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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Boom times again in America-For some...

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…



ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

"Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory."
-- Franklin P. Adams


Seems each time I begin to bake or cook, that is when the phone rings.  As I was pouring the batter from a Pumpkin-chocolate chip cake into the pan a good friend called to wish me a successful hospital stay [I’m going in Friday and hope to be home Sunday]…my buddy knows I like to cook and have been featured on PBS for the country inn I used to own…find the recipe below and grab a free copy of our little country inn cookbook too!


Times are Booming in the United States but…

Are You Still a Member of the Middle Class?

Recently, the Federal Reserve released the 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF). This tri-annual survey is a treasure trove of information that provides a snapshot into the financial life of the median American in inflation-adjusted 2013 dollars.

The changes over the last six years are consistently horrible, particularly for those in the middle income brackets.

The SCF provides information on things like income and net worth for people based on several factors…

  • Age of Head of Household
  • Percentile of Income
  • Family Structure
  • Education of Head of Household
  • Race of Head of Household
  • Current Work Status of Respondent
  • Region
  • Urbanicity
  • Housing Status
  • Percentile of Net Worth

Since 2007, median net worth has tanked, almost any way you cut it. The one group that escaped a decline was the Current Work Status of “other,” whose median net worth in 2007 was $6,000, and in 2013 was $9,000.

While the median at the bottom and the top of the food chain experienced little change in inflation-adjusted earnings over the past six years, those in the middle income and just below were hit hard.

Now, think of these two statistics together. For those who earn between the 40th and 59.9th percentile of earnings, meaning those smack in the middle of wages in the U.S., income has fallen by 12% while their net worth has plummeted by 38%… and that’s over

The line between the “haves” and the “have-nots” is being drawn more boldly with each passing year. At some point, the angry “have-nots” might choose to stand up and start saving themselves.

Ironically, everywhere I go here in MI no one seems to be experiencing adverse financial problems…malls are crowded, special events are packed, restaurants are booming. The same boom times seems to be working for those who live in our nation’s capital and several other select areas such as Wyoming and North Dakota where a gas and oil boom is taking place.

 How is it going for you and your family?  Let us know using the feedback box below!

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Extreme weather events leave populations with not enough food both in the short- and the long-term. A new report has looked at which sections of the population are left most exposed to food shortages after extreme weather events, and concluded that better governance could have lessened the impact on the poorest and most vulnerable, and that affected populations have been let down by the authorities in the past.


How you can save even more cash…

Many of you know I enjoy cooking…

I learned early on helping my mother aka: Grandma Clause who baked more than 100 dozen holiday cookies starting the day after Thanksgiving.  These were used as stocking stuffers for our large extended family.

At age 12 my winter job [during the summer I worked at an exclusive country club as a jack of all trades on their golf range] was bussing tables at IHOP.  Soon they had me waiting tables at times and helping the cooks turn out dozens of pancakes on busy Sunday mornings.  That all kind of ended when the manager ran off with the head waitress, taking the weekend receipts with them!

At one time I owned a country inn and our food was the subject of Inn Keeper Magazine and a PBS special.  I should have continued but the 100-year old mansion was like something out of the movie The Money Pit.

Folks would drive more than a 100 miles on nights we served to reserve a spot…they didn’t want to miss one of our signature dishes like Cheshire Pork Pie or our home made twice baked potatoes or one of our featured desserts such as this Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cake.

Makes about 9 squares…Ingredients:

8 tbsp [one stick of butter, melted and cooled]

1-1/4 cup of sugar

3 large eggs  1 cup canned pumpkin   1tsp vanilla  1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda and one of baking powder and ½ tsp of salt  1/3 cup of milk

1 cup of chocolate chips  1 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts

Pre-Heat the oven 350  Lightly spray an 8-inch square pan [optional-line with parchment paper].

Whisk the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and pumpkin a large bowl.  Stir in the baking powder and soda, pumpkin spice and salt.  Stir in ½ of the flour, then milk, then remaining flour until combined.  Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips and spread the batter into a pan [8x8] and bake about 55 minutes.  Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn cake out on a rack or bread board to cool completely.

Nice and festive for autumn!

Secrets & Shortcuts of a Country Inn ChefYours free for the asking.  I wrote this a few years ago (my wife and I once owned a popular country inn which had been featured on PBS).

If you’d like a condensed version, download it at:


Veggie Stock

With the rising prices of food, I found a great, easy way to make my own vegetable stock. I quarter a couple of onions, split several carrots and ribs of celery, crush several garlic cloves, and toss all of it into my slow cooker. I then cover the veggies with water and let the slow cooker do its thing overnight. In the morning, I have stock that took very little effort to make, and it's much cheaper than $3 a quart.



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 Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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