Love & Family

What If You Had $1 Billion Dollars and a Permanent Vacation?

The other day, I had lunch with a friend who’s obsessed with bats. Literally. He travels around the world with this guy named Merlin and studies bats. My bat-obsessed friend sent me some videos from his bat-studier friend, Merlin Tuttle, to watch (he dared me to watch, anyway). The first one I chose had the […]

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Crayons, Clubhouses, and Crushes: Women Are Going Girlie

Sometimes the universe is trying to tell you something. Just listen, and there it is: the wisdom you’ve been seeking. The inspiration you’d hoped would come. The guidance you needed to change course. In my dotage, I’ve found that being open to these kinds of messages can sometimes be its own reward. Then again, I […]

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The Lessons of Bees

On National Honey Bee Day, let’s give props to our pollinators and, maybe, learn how to be better humans. by guest blogger Jeff Csatari, executive editor of Men’s Health and Women’s Health books Once upon a time…I was a bee. During the summer before my senior year of high school, I pollinated apricot trees for […]

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The Slow Burn

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Dictionary.com lists 18 definitions for fire as a noun. It lists another 15 for it as a transitive verb (with an object) and another seven as an intransitive verb (without an object). That doesn’t include the additional 14 “verb phrase” or “idiom” uses, and let’s not even touch fiery, […]

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How Was Your Fire, Honey?

by guest blogger George DeVault, author of FIRE CALL! a volunteer firefighter’s memoir “How often do you get a fire call?” people ask all the time. There’s no easy answer. A week or more may go by without a fire call. Then we’ll get two within 30 minutes. The timing of fire calls is wildly […]

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What Your Fire-Building Technique Says About You

You can tell a lot about a person by the way she builds a campfire. The fastidious stack the wood perfectly crisscross. People who won’t let anyone help are probably crabby in general. Once I met a woman who was an obsessive blower. She was an experienced outdoorswoman, but perhaps she didn’t have enough faith. […]

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Land Those Helicopters, Parents

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Today’s quiz has no right or wrong answer—but it has only two possible responses: Would you rather be depressed at the country club or happy at the municipal golf course? Please answer that honestly, and keep your answer in mind as you read on… Congratulations to every […]

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Why I Don’t Have a Bucket List

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Every so often, words or phrases seem to implant themselves in my mind and not let go. Over the past few weeks, the phrase that keeps appearing and reappearing for me is “bucket list.” Or, as I like to call it, “Your Basic ‘Type A’ Marching Orders.” […]

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