Solar Cookers

Solar cookers are one of my favorite ways to cook as the energy used is from the sun, and that is free.  However, you must have the sun, and it does take longer to cook than by conventional means. There are various types of solar cookers that can be constructed by yourself, or that are […]

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A Matter of Control – A New Novel

This my second novel and is much larger than the first, 336 pages.  It includes government corruption, domestic terrorism, self reliance, and even some wilderness survival. This is the description from the back cover: A political thriller that seems to have been born from the headlines of today. The controlling power behind the government is […]

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Raised Bed with Options

Even though I have plenty of garden space on our property, I always wanted to build a raise bed so I could use it for salad greens, and just to experiment.  I also wanted the option of being able to use the raised bed as a hoop house, for either plastic or netting.  But I […]

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John McCann Live – 11-3-15

The following video is of my John McCann Live Show on November 3rd, 2015 at the AroundtheCabin.com Campfire Chat.

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DIY 5 Gal. Bucket Clothes Washer

In an extended emergency situation you will find the need to wash your clothes. Of course, if you do not have power, you will not be able to use your normal washer and dryer. The following article is an excerpt from my book Practical Self-Reliance – Reducing Your Dependency On Others, which shows how to […]

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John McCann Live – 10-6-15

The following video is of my John McCann Live Show on October 6th, 2015 at the AroundtheCabin.com Campfire Chat.

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John McCann Live – 9-1-15

The following video is of my John McCann Live Show on September 1st, 2015 at the AroundtheCabin.com Campfire Chat.

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John McCann Live – 8-4-15

The following video is of my John McCann Live Show on August 4th, 2015 at the AroundtheCabin.com Campfire Chat.

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DIY Solar Oven

As an introduction, my wife, Denise, and I have been playing with solar cookers and ovens for awhile. Denise built a wooden one with a shop teacher, many years ago, when she was a Home Economics Teacher in Switzerland. The inside of the box was painted black. It worked well and the students had fun […]

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John McCann Live – 6-2-15

The following video is of my John McCann Live Show on June 2nd, 2015 at the AroundtheCabin.com Campfire Chat.

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