The Fear of Making Mistakes and Failing

Most people live their life with two major fears hanging over their head, the fear of making mistakes and the fear of failing. Often these are the very people who wish for the dazzling success of the leaders in different fields. But the leaders in any field, in many ways, are not really that different from…

Year End/New Year Post

As 2016 is finally in its death throes, and 2017 is racing headlong into our collective faces, I thought I would share with you a few items of what is in the works here. First, I want to thank those of you still here. Our subscriber list went up and down a bit, but ended…

Another Try

Last week  shared my experiences regarding my first visit to a firing range. In short, I was pretty terrible. This was the result of my first attempt: Well, I got a lot of really good advice, and this is what the result was from my visit this morning: Still not great, even with there being…

Identity or Pigeonhole

I have been asked by several people who read this blog about how I identify; am I a traditional martial artist, a RBSD guy (Reality Based Self-Defense), a gun nut, or what? To be honest, I am just studying. Each phase of what I have undertaken has been, what seemed to me, to be a…

What is ‘Practical’?

For the people who know me best, the idea that I talk so much about being practical can sometimes take a moment to sink in. I do things in an oddball way as often as not. When asked a question, I tend to give a thorough answer with supporting information rather than a quick, simple,…

First Visit to the Range

So, I made my first visit to the firing range. I fired a gun for the first time in my life, and the only thing hurt was my pride. While I have taken gun safety courses, I had no real training in the actual art and science of firing a pistol. Sure, all of the…

Gun Chronicles: A Beginning

This is the first of a series of articles where I intend to share my journey into gaining an understanding of firearms. I am sure there are others out there who, like me, were either taught to be afraid of guns, or else simply have no knowledge about guns at all. I share this in…

Survivalist, with Sanity: 5 Points on Personal Safety

Very often, people tend to marginalize anything which the media wishes to marginalize. We see shows about “preppers” and assume that they are doomsday kooks.  Sometimes we need to look beyond these generalizations and see the facts. Here I am going to present some of my thoughts on things that we should all consider. You…

A Question of Why

At one level of thinking and reacting, people wish beyond all reason to give labels and motivations to the actions of others. Obviously, part of the reason our species survived at all can be attributed to our ability to look at situations, and using our experiences, make predictions about what is likely to happen next….

The Terrorist Threat

With the recent terrorist activity in western nations, there have been a lot of questions coming in about how to stay safe in the event one were to find themselves in the location of such an attack. I will leave out such sections as what happens if they bomb your flight while you are at…

Texas Hold’em Self-Defense

That’s right, Texas Hold’em Self-Defense. From the description: Every single day across this country people are taught ways to save their life from the bad guy, only to end up in jail for assault if their training works as advertised. They are taught to gamble their life and freedom on what they are told is…