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Apartment without electricity.

COUNTRYSIDE: I do not have electricity, therefore, I have no air-conditioning. I would like to know if anyone might be able to tell me how I can stay cool in the summer time? I receive direct sunlight from morning to night. What methods are there to keep food when electricity is unavailable?

I live on a fixed income and live below the poverty line, so I cannot just go out and purchase items that might help. I would have to budget for them, and sometimes budget two or three months in advance.

Does anyone know of any good traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) self-help books (acupressure, Qi Gong, Chi Kung, aromatherapy, etc.) for bipolar disorder, to calm one's self, restless leg syndrome, ADHD, stop smoking, and general health?

Are there any self-study books on spelling?

What about a good vegetarian cookbook for one or two people that has good food, and so I can keep the food without electricity?

Are there any pet food cookbooks available? (I have cats.)

I am interested in martial arts for health and defense (I live in a city and a rather bad neighborhood), such as Kenpo (Ed Parker, Richard "Huk" Plavas, etc.), Wu Tai Chi, stick/knife (Arnis, Kali, Escrima), Gracie/Brazilian Jujitsu; as well as practical Shorin-Ryu karate, and Hung Gar Kung Fu (including an extensive weapons array). My main Kobudo/Hung Gar weapons interest is stick/knife, sword, spear and archery.

I am also interested in learning about astronomy for navigation, seasons/calendar, and time.

Can anyone suggest ways to help identify wild, and not so wild edible, medicinal, useful, etc. plants?

I live in an apartment and keep a few plants in pots on my balcony. How, without violating my lease, can I grow more of a garden?

I would like to live as independently as I can, but being in a city and an apartment, I'm extremely limited.--Seamus O'Connor, Texas

If you have answers to any of Seamus' questions, send them to COUNTRYSIDE Editorial, 145 Industrial Dr., Medford, WI 54451;, and we'll print them in a future issue.
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Title Annotation:Country conversation & feedback
Author:O'Connor, Seamus
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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