Tuesday, February 21, 2012

the doris day of doom!


Friend and fellow author Kathy Harrison was recently filmed at her home for an episode of Doomsday Preppers! I haven't seen the show yet, but I wanted to share this clip of a positive and active group of folks ready for the worst and hoping for the best. She'll be here at Cold Antler Farm on May 12th for the much anticipated Plan B workshop with James Howard Kunstler, a whole day about emergency prep, energy, and our future. This might be the most important workshop at the farm and only has 5 spots left. Read more about it here

28 Comments:

Blogger steph said...

I have seen that show and it is normally rather negative and stressful, as a show that focuses on doomsday and those prep for it would be. But this lady, she was a joy! Their prepping just seemed practical, and they didn't seem obsessed or tending towards violence, like everyone else I've seen on that show. I loved her!

February 21, 2012 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger sheila said...

ahh that was weird... talking about poisoning people and cutting their throats

If the world gets that bad that I have to murder people to defend my food stash, to hell with it, I don't want to live in it anymore.

February 21, 2012 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Because poisoning people and/or cutting their throat is better than protecting your and yours with a gun?

February 21, 2012 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

should have read "you and yours..."

February 21, 2012 at 2:25 PM  
OpenID jessieimproved said...

Her portrayal was definitely the most sane on the show. I've been thinking about picking up her book for some time though - when I first saw the trailer for the show I exclaimed to my husband, "Hey, I know who that lady is!"

February 21, 2012 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

that wasn't kathy saying that! it was a random community member in her neighborhood!

February 21, 2012 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Beth of the Rocks said...

You know, sometimes I still want a white knight - a very good looking one :D - but then, I'm not a damsel in distress. And those damsels? Well, they used to have know how to fight, too, in their husband's absence.

I don't, however, ever want to give the government the control over me that being my "white knight" would bring.

This is a hot button topic for me.

~Beth

February 21, 2012 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Matt_Middleton said...

She seems nice, as well as pragmatic. Her young shirtless compatriot seems a bit clueless though - not sure if he realizes that charm might not always work on the less-than-scrupulous if/when the collapse happens.

February 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM  
OpenID barntalkblog said...

I don't have the belief that I can prepare for a "doomsday." I find those who do believe in it have unique thought processes as to how to be more self-dependent, which being self-dependent is something I agree with.

-Autumn

February 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Sweet Lord! After all this intense Merlin business you switch gears with a header like "the doris day of doom?"

I thought something happened with the deal. Fathaluva!

P.S. As an emergency manager, it's all better to mitigate to prevent doomsday, rather than invite it through manifestation.

February 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

JD those are wise words!

February 21, 2012 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

I liked her a lot. I feel there's nothing wrong with prep. However, the guy they seemed to focus on is sadly why I get funny looks when I tell people I want to grow/raise my own food.

February 21, 2012 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Christee said...

I LOVED her approach on the show. It was so real and not completely psycho like some of the other folks that have been on DP.

February 21, 2012 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I'm so excited for the workshop. It makes me even more excited to hear the reviews of her here in the comments!

February 21, 2012 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Catharine said...

I love that show! It's given me some great ideas to prepare for the worst... while hoping for the best!

February 21, 2012 at 9:26 PM  
OpenID Sonja - A Tree by The River said...

Yes, she was great! It didn't connect that she was the author. I greatly enjoyed her book for the very reason of it not being paranoid. My greatest reason for wanting to prep at all is so I can help others, instead of taxing the system and adding to chaos.

February 21, 2012 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Too funny! Kathy and I spoke to the Sustainable Living class at UMass today, and one of the students recognized her from this show.

February 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

This show strikes me as sort of exploitative. The scary, eerie music played under the film of pressing apples on a sunny, bucolic day felt like they were reaching for something that they got from the shirtless man. I like that she stressed that they were not right-wing, gun&bible-stockpiling loons, but rather practical, self-reliant folk.

February 22, 2012 at 1:26 AM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

I have to say, in my opinion, if the green stuff hit the fan and you had plenty of food and no gun and the hungry rabble come along with guns and want to take it from you, they ain't gonna sit down and parly!

Being prepared for the end of the world as we know it is something with a relatively low profile in the UK, but I loved the sense of community, and being so self-reliant, which is what counts for me.

February 22, 2012 at 4:47 AM  
Blogger Karen Fulford said...

I've been enjoying the show. And yes, it is "rather negative and stressful" and does focus on doomsday... but it's a TV show! Take it for what it is and either take away a few prepping tips or don't watch at all. I do think the lady in question is being very naive, though.

February 22, 2012 at 8:44 AM  
OpenID Kathy Harrison said...

I am sitting here with the giggles. The young man in question knew how unhappy we were with Natgeo's attempts to make us look crazy. He decided to play a part. The only problem was that he was not familiar enough with how these things work to realize that the producers were going to be only too happy to run with it. Sy is a bright, sweet guy who would not dream of doing any throat slitting.

February 22, 2012 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Sylvia said...

I watched the whole show today, and just loved Kathy's lifestyle. I noticed the re-usable canning lids (which I've just started using), and her stash of home canned good is impressive--this summer I'm going to finally start canning meats and stews using the pressure canner. It was especially fun to see her sewing on a treadle sewing machine, since I do all my sewing on "people powered" machines. When everything even in public restrooms is powered by electricity (lights, flush, sink, soap, paper towels) you know this society has gone too far.

February 23, 2012 at 1:03 AM  
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February 27, 2012 at 1:14 AM  
Blogger d.c said...

2 points i would like to make.1.you got alot of your food in glass jars & if an earthquake hits,your going to have 1 big mess.2,and i know u do'nt want to hear it.but you & your little hippy communes charming a gang of well-armed thugs.who do you think will win? THE THUGS!! you guys better wise up&GET REAL!

March 22, 2012 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger d.c said...

oh,and what a charming place,you & your friends made cold antler farm.

March 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger d.c said...

oh,and what a charming place,you & your friends made cold antler farm.

March 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol, everyone is going to it around and sing campfire songs also right ? Wise up, don't be a sheep, get firearms and learn how to use them. When you have armed gangs and thugs looking for food and shelter you will be at there mercy, I don't care how sweet your community is.

September 2, 2012 at 11:51 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Lol, everyone is going to it around and sing campfire songs also right ? Wise up, don't be a sheep, get firearms and learn how to use them. When you have armed gangs and thugs looking for food and shelter you will be at there mercy, I don't care how sweet your community is.

September 2, 2012 at 11:52 PM  

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