Preparing for the New School Year – The Next Generation Show

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the pepper broadcasting network. We have to hit the reset button, create a true culture of preparedness, starting at a very young age and filtering all the way up.

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Hello everyone. And welcome to the next generation show where we delve deeper into the little things in life. Here, we explore the lost art of fatherhood Parenthood and fundamental preparedness for the world today. I’m your host, Ryan Buford, along with my cohost young master Collin, and today we’re broadcasting from the heart of the Pacific Northwest. We thank you for joining us and there’s not a moment to lose. So let’s dig right in first off, couple of quick announcements for those of you out there, listening to the podcast, we do thank you for that support. Feel free to come on over and join us during the live chat.

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By going over to prepper broadcasting.com and right below the new player that’s embedded on the new website, there’s a join the live chat button. That’s a link that you can click on and put in your own username and that’s it. You’re, you’ll get plugged in with the rest of us. It’s a good time, always a good time. And there’s generally a good conversations happening in the background during these live shows. It’s also a good place where we can drop in links. If we have anything to share with the audience also special, thanks to the folks out in our own backyard here in Olympia, Washington, you folks are the top listeners in one location this week.

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And gee, I wonder why, but we’re glad to have you. So thanks for listening in and tuning in it’s. It’s good to know that there’s folks in that region of Western Washington who are really starting to turn it into gear toward preparedness and survival also, especially thanks to the listeners across the pond and around the world. If you guys make, make the world go round for us as well. So we have a few new listeners in Puerto Rico and hungry. So welcome kind of, you know, kind of an echo of the announcement from last week.

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Most of you have already heard we’re, we’ve switched over to a member portal, which would allow us to vacate the premises of Patrion, which gives us a little bit more freedom, security, and the ability to provide more content for you as, as listeners and as basically patrons directly to the prepper broadcasting website. So if you’re interested in doing that, there’s links on the new website, check it out. And it’s quite a bit different. If you’re had seen the website before last week, it’s completely revamped.

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There’s a lot more information and news and access right up front for everyone to see and including a, a nice little spotlight for our other one of our other show hosts, Jordan Jeffery, over on the, the Saturday night show, a family affair, she was highlighted in a magazine article, which is really cool, good to see you there. And, and we’re glad to have it on the website. So check it out and check out the new website while you’re there. Feel free to, you know, see some of the, the, the added content and this different setup that we have and check out Jordan.

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Jordan do article up there at this point. It’s pretty cool. So quick tactical torture.com update. We had an opportunity to get these folding kayaks out this last weekend. We’re going to do a little bit more torture testing on them. It’s from a company out in North Carolina called tuck tech kayaks. And I gotta say, I’m pretty impressed. We were able to get four dogs and two adults in two kayaks. And mind you, these weren’t like little, you know, purse dogs. These were medium to full-size dogs.

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One of them’s 95 pounds, the other one’s about 50. And then you tack on my buck 50, you know, we’re, we were pushing about 300 pounds in one kayak, and we did that on purpose. We’re kind of pushing the limits. I think that the weight limit on these is three 50 and I didn’t even hardly notice a difference having 300 pounds in there almost. So it was pretty cool. And we’re going to be doing some, some fun little kayak camp outs for the next dry run that we do hopefully here in the next couple of weeks. So I’m looking forward to that and hopefully we’ll have some videos coming up soon today.

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We’re going to be talking about preparing for the next school year. And I knew what the topic was today. And we, I kind of let Colin know yesterday, you know, this is, this is what I think we should do a show on. And, you know, it was like, you know, a handful of different things, different topics. There’s a lot of ways you can look at the idea of returning to school next year. And a lot of times, you know, you know, back to school is a big deal for a lot of people, you know, and for the most part, it has to do with, you know, getting school supplies and things like that.

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But this year is going to be a little bit different. And

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When,

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When I was thinking about a way to approach this topic today, I was kind of, you know, as, as most often happens as I’m either going to work or coming home from work, I have those few moments of peace where I, I can look out in the country and see things that I, that most people don’t normally see and take pause. And, and it gives me a moment to think, well, it was on my way to work today and I’m driving past this house, that’s right off of a paved two lane highway. That’s about a 50 mile an hour highway, and this house sits right off the side of the road.

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I mean, maybe a hundred or 200 foot offset. And I’m blowing by at 50 miles an hour. And I see this smoke coming out from the eave up under, you know, where kind of like where the, the Gable end is on this house. And I had to do a double take cause I was like, well, that’s, that’s way more smoke than you’d expect from like a car exhaust or anything like that. And I looked back again and I was like, Nope, that’s not, is not a car exhaust.

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And that’s not a plume of smoke from a piece of equipment that starting up or anything like that. And it looked like the beginning of a house fire that maybe was starting in the attic and starting to come out of the Gable end and the rest of the house looked fine and nobody was outside. So I was like, Oh great. And it’s, you know, here it is six 30 quarter to seven, somewhere around there. So as soon as I found a spot to turn around, I whipped around as fast as I could got back to the house.

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And I pulled up into the driveway and I’m looking for this smoke, looking for this smoke. And I could kind of see that there’s a little bit of haze there, but it’s, wasn’t billowing out like it was before. So, and you know, all the cars are in the parking garage, little carport and stuff. And then out from behind the house comes this guy and he’s, I can see the smoke trail following this guy. And I look up and it turns out it’s a, it’s a guy who’s fogging for pests.

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So he’s got, probably got some sort of pesticide or something like that. And he was going around the house and fogging the house and the trees and stuff like that, probably for wasps. And I got to thinking about it, how, how significant of a false alarm that was and how thankful that I was, that it was a false alarm and the potential for a false alarm to bring out certain aspects of certain individuals.

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And, you know, I could have just as easily blown by and forgot about it and let someone else kind of call nine 11 or I could have called nine one one as soon as I saw it and had trucks rolling to this house based on a lack of information, or I could have showed up and barged in the house slamming on the door, thinking that it was, you know, the house is on fire and it was actually nothing. And this whole image of this false alarm, this house that is about ready to burn down, because me as a passer by his observing, this is at 55 miles an hour going the wrong, not the wrong direction, going well, maybe

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Going the wrong direction, depending on how you perceive me going to work. But here I am going 55 miles an hour. And I see this in the, in the corner of my eye, decide to make a split decision, go back and double check.

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And it kind of put in perspective the topic of what we’re talking about today, this whole idea of, you know, a false alarm and safety and health, and what are we doing? What is our, are we ready? Am I ready to barge into a house and try and get someone out? Probably not. You know, eh, am I a fool for turning around? Maybe? I mean, given the circumstance, it was no, there was no reason for me to turn around, but the intention was there with the hopes of, you know, at least salvaging something, whether it was life or property or whatever.

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And it kind of, as I left the house, I mean, I saw this guy walking around and I pull out the driveway looking like I waved at the guy I guy, okay, well, you know, no harm, no foul. I’m gonna back up now, you know, don’t bring on the shotguns quite yet. I’m just going to work. Right. And I’m thinking to myself as I go to work, you know,

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Here we are on this second wave of this quote unquote pandemic. And many of us in the preparedness world have got, have, have had an opportunity to prepare for this plan for this and see what went wrong with our preps or what we did. Right. And you know, when people are rushing up to get toilet paper, we’re stocking up food supplies and you know how we are acting differently when it comes to the quote unquote emergency that is happening at 55 miles an hour, the wrong direction.

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And it kind of brought to light this whole idea of, well, we haven’t even, we haven’t even seen the light of day yet when it comes to this at this point in the journey when it comes to this whole Corona virus thing and, and the changes to the family structure, the changes to work environment changes to school. Environments changes to just home environments in general, changes to relationships at home relationships outside of home.

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You’re still trying to find a place to turn around at this point in the middle of a one way, you know, or middle of a two way, a two lane highway 80 miles an hour. Cause we don’t know what’s going on. We get good information. We have bad information. What’s right. What’s wrong? What did we see? What are we seeing? Is it all smoke and mirrors? And are we ready? Well, regardless of whether we’re ready or not, we still have to be prepared for getting back on track, getting back to normal and the potential of going back to school, you might be wondering, well, okay, what does any of this have to do with prepping?

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Well, as preppers, many of us have normal everyday families and normal everyday lifestyles, but how we approach the next few months may very well set us apart from the rest of the pack and being ready means being ready for the possibility of a no start to school or a start to school with some significant changes. And that is, it’s something that a lot of folks are, they kind of have in the back burners right now.

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Cause most folks are still seeing the smoke in their, you know, in the rear view mirror. But it’s how we see and face those changes that may very well define us as preppers. But first, before we get started, Colin, would you like to share your fun fact of the week?

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What do fellow podcasters and listeners? My name is Colin and I am the cohost here at the next generation show. We will be discussing the reopening of schools today. Now, before we get too far into that, I’d like to quickly take a moment to cover the crafty colon fun fact of the week. For those of you who have been here for close to the start of our podcast, you know, that it’s just a short segment on our show that gives you a fun tidbit of information of something that’s typically related to the show topic.

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So let’s get right into it. Today’s graphic on fun fact of the week is some researchers. Researchers note that several songs by the Beatles may help children with autism and other disabilities. Specifically. They cite the songs here comes the sun octopus’s garden, yellow submarine, hello, goodbye, Blackbird and Lucy in the sky with diamonds. I’m not sure it doesn’t re it doesn’t really have anything to do with what’s going on, what we’re talking about, but I read it awhile back and I thought it’d be cool to share.

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So that it’s kind of

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Cool. And it’s neat to find out, you know, some of these different things out there that are actually really useful tools, especially for folks with autism. And I mean, you kind of, you kind of pushed aside the idea that that isn’t relevant or anything, but it really is because the whole idea of today is, you know, obviously getting in a part, it’s going back to school, but in another part, it’s also what we’re going to new ways of learning about education and autism has its own challenges.

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I mean, if you’ve considered one in five kids, I think that’s the last statistic that I remember one in five kids are somewhere on the spectrum for autism in the United States. And that’s a significant number. And the fact that a lot of these kids have special needs when it comes to education, you know, how, how are parents going to be able to deal with these kinds of things? So that’s kind of cool. I know animals is a big part too. I think what was her name?

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Oh, I’m totally drawing a blank on the author’s name. She’s a teacher at Colorado and she had a movie made about her. We talked about her on one show before, but she essentially, she’s got a book out that talks about how animals are a pathway to understanding autism and teaching kids with autism and, and helping them learn. So anyways, I’ll try and remember her name at some point during the show, it’s got a T in it, if that helps anybody out there, but anyhow, so on with the show, let’s talk, let’s get into this cause I want to be able to spend as much time as we can hashing out some of these details.

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Colin, before we started the show, I asked you to kind of think of a couple of key aspects with regard to going back to school and the challenges with regard to, you know, the different, those different components. Do you want to kind of share that with the audience and how we’re going to approach this topic today?

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Yeah. So like you said, as a topic in general, we’re talking about reopening or not reopening schools, but with that comes a lot of, you know, it, it, it’s more than just opening our reopening the school. It’s just going to be a lot of changes. So some of the things I figured or use sort of help me think of talking about would be like what kids need to be ready for going back to school, the safety and security of both students and teachers, mental and physical health are both big ones, depending on how authorities, you know, go about the matter and then just overall a new mindset going into and coming out of the whole experience.

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So that kind of breaks down what what’s what’s to come and in this whole topic in four different

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Yeah. Sort of segments now, that’s, I mean, that’s kind of the gist of what we want to talk about and it’s going to be a pretty loose form today. Cause we’re just talking and that there’s probably going to be more questions than answers in today’s show. But the idea is that we’re hoping to get the conversation going because now’s the time to get the conversation going so that you have time to make educated decisions when the time comes to make a decision. And all of that has to do with temple grant and good job. No, it doesn’t have to do at temple Grandin. All of that has to do with preparedness, having a plan and having a backup to your plan and making sure that everybody’s on board with that plan.

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And a lot of times it’s preppers. We talk about tactics and you know, what happens if your neighborhood gets invaded? And what happens if, you know, you have to do X, Y, and Z, or if you gotta, you know, barter all of a sudden because of the economy’s downhill. What about just the simple idea of being prepared of making a school decision based on the environment? What happens?

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Go ahead.

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So what you were saying about,

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About

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Making a plan is we, a lot of schools, no schools really were prepared for what happened. So, you know, it was kind of this big thing for two to three weeks in a lot of cases about how they were going to isolate children and get them working And you know, still doing their schoolwork. And now they’re taking a different approach to it because they know that something has to change.

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They can’t keep using, you know, on a lot of times, and only in a lot of cases, they might keep using what they’ve been using as a teaching method. But there are also a large portion of schools and students who are going to need to change the way they’re doing things. And just a couple of days in here, you know, now, like you said, it’s the time to talk about it, but now they are trying to plan and prepare for a different way of teaching.

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I think it might’ve been the day of, or the day before you texted me about this topic. I remember my mom getting emailed a survey on how they wanted to know how the parents wanted to go about education for the children. So these are kind of the first steps we can see going into preparing for a new way of learning or presuming the way we have been learning or going back to the traditional way of learning.

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So it’s it’s, you can definitely start to see that.

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Yeah. Now do you want to, so for the audience, without giving away your location or school or anything like that, why don’t you share a little bit about your experience? Because I mean, I’m from a lot of, from a lot of folks out there that are listening to this more than likely they’re adults, you know, adults with kids, or maybe without kids who are worried more about their jobs, but, or even, you know, other things like maintaining their household or their properties or, or other things.

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So from your perspective, what, what was, I mean, what was it like, did it work? Did it not work? Do you think it will work?

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Yeah. So, so I didn’t, I personally didn’t have a very difficult time adjusting to the ways that they switched to learning that I, the isolated learning, because maybe, maybe he’ll help us understand what that is. Yeah. So what my school decided to do was after a couple of weeks, trying to figure out if they were going to partner up with certain companies that could handle educating all the kids, they decided to use an app location, a website called Google classroom.

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For those of you who I’m sure a good amount of people know what Google classroom is. And essentially it’s not meant for homeschooling it’s meant for a, it’s a website that was made for students to do classwork. Yeah. And it’s, it’s a way for students to do classwork and keep in contact with their teachers and for the teachers to share and communicate with the students in, you know, like educational ways, like sharing links and providing, you know, work templates and things like that.

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So, so students could work away from school, but only temporarily, it was never, I don’t think it was ever meant for a permanent sort of working schoolwork set up, but it works in the calendar. We are not, not from here. I know this is how it’s going to change. Yeah. So for the eight weeks I, I converted over to Google classroom and it worked well.

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I, like I said, I didn’t have a whole lot of problems adjusting, but I know there were some students who found the, the whole doing it yourself really overwhelming. The only reason I didn’t have a problem with it was because I was able to get myself into a rhythm. And because I have had just one year, one simple year of experience having to do the schoolwork on my own for one year I was homeschooled and it was all online.

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And I sort of knew how to navigate both Google classroom because I used it, but also just the online layout, because I’ve done it before. So I’m like I said, I personally don’t, I didn’t have a whole vision. Right. Yeah. I had a little bit of experience, so it was easier for me to transition. And I, I just, yeah, I don’t know. I just, from, from that regard, it wasn’t too difficult.

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Yeah. Well, you know, the whole idea of transitioning to an online format of school, it changes a lot. It changes the interaction. There’s a, there’s all sorts of different angles to perceive that. I mean, you know, some of the, the immediate challenges that we’re faced even then in the eight weeks of school was out, are not changing over the next, you know, foreseeable future probably a couple of months. And that, you know, there’s that challenge of, you know, more than just coming up with the school supplies for the following year, you know, are, are, are you now going to be required to provide sanitizer for your kid?

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You know, is there, you know, dual income families, you know, in most cases in the United States that requires a doing dual income family to maintain a household, but that significantly challenges your ability to, you know, to do that and put a kid through school at the same time, you can’t be a homeschool teacher and work full time, you know, at Arby’s or whatever it is, wherever you’re working.

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So you know that there’s some major challenges there just with the whole idea of a dual income being cut in half. And what kind of dependency that puts on, you know, government aid or support, family support, things like that. You know, also yeah. You know, calling your you’re old enough to where you can navigate. Computer’s fine. You know how to work with people, send emails, do stuff like that. Well, what about, and you’re in school for, well, I don’t know about your online. You probably knock that out in half a day, but you’re sitting in class for eight hours a day or whatever it is, you know, the kids that are, you know, they’re, they’re younger kids, you know, kindergarten or pre-kindergarten, you know, they’re going to have to have some sort of childcare or, you know, the environments in that regard where they’re only in school for a short period of time.

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So anyways, go ahead. So there are definitely a lot of other

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Challenges that came with just the learning aspect. There were like, you mentioned the there’s no, there’s that loss of social, social interaction. And you’re talking about the dual income families and the kids who can’t navigate a computer. Like my little, my little brother, he knows how to use a computer, but it’s all, it’s all because he was also doing a similar thing, but on a different website and it was all laid out for him.

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So there is work that, you know, there is a little bit more work that’s done on the teacher’s side, but you know, when you get a year or two younger, you have a kid that doesn’t know how to use a computer and it needs assistance from somebody else, like you were saying. But that, that put a lot of people in positions that they didn’t know what to do because they had students that were, they, they had kids that weren’t going to school.

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They couldn’t learn because they weren’t able to. And from the sounds of it, there was, it was a pretty serious thing that there was a lot of elementary schools going through in my area because there were just kids that weren’t learning. They weren’t, they weren’t progressing at all during this, this isolation, because they had parents that were working and the students unable to do the work on their own.

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Yeah. So there was no assistance and just, just on the younger side of things, but there are so many other things, so many other challenges that came more than just the learning. It changed so many people’s lives, young. People’s what I’m saying is people were still in school because there were no longer living the way they normally did, you know, for, for kids in high school. And, and what is it from like five seven, something like that age up there are these kids who are so accustomed to going to school every day for five days a week, depending on you know, where you are longer, you know, and They’re no longer doing that.

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It’s like, it’s like, it’s like an adult not no longer working. Yeah. Of course. There’s those differences, but there’s, it’s a whole different lifestyle because you have to change. Yeah, go ahead. Yeah. And you bring up a good point here. We had a show a couple of weeks back about, you know, this

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Whole idea of a value shift and how values are gonna shift tremendously as a result of the whole Corona virus thing and, you know, way, ways that people are going to change their thought patterns. Well, this is a significant value shift and an calling, you kind of touched on it a little bit, is that the value of education and the type of education that you’re getting and, you know, the, the, the, that value of involvement in education from a parental standpoint or whatever, from a teacher’s standpoint and where people are putting those values, like is public education the right way to go.

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If we physically can’t have public education? Well, I don’t know if the kids aren’t learning, if they’re not capable of handling these things, what are they being taught? Whatever they’re being taught at home. Well, if there’s no people at home, no parents or whatever, or if the parents are too busy or preoccupied, what are those kids learning? So there’s a major value shift they’re on, on what is important? Is it core curriculum or is it like they’re saying in chat a little bit, you know, the importance of like, Volcana brings it out, you know, when you have things very regimented, it becomes difficult to develop stuffs self-starter skills.

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That’s exactly right. If you’ve been taught to go get on the bus at a certain time and have that routine and do that well, when that changes, just like anything in the world when something changes and you’re not able to adapt, How are you going to function? I mean, that’s a very simple question, but it’s a loaded question, especially when it comes to education and little kids, are these kids being taught how to adapt and if so, how are they doing?

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You know, so what were you going to say?

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Well, I was going to say another thing too, when it comes to, you know, really kids from elementary are all over the world. They’re, it’s, it’s different. It’s like primary and, and whatever else. But the times I’ve changed when Kids no longer really want to do school. It’s like a, like I said, it’s kinda like their job. It’s their day to day.

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And, you know, however many years ago it was, it wasn’t like that. It was, it was a privilege to be able to learn. And now there’s like you said, that value is no longer as valued. And I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s harder to get kids to learn. And the fact that you can’t put them, right.

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The fact that you can’t get them in this brick and mortar school, it makes it 10 times more difficult because there’s no real way to monitor them. There’s no real way to interact with them and get them to understand. And there’s no way to understand that they understand what they’re being taught. If they’re, you know, comprehending it or if they need help and reaching out is another big thing. Cause I guarantee you, there are also a bunch of students who just don’t do it, just decide, decide not to reach out.

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They don’t decide to get the help because they can do without, or they think that they can do without. So I feel like that’s another big thing too. And it kind of brings up that point. Well, is school the place or the thing,

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You know, is education the building or is education the experience? Because she in a physical location, if that’s the only thing, if, if education in its, in its heart is the building where the people who are supposed to be educated, go, That’s, there’s something wrong with that. But if education is the actual experience, you know, it shouldn’t matter where the kids are. Okay.

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They’re my opinion. And I think, I think, yeah, I think you’re right, because, well, you know, back when education was a privilege, you know, when you were lucky, if you got to learn where now, you know, education and Booksmart is only to be done in the building, you know, obviously there’s, there’s, book-smart, that’s done in school, in the building and then very, you know, a very small portion of the, you know, book-smart education has done outside of it.

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Education outside of the building obviously are on online. I have, I’m having a really hard time wording, but basically what you’re saying, like outside of school, you need to be educated. If you’re not being educated outside of school, then what are you doing? You know, because there are so many other things in life that need to be learned that you need to educate yourself on that. Aren’t, you know?

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Yeah. Math and science, whatever else.

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My old boss used to come up to me every so often and say, you don’t know what you don’t know. And it took me awhile to grasp that. But, you know, once I did, I was like, you know, absolutely. I mean, you’re an idiot until you figure out what you don’t know

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And we’ve talked up to this point about the changes and, and education and the impacts that

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We’ve already seen and are likely to continue over the next couple of months, depending on how the Corona virus is going to affect reopening of schools. I mean, here we are in July and they’re already talking about shutting down States again. Well, if it took a couple months for it to clear out and nothing happened after that, well, what’s going to happen once we, you know, approach the second shutdown with regard to schools, you know, are we out of the clear don’t know?

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So we have to look at the potential of being ready to go back to school or not go back to school and what to do and getting in on the early stages of conversation and planning on the home front to make sure that you guys are making the right decisions and, and whatever the decision is that it’s educated. And you’re thinking about it now instead of last minute. So before we talked about some of the earlier things, now we’re going to get more into the health side of things, health and safety, some of the things that that could potentially be a problem.

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So Colin, why don’t you share some of the things that you were considering when I came to these, these kind of, these aspects of that topic?

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Yeah. So whether or not are you concerned? They plan on, I think what I’m most concerned about is the exposure that I have to the elderly people around me. And I just personally it’s, it’s the, just the COVID side of things, but that’s a very obvious safety and health concern, but you mentioned a couple of other security things.

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Do you remember what they were? Oh, I’ve got a, with the whole teachers. Yeah. Okay. Yeah. So yeah, I think, I think personally that just the health part of things is what I’m most concerned about because I’m, I’m always in contact with, or I’m regularly in contact with my, my grandparents and, and, and like that. So I try to lately I’ve been trying to keep my distance, but if they do end up reopening schools and they give me the option to stay home as much as I want to go back to school and experience that, that social interaction and being with people and experiencing, especially going into a new year has always fun.

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So not being able to experience that would be a little disappointing, but I would

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Prefer if it was an option to stay home just for sheer health concerns, you know, what are some of the other? So I’ve got a whole laundry list of personal health and safety type of things, but what are, I mean, do you want to go back and forth on some of these? We only have a few minutes, so I’m not sure how you want to, you know, how come you, how about you just shotgun, a bunch of them, we could talk about them.

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So, yeah. And I’m just going to bring these up because these are concerns that I would have as a parent. And, you know, you might have your own concerns, you know, as a student with the potential of going back to school. So some of the things I I’m not yet without getting into too much background to me, there are some significant health risks with wearing masks, especially when it comes to PE or wearing masks at all in a school and a part of it.

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Isn’t so much about, you know, the ability to prevent sickness as much as it is the mental health of behalf of hiding behind a mask and the dangers of something like that, becoming normal. I don’t like the idea of a mask transitioning into a new job. And, you know, I, I was driving around with my wife this weekend. We were doing some stuff and we had to go into the hardware store or something like that.

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And, or no, no, no, no. We went into a winery to do some tasting and, you know, we had to wear a mask. What the heck is the point of wearing a mask when you’re going to be eating and drinking? Well, it was required inside and we were able to take our drinks outside. But when she was inside, she was talking to people and as a husband, it was really hard for me to see my wife And watch the potential that she would be comfortable interacting behind a mask because to me, it, it makes it one step closer to a normal idea of wearing he jobs and face coverings for women and the potential for this to be something that’s like, okay, well, you know, you’re already used to wearing face masks because of the Corona virus.

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Here’s your heat job. If you don’t wear it in public, then you’re going to be, you know, scorned or beaten or worse. And I don’t like that idea. I think that idea transitions also to high school for a couple of reasons, but you know, obviously, you know, the idea that people have the potential to hide behind masks and people also lose the ability to recognize facial expressions when their faces are hidden, because there’s a lot of communication that happens from the nose down.

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And if you don’t have that, if you’re not exposed to that, your ability as a human being to interact with another human being at a higher level is greatly reduced. And I think there’s a major harm psychologically that can happen longterm as a result of wearing masks, especially as a teenager, you know, who knows, maybe I would have probably felt better in high school wearing a mask cause anybody to hit all my face and all my acne and everything else.

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But on the other side of that coin, you know, sometimes a smile from a friend is all it takes to cheer you up. And on the other side of that, seeing someone who’s having a bad day, it’s a lot harder to recognize when all you see is a blank stare because you won’t be able to identify depression or anything like that. It’s hard enough as it is. So for me, the idea of, of personal health, when it comes to masks is a very key aspect that I think people really need to consider.

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And as a parent, are you willing to force your child to wear a mask or are you willing to stand behind your child if they decide not to? What if you get kicked out, then what, you know, there’s the other side of it too, where, you know, you might have a child who’s rebellious and doesn’t want to wear the mask. What about the other side of that? What about when a child has this programmed fear now that they have to wear masks in public?

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And if all of a sudden they’re like, no, I don’t want to take my mask off. Then it becomes, you know, a point of interference in that regard. Cause they won’t want to go anywhere without a mask. That’ll be their new security blanket. Right? That to me is a little scary, you know, and that when it comes to masks, that’s, that’s just one component of this. Now, when I remember when Colin was first going to school, we had to provide documentation of vaccinations with the exception that in, in the state that we’re in, they allow for a choice.

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Basically you fill out a form and say, you know, I’m against vaccinations because of X, Y, and Z. So my child does not have these vaccinations. And based on that information, the school can either allow the child in, or it can deny access to the child. Like while you have to have at least these ones or, you know, whatever you can, if you’re taking full responsibility of your child, we have, you know, we’re relieving our rights. What about the potential?

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And this is new in the news, the potential of a COVID vaccine that gets accelerated, jumped out and then required for students to interschool

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Then what

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Are you, are you paying attention to that? Are you paying attention to the possibility that if you want your child to return to school, you have to give them a shot and are you okay with that? Are you not okay with that? And if so, are you willing to step up and kind of take the, the consequences of that, which may very well be that you’re homeschooling. So to me that there’s some safety issues specifically related to the health side of things.

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Do you want to comment at all at any of those or,

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Yeah, I think pretty much everything. I think everything you said pretty much, I would have to agree, especially when it comes to the interaction part, there’s a lot of chat going in. There’s a lot of talk in the chat room about how, how crucial or how much facial expressions and body language contributes to the human interaction and communication. So that’s definitely something that would be lost by wearing a face mask.

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And it would definitely not be the same when it came to interacting and being social, but, you know, it’s a precaution and, but it’s, it’s definitely something to, to be concerned about for sure.

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What are the other concerns that I have with the whole ideas? And it’s been, this has kind of like a, this is like an undertow in my mind, especially with the whole idea of making masks normal and making people wear masks. And I’m saying this because at work, I am now required to wear a mask in public in Washington state. I am now required to wear a mask by my home. I don’t have to wear a mask, but what this does is it changes the way people perceive each other and you know, the, the potential for crime to spike and the inability to identify people.

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And when it comes to crime in schools, like the worst thing that could happen in school would be a school shooting. And if you had, I mean, I, I don’t, I don’t want to put ideas in people’s heads, but I do want people to recognize the potential that if you have a student from one school that goes to another school And everybody’s in masks, How do you identify a perpetrator in a school shooting if they don’t take their own lives?

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You know, and what’s what kind of dehumanization is happening as a result of that when you’re not seeing people for who they are, you’re seeing people for the clothes they wear or whatever, you know, that’s tough enough as it is, especially in high school, but the potential for school shootings and the ability to actually prevent that kind of stuff. I think it’s going to be even worse. Social aggression, I think is probably going to increase things like bullying and, you know, again, that kind of the mental shift of a person behind a mask.

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I think a lot of that stuff is probably going to get worse. And I don’t, I’m on kind of a negative note right now, but I’m just kind of thinking out loud when it comes to these things, because I want to make sure that it’s at least something that people are paying attention to.

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Yeah.

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And I think, I think it’s important to at least be ready for some of these things too, to be ready for the potential of masks, to be ready for the potential of, you know, keeping your child home on choice or on principle even more so now than ever before. And why you would do that or sending your children to school on principle even more so now than ever before, you know, where you stand in that regard and how that’s going to work. Yeah.

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Yeah. It’s very scary, but it’s very real. Yeah. So here’s another thing that I wanted to, I want to drop this in, before we get to the pint-sized prepper project, when the coronavirus first came out, there was this whole thing where nurses and first responders were kind of seen as heroes. You know, so in March nurses were, you know, they were getting free meals. They were getting, you know, tuition assistance. They were getting all sorts of different perks because they were nurses.

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People were proud of the nurses that are out there doing the hard work and trying to do things, same thing for police officers and first responders, firemen firefighters, okay, fast forward, three months, four months. And now it’s all we can do to, to keep the police because so many people just want to get rid of them. And nurses are being second guessed and challenged for, you know, their, their actions within a hospital. You know, are they just sitting around playing video games or what are they actually doing?

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Are these cases real? Are they not? Who’s doing what? And Part of me wonders if The devaluation of police, the devaluation of nurses in the medical system, this is the first two and a step of progress or progression, I guess you could say where teachers could potentially be the next wave of underpaid, essential workers, where all of a sudden teachers are going to be put on pedestals as heroes until something happens.

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And then all of a sudden it’ll give way to eliminating teachers altogether. Or the other side of that is if teachers band together and say, you know what, school district Your children are, your problem. Our lives are our responsibility and we want to protect ourselves. So we’re going on strike. We are not returning to school until X, Y, and Z happens until these things are in place.

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We’re not coming back to work. That is a real possibility. And I don’t know if people are really considering the potential of teachers going on, strike Teachers going on strike,

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Okay.

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I’m not prepared for that. And even as a parent, you know, 10 years ago, I wouldn’t have been prepared for that. So I can only imagine what that would be. Now, if teachers go on strike, not only do you not have, you know, even activities for the kids to do in some kind of a structure, but you completely eliminate that, that structure of any

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Kind.

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And until that strike is resolved, it could be months. You know, it could be weeks, it could be months. It could be that your kid Is at home Doing essentially nothing Until you realize the importance of the education that you want that child to have and seek it out. Otherwise, they’re going to find YouTube your university, and they’re going to find tic talk and do whatever they’re doing there. They’re going to hang out on Twitter and Snapchat and Instagram and all these other places.

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And they’re going to learn what they see rather than any valuable skillsets that can actually help them out in life. Like how to adapt taking initiative, you know, being responsible, answering questions, asking questions, these kinds of things. So I think there, there’s a lot of questions out there that I have as a parent. And I think that other people will have as parents. And if you wait to ask those questions or to even approach the answers to those questions, you’re going to be stuck with the possibility of, Oh, I’ve got a child that needs to go to school so that I can go back to work.

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And I’m not going to be able to do that because the teachers are on strike. I’m not going to be able to do that because they’re requiring a vaccinate vaccine, or I’m not going to be able to do that because, because, because, so there’s a lot of different things here that nobody seems to be talking about. And so that’s kind of why I wanted to at least bring it up on today’s show. And you know, at what point do you challenge your position? You know, how do you ask the question? You know, right now we’re having a conversation with you, the audience, but you know, how, how many of you have had this conversation with your spouse or with your kids for that matter?

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You know,

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It’s a really, it’s a really good plan. I mean, I’ve been thinking about the whole teacher teacher thing. Yeah. So the, you know, the teacher side of, of everything that’s going on, especially with the vaccination and all the other things that prevented other than just the health concerns. Yeah. So,

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So I mean, there’s a lot, there’s a lot going on. And a big part of this is getting the economy back, going, and everybody’s focusing on, you know, who’s wearing a mask, isn’t wearing a mask, social distancing, these kinds of things and logistics. But when it comes to the logistics of school, you know, here we are in July, this is usually everybody’s having a great time in the middle of the summer. Just, you know, waiting, just putting off,

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Okay.

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The start of school, that’s all you do in the middle of summer is put off the starter school. You don’t even want to think about it, right. But unfortunately now is the time to get involved and take, take action, or at least take action in the form of communication with your own family, to find out what your options are, what are you going to do? How are you going to handle it? So that’s where the pint-sized pepper project of the week comes into play. The pint sized prepper project of the week. This week is brought to you by its power film solar. And it’s very simple. The project is to reach out to a teacher,

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Huh?

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Right? If you have a child, this is very easy. You could go and talk to your child’s teacher, you know, give him a phone call. She has them an email, you know, whatever you gotta do. If you don’t have a child, I’m pretty sure that, you know, someone who does, and it would be something where, you know, if you don’t have a child and you have time, you can still do this. You can still do this project. So essentially what you do is you contact the teacher and you just simply identify what the needs are and what challenges they have.

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You know, sometimes it can be really simple. We do this when we do emergency response to a disaster relief efforts and things like that. Just if you ask the right people, what they actually need, they’ll tell you, you know, they’ll tell you, no, we don’t want a bunch of clothes. We got all clothes in the world. We just need toiletries. We need things like toilet, paper and toothpaste and tampons and, you know, bandages or whatever it is or no, we don’t need, you know, first aid stuff we need, you know, we need blankets or we need cleanup kits, or we need this or that.

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But from an outsider, if you show up with the wrong tools, if you show up with the wrong information, you’re not, you’re not contributing anything to the people that actually need it. So the idea is to reach out number one to a teacher, identify what their needs are, what their challenges are. Then it’s pretty simple. You offer to help you see if there’s any suggestions that you can provide. You might have a skill set that they can use. You know, you might be able to, you know, manage a bake sale or manage some sort of it segment of some certain, you know, autistic child’s, you know, special needs or something like that.

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You might be able to even provide your, you know, your park as an opportunity to, you know, teach something about physics or, you know, geometry or geology or math or something like that. So the kids are able to learn in an outdoor environment. Even if you have a piece of property, you know, the potential of survival training or things like that and get involved basically. So, and then finally identify a plan.

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So this is where half you’ve spoken to the teacher, you identify their needs, you offer to help, you know, if they can use your help. Great. If not, then that’s a good point. That’s something worth knowing. And from there, you can identify a plan because most people aren’t going to move because the school district, But you can adjust your lifestyle based on the school districts act like their attitude and their actions. Some of a school district says, Oh, we’re just going back to normal And you’re not okay with that.

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At least you’ll know when you can identify a plan and you can work on a backup now and take advantage of that opportunity. Now, rather than trying to figure out how to enroll in a school where you’re, you know, 30 days behind some of the skills that are learned or encouraged through this project are things like navigating terrain in the form of leadership and planning. Obviously during the course of this particular project, as adults, we’re doing this, but you have to include the children in these conversations, you know, even have them send the emails, have them offer to help or think outside the box, have them identify the plan.

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So that they’re the ones making these choices, not you as an adult. They’re the one making the choices and navigating a gal, say it again, navigating terrain in the form of leadership and planning is a key aspect of this and helping them just like you would help them with a compass. But by being able to make a plan by gathering information, some of the other skills learned or encourage this are things like thinking ahead with regard to choices and interactions and information gathering for we’re making sound decisions, Hey, we hope to keep these projects coming.

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And if you like the, if you’d like to see more of these and support our here, head on over to Amazon and type in my name or Colin’s name, or just pint size prepper project, and our book should pop right up. There’s also a link I believe on our show page. Hold on a second while I canceled this update. Yes, that’s right. It’s on our show page and you can download a copy. There’s 28 projects, just like this more physical projects that you can do with your family.

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I think for the final takeaway today, have people sometimes forget that freedom comes in many forms and it almost always comes at a price. The freedom that you have to enroll or to pull a child from school is yours. And it comes with a price either way, but as preppers, it’s important to recognize the importance of thinking ahead, planning for the worst and having a decision that everyone understands and agrees upon based on those circumstances, it’s much easier to move forward when you have direction and you know, which way you’re going.

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Homeschooling may not be an option Public or even private schooling may not be an option. So what are your backups to these forms? What are your backups to these normal education environments that we’ve become accustomed to all conspiracy theories aside? The truth of the matter is that the next fall will be one of the strangest introductions to the school year. Any parent or guardian has ever faced or any child for that matter.

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But if you have a plan and you have a backup and agreement on all fronts, you can eliminate a lot of stress and anxiety and last minute emotion driven decisions that may or may not be the right choice. So take the time now to reach out and ask the hard questions, plan for these scenarios and discuss them with your family and start the process of making a decision instead of waiting until it’s too late. Lastly, in case you missed it our last week show, we did a kind of a piece on resilience of being well rooted, where we talked about how to look at your own garden from the street view or from a bird’s eye view and see what kind of weaknesses you find and how to prevent them.

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Remember if you missed out, you can always check out our previous episodes on the show page or on our, your favorite streaming service. And while you’re there, be sure to leave us a five star review. We’ve got a couple of good reviews here, the last, Oh gosh, just recently. So thanks for the folks who out there who actually do that. And we do appreciate the extra time and effort that you do. And in doing that, it helps to boost our presence. And it allows us to share this message with others next week. I think we’re going to try and get a special guest on waiting for confirmation.

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But if, if we do, I’ll try and get that out to the patrons and listeners ahead of time, or even in the daily audio cash. Wow. Well, I think that’s it for today, everyone. Thanks for joining us on the next generation show. And don’t forget to tune in next time where we explore another aspect of the little things in life that make all the difference in the world. This is your host, Ryan Buford and your cohost Colin Buford, reminding you to stay informed, get involved and be prepared.

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Have a great night, everybody. I make it a great week.

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