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10 Books That Changed the Way I See the World

1.    John Adams, by David McCullough. This biography of Adams erases any fantasies we might have about our American Revolution being easy, short, or something to take for granted. It gives a deep insight into what it takes for a revolution to succeed, which is strong, intelligent, and dedicated leadership from within the country and […]

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Callicarpa: A Must-Have for Fall
Gardens

When I first saw Callicarpa, otherwise known as beautyberry, I thought it was a joke of some sort. Or perhaps a modern invention for gardeners who want a certain color of purple in their garden. It seems too bright, too purple, and too candy-colored to be true. But then I read about John Bartram and […]

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The Story of Rodale’s Style

A lot of people know about the HIStory of my family, but very few know about the HERstory of my family. You may get a little bit of it through my blog through the recipes I share, but the women in my family all had their own style and they had one thing in common: They loved to shop and create a home that reflected the creativity and quality of the ideas we all discussed at the dinner table.

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A Simple Guide to Meditation

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz. With regular practice, meditation helps break the cycles of anxiety and stress, replacing them with mental patterns that heal us instead. This is accomplished not by suppressing or rejecting negative feelings, but by relaxing and allowing these thoughts and emotions to simply come and go, without giving them weight or attaching any specific meaning to them.

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Top 10 Things That Annoy Me

I’m not easily annoyed, but there are things that do aggravate me. In case you ever meet me, here is what you need to know:

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A New Hive Mentality

by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. This past winter was another tough one for the humble honeybee. Winter losses as reported by beekeepers nationwide rose from 22 percent in 2011/2012 to 31 percent in 2012/2013. Bees pollinate more than 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90 percent of the world’s food.

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The Top 5 Myths about
Farm-to-School Programs

by Chelsey Simpson. Most of us can remember a childhood encounter with chicken nuggets, Tater-Tots, and canned peaches in syrup as our lunch. But with one in three children currently considered overweight or obese, ideas about how we feed our kids at home and at school are changing, and many school cafeterias are leading the charge.

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Yoga for Promoting Patience

by guest blogger Holly Walck. What follows is a sequence designed to bring you into what TS Eliot calls “the still point of the turning world”, the state of Yoga. The seated poses loosen tense hips and bring a sense of connection to the stability offered by the earth while the forward extensions quiet, soothe and heal frayed nerves.

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