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Pollinator Haven - photo by Sandra YeyatiPollinator Haven  
Create a Toxin-Free Yard for Critical Critters  

Aimée Code has stopped trying to grow roses in her Eugene, Oregon, backyard, where the ground is too muddy for them to flourish. If we stick to plants that do well in our own region, they’ll be less susceptible to...

The Great Nature Gym, Image: KoolShooters/Pexels.comThe Great Nature Gym  
Outdoor Workouts Make the Most of Summer  

Summer is the prime time to skip the gym and exercise in the fresh air. Studies show that outdoor workouts improve mental well-being and result in greater feelings of revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement. Exercising in nature can reduce...

The Art of Doing Nothing , Image: StanislavAdobeStock.comThe Art of Doing Nothing   

Most of us can remember having the glorious ability to do absolutely nothing of practical significance as children. We rolled in the grass, laughed ourselves silly with friends on the street corner and happily...

Jeffrey Smith on the, Image:  courtesy of Duke University Sanford School of Public PolicyJeffrey Smith on the  
Threat of Gene-Edited Microbes   

When most people didn’t know what a GMO (genetically engineered organism) was 25 years ago, Jeffrey Smith, the founder and executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, was one of the leaders of...

Canine Calm, Image: Kira_Yan/AdobeStock.comCanine Calm  
Anti-Anxiety Tips for Dogs  

When they signed the Declaration of Independence, little did our country’s founders know that more than two centuries later, their revolutionary act would lead to millions of dogs trembling, cringing and running for cover. As many as 45 percent of American pet dogs are ...

Earth-Friendly Hiking, Image: Maridav/AdobeStock.comEarth-Friendly Hiking     

Hiking in the great outdoors is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable sports on Earth, especially in the summertime, when the weather is temperate and the sun shines upon us. Unfortunately, nature’s charm can quickly fade when...

Healing Trauma, Image: motortion/AdobeStock.comHealing Trauma  
Emerging Therapies Offer Fresh Hope  

Refugee children with tear-stained faces, the frail elderly being wheeled away from floods or fires, the sobbing families of gunshot victims—the faces of trauma are seen in every heartbreaking newscast. And the faces are even closer to us than that, walking down the street: a woman that recoils from touch, a child that has withdrawn into himself, a man with incoherent...

Planet-Friendly Pours, Image: tатьяна kреминская/AdobeStock.comPlanet-Friendly Pours  
The Rise of Sustainable Wine and Spirits  

Iconic food and beverage magazines such as Bon Appetit and Food & Wine affirm that sustainable and socially responsible wines and spirits are becoming a major force in the market, yet consumers wanting to pour an Earth-conscious tipple need a sobering amount of research to sort through what’s truly...

The Healing of the Modern Man, Image: Merpics/AdobeStock.comThe Healing of the Modern Man  
Men Redefine Their Emotional Power   

For generations immemorial, men have been builders of culture, solid providers and inspired adventurers, but gender roles and sometimes-conflicting cultural expectations have taken a heavy toll on both the individual and community. The pervasive “tough guy” paradigm has denied half the human race its...

The Exercise Power of E-Bikes, Image: photo courtesy of Gail ColemanThe Exercise Power of E-Bikes  
Get a Workout on an Easier Ride   

The familiar adage, “No pain, no gain,” doesn’t really apply to e-bikes. Although a pedal-assist electric bicycle is zippier and easier to ride than a conventional model, researchers are finding that as long as we’re pedaling, we’re still getting our heart pumping, building stamina and experiencing some of that cardio magic...

Unplugged Adventures , Image: ondreicka/AdobeStock.comUnplugged Adventures   
Eco-Tripping for a Digital Detox  

Smartphones come in handy for emergencies or checking directions while traveling, but a brief glance at a website or social media can quickly turn into a lengthy scroll session, distracting us from why we go on vacation in the first place. For those that want to truly...

How to Raise Empathetic Kids, Image: olesia bilkei/AdobeStock.comHow to Raise Empathetic Kids  
Simple Ways Parents Can Cultivate Compassion   

Empathy is the foundation of a caring society. While we are all born with a certain amount, cultivating it is a skill that can be strengthened with practice, and it is critical that the learning process start early, say childhood educators. An empathetic child can better...

Frank Bruni, Image: courtesy of Duke University Sanford School of Public PolicyFrank Bruni  
on Living With Afflictions  

One day in late 2017, Frank Bruni, a writer for more than 25 years for The New York Times—including as a White House correspondent, op-ed columnist, Rome bureau chief and restaurant critic—woke up with partial loss of sight in his right eye. He found out that his condition was...

Eco-Volunteering, Image:  romul014/AdobeStock.comEco-Volunteering  
Hands-on Ways to Help Our Planet this Summer   

Helping nature while enjoying the great outdoors is a classic win-win opportunity. Here are a few ideas to join the fun while contributing...

Misbehaving Dog Walks , Image: photomim/AdobeStock.comMisbehaving Dog Walks   
Ways Humans Get It Wrong   

One of the primary activities we do with canine family members is to take walks because they love them and benefit from them. But just as some dogs, for a variety of reasons, are difficult to walk, some people are less...

The Gift of an Imperfect Father, Image: prostock-studio/AdobeStock.comThe Gift of an Imperfect Father  

For many of us, Dad was the first person to throw us a ball, take us fishing or treat us to ice cream after a game. If we were fortunate, he was the one who made a bad day better, was a strong protector who kept the metaphorical...

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