deal with their complaining because of your bad judgments.  Start slow and then work your way up to a harder camp trip.


 

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How can I go camping like a Gentleman?

  • Backyard camp
  • Beside the car camp
  • Backpacking camp
  • The basics of each
  • Tips about:
    • Fire
    • Food
    • Clothing
    • Misc
    • Activities

If you would like to hear Carl Sagan’s voice reading Pale Blue Dot click on the hyper-link.  Such a wonderful way to end a day of camping.

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Why Men Need A Farm

Why you want a farmAs a Gentleman, you want a farm.  Plain and simple.  Before you get up in arms about how you don’t have the space or the time to own a farm, you need to listen to this episode.  First off, we measure size in acres and time in minutes.  Farm does not describe these two things.  It describes your acts and your goals.  No matter what you call it (homestead, farmstead, hobby farming) it all means the same thing and does not mean anything about the size.  I didn’t start my farming efforts with land and money.  I actually started with a few researching years and then graduated to containers.  My first break was when I had a patch of dirt that I could call my own.  From there my life has been enriched.

You are not going to be a farmer overnight.  You are not going to want to spend a lot of money upfront on this kind of thing.  Understand that this show is not going to be about how to start one.  You are going to get a lot of “why this matters” today.  If this is confusing, give me the next 45 minutes to light a fire in you to change your mind.


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Why does a Gentleman need a farm?

    • How men need a challenge in life
    • Higher Quality food
    • On demand food vs traveling to get it
    • Creating less waste
    • Myths about homesteading

I mentioned a link in the show back to Why Gentlemen Need  A Challenge

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Building a Farm on the Cheap

building a farm for cheapBuilding a full sized farm is not an endeavor that most people will take on.  The biggest reason is because it is so expensive to start up.  What if I could convince you that ,regardless of what you call your farm, that you can build one that wont break your budget.  I go through all of the different tactics that I have used throughout the past few years to design my homestead.  Down to the questions that you need to ask yourself.  Then I talk about the projects that you will be doing and how to prioritize them based on your own parameters.  Lastly we discuss how to make these projects cost as little as possible.

In the show, I mentioned that you should listen to the podcast about permaculture zones and watch the YouTube video on the subject, here are those links.


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How can you build a farm for cheap?

    • First steps to designing your farm
    • How to keep it cheap but not crappy
    • The advantages of having a small plot of land versus large
    • Why the experts are looking at the small plot designs

Do not forget that around Christmas 2016 I will be putting a book on the market.  The topic will be covering being an Executive Agent for the Family.  This is a step by step guide to taking your families safety into your own hands.  Making sure that you have done everything possible to keep them safe while you are on trips and out of town.  A lot of the topics covered will be 100% new to you and not mentioned on this podcast!  More details to come later.

Resources used in the making of this podcast episode:

  • All resources used were from the experiences and setbacks from creating my own homestead

 

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Emergencies Men Should Know How To Handle Pt2

emergencies men should know how to handleOne of the scariest things that a man can endure is witnessing emergencies that involve his family.  The blood pressure rises along with the pulse rate and the brain goes into overdrive.  To the normal person the next step would be to freak out and panic.  To the Gentleman however, the next step would be to calm down and start fixing the situation.

This series that I am starting is going to be an accumulation of the most common emergencies that men face on a day to day basis from the standpoint of an experienced first responder.  My goal for these shows is to help men pull themselves together and start being the fixer that his family wants him to be.  Do you want to be that guy that runs around panicking because something just happened to him and his family or do you want to be able to help the situation?

If you have not already, check out part 1 of this mini series found HERE.


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What Emergencies Should Men Know How To Handle?

  • Why you need to know this
  • What that podcast is and what it is not
  • Chest Pain
  • Seizures
    • in a car
    • on a boat
  • Choking
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Why you need to manup and learn some medical knowledge
  • How does your family benefit from you knowing this

No resources used in the show today other than my own experiences obtained over a career of dealing with medical emergencies.

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Permaculture Principals- Accept Feedback

permaculture principals accept feedbackThere is a new video on YouTube that you must watch on how I am using Permaculture Principals in my own yard to accept feedback.  I have made some mistakes in this process and need to address this.  I am not going to pretend that I know everything which is why permaculture does such a good job teaching us.  My front yard is a complete mess and it is my job to fix that.  I have planted things in the wrong places and now have to make sure that I fix those issues.

The steps that you should follow to accept feedback:

  1. Understand that you are not infallible and can make mistakes

You can do this by taking a step back and looking at what is going on.  In my case when I stood back I realized that my vision for the land was not what was reality.  After I finished being mad about the whole thing, I was able to accept that there were mistakes.  This is where you have to be ready to accept feedback and ready to listen to the land.

2.   Understand why this was a mistake

In my particular situation I knew that my mistake started with the fact that my plants were dehydrated.  When the sun gets over the house it really starts to bake this part of the land.  I needed irrigation a long time ago, just failed to do anything about it.  I added irrigation and my peppers, tomatoes, and lettuces started looking so much healthier after that.

3.  Be prepared to do something about it

How are you going to do something about the feedback that you have gotten?  I mention how I am going to work over the next year to move plants around and what my plans are to not make these mistakes again.

4.  Plan for the future

In permaculture you have to be prepared to plan for the future.  The future holds a lot for Big Oak Homestead.  I am personally prepared to take my mistakes with pride and learn from those.

While you are watching this video, make sure you subscribe to the youtube channel!

Is it too late to start a garden?

is it too late to start a gardenWhen you ask a man why they do not quit the job they have, the two answers that are given are that there has to be a roof over the families head and food on the table.  It is not a big secret that I love to talk about gardening and homesteading.  When I posted a few podcasts that were from last year I had a person that contacted me with a comment. The comment is below.  I did not want to start a conversation about how to start a late garden via twitter, so I did a podcast on it!  Gardens are not hard, just require a little bit of work to get started.  It is not just putting seeds in the ground at this point.  There are some extra steps that you need to take.

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Is it too late to start a garden?

  • Why this is a manly topic
  • When is the best time to start one
  • How to have the best luck with starting in summer
  • How to have the best luck with starting in winter
  • How can permaculture help with these seasons

Resources used in the show today came from multiple sources throughout my life.  Some of the ideas came from the permaculture course that I took a few months ago, my grandfather, and a few other people that I have looked up to.  It is important to have these kinds of people in your lives that really help to make you a better person.

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me atskilledgentlemen@gmail.com

Camping Like A Gentleman – A Throwback

camping like a gentlemanIf you have never been camping you have not lived yet.   Being outside for a full 24 hours or longer is intoxicating by itself.  You learn a lot about yourself and discover things that you have never known about yourself.  Camping is a learning experience for children by expanding their interests and their imaginations.  Going back to when my grandfather and father took me out to camp as a child brings back memories that I will never forget.  However there is a right and a wrong way to camp.  You cannot just get the family together and run out deep into the woods.  More than likely the people going will not have a very good time.  Start out slow and take things step by step and then work your way up to an enjoyable summer vacation with the family!

Over the next week I will be posting throwback episodes.  The reasoning behind this is two fold.  First is that I am out of the office, however I will still be answering emails, messages, and tweets just at a slower pace.  The second reason is because the new listeners that come to the show each week have not had a chance to see older episodes.  This leaves me in a great position to let older episodes run the podcast for the next few days.  Thank you for understanding.


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How do I start camping like a Gentleman

  • Backyard camping
  • Beside the car camping
  • Backpacking camping
  • The basics of each
  • Tips about:
    • Fire
    • Food
    • Clothing
    • Misc
    • Activities

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, and questions please either comment below or email me atskilledgentlemen@gmail.com

How A Medic Deals With A Snakebite

how a medic deals with a snakebiteAround the world, every single day, someone gets a snakebite.  Rather or not the snake is poisonous or if the possibly poisonous snake actually put venom in you can be figured out later at the hospital.  I am not going to discuss how to figure out the snake but what you should do if it happens.  This is an emergency medical situation that has to be understood because it could potentially be a life threatening situation.  A snakebite can happen in a split second and the first thing that people what do to is run away.  Wrong.  Then they want to use some ancient and outdated information about how to deal with the snakebite like cutting and sucking out the venom.  Wrong.  So what are you supposed to do?  Listen to the podcast today where I, as a trained medic, explain what I would do in this situation and then what the experts say to do.  Along with this life saving information you really need to learn about some misconceptions that people have about snakes.  We do have to make sure we are taking care of our ecosystems and learn how to interact in our environments.  Also I wanted to throw in some “Gee-whiz” information.  I really think you will enjoy the show today and also learn how to keep you and your family save through the summer.



How does a medic deal with a snakebite?

    • What are the most dangerous snakes around the world
    • How do you keep from getting bit
    • How do you treat a snake bite in the field
    • How are antivenoms made
    • Misconceptions about snakes

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What I learned from Intro to Permaculture

What i learned in permaculture classPermaculture can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people.  I have spent the past few weeks working on a class that was sent to me from a listener, offered through Oregon State University.  This course was an absolutely amazing course that showed me a completely different way of doing things around my property.  Throughout the month of May I have been learning all about the permaculture principals, ethics, design principals, and basically how to save the world!  Permaculture does not have to completely be the just about plants.  That is the beauty of a design process.  It can also be seen as how to run a business effectively and sustainability.


Keep in mind that four year old Katarina needs our help to purchase a diabetic alert dog.  Her story and how you can help can be found in the podcast where I interviewed her and her parents.  Man Up and donate to her go fund me page.

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What is Permaculture and what can we learn from it?

  • What is it
  • What are the Design Principals
  • What are the Ethics
  • How does permaculture work in both business and in gardens
  • What are the general principals
  • How are trees more useful to us than an annual garden

Resources used in todays show were from what i learned from the course that I took free of charge from the University of Oregon

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me atskilledgentlemen@gmail.com