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Welcome to Rodale Intern Week!

Welcome to Rodale Intern Week!

Lettering illustration by Jessica Kusuma, Prevention editorial intern Every summer, I get the chance to meet with all of the new Rodale interns, and they get to ask me anything they want. I do it once in New York with our “city” interns and once in Pennsylvania with our “country” interns. It’s always one of […]

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Fire Safety: "Dumb Stuff" that Typically Smart People Actually Do

Fire Safety: “Dumb Stuff” that Typically Smart People Actually Do

by guest blogger George DeVault, author of FIRE CALL!, a volunteer firefighter’s memoir The blue minivan was a huge ball of fire when our pumper truck pulled into the parking lot. Orange flames licked the front wall of the dry cleaners and curled onto the roof. Our hose team knocked the fire out before it […]

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What Your Fire-Building Technique Says About You

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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Best of Maria's Farm Country Kitchen: Five Oldies but Goodies

Best of Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen: Five Oldies but Goodies

Can you believe that I’ve been blogging for seven years now? Since my first post in the summer of 2008, 1,600 blogs have been published on Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen—many written by me, many others written by my interesting mix of knowledgeable, funny, and thought-provoking guest bloggers. As I said when we launched the site’s […]

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My Bette Midler Story

My Bette Midler Story

Some of you who follow me on social media may have seen a picture or two of me with Bette Midler and wondered, How did that happen? How did she get to meet Bette? Well, it’s a long story—a story that begins and ends with love—and I’m about to share it with you…. I was […]

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Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day! —Maria Related Posts:A “Hot” Yoga Practice: Making the Hips and Groins Groan!5 Summer Foods That Help You De-BloatHow to Keep That Feeling of Vacation Anticipation All Year Long

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10 Things I Learned from Reading Romance Novels

10 Things I Learned from Reading Romance Novels

From the very first lines of the very first romance novel I ever read in 1977 (Shanna, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss), I was hooked: “Night gripped the city with cold, misty darkness… The miserable night masked the passage of a carriage that careened through the narrow streets as if it fled from some terrible disaster.” […]

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Happy Earth Day! And Happy #EarthGratitude Wave!

Happy Earth Day! And Happy #EarthGratitude Wave!

Since 1970, Earth has had one special day a year when we take a moment and really think about our planet—through demonstrations, fundraisers, volunteering, river cleanups, and other means of generally bringing our environment front and center. It was Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin, who came up with the idea of creating a “national […]

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