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The American Boy’s Handy Book: What to Do and How to Do It – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book, The American Boy’s Handy Book: What to Do and How to Do It.  This book was published first in 1882 and of course that is long before the days of every kid getting a trophy and wrapping a child in bubble wrap before he could ride on a swing.

In other words it is about the real world and the real things that real boys like to do especially in the out doors.  Translation the Politically Correct and the Safety Police will loose their minds over it, that alone means it should be on your book shelf and in your kids hands.

I first leaned about this book many years ago, I would say about 1997 from my late friend named Kurt Knothnagle whom I worked at Lockheed with.  He actually had a very worn but quite readable original copy.  I was fascinated by it and tried to buy it off him but he had no interest in selling it.

Later I learned that this book had become a public domain book no longer protected by copyright it was released as a reprint.  I of course picked up a copy as soon as I learned it was available.

This book is both cool for the things it explains how to do like making a sling bow with a sapling and shooting it more like a spear gun than say a typical bow.  What is more interesting to me is the attitude people had at the time.  We are talking about a book that teaches kids to make hot air balloons using real fire for instance or how to trap an animal, kill it and mount it with taxidermy and apparently everyone was okay with it.

I really recommend this book to read with your boys and frankly your girls too, though there is also a book called, “The American Girls Handy Book” which I haven’t read but will be getting a copy for my granddaughter as she grows up.

So if you have kids in your life be they your own children, your grand kids, nephews, nieces etc, consider getting The American Boys Handy Book and spending time reading it and helping them actually pull off a few of the projects in it.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – DO NOT BUY THE KINDLE VERSION OF THIS BOOK.  It apparently has horrible formatting problems.  If you read the negative reviews you will see they all focus on this issue rather than the content of the book.

 

Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book, Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss.  This is the best book I have found for beginning your journey into the alchemy of making your own liqueurs.

What I like about this book is it is both a book of recipes and a book of how to with a good introduction into the how what and why of making your own liqueurs.

If you can think of the high end 30 dollar a bottle and up fancy smancy liqueur this book will show you how to make a reasonable approximation of it for 10-25% of the cost.  It will also give you confidence by following known recipes and I find many people need this to then spring board off into their own concoctions.

To be totally up front I do have one major criticism of this book, it does have some true “filler”.  With some exceptions the majority of the recipes call for the same procedure.  There are in fact about a total of 2 procedures that make up 90% of the recipes.  These could have been called say

  • The muddle with sugar and alcohol method and
  • The muddle with alcohol and add sugar at the end method

Instead every recipe basically repeats the same methods over and over, and I would bet this was clearly to fill out to the book to satisfy the publisher.  With that one change this book would likely drop from 272 pages to say about 150-170.  Still plenty of information but hey, people like thick books for some reason I guess and as I always say, “the market is gonna market”.

That said there is nothing wrong with this book.  It gives you concise information and teaches you how to make various simple syrups as well, this way you can make brown syrups, caramelized syrups and cream syrups and really make anything you could ever find at a bottle shop liqueur wise.

I am talking Chambord, Gran Marnier, Kaulua, Poire William, you name it.  This stuff is great fun and a real passion of mine, so much so that today’s show will be all about this subject.

The best part is while you could make much of this stuff with “fuel that accidentally spills into your mouth”, and you just might, but it can all be made perfectly legally with spirits bought in the store, you enhance the value and pocket the difference.  While some of this calls for things like rum or brandy, most of it can be made with simple vodka, and if you tune into episode 1923, I am even going to tell you how to turn things like vodka into rum.

Finally all the equipment you likely already have in your kitchen, you may need a few extra jars and bottles but as to the making, any decent kitchen will already have everything you will need to get started right away.  So check out, Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss today and start turning 7 dollar bottles of vodka into top end 30 dollar bottles of liqueur.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – Because it was so stupid cheap I purchased the Kindle edition of this book to evaluate it.  I tend to loathe hard copies of most books at this point in my life but like most “cook books” I have to say the hard copy would be better.  So much so that I just ordered it even though I have it in Kindle.  Either will work fine but I think most people will be happier with hard copy on this one.  This is the type of book that lives with other cook books in your kitchen.

 

 

Ersatz in the Confederacy – When the Shit Really Hit the Fan

ersatzEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Ersatz in the Confederacy: Shortages and Substitutes on the Southern Home Front by Mary Elizabeth Massey.  I thought this would be a good time to feature this book as we just wrapped up The Civil War in the history segment.

So what is an ersatz, it is an item made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else.  In other words when you don’t have coffee you use roasted chicory root for instance.  But if you read this book you will see it was much deeper and traumatic than that for those that lived though this time.

We toss around the term, “shit hit the fan” a lot in the prepper space.  Consider though that from the day this nation was founded until today, there has never been a time in America where the shit hit the fan as hard as it did for the south in the war between the states.   Great depression you say?  Hold on and read this book.

The northern strategy to win the war quickly went from a full on military over run (which didn’t work) to a strangle hold approach.  The north had a naval advantage and control of rail and greater ability to communicate with things like the new telegraph system.

Even in the parts of the south were a musket ball never flew in anger, suffering was great.  As one reviewer of this book put it,

“During the WW2, men and women on the home-front were encouraged to “Use it up,wear it out, make do, or do without.” After reading this book, however, the men and women of the Southern home-front did that and more.

From 1941 to 1945, butchers may have been asked for a free soup bone for the dog, but as the Civil war dragged on, it wasn’t unusual for a Confederate butcher to hang dressed rat in the window…when one was available.”

Talk about hard times!  And this book doesn’t just tell you what they went through, it tells you what they did to get through it.  If you are worried about stability and long term security of our society.  And if you feel that true hardship may again fall our people, this book is required reading.

Additionally if you just have an interest in real history beyond dates and facts you should read this book.  It tells the real story of the suffering of civilians in time of war.  Our nation has largely been insulated from the direct effect of war since the end of The Civil War in 1865.  Hence the American people have a highly disconcerting tolerance for war.  Perhaps a reminder of what it is like for those not carrying powder and shot may alleviate that a bit?

Additionally as preppers we should be keen on knowing how people actually survived a true multi year crisis that included a hot war zone in their back yard, advancing and resource taking enemy troops and shortages of anything and everything necessary for survival and comfort.  If this sounds like something you would like to know more about check out Ersatz in the Confederacy: Shortages and Substitutes on the Southern Home Front today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – This book was first published in the 50s and reintroduced in the early 90s.  I guess that is why no kindle version exists.  I have linked to the soft cover, but if you prefer a hard cover version, they have that option as well.

The Robots are Coming by John Pugliano – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book “The Robots are Coming” by our own John Pugliano.  John and I have been discussing the coming age of automation on the air for more than two years now.  Specifically how this represents both a major disruption to society and a major opportunity at the same time for people who are paying attention.

Here are the key things I love about John’s new book.

Ease of Reading – I thought this book would be like reading a massive text book, wrong.  While packed with content at over 200 pages the book is broken into chapters as you would expect but each chapter is broken into small, concise and easy to understand subsections.  Most subsections are 3/4ths to 2 pages long.  This makes reading this complex topic almost like snacking on knowledge. School books should be written by someone like John!

Action Plans – Rather than just dumb 17 chapters on you John gives you an action plan outline at the end of each one.  By answering a series of questions at the end of each chapter you actually form the basis of your personalized action plan.

No BS – While forward looking this book examines the next 5-50 years, not the next 500 years starting 200 into the future.  This isn’t science fiction that will one day be science fact, rather real technologies, many already developed and simply now being deployed.  This books isn’t just what is going to happen, it is also a lot of what is already happening, but no one seems to yet realize is happening.

Full of Ideas for Anyone – What are you going to do to adapt to the next few decades?  Most of us will live at least that long.  Most of us are actually aware that change is coming in a way that will make the last 50 years look like we had the throttle on slow and finally discovered that we can push it to full.  We no to be prepared but we don’t know exactly how to do that.  This book won’t give you that answer but it will give you tons of real doable ideas so you can find answers for your own life as you move forward.

I highly recommend adding this book to your library.  The Robots are Coming by John Pugliano is available in both Paperback and Kindle Editions, so choose your format and get your copy today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook by James Green – Item of the Day

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Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book, The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook, A Home Manual by James Green.  If I had to rely on only one book on medicinal herbs and their use it would be this book.

This book is hard to describe in a way as it is almost a dichotomy in itself.  On one hand it is extremely easy to read and highly approachable.  The author starts out with a true project/lesson.  Making a dandelion tincture.  The author does this for a variety of reasons.  First, almost anyone can find dandelion to harvest locally.  Second, the herb is inherently safe to use.  Third, the herb is easy to identify and no dangerous plant even looks remotely like a dandelion.  Fourth, by getting you started with a project out of the gate you gain confidence as you proceed with the book.

This book is written by a guy that uses both humor and humility and never tries to sound smart, he just ends up sounding really smart, because well, he is.  This is not a guy that decided one day that “oh I should gather up some information and write a book about herbs”, rather a man that lives this way who decided to canonize his knowledge into an incredible book.  Yet it is kept incredibly simple with the majority of it based on a core of 30 common herbs.

Then there is the other side.  While easy to read and approachable, this is really like a full course text book on herbal medicines.  Want to know how to make your own simple still from what you likely already have in your home to make a hydrosol?  Well first would you like to know what a hydrosol is and how to use it?  You will learn both in this book.  How about making and using glycerite and 20 herbs that work well in that form?  Yep you will learn that too.  Take the time and work though this book, all 384 pages of it, make at least 2-3 products of every form given and it is like taking a self directed course in herbalism.

One thing to be aware of for some.  The author sort of crosses into the world of shamanism/paganism at times, sayig things like,

“Now that you have properly identified and graciously harvested this plant, offer gratitude one again for its life.  Consider leaving an offering, like a strand of your hair, a prayer, a song, a story, whatever; plant spirits are known to be deeply touched by simple gestures of appreciation.”

While this may be a bit off putting for some, I’d like to point out two things here.  First that showing gratitude is good for our spirits, no matter how you define spirit.  Whether a religious prayer before a meal or simply a thought of I am grateful for this food from a secular perspective, either one builds good character and self reflection.

Second I remember a documentary on Amazon peoples where the tribe decided they needed a new canoe.  A tree was selected and one man selected to fell the tree.  The man said a prayer and spoke to the tree, he apologized for needing to take its life.  He explained that his people would honor the tree’s sacrifice, that the canoe and other parts would serve his people for several generations.  That they would plant a tree from this trees own seed in its place and make sure it was protected so it could grow into a strong tree.

That had to be 25 years ago and I have yet to forget that moment and the words that man said to a tree.  Call such a man a primitive if you want but how much more forest would exist if all trees cut for our needs were cut with such reverence.  Also think about this, that man was about to spend a full day of manual labor to cut that huge tree down.  No chain saws in his tribe and yet he met the task with humility.

So yea there is some woo woo in this book but nothing over the top in my view.  What you get is quality instruction, a true course in home herbal medicine making and concise information to make this practice safe and effective.  Again, if I could only have one book on herbal medicine it would be The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook, by James Green.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

The One Percent Effect – Sell Your Home Fast – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book “The One Percent Effect – Sell Your Home, Fast, At Asking.  Any Market.” by Dustin Dreifuerst and Jack Spirko.  And yea that is me, this Jack Spirko.

I was approached by Dustin over a year ago about this project and we hashed out a way to get it done.  This book is about selling your house and doing so at a profit and quickly no matter what is going on in the world.

I am not a real estate agent, so you may wonder what makes me qualified to co author a book like this.  Simply my record, here are the houses we have owned, what we paid for them, the date we sold them and how much we sold them for.

  • Purchased 1999 3 Bed,  2 Bath in Mansfield Texas – Purchase Price 87,250.  Sold in 2001.  Selling price 109,900.  Time on market 9 days.  Offer was for full asking price.
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  • Purchased 2001, 3 Bed, 2 Bath in Northampton Pennsylvania.  Purchase Price, 137,500.  Sold in 2004 for 199,900, time on market 2 days.  Sold at full price and seller waived inspection to prevent additional offers.
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  • Purchased 2004, 4 bed, two and a half bath in Mansfield, Texas – Purchase Price 119,900.  Sold in 2011 for 149,900, full price offer with property on market for 7 days.
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  • Purchased 2006 as a BOL.  3 Bed, 2 Bath mobile home on five acres in Hot Springs, Arkansas for 69,900.  Sold in 2013, asking price 89,500.  Sold at full price, time on market 13 days.

A few things to keep in mind, the fist house was bought in the dot com run up and sold in the aftermath of the dot come bubble bursting!  The third house was sold before the real estate recovery, when lending was still very tight and my own listeners were asking me, “how do you expect to sell your house in the current market.  The house sold in 2013 was a mobile home we sold for almost 20,000 than we paid for it.  Real estate agents didn’t even want to try to sell a mobile home in that market.

So what is the secret?  It is, The One Percent Effect.  In the end all buyers are settlers, that is the key.  Every single buyer no matter if they are buying a 150,000 dollar starter home or a multi million dollar estate is a settler.

What I mean by this is they have a budget, then they have what they want.  Inventively their wants exceed their budgets, this is a constant, again being a wealthy buyer won’t change this short of the celebrities buying place for say 25 million and up.

So what people do is set a budget, set an area to search for homes in and look at anything and everything that seems like it might work for them in those parameters.

Not a single home will be perfect, even if the emotional couple convinces themselves that it is, in the end they always settle for what they can afford in the area they wish to live.  And most buyers define a quite small area to look in.  So what you do is simply make your home 1% better than anything else on the market.

Is it really that simple?

In a word, yes it is.  The key though is the execution of that objective.  In other words how do you determine exactly how to do that?  What do you give priority to?  How do you form a concise plan to stand out as 1% better than anything else in your neighborhood and price range?

Well, I developed a system to do that and as you know from my track record it works.  I take real estate seriously, there is to much on the line not to.  A house can go from your biggest asset to your largest liability in one quarterly down turn of the economy.  Yet there are always people who want to buy a home that can get funding, always.  The key is making them pick your home even in tough markets.

What about during a boom you say?  Now it is even more important to know the way to get that 1% effect, sure houses sell fast for most people but right now we have the biggest boom in our market in the last 25 years and there are still good homes on the market for over 120-180 days.  Why?  Little things that stubborn sellers won’t fix, so not only don’t they have the 1% effect, they have what I call the “Dreaded 10% Effect”, in that their houses are at least 10% worse then the average home for sale.

These are actually great homes to buy, they are homes I always look for, but buyers like me are few and far between.  In this book Dustin took my system and developed it into a step by step guide that anyone can follow and succeed with.

The cost?  Oh this is the best part, if you just want to buy it for Kindle it is 9.99.  Consider that your real estate agent will get 3-6% of the sale price of your home and most agents don’t have a clue about the things in this book.  Honestly if we sold it for 99.99 with a money back guarantee to anyone that used the techniques and didn’t sell at the top of the market for their level of home, we would never give a refund, I am confident of that.

But it gets even better!  If you have Kindle Unlimited, the cost to you is nothing, nadda, zip, zero.  So do yourself a favor and get a copy of this book, it will make your a more savvy person in the world of real estate.  If you simply work the formula in reverse it will also make you a more astute buyer of real estate as well.  So check out “The One Percent Effect – Sell Your Home, Fast, At Asking.  Any Market.” by Dustin Dreifuerst and Jack Spirko today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – If you buy this book or get it on Kindle Unlimited please do Dustin and I a favor and leave a review of this book.  Our hope is to get it well known beyond the TSP community and your review is a great way to help make that happen.  So please leave us a review.

 

Beyond Survival by Gerald Coffee – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book, Beyond Survival: Building on the Hard Times – a POW’s Inspiring Story by Gerald Coffee.  The history segment yesterday reminded me of this book and I was happy to see it has been re-released and is still available today.

I read this book in 1992 while deployed to a remote area of Honduras as a US Army Solider.  I was attached to the 536th Combat Engineers.  We lived in tents, we crapped in out houses with 55 gallon drums under them and we urinated in pipes drove into the ground taking care that the attracted bees didn’t sting your nether regions.    To be blunt the place was a pit and we were there for a 190 days.

Like all soldiers we did a fair amount of bitching about our situation, bitched about our beer ration, bitched about MREs for lunch every day, etc.  One day my commander, an amazing Captain who was a West Point Graduate said to me, “hey Spirko, read this book, I think it will make a big impact on  you”.  He tossed a book that clearly had been heavily read and said, “I think that book has been passed around to dozens of soldiers by now, when you are done find the right person to send it to next”.

Before I continue let me say the Captain who gave me this book, was the finest officer I ever served under.  He was an amazing man I would have followed into combat without a second thought.  He was that good.   So this wasn’t an order, I knew he would never bother me about it again, but we both knew I would read the book.

That night I sat down on my cot with my 2 beer ration from the PX trailer and started reading.  I think I got a 1/3rd though it that night reading by flashlight while my 7 tent mates slept.  The next day was a Sunday and it was our one day a week off.  I settled under a huge rubber tree with my MRE lunch, which all of the sudden seemed quite appetizing and read further.  By chow time for dinner I was finished with the book.  That night as I watched a steaming pile of Chili Mac (generally dreaded by soldiers) ladled onto my plate I was grateful beyond words.

Oh and not just for the plate of Chili Mac, I was grateful for the plywood shack where I took a shower, sometimes with warm water.  I was grateful for the MRE from that afternoon even though it was Tuna and Noodles (aka Nine Lives).  I was grateful for soap.  I was grateful to sleep on a cot.  I was grateful for the 15 acres of the camp even though we were mostly locked inside it and jokingly called it “Macora Penitentiary”.  That night I drank a beer with a buddy and looked at the stars.  I always loved the stars but this night I was more grateful for them, then I had ever been in my life.

In this book, Captain Coffee recounts his years as a POW in North Vietnam.  Beginning with being shot down, handed over the the Vietcong and all that occurred after that.  How POWs used tapping on walls to communicate, the rancid food they lived on, how they were tortured and forced to sign confessions as war criminals and more.

The book continues up to the point of eventual release and what coming home after such things was like.  I read the book two more times before passing it off to a good friend.  I know it went to three more men before the last guy to get it took it with him to his next duty station.

If you are military (current or prior service) you will love this book but anyone will be deeply moved by it.  I also think it would be great for our children to read once old enough, personally I would say about 14 is the right age but parents should read it first and make their own decisions about that.

So check out Beyond Survival: Building on the Hard Times – a POW’s Inspiring Story by Gerald Coffee.  It will inspire you and make you grateful for many things you take for granted every day.  I personally feel that is something we all need from time to time.

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  I am not a big bread guy but I know many of you guys are.  So when I saw this book pop up in a sales report it caught my eye.

I bought a copy on kindle to review the methods and thought processes that go into it and I was very impressed.   Since then I have talked to several members of this audience that use this method to make bread many times each week, all are thrilled with it and the results they get.

Personally I try to keep my carbohydrate intake very low, it just doesn’t work for me to have a carb based diet, it causes me to rapidly gain weight and have health issues.  However, many of you do not have this issue and eat bread often.

My advice to such people, use organic flour and make your own bread.  Yet I think of my grandmother baking bread and how it was an all day affair sometimes when it was being done for extended family for special things like Easter it was an all weekend affair and think, how can a person really do this if they have a modern life.

This book is how, you make up the dough per the methods described here say on Sunday, it lives in a bowl in  your fridge and you take enough out at a time to make bread for say Monday, you do this again Tuesday and so on.  It does require a bit of specialized technique and some gear outlined in the book but once you get your system in place, it really is about 5 minutes of work per day to make a fresh loaf every day if you want.

Further organic flour is not that expensive so you can eat far higher quality for very little money this way.  So if you and/or your family like to literally “break bread” often check out, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

 

The Hands-On Home by Erica Strauss – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is The Hands-On Home by Erica Strauss.  Erica of course is a member of our expert council so I realized man I should have featured her book long ago.   Her book is what you’d expect from Erica, fing fantastic!

Erica designed this book to be the ultimate guide on the DIY home.  There are over 100 recipes, tips, and inspirational ideas in this great book.  It coverss everything from cooking, canning and preserving to making your own nontoxic home and personal care products.

Over half of the book focuses on the kitchen with a wealth of information about how to organize and stock your kitchen to more effortlessly prepare delicious meals.  Erica is a former professional chef who knows how to build flavor into simple and delicious home-cooked meals.

She also includes details on Basic Food Preservation techniques such as water-bath canning, pressure canning, and lacto-fermentation along with a handy year-long food preservation calendar of what to put up when.

You guys know Erica from her appearances on the air, she is extremely knowledgeable and always super prepared.  So you just know her book has got to be awesome, how awesome, one review on Amazon is titled,

“The mayo recipe alone is worth it…but really, this book is amaze-balls.”

I am not sure what that actually means but if you read the full review by  N. Stoddard you will see that she was very excited about it.  In fact you won’t find a bad review on this book, not one, 99 reviews with 4.8 stars overall.  But what else would we expect from Erica.  So check out The Hands-On Home by Erica Strauss and if you have not done so yet add it to your kindle or your book shelf.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

The Permaculture City by Toby Hemenway – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book, The Permaculture City by Toby Hemenway.  Toby of course passed away of pancreatic and liver cancer yesterday, 12-20-16.  That makes this book the last one he completed, in some ways it is his best.

Unlike most permaculture books this one focuses actually more on building resilient towns and communities and larger concepts like local economic development, rather than just growing food.  It was during the work he did on this book that Toby found affinity for anarchism.

While this book doesn’t really make a direct case for anarchism, it lays out a blueprint for communities, cities and towns to develop self governed systems that are independent of the state, and that friends is what anarchism is all about.

The Permaculture City provides a new way of thinking about urban living, with practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies in our cities and towns.

The same nature-based approach that works so beautifully for growing food?connecting the pieces of the landscape together in harmonious ways?applies perfectly to many of our other needs.

This book begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience.  One in which we don’t just garden plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures.

My hope in featuring this book today is to encourage you to purchase a copy for your library for several reasons.  First it is a great book and if you are permaculture enthusiast you should have it if you don’t already.   Toby’s contributions to spreading the message of permacutlure are up there with Geoff Lawton, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.

Next my hope is that it will serve to help his wife Kiel who now finds herself without her husband and looking to an uncertain future.  One thing an author leaves behind to his heirs is some security in knowing that his books will continue to sell.  Well if the author was exceptional that is, and Toby certainly was.

So consider adding The Permaculture City to your library today, and if you already have a copy consider buying one as a gift to pass on to someone who might benefit from a new way of thinking.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.