Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Changing Earth Podcast: Behind the Scenes, MP3 Skype Recorder



There are a lot of pieces that go into the production of The Changing Earth Podcast, beyond a mic and my voice. One of the best programs I have found is the MP3 Skype Recorder. This program specializes in recording your Skype conversations. It starts up automatically when you call another Skype user or receive a call from another Skype user. Skype is one of the easiest and cleanest ways to contact potential interviewees. The big problem was how do you capture the conversation in the form of an MP3 for later use. Well, the MP3 Skype Recorder takes care of all of that. As soon as you finish a conversation it notifies you with the call details a file name for you to save, replay or upload to another site. I highly recommend this program for anyone doing interviews, wanting to capture the voices of their loved ones to play back later, or parents that are curious what their kids are conversating about.

If you are interested in downloading this application for your future Skype calls visit:  https://mp3skyperecorder.com. And let the Skype recording commence!

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Importance of a Family Disaster Plan with Dale and Lisa Goodwin; Episode 19: Day After Disaster, Chapter 19

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Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Bonus Giveaway! Urban and Wilderness Survival plus Without Land

I can't even begin to describe how thankful I am this year! Over the past year I have developed a network of trusted advisers and lovers of my work that mean the world to me. When I started my journey as an author I never expected to find so many wonderful people that are all after the same goal, help people out and learn some great stuff along the way.

One man in particular that found me at the very beginning of my journey and welcomed me into his life is James Hart. James is the author of countless survival manuals and articles for newspapers and magazines across the country. As someone who loves to learn, I can't get enough of him. Every time I talk to him or get the opportunity to visit my mind is filled with valuable survival information and stories. He has selflessly supported me and even helped me with research for my new novel, Without Land. James has a great survival site at http://preparedwithjameshart.blogspot.com/.

James has authorized me to giveaway three pdf copies of his book Urban & Wilderness Emergency Preparedness. This book is an in depth bible of survival information that teaches you many essentials you can't live without. I highly recommend you go pick up a copy of this book from his website to add to your library. It is the one book you will want to take with you if you are bugging out.

To add to his generous offer, I have decided to include a pdf copy of my new fictional novel, Without Land. So, not only will three lucky winners get a highly educational survival manual but you will also receive an entertaining survival story of a family trying to make their way in a country rebounding from severe natural disasters.

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Lost Survival Tips From 100 Years Ago: Pin of the Month


One of my main objectives when I started researching survival information was to relearn the skills that my grandparents took for granted. To learn the ways that they had gone through everyday life and lived rather happily without all of the modern "conveniences" that we now take for granted. These skills are essential to learn if we intend on surviving a day when the modern things that make our lives so easy are not available anymore.

When I stumbled upon the article over at http://www.askaprepper.com I knew I had found a diamond in the ruff. I highly suggest you click the link and head over there! Learn all of these skills that they have represented here! I have highlighted a couple that I found particularly interesting below and added some additional tips to some.

1. How to extract a splinter

www.AskAPrepper.com suggests filling a wide mouth bottle to the brim with hot water and then holding it against the skin to let the heat and the suction draw the splinter out. Now obviously this won't work on all areas of the body but out here in the foothills of California we have a lot of little picky plants. Sometimes the animals drag them into the house and then after getting stuck into your sock they end up in the bottom of your foot. They are almost impossible to get out and usually we just let time take them out, which really sucks because it's very painful until the body can do it's job and get rid of it. Now that I have this skill in my arsenal I will not be feeling that pain anymore!

2. How to Make an Emergency Water Filter

Studying survival skills like I do, I have seen a lot of filter ideas suggested. The filter that they describe in this article is simple and easy to remember. It relies upon dirt of different sizes and a suggested layer of charcoal in there as well.

5. How to Purify a Cistern (Tanning tips)

To purify a cistern www.AskAPrepper.com suggests blending in 1 Tablespoon of alum into the water within 30 minutes the particles and bacteria will bond and drop to the bottom. 1 Tablespoon of Alum will purify 16-20 gallons of water.

I found this interesting because it is another great reason to make sure you include Alum as one of your preps. Alum is what I use to tan hides and preserve them to last long into the future. To make this tanning solution blend 5lbs of ordinary salt with 10 gallons of warm water. Then add 2lbs of Alum to the solution. The water needs to be warm enough to dissolve the Alum but not hot. If you immerse your hide in this solution twice a day you will have a preserved hide. Bigger hides will take more days, for example a rabbit hide might only take two days but a deer hide is going to take six to eight days.

11. How to Secure Loose Hammers and Axeheads

Anyone who uses firewood as a heating source in the winter knows the pain of having a loose axe-head. AskAPrepper.com suggests first making sure the head is wedged in securely. Then driving in two screws into the end and for the axe-head they suggest putting a whole in the haft just below the head and further securing the head with a wire. Great idea! Can't wait to try it on my trusty hatchet.

19. How to Make a Water Fountain for Chickens

AskAPrepper.com says chickens but I don't see why this wouldn't work for other animals as well (you may need a bigger bottle though). They suggest securing a bottle with "u" hooks to a board and then placing a basin of water under the water bottle. As the animals drink from the basin the water from the bottle will fill the basin until the two water levels meet and then the water in the basin will stop anymore water from coming out of the bottle. Simple genius!

22. Keeping Plants Watered While Away

Another great idea! You take a basin of water and put it above the level of your plants. Then connect the water from the basin to the soil in the plant with a strand of wool. The water will follow the line and water your plants. You need one strand for each plant. How cool is that? I think I might set it up to happen all the time then all I have to do is make sure the basin is full.

24. How to Preserve Eggs

Having my own chickens, I have heard just about every preservation method possible: painting them with mineral oil, powdering them, pickling them, but I have never heard this. If you bury eggs in salt so absolutely no air gets to the shells they will last about a year! Then you have eggs and salt when you are in a survival situation! Great stuff!

25. Treating Sprains

Okay, last one and it's a good one. When I had surgery on my ACL I had this really cool ice pack that hooked directly to the cooler. That way the water from the cooler was constantly at work on my knee. Who knew that 100 years ago they were using a technique very similar? Once the afflicted area is wrapped you connect a piece of bandage from a cool basin of water placed higher than the patient to the patient's bandages. This way the cool water leaches down the bandage and keeps the bandages on the patient compressed and cool! Again, simple genius.

Obviously people just a few generations ago had some very slick tricks for accomplishing the same things we rely upon technology for. I find it fascinating and will keep sharing all these great tips with you! Don't forget to head over to http://www.askaprepper.com and check these skills out for yourself.


Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Post-Apocalyptic Medications with Cat Ellis; Episode 18: Day After Disaster, Chapter 18

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Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Survival Medicine : Treating a Bullet Wound; Episode 17: Day After Disaster, Chapter 17

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Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Monday, November 9, 2015

Endless Firewood Season: A day in the life of Author Sara F. Hathaway


I sit here typing, enjoying the warm fire burning bright in the corner. It's warmth envelopes the house in a cozy glow and it's power saving heat is a welcome addition in the winter. Here in the foothills of California our summers are hot! The air conditioners work overtime so in the winter we try to save power as much as possible. To accomplish this job the wood burning stove takes center stage.

It sounds so nice the fireplace burning bright but country life is hardly as glamorous as it sounds. Our weekends are filled with collecting, splitting and piling this precious resource. We are among the lucky people who have a property that is filled with the precious fuel but getting the logs to where they need to be on a forty acre mountain is a lot harder than it seems.

I would not trade my fire for any other heat source though. There is something about having the fire place going full bore all winter that warms the soul. Working with the wood in the yard brings you closer to nature and increases your skills with a hatchet, unless you want a few less finger tips (believe me I've lost one here and there). The skill of creating the fire and keeping it burning all night is something that is key to survival so I am thankful for lots of practice.

I am also thankful for all the great gas powered tools that we have to make the process easier. The quad has replaced the wheel barrow and makes moving the piles around a breeze. The gas powered splitter has replaced the maul and sledge, making the break down of huge rounds as easy as pushing a lever. Even though fire wood is a lot of work, these modern helpers keep the job manageable.

My point of sharing all of our firewood woes and blessings is to get you thinking about that electricity produced heat that many of us take for granted. Without this electrical power many people would suffer greatly. It is important to have a back up plan in the winter no matter where you live. If you are like me and you live in the country and enjoy all of the gas powered goodies that make the job easier, it is important to consider how you would do the job without them. Do you have a maul? Do you have the tools you need to get the wood gathering and splitting done without gas? Are you in shape so you could push the wheelbarrow around without having a heart attack?

Winter is a great time to think about our survival skills. Life gets a little more challenging and we have to work harder for those little conveniences. Time to get prepping and make sure you are ready to meet the challenge if you had to.

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Improvised Weapons: Survival Pin of the Month


Today's pin of the month comes from GreekGadgetGuru at: https://youtu.be/XO-UghJQGko. Besides the fact that my fifteen year old son is a huge Assassin's Creed fan, I like this pin because it highlights the possibilities of what you can create if there is the need. In a survival situation you will have to make do with what you have. Creation will be essential so it is a good idea to get the invention juices flowing now while your life does not depend upon it. In my book, Day After Disaster, I tried to highlight this need to craft what you need to get you where you need to go but GeekGadgetGuru has put it into practice and his fun toy could teach us all a lesson or two. In addition this could be easily altered to shoot "BBs," pellets or air-soft ammo. The only thing stopping you is your imagination.

This is what GeedGadgetGuru used to make this dart gun (I tried to get you some links to the products. These are not exact so remember use your brain and adjust to what works but these links should get you pretty close to what you need):
Here is the video of how he created this Dart Gun:




Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Survival Sanitation with James E. Hart; Episode 16: Day After Disaster, Chapter 16


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Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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