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How to Fell a Tree With a Knife

In a wilderness survival situation, you may need to cut down a small tree. Maybe you need to make a debris shelter and need a long ridge pole to get it started. Or maybe you need some logs for creating a parallel fire lay (one of the 6 fire lays every man should know). But what do you do if you don’t have an ax or a hatchet? Well, as long as you have...

Podcast #771: The Rise and Fall of Athens

In a period of only about 100 years, Athens went from relative obscurity, to becoming an influential empire, to collapsing into ruin. My guest today will guide us through the dramatic arc of this city-state and the larger-than-life characters that contributed to it. His name is David Stuttard, and he’s a classicist and the author of Phoenix: A Father,...

The Right and Wrong Way to Journal

I used to be a regular journaler, but no longer am. I wasn’t getting much out of journaling, so I dropped it as a regular habit. While I don’t journal every day anymore, I haven’t completely given up on the practice. I still get an intermittent itch to crack open my journal and put pen to paper. I usually get the urge when I’m facing some sort of...

Podcast #770: Philosophical Tools for Living the Good Life

Most everyone wants to live a good, meaningful life, though we don’t always know what that means and how to do it. Plenty of modern self-improvement programs claim to point people in the right direction, but many of the best answers were already offered more than two thousand years ago. My guests have gleaned the cream of this orienting, ancient-yet-evergreen...

Sunday Firesides: No Such Thing as Bad Weather

There’s a famous Scandinavian saying: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” What it means is that it’s never a bad day to go outside, as long as you’re appropriately dressed for the conditions. It’s particularly an encouragement to get outdoors during the cold, dark winter when one might otherwise be inclined to hole up inside....

Podcast #769: The New Science of Narcissism

Narcissism is something that looms large in our cultural consciousness. We accuse friends and family of being narcissistic, think we observe the quality in politicians and celebrities, and wonder if society is becoming more self-absorbed over time. But what is narcissism, really, once you get beyond the pop cultural conception and colloquial buzzword?...

An Argument for Making Exercise (Not Diet) the Foundation of Weight Management

Decades ago, society was more bullish on the importance of exercise in weight management. Just go jogging a few times a week, the thinking went, and you’d shed the pounds — never mind that you ended your run by heading to the bagel shop for a big, well-earned, carb-tastic breakfast. In the last decade, much water has been thrown on the idea of using...

Shadow Work and the Rise of Middle-Class Serfdom

With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Sunday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in August 2015. Meet Mike, an average American. The first thing Mike does when he rolls out of bed in the morning is look at his...

Sunday Firesides: Do You Like the Idea More Than the Reality?

Is there anything more thrilling than unwrapping a shiny guitar; flipping through the pages of a new journal; buying a piece of exercise equipment; signing up for a self-help program? You feel a tingle of excitement as you imagine yourself slaying songs; penning notes for your sure-to-be-bestselling novel; flexing your freshly-formed biceps in the...

Survival Food on a Budget: How to Repackage Bulk Dry Goods for Long-Term Storage

The following is an adapted excerpt from The Disaster-Ready Home: A Step-by-Step Emergency Preparedness Manual for Sheltering in Place by Creek Stewart.  A long-term food storage pantry is designed to provide a buffer of food for you and your family in case of unexpected shortages due to a large-scale disaster of some kind. Long-term food storage can...

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