There is a lot to be said for skills that have been lost over the generations based on our present day consumerism and selfish - want it now - mentality. My wife and I were having this discussion several times as to how our parents and grandparents "made do" without modern conveniences. But even simple things like baking bread - I heard people are looking for bread machines at the second hand stores. Hmmmm how about making dough, letting it rise and then putting it into an oven - or even a dutch oven over hot coals?? And this is just the tip of the ice-berg. I appreciate your post northmn! Maybe this current situation will help us get back to simpler times? Maybe? Sorry but I'm skeptical. . .