Help me choose a winner…

Today, marks the end of our latest non-fiction writing contest and as usual with so many great articles posted over the past 60 days, it’s difficult to pick the top three (3), so please help me out by listing your top three choices in the comments below.

Points to consider

  • Which three articles that were posted during the past 60 days helped you the most in your preps?
  • How did those articles help you?

Please note that articles sent in for this contest, but not posted will automatically be entered in our next round…

Looking forward to reading your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. Thank you for your help…

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  1. Doris Jones says:

    My picks for the non-fiction writing contest are these:
    1. Prepping for Pandemic Flu by Bam Bam
    This was extremely helpful to me in condensing a great number of facts into one article. Also, the elderberry tincture medicine information
    was something I will definitely use.
    2. So What if the Sky is Falling by Mike
    This encourages continued self-education and reminds us all that what we know can be the most valuable resource of all. I found Mike’s article very positive in a healthy way and most sensible.
    3. Top 50 Things to Disappear from Store Shelves during an Emergency by Tom Sciacca. This really helped me to review what I have on hand and might have difficulty finding during an emergency. Separating the list into categories was smart too.

    Thanks for all the work you put into getting people to write and turn in articles , MD. Much of this material will save lives in the future no doubt. Just continues the valuable work of this website. Even without a huge crisis–many of these tips and information can be used to make life easier and to live smarter in our daily lives.

  2. I’d definitely suggest Bam Bam’s flu articles.

  3. 1. Prepping for Pandemic Flu, pts. I & II by Bam Bam – Well done, ma’am.

    2. Path to a Simpler Life by SW – creative ideas that sparked a great discussion. SW looked at everyday life and found little changes that make a big difference over time.

    Anyone would find useful ideas here–and help other folks help themselves by passing along a few of these tips. . . .

    3. How to Make Sourdough Bread in a Few Easy Steps by Oldguy52 – well presented, generated more helpful info in comments, neat to see a man’s perspective in the kitchen.

    Also, I was touched by the glimpses of Oldguy52’s devotion to his wife as they’ve faced her stroke together. That’s the kind of husband any woman would feel blessed to have, and a fine example to us all.

    I also wanted to mention another excellent article by Mama J, Putting Together Charity Boxes. The lists and stories show how to do that effectively and efficiently, so we can help as many as possible.

    • Thanks for the kind words. Hopefully the article helped ya in some way.

    • I want to thank you also for mentioning my article. I thought that Bam Bam’s article was so beautifuly written and benefical. She is an amazing part of the pack. I loved Oldguy52’s sourdough so much. Actually I liked them all. I spent part of my day reading them. The pack is wonderful. They are all winners. MD is a blessing to us all.
      I have spent the better part of the day pondering the different personalities and people that are here. We are all from different walks of life. Differnet but the same in so may ways. I bless you all on your journey through these difficult times.

  4. midnight1st says:

    Bam Bam’s flu articles really inspired me. I even stopped and set up a special flu kit that I can easily access and set up an isolation room with everything needed. I found that I was missing a couple of things and added them.

    I also liked Personal Stratigies for Financial Success.

  5. That is going to be tough, of course the last one was outstanding by BamBam on the flu. She did major research into this matter so that is one I will give a thumbs up on.
    As for the others I shall read them again to make sure everyone receives acknowledgement on their endeavors to produce a quality project which we benefited from. To those who submitted articles you are all winners in my book, thank you.

  6. Sw't Tater says:

    There were several which I found timely and helpful. I usually learn something, even if it is a subject which is just not my cuppa tea. The Pack..being well rounded in all areas is what makes this blog so useful…
    . Bam Bam’s on the flu…had the most urgent message and current info which when utilized, will prevent death. No matter what the “nay- Nayer’s say. There is nothing currently available and you can bet your bottom dime it will be the mother lode for whomever develops the next vaccine, no matter how much poison they put in it to keep it stable…
    There was one about firearms training, with short ammo. That helped me..
    … and there was the one on the honey and it’s documented uses. and ALL These were just in the last month!

  7. Suburban Housewife says:

    Bam-Bam’s article on the flu was exceptional.

  8. Bam Bam’s article on the flu, Denise’s article on the uses of Honey and the article on getting back to a simpler life.

  9. Lauri no e says:

    Bam Bam, article on the flu virus.

  10. anthony m says:

    i would have to say the 50 things to disapear from the store got me thinking the most. it was kind of one of those. duh…it’s so simple why have I been over looking it.

    then the uses of honey because I really believe mother nature will kill or cure whatever concoction the doctors have made.

    the flu one was great.

    then of course my article on armory consolidation.
    (dang i even voted for my own into 4th place)

  11. Top 50 things to disappear from store shelves by Tom Sciacca

  12. The two articles on the pandemic flu by Bam Bam were exc.Arlene

  13. I vote for Bam Bam too!

  14. Bam Bam’s article on the flu is excellent. I have read a couple of books about the flu during WW 1. Pay attention people, the flu is a killer. Being a firefighter/paramedic we have to take Bam Bam’s advice.
    My Mother died of the Asian flu in 1957 at age 36. She was a very healthy woman until she got that flu.

  15. Thanks, guys, for the complements and the votes. If it’s okay for me to place a vote, I really liked Path to a Simpler Life by SW. This to me embodies the philosophy of prepping–live within your means, learn to make it yourself or do without, grow it yourself. Some day we may get forced into a simpler life by economic collapse, EMP attack on our power grid, etc.

    • Awww shucks. I’m hoping that day never comes, but if it does I hope my path has me ready for it.

  16. 1- Is Prepping Keeping You Poor? – So many people can quickly get caught up in the expense of prepping, but if it’s done right the cost doesn’t need to be outrageous to be prepared. I thought this was a very well done article that helped me remember there needs to be a balance in being prepared.

  17. Hobbitt of the Shire says:

    Well, I would have to say that it is the articles on the flu, then the benefits of honey, Both were well written and thought out, Both will save lives when the waste hits the rotating air circulation device, The third would have to be making sourdough bread, I enjoy skooshing the starter around in the bag,,,,,,,,,lol

  18. Bam Bam’s “Prepping for Pandemic Flu: Part II” was picked up by another website called

    You can see it here (Do they need permission?)

    I think that says something about the content of the article.

  19. Bam Bam’s flu articles #1 for sure. I think the 50 things to disappear first was very good and I liked Path to a simpler life.

  20. Southern Girlm says:

    Bam Bam’s excellent flu article would be 1st choice, then Top 50 Things to Disappear from Store Shelves and 3rd choice would be What If The Sky is Falling. All excellent & informative. Thanks to all three of you for providing insight for prepping. I received valuable info from all 3 articles.

  21. Encourager says:

    #1 – Prepping for Pandemic Flu I by Bam Bam
    #2 – Prepping for Pandemic Flu II by Bam Bam
    #3 – Honey and its effect on MRSA and Other Natural Remedies by Rodger

    Learned a lot from all three articles. All were well written. All made me think beyond the box. All made me re-evaluate my supplies. And that is the purpose of this site, right?

  22. I liked ‘internet service is down’ but my favs are:
    Prepping for Pandemic by Bam Bam
    Honey and its effect on MSRA… by Rodger
    50 Things to Disapear From the Shelves by Tom Sciacca

  23. Ok;
    As stated before loved all the articles.
    BamBam-Flu articles

    50 things that disappear off the shelf

    Easy sourdough bread recipe

    I have been sharing these with family and friends. The flu article, I am taking it with us to our doc’s office. He is open minded(took forever to train him), since he has little time to do his own research I keep him update on what is going on outside his office an the hospital. I must say he does read the articles an research that I find, most of it pertains to my dh, but he has others vets who served in Nam.

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