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What Do You Stand FOR?

Most of us can easily answer the question of what we are against. Just a few key words will show you what I mean (I’m not implying which side of the fence any of us are on, just that there is a fence): guns, abortion, gay marriage, GMOs, immigration, Monsanto.… But often it’s harder to […]

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10 Surprising Ways to Teach Kids to Love Nature

As the weather starts to improve, it’s the perfect time to get kids out and about and show them the joy of nature. It doesn’t have to be a structured thing—in fact, unstructured is almost always better when it comes to kids and nature. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, here’s a list of […]

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Maria’s Five Favorites: It’s Time to Start Gardening!

It is finally spring! Which means it’s time to start gardening again. Did you plant peas on St. Patrick’s Day? Or start your first potatoes or onions of the season? I haven’t been able to plant much yet, with the polar vortex’s leftovers still in my garden—but I am gearing up, literally, with my favorite […]

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Five Spring Resolutions

I don’t know about you, but it feels like the whole year has gotten off to a very late start. For example, traditionally on St. Patrick’s Day we are supposed to plant peas around here, and my garden, as of this writing, is still covered by a good six inches of hard packed, ice-ridden snow. […]

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In Praise of the Great Flat White

I’d heard about Flat Whites before I visited Australia—they’re the country’s signature coffee drink. But, some of you may remember I went “off” coffee and caffeine for my trip, so I never got a chance to drink one while I was there. (Don’t worry; I won’t make that mistake again.) Once back in the States […]

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Good Wood

by guest blogger Nicole Cherie Jones, associate product editor at Rodale’s Wood is showing up everywhere at the moment: jewelry, toys, tabletops, and barware. I even saw a wooden tie recently! To stay on trend, here are some earth-friendly finds that are as beautiful as they are useful (think hip, not hippie). Tropical Tree Salad […]

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Cultivating Wildness

For all of you lazy buns out there who don’t want to start a garden but still want to help heal nature (and humanity, by the way), I have an idea for you. Take a piece of your yard—any piece—and make it a designated wilderness zone. Cultivate some wildness! It seems a little scandalous, doesn’t […]

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Maria’s Five Favorites: Spring-Cleaning

I cannot wait to say good riddance to winter! This has been such a dark, snowy season, and I’m afraid it’s not quite over yet. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have spring fever…which I do. Even more so, I have the itch for some serious spring-cleaning. Being stuck inside for months has left my […]

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