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Hosting a Successful Garage Sale

By Kim Robson: Finally, summer’s here! This is the time for swimming, backyard barbecues, neighborhood block parties, and, if you’re in crazy cleaning mode, garage (or yard) sales. It’s part of the American way of life. Every Saturday morning, slow-moving cars prowl neighborhoods for baby toys, kitchen accessories, and oddball …

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For the Love of Farm Animals

By Larraine Roulston: Such a clatter there was when Daisy and her Aunt Wee came to the barnyard, for everything was just awake and in the best of spirits. So begins the story of  “The Barnyard Clatter.” Farm animals are so important to us. They are among the first animals that …

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Lentils—World’s Most Healthy Food?

By Fredrica Syren: I still remember the first time I ever tasted lentils. I hated everything about them – taste, texture . . . even the thought of them. Who would want to eat lentils?? A funny thing happened, though: I fell in love with lentils and today they are …

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Coffee and the Environment

By Emma Grace Fairchild: Most of us absolutely love coffee. Whether it is a necessity to start the day or a crucial part of our social life, different roasts and drinks – all coming from the humble coffee bean – keep millions of people across the world going. The prevalence …

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Why Organic Foods Matter to Kids

By Fredrica Syren: It’s a sad fact that we all are exposed to chemicals even before we’re born and as we grow up. Children are at most risk since, by nature, they are more sensitive. Because their nervous system and brain develop so much before the age of 25, they …

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Just Say No To Disposable Chop Sticks

By Kim Robson: As ubiquitous now as plastic utensils, disposable chopsticks have increased dramatically in use in North America and Europe in recent years as the popularity of Asian food grows. They’re most widely used in Japan, where 24 billion pairs – around 200 pairs per person per year – …

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Growing Herbs

By Centehua Deneken: Spring is here! What a great time to cleanse and plant new seeds. This applies to many aspects of our lives. Usually during spring, I am inclined to reorganize things. I nest a little more; I spend time in my garden; and I embark on a weeklong …

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Limit Screen Time For Kids

By Fredrica Syren: My daughter never was interested in movies or TV until she started daycare where, once in a while, they could watch a movie. Suddenly, a whole new world of fairytales, pirates and princesses opened up to her. Soon I noticed she was playing games inspired by the …

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How To Have an Eco-friendly Pool

By Kaitlin Gardner: Not long ago, a friend of mine bought a house with a swimming pool in the backyard. She was really excited about all the fun her kids could have in the water. Being unfamiliar with pool maintenance, she was also concerned about how to make her pool …

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Young Activist To Clean Up Pacific Ocean Plastic Belt      

By Fredrica Syren: I have written many articles here about why plastic is so bad for our environment and how millions of tons of plastic waste is literally floating around in the Pacific Ocean, which has become the the world’s largest plastic dump. Known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it’s responsible for killing …

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