How To Prep An EIP

afrankelSurvival, Survival Skills

An EIP (Emergency Information Packet) is one of the most often overlooked items of Preppers and Modern Survivalists. Yet, putting one together can be one of the most important things you do. The fact is, even if you are not a Survivalist, Prepper, Sheepdog, Ostrich, or a Sheep, this really is something everyone should have. EIPs are copies of your … Read More

Friday Gear Report: The Giant Swiss Army Knife

afrankelSurvival, Survival Gear

Giant Swiss Army Knife This unique special edition knife contains all 85 tools currently produced by Wenger (Maker of the Genuine Swiss Army Knife). These 85 tools can be used in over 100 functions and it’s the World’s Largest Swiss Army Knife. It’s not exactly going to win any awards for lightest, smallest or most efficient tool but it probably … Read More

16 Things You Can Do In One Day To Improve Your Life

Neil StraussNeil, New Years

Happy New Year! Today, I’m going to do something I’ve never done before, by popular demand: update a previous post. Yes, I’m trying to finish the next book, which is due this month. (And, yes, you will all be the first to know what it’s about!) But I’m taking a break today to share this because I think it’s important. … Read More

10 Most Common Survival Myths

Neil StraussNeil, Survival

I’ve been wanting to write this email “rant” for about a month.  But I keep starting it, then stopping it. It’s hard to get the tone right without showing too much frustration: If I thought doing the media circus for The Game was tough, discussing Emergency has unexpectedly been even more of a challenge. In about half the radio interviews … Read More

The Secure Way Is Really the Insecure Way

Neil StraussNeil

What do you do? This is the first time I’ve started getting emails in my inbox not just asking for advice about women and writing, but about problems with work and anxieties about money. Maybe this is because of the pending release of Emergency in two weeks. Or maybe this is because every single person I know has been affected … Read More

The Meaning Of Life And The Secret To Happiness

Neil StraussNeil

In the spirit of the times, I wanted to share with you all the most pretentiously titled post I’ve ever written. A few of you may have seen a draft of it on my website-in-progress. What I enjoy about this list is that it’s a way for me to speak directly to you. It’s something I’ve never gotten to do … Read More

Life Lessons From Bozo the Clown

Neil StraussNeil

Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2008 I’m writing because, today, I lost a good friend, Larry Harmon. Larry passed away this morning at the age of 83. Larry was best known for having portrayed Bozo the Clown for 50 years, while franchising the character across the globe. We had planned to publish a book on his life, The World According to … Read More

Why You Should Read Fiction

Neil StraussNeil

I realized this when my agent told me he represented a book that had been nominated for the National Book Award. Despite its critical acclaim, it had sold, he said, only two thousand copies. Afterward, I was talking to my publicist at HarperCollins. And she was discussing how it was nearly impossible for a first-time novelist to get significant press. … Read More