So…..what’s going on?

Over the last week of so I have had some serious “writers block”. Having trouble getting any creative juices flowing (all right – no comments needed on that one!). Figured I would write some on whats been going on in my life. Something I do not often do.


BUSY! Too much so. Running several websites, doing Crossfit, having a family- I have bitten off more than I can comfortably chew. Spread thin – I will be making some changes effective January 1st. Over the Christmas Holiday I have some decent time off and will be making quite a few changes. I am going to be implementing some things to streamline ModernSurvivalOnline as well as my other sites – and


I recently turned 43 years old. No mid-life crisis but I have been certainly looking at things a bit different – more a long the lines of  what is most important in my life. Family of course ranks right up there as #1. This is one of the reasons I need to streamline things on my websites. I have 9 and 13 year old sons. I need to spend more time with them. My wife? Well, she’s lucky to have me, right?


I have never been a church-going person. When I was a teenager I was a member of a church in Greensboro, NC. I liked it. I moved away and never regained that connection. Over the past month I have been attending a relatively new church in my area and really, really like it. It seems to be a very special place. Over the past several years I have felt a void in my life. I think that to fill that void – I need a greater connection to God. It’s happening and I am glad. It is also important for my kids as well.


Like many others finances could be improved. I make a decent living  – but I am for the most part the only breadwinner. I make a little money on my websites – but certainly nothing changing my life. Reducing debt and increasing income – well, certainly not an easy thing to do – especially in this inflationary economy.


I continue to do Crossfit on a regular basis. I continue to amaze myself sometimes at what I am able to do. The constant improvement is rewarding. My following a Paleo diet has fallen to the wayside these last few weeks. After Christmas will start getting more strict again.

Here is a short video of myself doing a rope climb without using my legs. Never thought I would be able to do this.



I continue to prep. Food, ammunition, knives, extra magazines, cooking stuff, etc. I am hoping to take some tactical training soon at a school a couple hours from my home.


Well – getting late and need to get some sleep. Early bird gets the worm.


Take care all –


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  1. Good for you, guy. I really enjoy your site and I hope things go well for you in deciding which direction to go, what to hold on to and what to turn loose. I know what you mean about losing that connection: in my opinion, and my opinion only, church people can be the meanest people in the world. You’re right about Cross Fit as well; I’m 46 and, like you, I am amazed at the difference it makes.
    Good luck.

  2. Rourke, I think this is one of the best post you have ever made. It takes courage to say what you said, and I for one am happy and excited for you that you filled that void in your life with the one and only thing that really works- a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I don’t know where you are on your spiritual walk, but you are on the right path.

    I was in your shoes many years ago, and I can relate to what you said. One thing I have found out over these many years, He will help you set your priorities and help you shoulder your burdens. Oh, it will not be all a bed of roses and an easy walk in the park, but you will look back one day and say, I just couldn’t have gotten through it all without God.

    Blessings to you, and your family.

    • Johnsobo100 –

      Appreciate your kind words. I think going into the future I will be writing more “personal” posts – my direct thoughts on stuff with most preparedness related.

      Take care – Rourke

  3. Happy Birthday, & hope your family has the best Holidays.
    I enjoy your sites. I reffer to them often.
    ” I’m not a prepper I’m a bussiness man”, Farm & Restaurant / try to supply restaurant from farm.
    Turning Fifty this month Starting to rehab a old mason firehouse in Columbus Ohio built in 1898, my farm house is also solid brick built between 1859 and 1869. I figure if things go bad they were designed without plumbing or electricity in the first place so not a strech to use them the way they were intended.
    Keep up the good work and and keep the faith all the way around.
    Thank you

  4. I appreciate everything you do on this blog and look forward every morning to see what you have posted. Keep up the great work.

  5. Rourke, We are all in this together. Our lives are over-whelmingly busy…..but we, “by the grace of God!”, hang on and ride this tsunami. Knowledge and wisdom into the “spiritual realm” is what carries us. Hold the faith and be safe and be strong, Buddy! God IS with us.

  6. John,

    Perhaps I missed something on my browser (Firefox) but I don’t see the video. 🙂 Imagining others really want to see it too.

    I know what it’s like to be overwhelmed at times. Too much going on and too much to think about. Seems like not much progress gets made. However, you are doing great work and I always enjoy your posts and guest posts. Very timely information for sure!

    Been thinking of vacation spots for the summer and was considering NC. Perhaps we could meet up for a drink and get the families together for a visit. This would be my first vacation in a very long time and I need to get away. Working for the Government is taking its toll on this patriotic American! Maybe we all could go out to a range somewhere and waste a few thousand rounds.

    Wishing you and the family the very best and most Merry Christmas and Peaceful New Year!

    In Liberty,

  7. You are absolutely right! And you most surely have your priorities straight! G-d first, then family, then everything else…maybe.

    I applaud your decision to return to becoming a viable part of a church family. It is vital that EVERY Believer participate in a Christ-centered, Bible-believing church family. We are all appendages, and it takes all of us to make a whole body. The body is not complete without all of the parts. We are all made wonderfully different, for a reason. While we, in our humanness, can be very short-sighted about those differences, it is those very differences that make us the best we can be as a whole. If only I had learned that lesson earlier in life.

    To all:

    If it isn’t enough for the reader here to know that it is in YOUR best interest to be part of a Bible-Believing, Christ-centered church, then do it as a matter of obedience, until you grow the heart for it; you will be the better off for having done so.

    23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

    So, you can see, dear Reader, that for the Believer, being a living, active part of the Body of Christ is not an option – it is an imperative!

    Besides, if you are missing, we all lose! We need you.

    No matter which church you choose, you’ll find imperfect people. I know I have. That’s why they allow me to keep coming back!

    Don’t worry about the church being “full of hypocrites” – we hear that all the time! Just, come on in – there’s always room for one more! ; )

  8. Very cool Rourke, seeing progress like that in your health should really help to keep you motivated.

    Like some of the other commenters I too really enjoyed your post. I think it’s helpful to see what other like minded people are doing, not just lists of preps or gear reviews. I think it helps to connect with your readers.

  9. Rourke,

    I admire your active lifestyle! I am retired, but even though I have more free time, am not accomplishing the same as you are. I also commend you for pursuing Judeo-Christian beliefs! I have been a devout Roman Catholic my whole life and I openly admit that Christianity has carried me in the worst of times. I would have never made it through the trials and tribulations of a 30 year military career without religious convictions. “Faith Can Move Mountains” my mother always said. “Keep The Faith” was a quote from a good friend who passed away this year.

    Thanks for keeping us united through this site.


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