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How to Make a Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Emergency Evacuation Survival Kit

With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Friday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in March 2011. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from wilderness survival expert and instructor Creek Stewart.  The term “bugging...

How Many Times You Can Wear Your Clothes Between Washes

You don’t have to wash everything you wear after only one use. In fact, washing your clothes after wearing them just once will wear them out faster; perhaps you’ve never thought about it, but the fuzz that you clean out of the lint compartment in your dryer is composed of tiny bits of fabric that have eroded off, and other bits of fabric rinse away...

Why I Tape My Mouth Shut at Night

My bedtime routine for the past month or so has looked like this: Take out contacts.Brush and floss teeth.Say prayers.Read a book. Tape mouth shut.  *Record scratch* “Tape your mouth shut? Really, Brett? You weirdo.” Yes, it is weird, but there’s a method to my weirdness.  I got the idea from reading Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, in preparation...

How to Catch a Fish With Your Bare Hands

Catching a fish with your bare hands sounds like the sort of story you’d hear around a campfire, a tall tale to be sure. But, hand fishing works and lots of people do it. You may have heard of noodling for catfish, but other types of fish can be caught with just your hands too, and in fact, hand fishing is common enough that some areas have specific...

Podcast #644: How to Develop Greater Self-Awareness

95% of people say that they’re self-aware. But only 10-15% of people actually are. As my guest today says, that means “on a good day, 80% of us are lying to ourselves about how much we’re lying to ourselves” and this blind spot can have big repercussions for our success and happiness.  Her name is Tasha Eurich, and she’s an organizational psychologist...

A Lesson From TR & Taft on Pursuing a Life You Like

I’m in the midst of a project to read a biography of every president. With most of the men, there’s a pretty clear sense that they were glad to give up the office after their term. It’s an exhausting job in which the Oval Office occupant is relentlessly attacked by his opponents, and sometimes by his own party. Even the great acts of the presidency...

Podcast #643: Life Lessons From Dead Philosophers

Studying philosophy can be a metaphorical journey into wisdom. My guest today experienced it as not only that, but as a very literal journey as well. His name is Eric Weiner and he traveled thousands of miles around the world to visit the haunts of numerous philosophers as he sought to better understand their insights and how he might apply them to...

Sunday Firesides: You Know You’ve Found Your Purpose When . . .

When Ed Pepping, a combat medic with E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne — the famous “Band of Brothers” — parachuted into Normandy in the early hours of June 6, 1944, he came in too fast, landed backward, and suffered a concussion and three cracked vertebrae. Separated from his unit, Pepping spent the next day trying to reunite with Easy Company...

The Fall Jacket: A Recommendation

Fall is coming, and that means crisp, cool mornings and evenings. For this season of chilly-but-not-yet-cold weather, you need a casual fall jacket — a segue piece that keeps you feeling warm and looking good before you start needing a heavier overcoat. My recommendation on this front is the Flint and Tinder Waxed Trucker Jacket. Below I’ll share a...

How to Make the Perfect Mocktail

Even before the pandemic shuttered restaurants and bars, Americans — particularly Millennials and Gen Zers — were drinking less alcohol than in decades past. Whether you cite health factors, cost, changing social norms, or any other reason, the fact remains that booze doesn’t have the same cultural sway it once did. Bars and beverage makers are recognizing...

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