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The Benefits of Ecotherapy

By Larraine Roulston: Today’s generation of children is spending less time in natural settings. One example is that most elementary students no longer walk home for lunch. In this age of technology, most teenagers and adults as well are nature deprived. This revelation has resulted in scientists identifying the disadvantages of excessive screen …

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Just Say No to Baby Food Pouches

By Kim Robson: The latest horrifying example of single-use non-recyclable plastic packaging in the name of convenience (I’m looking at you, K-Cups) seems to be baby food pouches. Instead of packaging baby food in reusable, recyclable, inexpensive glass jars, we now have single-use suckable plastic pouches — no dishes or …

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Eating Seasonally in Autumn

By Emma Grace: Now is a wonderful time for produce because of the overlap of summer and early autumn. We are able to enjoy the freshest foods of summer like tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and green beans, and fresh herbs like basil and parsley, while simultaneously seeing autumn foods like new …

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Are Bikes Something in the Past or the Future?

By Fredrica Syren: In August, a new bike path opened here in San Diego. The SR 15 Commuter Bikeway will connect a 2.2-mile stretch between Camino Del Rio South and Landis Street along the 15 freeways. The bike path is very much needed to provide a safe direct route for …

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Brew Your Own Booch – Kombucha, Made at Home

By Dawna Matthews: I was a student at an amazing school in San Diego where we learned herbal tea blends, tonics, tinctures, aromatherapy, and other self-healing methods. One of the things they taught us was how to brew our own kombucha. At first I was pretty reluctant to delve into …

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Ajvar Relish

By Fredrica Syren: I love this time of year when our homestead is completely exploding with vegetables and fruit and sometimes even unexpected too much of one or two kinds. It’s a luxury problem I know so you won’t here me complaining and instead I love the challenge of coming …

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Fixing Infrastructure Instead of Building New

By Kim Robson: In the novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig, which is about neither Zen Buddhism nor motorcycle maintenance, the author nonetheless frequently uses motorcycle maintenance as an analogy for life: “The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There …

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Life with Backyard Chickens

By Fredrica Syren: It’s been almost a year since our chickens moved into our backyard. We bought four hens from a neighbor — along with a chicken coop he had built. “The girls,” as my husband calls them, are an endless joy for our kids and ourselves. The kids named …

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How to Raise a Green Toddler

By Larraine Roulston: First, kudos to the La Leche League and its volunteers who inspire women to nurse their babies. Their efforts marked an important turning point for mothers to return to nourishing their infants naturally. Secondly, a more recent natural “movement” called Elimination Communication promotes the EC method that not only involves …

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The Importance of Having Device, Screen-Free Time

By Fredrica Syren: Be honest — how often have you looked at a screen today? These days, it seems we all are glued to our computers, phones and tablets. And I’m as guilty of it as anyone. I see parents at the park totally occupied with their phones while their …

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