Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!


I hope all of you had an excellent Holiday and are looking forward to a bright new year! I thought long and hard about this post. First I considered recapping all of the monumental events that happened to me last year: Publishing my first book and meeting so many outstanding new individuals that seemed to be the light guiding me through a dark publishing tunnel. Then I thought about just focusing on all the great things I have planned for next year: Introducing the sequel to my first book, starting new programs to help other authors on their way and hopefully scoring that illusive movie contract.

When it comes down to it though, the one thing that has been my rock, my support when things are good or bad is my family. I have been blessed with a happy and healthy family and I am proud to call them my very best friends. Sometimes I think I must already be in heaven because their love makes my world so bright. Don't get me wrong it is not a utopia. Sometimes we fight and argue, sometimes we disagree but we communicate and respect one another enough to solve those problems and grow stronger because of them. My story in my novel Day After Disaster is about a girl Erika who walks through the fires of hell to return home to her family and I would absolutely do no less for these wonderful individuals. So, on this New Years Eve I want to take a moment to say thank-you and encourage you to do the same with your loved ones, after all where would we be without their love and support?  

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Day After Disaster Discussion Topic #5


First aid in a survival situation is paramount. Everyone in your group should have a basic knowledge of first aid skills and CPR. Thought should be given to your future community as well. Do you have someone in your group who is a doctor or who has an advanced medical knowledge?

Luckily basic first aid classes are  available at a plethora of outlets. Often communities will sponsor CPR events and they definitely can be found at your local red cross. Another good source of classes is your local REI or outdoors store. Usually they have a wide variety of classes including: basic first aid, wilderness first aid, etc. For further knowledge, local colleges often offer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Classes in a semester of learning. This certifies you as an EMT but more importantly you will gain a lot of knowledge on how to triage a scene and start basic medical procedures to secure a patient. One of my favorite internet survival medicine resources is thesurvivaldoctor.com  but there are a huge amount of sites out there offering all kinds of practical information on the subject. Go ahead and read, read, read  but make sure you get some hands on practice as well. There is a big difference between learning and doing.

Links to classes:
http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class
http://www.onlinecprcertification.net/firstaidcourse.php
http://www.rei.com/learn.html
thesurvivaldoctor.com


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 Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Survival Foraging: Peppermint, Not Just a Christmas Candy



Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)

There are over 600 types of mint today and they continue to be bred to enhance certain qualities of each one. Peppermint  or Mentha Piperita is grown commercially to produce all the peppermint flavored items in the market today but the more common plant that grows wild (especially in the west) and closely resembles the taste and smell of peppermint is called Field Mint or Mentha Arvensis.

Mint's History

Mint was grown and cherished all over the world. In Greece "Minthe" was a nymph beloved by Plato. His wife's jealousy caused him to turn Minthe into a mint plant. In the bible the pharisees collected tithes in mint. The Hebrews laid it on synagogue floors and the Italians continued this practice in their churches. The Romans used it as a sign of hospitality and Roman women drinking forbidden wine used it to cover their breath. In Japan it was also highly prized for it's refreshing scent and they wore it around their necks. 

 Identifying The Plant (M. Arvensis)

A real peppermint plant will bloom in spikes at the ends but the field mint blooms in whorls at the upper leaf crooks. The leaves of all mint species grow opposite one another and the stems are square. The leaves are serrated and lance shaped. The plant can grow up to twenty inches but it is more common for it to grow to 12 inches. It obviously smells very minty. It blooms from July to September. It will grow up to the timberline but generally prefers moist stream beds.

Growing Tip

Mint growth is very evasive. It is best to grow it in it's own bed or manage it very carefully because before long with will take over your whole herb garden. It is good to grow mint with roses because they will deter aphids from attacking them.

Eating Mint

Mint is generally eaten fresh or as a seasoning. It is used in a wide variety of products and drinks.

Medicinally

The areal parts of both plant types are used interchangeably to treat many different ailments.For head aches, upset tummies, gas, colic, and fever an infusion* or a tincture* are helpful. A peppermint or field mint compress* can be used to treat inflamed joints and rheumatism. A inhalation* treatment is very good for stuffy noses. 
Two to three drops of peppermint essential oil* in a wash smells wonderful and is a good bug repellent. It can also be applied for irritations, swelling, scabies, and ringworm. The oil can also be used as an inhalant* for nasal congestion. A massage oil made from 5 to 10 drops in 25 ml of almond or sunflower oil can be useful for headaches, fevers, menstrual pain, or for milk buildups while breast feeding.



*Compress - a cloth soaked in infusion
*Tincture - Process of steeping the dried or fresh herbs in a 25% mixture of alcohol and water. Can be stored for up to two years.
*Infusion - Preparation similar to making traditional tea where the leaves or flowers are put to steep in boiled water. Should be made fresh for each dose.

*Steam Inhalant - place 1-2 tbsp dried herb in a bowl and pour boiling water over it. Lean over bowl with towel over head and inhale for as long as possible or mixture cools. Try not to go into cold for thirty minutes afterward. Should be made fresh for each dose.
*Essential Oil - most essential oils can be purchased at a natural food store. To make your own, put 250g of dried herbs or 750g of fresh herbs into 500ml of sunflower oil into a bowl. Place this bowl over a pot of boiling water for about three hours. Then pour into jelly bag or cheesecloth fitted to a wine press and strain mixture into a container. Pour this mixture into a clean, airtight storage bottle.

Attention Use At Your Own Risk

I am not medically trained in anyway. I am simply a student. I read and experiment with ancient herbal techniques. I am simply passing on the knowledge I have gained from studding many texts on the subject and I am in no way responsible for anything you do with this information. For a listing on the books that I have compiled knowledge from visit: http://www.authorsarafhathaway.com/#!saras-survival-stuff/c1mzf

 

 

 

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cell Phone Survival


I came across an article on the website Art of Manliness by Creek Stewart that absolutely intrigued me. Creek Stewart is the instructor at Willow Haven Outdoors School of Survival, Preparedness & Bush craft and let me tell you this guy knows his stuff. As a student constantly seeking new ideas and methods of surviving if the need were to present itself, I am enthralled by his articles.

This particular article discusses how broken cell phones can be put to use in a survival situation. I never really considered the possibilities of what could be done with a cell phone except using useful apps until the battery goes dead. Of course you wouldn't want to bust up a perfectly good phone but if yours is broken or you find or "salvage" one off somebody, Creek shares some really cool ideas of how it could be put to good use.

Signal Mirror

It's always a good idea to have some type of mirror handy. A mirror has been vital to many rescues on land and water. Creek explains that behind most screens in a phone is a mirror like metal that can be used for signaling, who knew? I've never actually seen a cell phone's insides before Creek discussed the idea. He goes on to explain the classic way of sighting your target using your fingers in a "v" shape with your target in between them. The sun must also reflect through your fingers or you will not have light to bounce at your target.

A good tip for the ladies: I usually save all my empty makeup kits and stuff them in all my survival kits. Not only does it have a mirror but it is a good area to mix up make shift camouflage face makeup in a pinch. Guys you may want to steal a few from the ladies.

Navigation

I have seen the method that Creek uses to create a compass before. In this method you use a magnet to magnetize a wire and then float it in a still pool of water on a leaf, piece of paper or small wood chip and it will point north. Creek explains that most of the speakers in phones contain a magnet that can be used to accomplish this. He also finds wire in the phone to accomplish the task. Creek explains that you have to find "ferrous" wire and copper won't work. Sorry for being a novice but I had no idea what ferrous meant. For those of you with me it means that it contains iron.

An interesting tip I picked up in the past is this same process of magnetizing a wire can also be done with silk. I really don't know why it works but it does so your silk shirt may do more than just make you look good.

Cutting Edges

Creek explains that the microchip boards make a very good cutting edge. He lashed them to a stick for a type of ax and formed one into a arrowhead that could be attached to a spear or arrow. Very ingenious! They looked pretty strong as well.

Fire Starter

This was very intriguing. Everyone knows that the positive and negative terminals of a battery can be connected with a wire and steel wool in between to start a fire but did you ever consider that a battery in a phone can do the same thing? Creek did. He explains that he had to strip off the protective battery coating to get to the battery terminals. I didn't even know those batteries had a covering. Just never paid that much attention to it. Also he makes a valid point by pointing out that steel wool is not something that you generally have on hand so he just connected the points together with the wire salvaged from the phone. It created a very hot wire for a very limited time.

Fishing Lures

This one is pretty obvious. There are lots of little metal parts in a phone that can be turned into effective fishing lures and Creek made some pretty cool ones.

Thanks to Creek Stewart for sharing your wonderful knowledge with those of us who are interested enough to study it just in case the day comes when we need it. You should check this article out: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/06/14/survival-cell-phone/ There are also some great pictures there of all the items that he presents.

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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