Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Changing Earth Podcast Episode #2

Episode 02: Day After Disaster, Chapter 2 and Survival Shelters with Raymond Dean White

The Day After Disaster adventure continues, in this episode of The Changing Earth Podcast. Erika is finally free of the wine rack she was trapped under and explores the bomb shelter she is locked inside of.  The bomb shelter protecting our heroin from the outside world is a remnant of the past. Many of them still exist throughout the United States but new doomsday shelters are being constructed every day. With us today is Raymond Dean White, survival professional and fictional author of The Dying Time series. Ray explores some of the basic differences between shelters of the past and present. As well as tips to research for your own shelter and pitfalls to watch out for.

Featured Chapter Quote:
“This thought of her beloveds would become her savior and push her through times when all she wanted to do was give up the struggle.”

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Lessons from Ray:


Shelters From the Past


  • Pros
    • Made from very heavy materials to protect from nuclear contamination.
    • Most had air filters and air lock doors
    • They have stood the test of time because they were built by people who knew how to build.
  • Cons
    • They did not feel very comfortable
    • Usually there was no plumbing for waste or running water
    • No power for the most part
    • No sump pumps
    • No back door exists
Modern Shelters Should:

  • Be made of a heavy material or marine grade concrete
  • Have superior drainage
  • Have a sump pump
  • Have an escape hatch
  • Have a plumbing link from a well.
  • Have a septic system or an alternate form of waste removal
  • Be built with some comfort in mind. Power can run a television and entertainments system.
Pitfalls to Survival Shelter Building:

  • Hiring a poor contractor. Make sure you check his or her references and credit scores
  • Not understanding the terms of the contract. Talk with a lawyer.
  • Building it on your own without checking a soil sample with a soil engineer.
  • Building in too high of a water table.
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Raymond Dean White

Raymond Dean White was born in a small town in Kansas and lived an adventurous life, hunting, Dying Time Impact and After The Dying Time. He has also written one non-fiction book titled How I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell How In Their Own Words which details their (and his) adventures in traditional publishing. That book, co-authored with Duane Lindsay, is currently available on Amazon
fishing, trapping and tracking, backpacking, spelunking and mountaineering until he got older, wiser, and married. A lifelong avid reader, he writes what he loves to read--fast paced, action-adventure stories complete with intriguing characters, a touch of humor and a bit of information thrown in on how to prepare for emergencies. As a hyperactive ten year old (who still loved to read) he stumbled onto Andre Norton's Star Man's Son and his lifelong love affair with apocalyptic fiction was born. Now retired, he writes terrorist thrillers and apocalyptic action/adventure novels including, The Dying Time Impact and After The Dying Time. He has also written one non-fiction book titled How I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell How In Their Own Words which details their (and his) adventures in traditional publishing. That book, co-authored with Duane Lindsay, is currently available on Amazon.

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The Dying Time: Impact: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P8E15VQ




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, July 28, 2015

Pin of the Month #6: The Rope Bed

 "Night, Night, Sleep Tight, Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite."

I am sure that most individuals born and raised in the United States have heard this saying but have you ever actually thought about it? We sleep on comfy spring mattresses and bed bugs were mostly eradicated, only recently making a resurgence to the higher standards on modern pesticides. 

I have made it my mission to try and remember some of the tasks of the past that people took for granted for survival not so long ago and that is why this pin spoke to me. The "sleep tight" from the quote above indicated that person was hoping your bed ropes wouldn't slip too much during the night creating uncomfortable sag and the "bed bug bite" part meant just that. They were hoping you didn't get too bit up during the night.

Many thanks to Meg Claypool who posted an article on her blog, http://noxlady.blogspot.com/2010/03/rope-beds-take-2.html, detailing her building directions and lessons she learned along the journey of reconstructing her own rope mattress.  One of the valuable lessons she passes onto us is how nice it is to have the proper tools to make the construction job simple. She also explains how you can reduce the wobble of your bed by making sure the legs are not to long and the head and foot bars are on a lower plane than bars located on the side of the mattress. At the end of her great explanation is a free downloadable PDF to teach you all the DIY details.

Very cool pin and blog Meg. Looks like I've got some building to do!

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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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Monday, July 27, 2015

The Changing Earth Podcast, Episode #1

Episode 01: Day After Disaster, Chapter 1 and Earthquake Survival with Lisa Bedford

Episode 1:

Description of Today's Episode: Welcome to episode one of The Changing Earth Podcast. Day After Disaster begins today and we are introduced to the heroin in the story, Erika. She awakens after an earthquake distressed and unsure of how to proceed given the new circumstances that have befallen her. After hearing Chapter one of the story we will welcome Lisa Bedford a.k.a. The Survival Mom. Lisa shares with us some essential tips on how we can stay safe before, during, and after an earthquake.

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Featured Quote: "The Earth, rotating on its course outlined in the depths of space, is a precious miracle of life."


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Earthquake Lessons from Lisa


Before an Earthquake

  1. Realize that earthquakes can happen anywhere and at any time. You may be with your family but you may be away from your family.
  2. Think about getting earthquake insurance. Damage from Earthquakes can pile up quickly.
  3. Take a look at your house. How is it vulnerable: power and gas lines running to it, roof is old and sagging, etc.?
  4. Have a small group of items nearby to protect eyes, head, and feet in an earthquake. Construction material will be blown through the air and there may be glass on the ground
 3 Steps to Take During an Earthquake
  1. Make sure the children know what to do. It will be scary and they may panic.
  2. Get under something sturdy and stay put. Make sure it is not attached to a wall. If you’re outside crouch down and if you’re in your car stop and pull over if possible.
  3. Let your muscle memory from all of the practice that you did take over.
4 Steps to Take After An Earthquake

  1. Be ready for aftershocks. Let your children know they will be coming.
  2. Check to see if anyone needs medical attention.
  3. Get away from immediate danger: gas smells, crumbling walls.
  4. Shut off gas, water, and power to house. Make sure you have the right tool for the job nearby   
Lisa Bedford, The Survival Mom
I was always the mom with a case of water bottles and blankets in the trunk of her car and famous for
saying, "Just in case..." Four years ago when I began to see signs of a deteriorating economy, I wondered, "Is there a way I can be proactive and get my family ready for an uncertain future?"

The answer was, "Yes!" and that's when The Survival Mom was born.

I've put my own research, mistakes, and successes together in my book because deep down, every mom is a Survival Mom. We all want the same thing: a safe, thriving family. You'll find hundreds of tips and strategies in Survival Mom for steering your own family through uncertain and uncharted waters as our 21st century continues to unfold.

A great companion to the book is my blog, www.thesurvivalmom.com. Here is where I post up-to-the-minute articles, weekly Action Steps, and the always-popular Instant Survival Tips. You'll find hundreds of articles on topics ranging from finances to food storage to videos and humor.

If you can't get enough of Survival Mom, follow me on Twitter and Facebook. There are thousands of other moms out there just like you!


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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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Monday, July 13, 2015

Behind the Scenes: Intoducing The Changing Earth Podcast

As a student in college I never shied away from public speaking but it wasn't exactly one of my favorite things to do either. It can be very intimidating to open yourself up to the criticism of the world but my fictional novel, Day After Disaster, has given me a message for the world. When I wrote Day After Disaster, I never even intended on publishing it but I did at the urging of my mother. Within it's pages are a story of survival, of family, and of love of husband and wife. Its message urges people to consider the fragility of our society and think about steps you could take to prepare yourself for a day that would present challenges that the American people have not seen for a long time. 

It is much easier to learn from a story. It connects with you on an emotional level that most people can easily identify with. At the same time it is important to learn the skills you will need to survive and steps we can take today to become more prepared. It is on this note that I am in the process of creating The Changing Earth Podcast. I will share my story verbally with the world and then I will host a survival professional from our outstanding community of survival information providers. 

This format will give you an opportunity to relax and enjoy a thrilling story and then learn something that you can apply to your life so you never end up in the circumstances of the characters in the book. It has been very rewarding to connect with the survival professionals that I have invited to be a part of The Changing Earth Podcast and I have quite a lineup set up for you. 

I am expecting to air the first episode of The Changing Earth Podcast the last week of July or the first week of August, depending on technology cooperating. Stay tuned for more details and in the mean time check out the spectacular line up of professionals over at The Changing Earth Podcast's main hub: http://www.authorsarafhathaway.com/#!the-changing-earth-podcast/crqw

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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