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Paleo & Primal Bookstore

The Paleo Pool collects, curates and shares content and links to quality information about the Paelo / Primal Lifestyle. We encourage the use of organic, whole foods and healthy living.

We recommend the books in this Amazon bookstore. We own them and have read them. If you’re just getting started, consider Perfect Health Diet by Paul […]

Crash Site Remains Worst Airline Disaster in Lycoming County History

One man’s quest to memorialize the victims of the worst airline disaster in Lycoming County history, the crash of Allegheny Airlines Flight 371 on Bald Eagle Mountain, is coming to an end. The crash site has received designation from the Commonwealth as an official archaeological site. In addition, plans are under way for a monument to […]

Just Below Your Feet

A year ago, during American Archaeology Field School, one of my students asked about Cultural Resource Management in Pennsylvania. I told her about CRM and about PA Act 70, which has devastated professional archaeology in the Commonwealth, and encouraged her to research the topic as an independent study, a capstone project for her American Studies […]

Ricketts Glen State Park

Ricketts Glen State Park in Benton, PA, is a haul up to the top of a mountain, but it's worth it!

Market Square: Postcards of Yesteryear

This postcard gallery  is from the collection of Richard and Miriam Mix, authors of “A Bicentennial Postcard History of Williamsport.”  You may send one of these postcards via email to your friends and family, sharing your enthusiasm for local history. Simply click on the link beneath the card of your choice and “send as e-card.” […]

Grant Supports World of Little League ®

Pennsylvania Historical Museums Commission
Grant Supports World of Little League ®

Language professionals are among those who teamed up with the World of Little League® Museum and Official Store for the audio tour guide project that is now available in eight languages.

The interactive, multilingual audio tour guide is among the most recent attractions at the Museum, which reopened in […]

Birthplace of Little League Baseball® Listed in National Register of Historic Places

Birthplace of Little League Baseball® Listed in National Register of Historic Places
As the celebration of the 75thAnniversary of Little League® comes to a close, the organization’s first home, Carl E. Stotz Field at Memorial Park in Williamsport, Pa., better known as, The Birthplace of Little League Baseball® has received the distinction of being listed on […]

Lights, Action, Camp!

Camping in the dark isn’t fun. Sure, you have a fire, but when you’re sitting around the campsite, especially if you have a canopy or awning, a string of lights not only increases visibility, it creates ambiance.

Now, we’re not full-time RVers with a awning; we’re part-time campers with a canopy set up next to our […]

Crash Potatoes

I know, they’re completely unacceptable when you’re living the Paleo lifestyle, but they’re okay on special occasions when you’re adhering to the Primal lifestyle.

Crash Potatoes are cooked potatoes that are smashed, drizzled with a bit of olive oil, sprinkled liberally with sea salt and fresh ground pepper, then topped with a little cheese. In this […]

Grub Hub Camp Kitchen

If you’re in the market for a camp kitchen, you should be looking at the Grub Hub Outdoor Camping Kitchen. This amazing, patented contraption is easy to setup and is packed full of features. The price isn’t for the faint of heart — it retails on the manufacturer’s website for $399.

We’d been contemplating some time […]

Paleo Carnitas and Plantain Tortillas

I tried a recipe from my newest Paleo cookbook purchase, the The Zenbelly Cookbook: An Epicurean’s Guide to Paleo Cuisine, and even though it didn’t look like the lovely lavendar tortilla in Simone Miller’s outstanding new book, it turned out okay. Actually, my tortillas were downright awesome.

The recipe is simple: plantains, bacon grease, eggs, lime […]

The Paleo Mom’s Approach

Missing something? Crackers, crepes, pancakes and other goodies? The Paleo Mom has a wonderful book, The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body, available on Amazon and the secret ingredient is plantains.

While you’re there, pick up her new cookbook, The Paleo Approach Cookbook: A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your […]


I love my Shish Kabob Set. It has simplified life and added a yummy dimension to my cooking repertoire. It isn’t that time consuming and the ingredient list is simple — boneless (organic) chicken thighs, Mayan onions, peppers and mushrooms. I cut the thigh into chunks about the same size as the veggies and slide […]

Primal Pizza

One of the things most people miss when launching the Paleo Lifestyle is pizza. I searched the Internet and tried various recipes for pizza crusts, and several were alright.

Then I discovered Against The Grain Pizza Shell, a frozen pizza crust at my grocery store, and it’s been my go-to crust for several months.

The problem is, […]

It’s Not Easy

I’m not going to lie to you. Going Paleo isn’t easy, and it isn’t cheap. But, it’s the most important thing you can do for yourself and your family, and you can start doing it right now.

My journey begin in September 2013, and I haven’t looked back. It wasn’t a struggle for me. I embraced […]

Simple Salad

It’s not difficult to stick with the Paleo Lifestyle (and Primal) when you have so many foods available, and simple recipes like the salad above. Keeping quality ingredients on hand is key, and keeping your imagination stimulated with reading recipes, scanning Pinterest boards, and following your favorite chefs on Facebook.

Making salads “back in the day” […]


I love the sweet and salty taste of homemade granola, and every so often I make a batch. I can’t have this stuff in my house all the time or I’d never lose weight.

The beauty of granola is the mish-mash of ingredients. It really is a garbage of goodness. You can use anything you like […]

Play Ball Like a Girl!

Although this video isn’t specifically about Little League, I’ve heard the words “You throw like a girl” used as a slur at the ball park too often.

It’s my wish that fathers and brothers, uncles and grandfathers, coaches and managers, and especially players would consider this taunt hurts more than the individual it’s aimed at.

According to Lauren Greenfield, filmmaker […]

Play Ball! Little League Playoffs Unite Families

A reporter spent the day at day at a North Carolina Little League Baseball field during the playoffs. She spoke with parents and coaches, asking how they keep up with the “hive of activity” the tournaments cause, writing about it in an article, “Little League baseball playoffs are a family affair.”

One team, along with a […]

Play Ball! Little League Shouldn’t Inspire Fear

I read  a Times Herald column by Jeff Edelstein, “When it comes to 5-year-old Little League baseball, I was 100 percent wrong,” and it summoned memories of steamy summer days at Cross Bayou Little League, in Largo, Fl. I can sympathize with him, as he watched his 5-year-old son get hit by a line drive.

Did I […]