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By Larraine Roulston: For parents with school age children, spring break is a time to get away from everyday routines. The greenest decision, and perhaps the most memorable, could be to engage in local activities. Community centers and libraries, for example, provide entertainment for the stay-local family. Spring break is also an opportunity …

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Who Is Responsible For China Air Pollution?

By Kim Robson: We’re all aware of the deadly effects of smog. China generates the world’s worst air pollution. According to a new study from the Peking University in Beijing, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a large portion of their smog is produced …

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Activism — Aiming for Change

By Fredrica Syren: I don’t think you ever choose to become an activist, but that you choose to be active. That is how my journey toward activism began many years ago. I grew up in a household where activism was strong. When I was seven years old, I asked my …

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Honey: How Sweet and Diverse

By Dawna Matthews: “The fruit of bees is desired by all, and is equally sweet to kings and beggars and it is not only pleasing but profitable and healthful; it sweetens their mouths, cures their wounds, and conveys remedies to inward ulcers.” – Saint Ambrose Honey is the sweet elixir …

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Getting Off Oil, One Bag at a Time

By Larraine Roulston: In the not too distant past, most North American shoppers entered stores empty handed. They were seen leaving supermarkets with carts overflowing with plastic bags, some often containing only a couple of items. If shoppers carried their own bags, using them was sometimes a battle.  “Take our bags. …

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New Birth Right Bill To Regulate Home Births in Hawaii

By Fredrica Syren: A heated debate over the safety of home birth in Hawaii has been sparked by SB 2569. Since its introduction last week, women have gone to Hawaii’s State Capitol to protest it. The bill is aimed at regulating home births and creating more state control of the …

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Healing Power of Yoga

 By Centehua: There is no question that spiritual practices like yoga have profound healing benefits for mind, body and soul. The West is catching on and our culture has embraced Yoga as it continues to revolutionize the world of exercise. Yoga is not merely exercise: the word literally means “union.” …

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Reclaimed Waste Plastic for 3D Printing

Kim Robson: Plastic was once the greatest, most promising new material invented in the 20th century. Who remembers this exchange from The Graduate? Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Benjamin: Yes, sir. Mr. McGuire: Are you listening? Benjamin: Yes, I am. Mr. McGuire: …

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Working from Home — Not for Everyone

By Fredrica Syren: I work from home so I can be home with my kids while they are young. When I tell people this, they either envy me or think I’m crazy. I did not always work from home, though. When my oldest was 10 months old, I started working …

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