I was talking with my dear friend, Dee, this morning and mentioned how offensive the image of "Survivalist" is to me, conjuring visions of an over-weight nija wanna-be in camouflage, load-bearing vest filled with magazines and secret ninja shit, digging a root-cellar and packing it with ammo and guns and nuclear warning stuff and gas-masks, and faraday cages and everything that Refuge place runs on sale, maybe getting our own TV reality show ":Nut-case Paranoids Living Among Us". Nor do I especially like the term "Preppers" it is so freaking cliche. Seen a dozen threads on "What are you prepping for"...well duh! We have decided upon the term "Modern Pioneers". We are revisiting and learning the skills needed to produce foods, to preserve them, to build shelters and power them using what God gave us and our backs, hands and brains. Skills that have become archaic are now ever more important and we are relearning them and teaching them and sharing them. Once this system finally collapses, and it will collapse, what rebuilds will require the same skills and trades and mind-set that our original pioneers used. We have many more efficient tools available to us, but the principals are the same. I am a pioneer. I will do whatever is necessary to see myself, family, and friends through hard times. We will circle the wagons and fight off marauders when needed, we will pray together and we will help heal our wounds and illnesses.