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Charlie Richie Sr.
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Charlie Richie Jr.
Charlene Richie Mohrle
Robin Richie Stewart
Dave Canterbury • Creek Stewart
Stephen J. Norling
H Self-RelianceHHistoryHPrimitive Living Skills
The Magazine for the Twenty-First Century Frontiersman
NOTES FROM CHARLIE JR.
As we start another year of the Backwoodsman, it’s always a good time
in my opinion to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year.
Our reflection is a little different this year after Hurricane Harvey
destroyed our magazine headquarters this past late August It’s caused me
of course to look back and to look forward into the future as well. Looking
into the future is what is a little disturbing to me. There’s all kinds of evi-
dence to glaciers melting in the Arctic, rising sea waters & temperatures,
and hurricanes (especially this past hurricane season) are becoming bigger
and more intense. I know there are two sides to this debate, but it’s hard
to ignore what we’re doing to our Mother Earth is speeding everything up.
We may already be heading toward a climate change period, but it’s kind
of like having good stew on the stove. We’re just turning up the heat more
than we should.
I realize that we have no control on how countries like China & India
handle their growing populations, and their ever-growing need for oil and
fossil fuels as their economies grow and and become more modernized.
Just speaking about the U.S., we have had opportunities in the last 30
years to switch over to alternative fuels, alternative energy, and to better
regulate coal & nuclear industries. Depending on the administration, we
just keep taking two steps forward then one giant leap backwards. Now,
this is what we’re dealing with. There are reports that Miami will become
uninhabitable sooner than later if the ocean keeps rising. Are we already
too late? That’s the question that has me pondering what my daughter’s
future on this planet looks like, and if I’m lucky enough what my grand-
kids future looks like. I try not to let it keep me up at night, but there def-
initely is cause for concern.
Hopefully, I didn’t bum you out too much, but this should lighten
things up a bit. I will mention that gracing our cover for the new year is
writer, TV host, gourmet chef, lawyer, supermom with 7 kids, Stacy Lyn
Harris. Please make sure that you read her feature article titled "10 Tips
To Know When Preparing Venison". So for all you deer hunters out there
this could be worth reading & highlighting. Backwoods Mercantile has
just added Stacy Lyn’s Harvest Cookbook to our book list just in time for
the holidays. Be sure to check our advertisements on the back inside cover
and on the back cover of this issue for the price of that book and others.
I would also like to mention that one of our special contributors, sur-
vival expert Creek Stewart, has a new TV show that a lot of you may be
interested in viewing on The Weather Channel called SOS: How To
Survive. Creek revisits famous survival stories with personal accounts and
breaks them down to explain in great detail how they were able to survive.
It’s a very interesting show, and you will definitely learn something by
Just a reminder, the Artifacts Of The West Knife page will return in the
March/April issue. Finally, I just want to finish off by expressing our grat-
itude to all our readers and for their constant support of the
Backwoodsman Magazine. We wouldn’t be here without you. I hope
everyone has a tremendous start to 2018. Happy New Year from myself
and the entire staff at the Backwoodsman!
A. Brent Smith
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