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Seven Months and Lots of Changes—What’s Happening at the EPA?

By Fredrica Syren: It’s been a little over seven months since Scott Pruitt became the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and under his leadership the EPA  has seen lots of changes. Scott Pruitt spent six years as the Oklahoma’s attorney general, suing the very same agency he now …

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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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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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Review: Organic LifeStyle

By Fredrica Syren: It is no secret that I try to buy most things organic, but anyone who does that also should look at the practice of the company being patronized. Just because they sell organic products does not mean they run a waste free or even limited waste practice. …

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Five-Minute Yoga Class — Five Minutes of Pure Bliss

By Fredrica Syren: I used to love going to yoga classes and would try to attend at least once a week. This ancient practice is known for its ability to reduce stress and boost well-being, but it also offers wide-ranging physical health benefits such as improved brain function, a stronger …

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The Real Problem with Plastic

By Fredrica Syren: By now I feel like a broken record, nagging about how we need to reduce the use of plastic. But I just can’t stop because plastic pollution is a real problem — a huge one — so let’s break down what plastics are and what their devastating …

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Movie Review—Sustainable

By Fredrica Syren: I admit I have watched more documentaries about organic food, small farms and environmental instability than I can count. However, the new documentary Sustainable is one I must recommend. This movie is well done and presents a provocative view of the economic and environmental instability of America’s …

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Eco-Friendly Ways To Read Books

By Fredrica Syren: Owning books is a wonderful thing! Especially if you are like me, someone who reads a lot. Buying books has its advantages. First of all, buying books pays the authors who, unless they are a major best seller like J.K. Rowling, need all the sales they can …

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Life on an Urban Homestead

By Fredrica Syren: My family (my husband and our three children) and I live on an “urban homestead.” This term refers to a household that grows, through gardening and livestock, most of the food it consumes. The difference between an urban homestead and a farm is that an urban homestead …

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