A Tourist Guide to the Berkshires

1. Introduction: Characterized by rolling hills and peaks, and dissected by river valleys, the Berkshires, considered southern extensions of Vermont's Green Mountains, traverse Western Massachusetts and Connecticut, diminishing in elevation and profile from both north to south and west to east. Named by Sir Francis Bernard to honor his home county in England, they constitute both a highland geologic and cultural region, attracting significant tourism during the summer months. 2. History: Wind, weather, and erosional chiseling of once towering mountains that formed the Housatonic, Green, and Hoosic River valleys after retreat of the last ice age some 25,000 years ago created the current hills and low-elevation peaks. Mohican Indians, who had defected from the Hudson River Iroquois settlements during the …

Cheap Survival Shelter: Discover 2 Outstanding Ways To Keep Yourself Protected

Planning for shelter is important. But here’s the problem. Heavy shelter wont work. For instance, I have a 6 man Coleman WeatherMaster tent. But am I planning on carrying that with me in a bug out scenario? Better choices for survival shelter would be lightweight material, or natural elements. In this article I want to share two ideas that you might never have thought about. MAN-MADE CHEAP SHELTERS LA has many homeless people. A product was developed out of this problem. It’s called the EDAR (Everyone Deserves a Roof). EDAR is a combination tent and cot. It is an outstanding success and it works great. But of course, EDAR is just the start for cheap portable shelters. Go to Google …

Parenting Essentials AKA The 30 Commandments For Parents

Whether we are soon to be parents, new parents or have been parents, we want to do the best job possible at raising our children. Children don’t come with instruction manuals and parenting doesn’t come with a manual or infallible guide. Every situation and family is unique. We as individuals are different. There are different parenting styles and variations. There is varied parenting education and knowledge which we utilize and process differently. We basically parent with instinct, knowledge and wisdom. At first, we usually parent with instinct and our personal experiences. This is usually what we learned (consciously and subconsciously) from our parents, family members or others. We also parent around our beliefs, morals and values. Many new parents and …

7 New Year’s Resolutions for the Outdoorsman

While everyone is working on their “eat better and lose weight” list of New Year’s resolutions, those that love the outdoors should make a list of their own. To help put your New Year’s resolutions together, here is a list of a few options to consider adding. 1. Introduce Someone New to the Outdoors Between our cell phones, computers, televisions, video games and social media, the number of people that actually spend time outdoors is declining. Let’s work together to start increasing that number and the best place to start is with kids. Grab your child, your nephew/niece, your grand-kids, or your neighbor’s kids and introduce them to what you love about the outdoors. Whether it’s hunting, fishing, hiking or …

Green Bamboo: Strength in Flexibility

Those who have watched the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” would be familiar with the imagery of bamboo: flexible yet firm, delicate yet strong. These unique qualities make the bamboo fit snugly into ancient Chinese philosophy and endow the health benefits of the bamboo with an air of wisdom and grace. History In China, the highly revered bamboo reflects celestial unity in ancient art, such as ethereal paintings of misty mountains with bamboo leaves, delicate bamboo weavings and bamboo baskets. The strength of bamboo is apparent when the fury of the atomic bomb unleashed at Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War Two only damaged bamboo marginally. It was also one of the first plants to reappear after the deadly war, …

Understanding the Health Benefits of Moderate Red Wine Consumption

Earlier epidemiological studies suggested that alcohol-and therefore, wine, beer and spirits, was the compound responsible for claimed health benefits despite its negative effects such as alcoholism and social impacts, cognitive developmental deficiencies, fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), and increased risk of breast cancer in women are undisputed. In moderate consumption, alcohol has been shown to increase the amount of tPA, or tissue Plasminogen Activator, a substance that catalyzes the conversion of plasminogen to plasmin, the major enzyme responsible for clot breakdown. And in the May 31, 2009 issue, Wine Spectator cites a Stanford University research which claims that aldehyde dehydrogenase-2 (ALDH2) enzymes process the alcohol and "eliminate toxic byproducts created by the breakdown of fats in cells during a heart attack. …

How to Survive In Elder Scrolls Online

Elder scrolls online is one of the best games that you can play. For you to survive in the game you need to know a number of survival tactics. Some of the survival tactics that you need to know are: Learn how to fight You can’t survive elder scrolls online (ESO) if you don’t know how to fight. The best way of doing this is choosing a character with good fighting skills. This means that you should use a character with good blocking, dodging and interrupting skills. The other thing that you need to know is how to operate your characters. The good side is that knowing how to operate your characters is easy. For example, when you see your …

EE Meditation, Shaman + Integrated Soul Personality, Fragmentation, MPD + DID, Psychology; Pt 1 of 3

There is in every person the possibility of an integrated Soul Personality. However, normally the average person is split to a greater or lesser degree, dependent upon the amount of pain, trauma and undigested stress in their lives and dependent upon the amount of work they have done to integrate their personalities by means of therapy and meditation. Therapy and psychology allow intellectual appreciation of the problem in ourselves and others. It takes meditation to heal the splits and integrate the separated selves. Charles Tart and others have used the symbology of the very nature of cyberspace as acting as a sort of "universal solvent" to break up our long cherished notions, myths that everyone is a monolithic self. The …

How Often Does Child Sexual Abuse Get Reported?

Not nearly as often as it should. Most child abuse victims never report the crime or get help in coming to grips with this life-changing trauma. They move into adulthood with a broken heart and low self esteem. Much misbehavior and acting out can be traced to an incident which occurred which left the child feeling confused, betrayed and angry. In an attempt to cope with the confusing reality of what has happened to them, many children develop survival skills or behaviors that will help them to cover up what they are really feeling. Families, friends and society sometimes see and judge the problem behavior when it is actually a symptom of the internal pain which has never been addressed. …

Long Range Recon Patrols and Operations Centers For Survival Groups

Survival groups who may bug out to their survival retreats must give some serious consideration to the security of these retreats for themselves and those who reside there. During times of crisis there will be many tribes and hordes out and wandering the land in search of food, weapons and women. It would do us well as survivalists to take some clues from the Vietnam War. Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols were accomplished by special 4 to 6 men units which went on dangerous operations behind enemy lines. The first LRRP to be activated was the British group of Long Range Desert Forces. In the late 60s the American Army Special Forces trained personnel for the specific purpose of tracking down …